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Artist: COSMIC JOKERS, THE
Title: Galactic Supermarket
Format: LP
Label: Victory
Country: Italy
Price: $25.00
"Victory present a reissue of The Cosmic Jokers Galactic Supermarket, originally released on Komische Musik in 1974. Julian Copes review of the album on Head Heritage: "Starting with a heavy piano-drums groove like John Cale and Terry Rileys The Protégé from their classic LP Church Of Anthrax, The Cosmic Jokers return to their trip with an un-cosmic dub beginning, melodicas and guitars spinning off all over the place. Gille Letmann says a couple of words before the breakdown into Clangerland, a place where goofy synthesizers call to each other over exquisite mellotrons and tinkling spacey grand piano. Again, its just two huge tracks -- this time the ever shifting Kinder Des Als and the title track Galactic Supermarket. The female voices take a while to assimilate after the austerity of the first Cosmic Jokers LP, and the opening track wanders around for a while before ascending to its righteous groove. The women scream Schnell Schnell! and the helicopter drums of Harald Grosskopf propel us once more into a hectic frantic major-chord trance out. Its the sheer unbalance that makes this record such a delight. At times, Klaus Schulzes synthesizer is so loud that it swamps everything in its path. The title track Galactic Supermarket begins like one of Van Der Graaf Generators greatest and most drawn out riffs. A slow 6/4 bass licks over ominous Pawn Hearts style shifting chords. Again, the piece is slow to begin, as though they are searching for harmony but each musician is confused and solitary. Manuel Göttsching freaks out in a fury of wah-guitar madness, forcing the others awake, but this really is a down-in-the-mouth scene and the whole Trip descends further and further until... an inevitable slow burning groove gets itself together and the scene whips itself up into a Shake Appeal Flip Out. The LP takes a little longer to get into than The Cosmic Jokers, but give it time and its in your head forever. Those piercingly loud Klaus Schulze synthesizers which sound so bizarre the first time... Youll be waking up with them in your head, whistling them in the street, people will think youve lost your fucking mind. Right On." - Victory.

Artist: HOSONO, HARUOMI, SHIGERU SUZUKI & TATSURO YAMASHITA
Title: Pacific
Format: LP
Label: Victory
Country: Italy
Price: $24.00
"Victory present a reissue of Pacific, originally released in 1978. Reuniting the best session musicians Japan had to offer to make an album that would evoke the atmospheres of the South Pacific islands, the kind of places Japanese people spend their vacations. Pacific is a treat to the ears; its theme of the southern Pacific ocean and its warm cerulean waters relax its listeners with a fusion of city pop, soft jazz, and that good old 1970s funk while remaining surprisingly fully instrumental throughout all contributions from artists Haruomi Hosono, Shigeru Suzuki, and Tatsuro Yamashita. A true cult LP and an inspiration for a lot of so called "vaporware" music. LP includes insert." - Victory.

Artist: LES RALLIZES DENUDES
Title: Live 77
Format: Double LP
Label: Victory
Country: Italy
Price: $33.00
“Les Rallizes Dénudés are one of the earliest and most revolutionary Japanese psychedelic rock bands, and existed off and on through four decades. The band formed in November of 1967 at Kyoto University, inspired by Exploding Plastic Inevitable-era Velvet Underground as well as the over-amplified rock of Blue Cheer and Mario Schifanos avant-garde ensemble Le Stelle. By 1968 they were gigging live and even began a regular collaboration with an avant-garde theater troupe, which ended the next year because of Les Rallizes penchant for extreme volume. Not only did they use massive amounts of feedback at loud volumes, their stage shows used strobe lights, mirror balls, and other effects for a live experience that was a total sensory assault. This historic performance recorded in Tachikawa in 1977 is perhaps the most beloved document of the bands sound: extreme feedback and distressed guitar with detached vocals laid over languid rhythms -- unbelievable in intensity.” - Victory.

Artist: REICH, STEVE & ENSEMBLE MODERN & SYNERGY VOCALS
Title: Music For 18 Musicians: Tokyo Opera City, Tokyo, Japan, May 21st, 2008
Format: LP
Label: Victory
Country: Italy
Price: $25.00
"A stunning version of Steve Reichs masterpiece of musical minimalism Music For 18 Musicians (1974-1976), performed live at Tokyo Opera House in 2008 by Ensemble Modern and Synergy Vocals, featuring the composer as guest performer. In the 1960s, with Terry Riley and Philip Glass, Reich gave pulse back to experimental music. He discovered the tape-based techniques of looping and phasing, using recordings of fragments of speech, and then molecules of musical material.

" (...) When Steve Reich released Music For 18 Musicians (ECM, 1978), it was a consolidation and major leap forward in the pulse-based music that the minimalist progenitor had been exploring on earlier compositions including Four Organs (1969), a piece that relied on nothing more than a six-note chord, yet was a near flat-out sonic assault. 18 Musicians was an altogether more complex and sophisticated work, with a broader textural palette based largely on tuned percussion -- piano, vibraphone, marimba and xylophone -- but also working with maracas, voice, strings, and clarinets to create a sweeping, hour-plus long suite that was hypnotic, melodic, and eminently accessible. With the mathematical precision by which its eleven sections and wrapping Pulses develop, its a demanding suite to play (...)" - John Kelman, All About Jazz, 2008.

Artist: SATO, MASAHIKO & WOLFGANG DAUNER
Title: Pianology
Format: LP
Label: Victory
Country: Italy
Price: $25.00
“Masahiko Satohs fourth album is a duet with German pianist and composer Wolfgang Dauner. Dauner is one of the very early European avant-garde jazz pianists, and he recorded the first free jazz album in Germany back in 1964. Dauner played with Eberhard Weber and Jean-Luc Ponty, and in the late 60s, he experimented with choral music. Being a passionate innovator and experimenter, in 1970 he discovered electronic devices and started using them in his music. He experimented with ring-modulated Hohner clavinets and pianos and recorded several albums for ECM. During his Japanese tour in spring 1971, he met one of the most advanced Japanese pianists of that time, Masahiko Satoh. The five compositions on this album were recorded in Tokyo in March 1971, but were not released until that autumn. Its interesting that a few months later, Masahiko Satoh will record and release his best-known, and in some sense, legendary album, Amalgamation (ASH 3040CD) -- an eclectic mix of musical genres and sounds that was probably influenced by his earlier collaboration with Dauner. Pianology, released soon after Amalgamation, wasnt as strong in comparison, and stayed in its shade for decades. Pianology is a collection of freeform classical and jazz piano duo improvs, spiced with ring modulator sounds. Includes printed inner sleeve.” - Victory.

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