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The aftermath of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami has been simultaneously excruciating and inspiring to witness. With disasters of this magnitude there is so much tragedy, and so much heroism. I've been undoubtedly feeling that "Japanese Blues" mental state so eloquently described by NØ.
When Zer0_II asked for a post out of respect for Japan and their current struggle, I immediately thought of this album. This is not the first time Geinō Yamashirogumi has made an appearance @ DM. Zer0_II posted their marvelous score for Akira in August of last year. Osorezan (Mountain of Fear) / Dou No Kenbai (Copper Sword Dance) was released in 1976 as two LP sidelong tracks of mega-intensity. This album is a startling and beautiful demonstration of the creative possibilities of a collective. The experimental atmospherics, vocal freak-outs, and prog/space rock crossed with world folk thing has been executed many times, but in my opinion this album, as with all work by Geinō Yamashirogumi, stands as an incomparable experience. Every time I listen to this recording all the way through, I feel completely cleansed and reinvigorated.
Year of Original Release: 1976 Year of Reissue: 1994 Label: Victor Japan Catalog #: VICL-23084 Genre: Experimental, World Fusion, World Music Media: CD Format: MP3 Bitrate: 320 kbps