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High Rise - Live (1994)


High Rise to założone na początku lat 80-tych japońskie trio grające ciężki, hałaśliwy i pełen powalającej energii rock psychodeliczny. Podstawowy skład tworzyli znakomici muzycy: Asahito Nanjo na wokalu i gitarze basowej, Munehiro Narita na gitarze oraz zmieniający się kilkukrotnie perkusiści. Album z pewnością przypadnie do gustu nie tylko miłośnikom ostrej japońskiej psychodelii.


High Rise is a Japanese trio formed by vocalist and bassist Asahito Nanjo and by guitarist Munehiro Narita. Narita had already recorded Taco (Pinakotheca, 1983). High Rise are a power-trio in the (brutal, improvisational, punkish) vein of Caspar Brötzmann's Massaker. Narita's stunning technique is the main attraction. The 1984 cassette Psychedelic Noise Beats (La Musica, 1996) won't be reissued for years. Ditto for the 1986 cassette Tapes (La Musica, 1996). Not counting the bootleg Psychedelic Speed Freaks (PSF, 1984 - Time Bomb, 1997), High Rise's first album was High Rise II (PSF, 1986 - Squealer, 1998), that opens with a delirious rock and roll number, Turn You Cry and then delves into the uncontrolled urge of Cotton Top, amid neurotic guitar strumming and tribal drumming. Another epileptic fit detonates Last Rights while Wipe Out's epic refrain and cosmic riff could come out of a lost 1960s Pink Floyd album played at double speed. Everything pales compared with the 13-minute trenody Pop Sicle, a calculated gamble on the Velvet Underground's raga-boogie augmented with thundering drums and galactic guitar solos. Their terrorist art and Narita's catastrophic guitar style culminate with this unrestrained bacchanal. The 1998 reissue includes Monster A Go Go and Induced Depression.

Dispersion (PSF, 1992 - Squealer, 1998) has the anthemically noisy and pulsing Mainliner (a` la Stooges) and is crowned by the 15-minute Sadducees Faith.



High Rise recorded a legendary Live (PSF, 1994 - Squealer, 1999) that ranks with Grateful Dead's Live Dead as one of the monumental works of improvised psychedelic rock; except that High Rise build walls of noise in the tradition of Blue Cheer. The breathless rock and roll of Sadame and its explosive guitar solos make Led Zeppelin sound like a band of catholic schoolgirls. Ikon (whose riff is stolen from Electric Prunes' You've Never Had It Better) has the martial, psychotic pace of MC5's best sonic mayhems, amid ferocious guitar distortions and wild arpeggios. Mira is an orgiastic, 8-minute showcase of Narita's thunder and lighning guitar style over demonic drumming, Narita as a guitar semi-god in the vein of Jimi Hendrix. A more human sound surfaces with Outside Gentiles, an extended blues-rock song of the Cream/Hendrix tradition, doubled by the even more Cream-ian, 9-minute song Door, whose panzer-grade blues groove matches Jack Bruce's grandeur (alas, the vocals definitely don't) while the guitar wails and screams in the best Clapton-ian tradition. A supercharged version of Mainliner leads into the earth-shaking riff of Pop Sicle, the song stretched to ten agonizing minutes. Simply terrifying.

Ikon is also the centerpiece of Disallow (PSF, 1996 - Squealer, 1999), their most polished record.

Desperado (PSF, 1998) is a minor work that features only one extended jam, Right On.

Both Durophet (Fractal, 1999) and Speed Free Sonic (Paratactile, 1999) are live albums.



Asahito Nanjo is also active as Musica Transonic, a supergroup with Acid Mother Temple's guitarist Makoto Kawabata and Ruin's drummer Tatsuya Yoshida, which released five albums: Introducing Musica Transonic (PSF, 1995), A Pilgrim's Repose (1996), Orthodox Jazz (1997), Incubation (1998), a collaboration with Keiji Haino, and Swing Strong Mod (1999); and several cassettes: Zilch (La Musica, 1995), Works (1995) Euro Rock Boogaloo (1996), Musica Groove (1996), Damp Squib (1996), Differences (1997). Hard Rock Transonic (Fractal, 2002) collects unreleased material. They returned with the indulgent Kysofbigkou (Vivo, 2007).

Another project is Toho Sara (PSF). Nanjo also contributes to noise terrorists Mainliner and many other bands.

High Rise are probably the greatest purveyors of the fusion of free-jazz and acid-rock.

Destination: The Best Of High Rise (PSF, 2002) is an anthology of the years between 1986 and 2001.

Munehiro Narita also played in a duo with drummer Shoij Hano, Kyoaku No Intention. His debut solo album, Munehiro Narita (PSF, 2005), contains two lengthy solos and two duets (with Ueno Takashi of Aihiyo and Maher Shalal Hash Baz). It was followed by Ether (scaruffi).

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Can you post these rarities:
People
I Love You- Capitol- 1968
Both Sides of People - Capitol- 1969
There are People and There are People- Paramount- 1970

Larry Norman (of People fame):
Upon This Rock- 1970; Capitol ST-446 or SKAO-446
Only Visiting this Planet- MGM-Verve- 1972- Verve V6-5092 produced by Beatles producer, George Martin)
So Long Ago the Garden- MGM- Verve- 1973- MGM SE-4942 produced by Beatles producer, George Martin)
45 single: Capitol 2429: Blow In My Ear And Ill Follow You Anywhere /
I Got A Letter Today From The President
(as by The Flies, 1969)

People Singles (not on any of their 3 albums except I Love You):
Beechwood Music Acetates
USA Apple Cider / Apple Cider (instrumental) (1968)
USA Giant Man / Giant Man (instrumental) (1968?)
USA Giant Man / Opposite Me (1968?)
USA Capitol 5920: Organ Grinder / Riding High (1967)
USA Capitol 2078: I Love You / Somebody Tell Me My Name
(1968; 1969-71)
USA Capitol 2251: Apple Cider / Ashes Of Me (1968)
Capitol single 2499 ("Turnin Me In" / "Ulla") from 1969
"Harmony" / "Leader Of The Band" (EMI 2010).

Talbot Brothers (of Mason Proffit fame):
Self-Titled- 1974- Warner Brothers

Mylon LeFevre:
• 1970 Mylon (We Believe) Cotillion Records SD-9026
• 1971 With Holy Smoke Columbia Records 31085
• 1972 Over the Influence Columbia Records KC 31472

Glass Harp-self-titled- Released: 1970
Decca DL 75261 (LP)
Glass Harp- Synergy- Decca- 1971
Glass Harp- It Makes Me Glad- Released: 1972
Decca DL 7-5358 (LP)

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