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

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/1999
  • Label: Big Beat Uk
  • UPC: 029667419628
  • Catalog Number: 196
  • Sales rank: 126,699

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hanashitakunai - Youngers (2:41)
  2. 2 Dancing Lonely Night - Jaguars (3:01)
  3. 3 Chu Chu Chu - Carnabeats (2:50)
  4. 4 Please Please Trina - D'Swooners (2:05)
  5. 5 Himitsu No Haikutoba - Tempters (2:53)
  6. 6 Sutekina Sandy - Carnabeats (2:37)
  7. 7 Zin Zin Zin - Youngers (3:00)
  8. 8 Tell Me More - Tempters (3:44)
  9. 9 Seaside Bound - Jaguars (3:10)
  10. 10 Stone Free - D'Swooners (5:24)
  11. 11 Space Express - Savage (2:23)
  12. 12 Koi Ni Shiberete - Lind & the Linders (3:04)
  13. 13 Kidotta Ano Ko - Tempters (2:48)
  14. 14 Give Me Lovin' - Carnabeats (2:49)
  15. 15 Dancin' Baby - Jaguars (2:44)
  16. 16 Stop the Music - Tempters (3:02)
  17. 17 My Love, My Love - Youngers (2:47)
  18. 18 Kono Mune Ni Dakishimete - Tempters (2:11)
  19. 19 Love Only for You - Carnabeats (3:14)
  20. 20 Yuhi Yo Isoge - Lind & the Linders (2:56)
  21. 21 Beat Train - Jaguars (2:55)
  22. 22 Bokutachi No Tenshi - Tempters (3:10)
  23. 23 Do the Whip - Youngers (2:24)
  24. 24 Taiyoh Yaroh - Jaguars (2:00)
  25. 25 Kanashami No Bell - Carnabeats (2:49)
  26. 26 Wasure Emu Kimi - Tempters (2:52)
  27. 27 Kamisama Onegai - Tempters (2:11)
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Album Credits

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
Nick Robbins Mastering
Alec Palao Liner Notes, Photo Courtesy
Hitomi Omoro Photo Courtesy
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