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GS I Love You: Japanese Garage Bands of the '60s
     

GS I Love You: Japanese Garage Bands of the '60s

 
Japan, like many non-English-speaking countries, was home to a thriving garage/beat band scene in the 1960s. The Japanese scene, at least to Western ears, was more peculiar than most: for one thing, it didn't really kick into gear until well into 1966, and Japanese groups were still playing in an early British Invasion-influenced style until the end of the decade.

Overview

Japan, like many non-English-speaking countries, was home to a thriving garage/beat band scene in the 1960s. The Japanese scene, at least to Western ears, was more peculiar than most: for one thing, it didn't really kick into gear until well into 1966, and Japanese groups were still playing in an early British Invasion-influenced style until the end of the decade. Singing in both Japanese and heavily accented English, the guitars (as a result of the Ventures huge popularity there) were surf-ish Mosrites, and the material was often a strange fusion of Merseybeat, punk, and over-the-top weirdness. GS I Love You is a 28-track compilation of songs originally released on the Crown and Teichiku labels, and while it's no match for the British groups (or, for that matter, the best beat/punk groups from Holland and Sweden), it's truly like no other '60s rock you've heard. The guitar work is often frenzied and imaginative; the vocals walk the line between tough raunch and low comedy, particularly when they mangle English phonetics (the Swing West's version of Arthur Brown's "Fire," as well as the Out Cast's butchering of "Long Tall Sally" defy printed description). Sound quality and liner notes (in English) are excellent, and cuts like the Blue Jeans "One More Please" are genuinely good fusions of pop and punk, making this a good pickup for the more adventurous '60s collector.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/1996
Label:
Big Beat Uk
UPC:
0029667415927
catalogNumber:
159
Rank:
32843

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kazuo Okamoto   Guitar
Rangers   Track Performer
Playboy   Track Performer
Toys   Track Performer
Akira Mine   Bass
Akio Mizo   Drums
Asamitsu Okada   Bass
Van-Dogs   Track Performer
Cougars   Track Performer
Rudy Abdo   Vocals
Mikio Aida   Guitar
Yohru Yanase   Guitar
Hiroji Yokoyama   Organ
Yoshitaka Yoshino   Drums
Masayuki Yuhara   Vocals
Shochi Tanabe   Drums
Hiroshi "Monsieur" Kamayatsu   Rhythm Guitar
Jun Inoue   Vocals
Takayuki Inoue   Guitar
Masaaki Sakai   Vocals
Napoleon   Track Performer
Hiroshi Miyagi   Vocals
Isao Asakura   Bass
Masatake Chiba   Organ
Voltage   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Alec Palao   Liner Notes
Richard Penniman   Composer
Phil Smee   Cover Design
Miki Obata   Composer

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