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GS I Love You Too: Japanese Garage Bands of the '60s  [Vol. 2]
     

GS I Love You Too: Japanese Garage Bands of the '60s [Vol. 2]

 
Like its predecessor GS I Love You, this compiles unheard-in-the-West cuts by 1960s Japanese garage-psych bands. All 27 songs were released on Philips in Japan between 1966-69; the "GS" of the title is an abbreviation of "Group Sounds," as this genre was termed in Japan. Sure, you'd be challenged to find many (any?) collectors outside of Japan who had all of

Overview

Like its predecessor GS I Love You, this compiles unheard-in-the-West cuts by 1960s Japanese garage-psych bands. All 27 songs were released on Philips in Japan between 1966-69; the "GS" of the title is an abbreviation of "Group Sounds," as this genre was termed in Japan. Sure, you'd be challenged to find many (any?) collectors outside of Japan who had all of this stuff. This does not mean, though, that this is any less generic than many a standard '60s garage/psych/punk compilation from the U.S. or Europe, though the fidelity is certainly way better than the standard. In most respects these Japanese bands were the same as those from other lands in their catalog of fuzz riffs and basic variations of R&B-influenced rock patterns. It's a little strange to English-reared ears because of the accents, frequent mangling of English phrases, and off-kilter, bizarrely energetic transmutations of American and British rock cliches. The truth is, the songwriting and instrumentation aren't too imaginative, and attention tends to wander often during the course of the lengthy disc. Yes, you can pick out odd touches to numerous arrangements -- the television drama horns that mix with fuzz guitars on the Carnabeats' "Chu! Chu! Chu!," the verbatim quote of the guitar riff from the Byrds' "Here Without You" that opens the Tempters' "Himitsu No Rikotoba" (after which it goes right into a totally unrelated, basic garage-psych tune), the quasi-San Francisco blues-rock groove of the Tempters' "Tell Me More," the D'Swooners' eccentric translation of "Stone Free," and the Shadows-meet-Joe Meek instrumental "Space Express" by the Savage. But, to trot out a reviewer cliché to match the musical ones, little sticks in the memory. The most entertaining cuts actually tend to be the ones in which raunchy '60s rock meets incongruously poppy, brassy production (as in Lind & the Linders' "Koi Ni Shiberete"), if only for the novel admixture.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/1999
Label:
Big Beat Uk
UPC:
0029667419628
catalogNumber:
196
Rank:
50205

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Performance Credits

Hiroshi Kato   Guitar
Hiroshi Oguchi   Drums
Toshio Tanaka   Organ,Guitar
Charlie Cajilig   Guitar
Ernie Esiritu   Organ
Edmund Fortuno   Drums
Fujimaru Hamada   Drums
Koji Hori   Guitar
Hisao Horiuchi   Bass
Jiro Kitamura   Rhythm Guitar
Hiroshi Koshikawa   Guitar
Takashi Kubo   Vocals
Kenzi Misaki   Organ
Yukio Miya   Drums
Mikio Morita   Bass
Mitsuo Nagai   Drums
Hitoshi Nishi   Rhythm Guitar
Tadao Oka   Bass
Shin Okamoto   Vocals
Hisayuki Okitsu   Guitar
Yoshio Okushima   Vocals
Teruo Sakaki   Vocals
Yasuji Sato   Organ
Chris Solano   Bass
Yoichi Suzuki   Guitar
Noboro Takaku   Bass
Kazuo Unoyama   Bass
Kekichi Usui   Vocals
Kenichi Hagiwara   Harmonica,Vocals
Yoshiharu Matuzaki   Guitar,Vocals
Kiochi Miyazaki   Guitar,Vocals
Ronnie Parina   Saxophone,Vocals
Ai Takano   Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Alec Palao   Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy
Hitomi Omoro   Photo Courtesy

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