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I'm almost finished with reviewing all the volumes of the psychedelic rock compilations "Love, Peace and Poetry", so far I've rated the albums variably but with these two the series finishes strongly. Japanese music regardless of the style has always seemed to have an odd high pitched tone and a lack of traditional catchyness to it, on top of that I've rarely managed to find much in the way of a local sound being added to it.
This album opened my eyes to an underground scene that I did not expect to exist in Japan, there's not a poor track on the album at all and in fact it's filled with some of the best music I've ever come across, talented rock, blues and garage artists that are extremely talented.
My favourite band on this album without a doubt is Speed Glue and Shenki - a wild fast-playing act that sees Japan's answer to Jimi Hendrix paired up with a chaotic drummer who would go on to pioneer a whole style of music in The Phillippines.
This is undoubtedly the best album in the whole series and a worthwhile investment for music lovers, the majority of songs are in English and are an eccentric mix of Cream, Hendrix and The Doors classic rockness with a garage sound of bands like The Standells thrown in plus a little bit of something else giving it a wonderful sound.
I genuinely found all of the bands on this compilation, extremely good but another one of my favourites would have to be "Blues Creation" - a band that I'm intending to dig out a full album or two of to have a listen to.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Happenings Theme
2 Liver Juice Vending Machine - Foodbrain
3 Tomorrow's Child - The Apryl Fool
4 Run and Hide
5 Hidariashi No Otoko - Yuya Uchida & the Flowers
6 Brane Baster - Blues Creation
7 Freedom of a Mad Paper Lantern - Shinki Chen
8 Gloomy Flower - The Jacks, Jacks
9 Kimi Ha Darenanda
10 You All Should Think More
11 Keep It Cool
12 Lost Mother Land, Pt. 1 - The Apryl Fool
13 White Dove in Disguise - Masahiko Sato,
15 Asamade Matenai - Don Mopsick
16 Koishite Aishite - Beavers
17 I Want You