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44. REED, LOU: “Metal Machine Music” (RCA Records – RCA-9111 ~ 12) (2 LP Record: Excellent ~ Near Mint/ Gatefold Jacket: Excellent/ Obi: Near Mint). Stock copy of immediately withdrawn Japanese pressing. Comes with rare obi and liner notes inside the gatefold by Taj Mahal Traveller Kosugi Takehisa. Comes much cheaper as opposed to the promo issue I have listed on the main site. Price: 125 Euro
45. ROACH, MAX: “It’s Time” (Impulse – SNY-15) (Record: Excellent/ Flip Back jacket: Near Mint/ Insert: Near Mint/ OBI: Excellent 〜 Near Mint). Rare 1963 Japan first original pressing all complete with obi & in outstanding condition. stereo issue. This Max Roach date is an unusual set. The outing featured the drummer's all-star sextet (which consisted of trumpeter Richard Williams, tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan, trombonist Julian Priester, pianist Mal Waldron, and bassist Art Davis) joined by a vocal choir conducted by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and orchestrated by Roach. Unlike most other collaborations, the choir was not overly gospel-oriented and was utilized as a sort of jazz ensemble. Amazing Impulse record set and one of Roach’s finest to these ears. Hardly ever seen 1963 Japanese stereo original in top condition. SOLD
46. ROSS, DIANA & MARVIN GAYE: “Diana & Marvin” (Motown/ Victor Records Japan – SWX-6067) (Record: Near Mint/ Triple Gatefold Jacket: Near Mint/ Obi: Near Mint/ Insert: Near Mint). Original & top condition Japan original pressing from 1974. Price: 20 Euro
47. SHEPP, ARCHIE & PHILLY JOE JONES: “S/T” (Columbia – XMS-161-AX) (Record: Near Mint/ Heavy Japan Only Gatefold Jacket: Excellent). Rare Japanese issue, this being the never offered before test pressing of this disc. Killer free jazz blast with Archie Shepp on tenor, taking you on a tour of duty, which will be an unforgettable one. Backed up by some star heavy weight players, the group breaks into a line rhythm, as Shepp and Philly Joe Jones blend in. Line up includes Earl Freeman on bass, Leroy Jenkins on violin, Julio Finn on harmonica, Anthony Braxton wielding the alto-sax and Chicago Beau vocals. In totality, this is a mad, black and wild ever-twirling vortex of heavy fire music breathing out supersonic hardcore jazz, embalmed into a raging ball of fire that is belched out as a collective effort filled with lone scrams. Killer with absolutely no filler. Rare never seen before Japanese test press issue housed in a Japan only heavy-duty gatefold jacket. Price: 40 Euro
48. SQ SOUNDS + SINGERS THREE: "Latin Balada In SQ" (CBS SONY - SOLJ-19) (Record: Near Mint/ gatefold Jacket: Excellent). Absolute killer Japanese Latin Jazz LP featuring the dancefloor bombs "Cha cha cha flamenco" and more groove tracks. Only released in Japan this is highly sought after by JAPANESE LATIN JAZZ & JAPANES FUNK collectors and DJ's alike. Apart from butt-shaking breaks and rhythms, the record is also filled with gnarly fuzz guitar licks that pop up all over the place, igniting the floor burner quality considerably. Bloody great LP but sadly enough so unknown. Upon playing this one, you will immediately feel the urge to set up a cocaine fueled party with naked snow bunnies jumping all over the place. The chorus vocals by the Singers Three re nothing but utterly hypnotical. Awesome. SOLD
49. SUBVERT BLAZE: “Subvert Art & Subvert Art II” (Alchemy Records/ Disk Union – ARLP-034/035) (2 LP Record: Mint/ Gatefold Jacket: Mint/ Insert: Mint/ Poster: Mint/ 6 Stickers: Mint/ Concert Ticket: Mint). Immediately out of print deluxe reissue of heavy psych LP that original was released in the late 1980s on the Alchemy records. This one couples the band’s complete output on a 2 LP set, the first LP was released on LP way back in the 1980s there were their 2nd LP was only released on CD and sees its vinyl debut here. Hard psychedelic masterpiece by this trio, recorded at the late eighties. Subvert Blaze was together with Hanadensha one of the greatest band on Kansai scene and two of the most technically skilled. The trio was fronted by guitarist and doom head Kakinoki Yoshihiro (now of Garadama), wonder bass slammer Fujiwara Hiroaki (Slap Happy Humphrey, Cosmic Invention) and best drummer of the last 20 years Okano Futoshi. Everyone’s jaws dropped to the floor when they hit the scene, they were just too much and ahead of everyone’s game. They were after all a killer assault psyched out power trio, highly technically skilled and bring forth brain ripping and adrenaline infused and amphetamine powered up acid rock that cannot possible get any better than this. Highest recommendation. Disc was released in 1989 in an edition of 500 and rarely surfaces these days. Downside is that the band never got any publicity and is virtually unknown. If that was not the case, this record would soar up into the several hundred dollar regions since it is bloody rare and the music is just ear blisteringly great. For hardcore psychedelic and acid rock fans. Bloody fucking KILLER!!!! Top quality reissue that was put out in an edition of 300 only….so great it deserves mass appreciation urgently. They rocked and still rock my world since 1989 and still blow my mind to smithereens each time I blast it. No peace for the wicked!!! Price: 55 Euro
50. SUN RA: “Jazz By Sun Ra” (Transition/ Trio Electronics Japan – PA-7006) (Record: Excellent/ Jacket: Excellent). Bloody rare and original Japan first original pressing that came out in the early 1960s. Booklet is missing. Recorded for Tom Wilson’s Transition label in 1956, Jazz By Sun Ra, Vol. 1 is made up of the type of skewed big band music featured on Jazz In Silhouett eand a smattering of other recordings The Arkestra made in Chicago but did not release until they had relocated to New York City in the 1960s. As an album made specifically for a willing record label, this sounds quite a bit more hi-fi than the many rehearsal tapes from the same time period released on El Saturn records in the coming years. As for the music, it’s all quite good. The Arkestra sounds very polished. Some great songs too, with Sun Ra’s arrangements giving this an adventurous feel. The harmonies were advanced and novel for the day. Hindsight may not make this seem all that innovative, given what came later, but you wouldn’t have found solos like John Gilmore’s on “Brainville” or “Future” anywhere else in 1957. The prominent percussion on “New Horizons” and “Street Named Hell” were also rare in a jazz context when this came out Then of course there is the closer, “Sun Song”, on which Sun Ra’s organ gives a big hint as to where he would go in the next few decades. This album is pretty consistently good from beginning to end. Sun Ra and his Arkestra may have made even better recordings, but this still ranks among their most listenable efforts. SOLD
51. TAKEMITSU TORU with KATSUYA YOKOYAMA (Shakuhachi) & KINSHI TSURUTA (Biwa): “Excerpt From Autumn/ 10Th Step Variation From November Steps/ Eclipse” (Deutsche Grammophon – MG-1056) (Record: Near Mint/ Jacket: Excellent ~ Near Mint/ OBI: Excellent – only front and taped gentely to sleeve). NHK radio copy that has catalogue seal. One of the greatest Takemitsu Toru compositions executed by 2 star players!!! Eclipse was the first composition in which Takemitsu used traditional Japanese instruments. Takemitsu reconciled here with his hitherto neglected Japanese heritage. Eclipse is an exceedingly slow, sparse piece employing a pentatonic scale and generous silences. The performance of Kinshi Tsuruta on biwa is nothing short of mesmerizing, with literally striking – the biwa’s massive wooden plectrum is traditionally employed to give a hearty whack to the body of the instrument, whether plucking a string or not. Scraping the plectrum along the strings is another eerie effect that seeps to the surface of this recording, and you could almost claim upon hearing it that Hendrix learned the technique here – it is that strikingly rock’n’roll. So you can get it that for me the biwa is the crystal meth of the lute world – once you’ve seen it played, everything looks different. You need more and on this recording while the two soloists, digging deep into the vocabulary of their traditions, detonate improvised fireworks and surround them with silence, you are left alone, baffled and stupefied. It’s a tremendous example of fruitful collaboration between composer and performing musicians, and to regard it simply as Takemitsu’s composition risks oversimplifying matters. Price: 50 Euro

52. TOGASHI MASAHIKO & TAKAGI MOTOTERU: “Isolation” (Columbia Records – JDX-49) (Record: Near Mint/ Gatefold Jacket: Excellent) First original pressing of 1969, complete with 1st edition gatefold jacket. This disc is a real brain ripping free jazzing blast from the past. Togashi Masahiko may be a name you have already encountered if you are a bit acquainted with Japanese free hardcore blowing jazz. He was the man responsible for churning out Japan's first free jazz disc being “We Now Create” for which he got assisted by Takayanagi Masayuki and Yoshizawa Motoharu amongst others. The following year in 1969, he teamed up with another hardcore blowing spirit, Takagi Mototeru - one of Japan's most unique sax howlers and Sato Masahiko. Together they embarked on another free blowing trip, creating a hurricane of sound and a chunk of unrelenting power that leaves no stone unturned. Takagi is stellar as usual and he certainly deserves more attention. This disc is utterly fantastic, killer material and indispensable in any collection that cares even a bit about Japanese underground, hardcore jazz and adventurous sounds. Great Japanese hardcore blowing fire music collision between alto howler Mototeru Takagi and vicious rolling thunder like heavy hitting drum beast Sato Masahiko. To put it simply, this is a clash of two titans, both in the prime of their creative power. If free jazz is your thing, well look no further. Takehisa Kosugi once told me this was his all time favorite free jazz disc and upon listening to it, it is easy to understand why. Clean copy and quite cheap so do not sleep on this one. SOLD

53. TOKK ENSEMBLE TOKYO: “Music For Living Process – Stromung – Nucleus – Munari By Munari – Corona for Pianist” (Victor – SJX-7539). (Record: Excellent/ Jacket: Excellent ~ Near Mint/ OBI: Excellent – only front and taped gentely to sleeve). NHK radio copy that has catalogue seal.. Trying to fill the gaps in your Takehisa Kosugi discography? Well here I have another obscure one for ya. Released in 1975, this disc brings together some of the greatest players of the Japanese avant-garde scene. Toshi Ichiyanagi, Takemitsu Toru, Kosugi Takehisa, Maki Ishii, Yoshino Irino and Yasunari Yamaguchi amongst others all group together on this one. Kosugi contributes on the Toshi Ichiyanagi composition “Music for Living Process”, a stunning piece de resistance for shakuhachi (Katsuya Yokoyama is amazing on this one), harp, percussion, electric violin and piano. The overall atmosphere is austere and reminds me a bit of the soundtrack to “Kwaidan” as far as the otherworldly and eerie atmosphere is concerned. Kosugi accentuations are spot on and bring out the spooky character of Yokoyama’s shakuhachi play and Ichiyanagi minimal piano flirtations even more. In all, the piece possesses a beauty of blood curdling qualities and with this opening track is the mood set into which the other pieces will evolve. A stunning disc that needs to be discovered by a wider audience. If Japanese avant-garde is your thing, then look no further, this one will certainly enlarge your horizon. Highest possible recommendation. RARE with obi even with only the front side carefuully preserved. Comes dead cheap. Price: 200 Euro

54. VODKA COLLINS: “Tokyo New York” (Express) (Record: Near Mint/ Gatefold Jacket: Near Mint/ Insert: Excellent) The band Vodka Collins was like a comet that burned briefly and brightly over the Tokyo rock scene. In their two year existence as a unit they dominated the rock n roll world of Japan and their sole album “Tokyo New York” is considered a milestone and a ground breaking LP amongst musicians in the domestic Japan rock scene. The disc contained three hit singles, “Sands Of Time”, “Automatic Pilot” and “Billy Mars”. All killer tracks. The core band of Vodka Collins consisted of singer-guitarist Alan Merrill and drummer percussionist Hiroshi Oguchi (of Tempters and PYG). Music-wise they can be affiliated with their British counterpart band T Rex. Quickly closing the ranks of the outfit was Hiroshi “Monsieur” Kamayatsu of Spiders fame on rhythm guitar, and Take Yokouchi (of the Four Leaves) on bass. Initially Vodka Collins actually started out when Merrill and Oguchi were called in to back up Monsieur on some solo shows after his band The Spiders broke up. Merrill and Oguchi started to experiment with Merrill's newly written glam rock songs providing the foundation for what would merge into Vodka Collins. With the addition of guitarist Take Yokouchi Vodka Collins was born. Right from the star they began recording and a steady fan base grew in their wake. The demand for an album was so great that the LP was hastily recorded a fact that attributed its charm and sparkling interplay. The Vodka Collins phenomenon was growing, and they were spearheading a new direction in the Japanese rock scene. However, beneath the surface, their management was choking the life out of the band by withholding money. Before Vodka Collins became insanely busy, Merrill was able to augment his Vodka Collins income by doing recording sessions as a session player for producers Yuya Uchida and Miki Curtis, playing on records by the likes of Garo, Too Much, Yamashita Kejiro and Hirao Masaki. When Vodka Collins’ fame hit the ceiling, he had to rely on the meager income the band was able to generate. Sucked dry by managers and chocked by overnight success, Vodka Collins split up in the winter of 1973. The band was being ripped and raped sideways, front and backwards which left Merrill with no other option but to board a plane for London the day before Vodka Collins were about to headline at the Budokan. Stellar disc comes with fold out insert. A must, one of the greatest gem and widely overlooked Japanese rock artifacts. SOLD
55. WALDRON, MAL & KIMIKO KASAI: “One For Lady” (Victor Records – SMJX-10119) (Record: Near Mint/ Gatefold Jacket: Near Mint/ Attached Booklet: Near Mint/ Obi: Mint). Original 1971 Japan first original pressing all complete with booklet and OBI!!! Great line-up with Kimiko Kasai on sweet velvet vocals, Mal Waldron on the ivory keys, Yoshio Suzuki on bass and Hiroshi Murakami on drums. So beautiful, it sucks me in each time I play this one. Top copy, all complete with obi. Price: 30 Euro
56. MAL WALDRON QUINTET: "Hard Talk" (Enja/ Victor Musical Industries - SMJ-6096) (Record: Near Mint/ Jacket: Near Mint/ Insert: Near Mint/ Obi: Mint). Top condition Japanese original pressing that came out in 1975!!!! Killer line-up consisting out of Mal Waldron; Manfred Schoof; Steve Lacy; Isla Eckinger and Allen Blairman. Recorded live in 1974....comes with rare obi and next to impossible to upgrade upon. SOLD
57. WRIGHT, FRANK QUARTET: “Center of the World” (Center of the World - CW-001) (Record: Near Mint/ Jacket: VG++ ~ Excellent). First original French only pressing of killer Wright action. Here you have another delirious free jazz blast straight from the past, ready to jack up and inject your life with enough thrill and joy to last a lifetime. Center of the World Records was Frank Wright's own imprint and this disc was the first to come out on the label. The quartet here reads like a dream-team of free blowing spirits- Rev. Frank Wright on tenor, Muhammad Ali on the skins, Alan Silva on contrabass and Bobby Few on the keys. Together they unleash a tsunami of vicious interplay, full frontal collision interaction and uncompromising improvisational mayhem. In other words a free jazz classic that rips through all the registers known to man. This baby burns and will leave core-melting tire-tracks all over your sorry ass. You won't regret a single second wasted while emerging yourself into this sonic whiplash of sound. Hell, you will even condemn yourself for not having obtained this baby much earlier. Get it now, great price seen the scarcity of this disc. Highest recommendation. SOLD
58. WYATT, ROBERT: “Old Rottenhat” (Rough Trade/ Tokuma Japan – 25RTL-3011) Promo copy, 1st original Japanese pressing of subliminal solo recordings by former Soft Machine and Matching Mole kingpin. Stuff of legends, Wyatt solo material is amazing and so needed. TOP copy. Price: 35 Euro
59. WYATT, ROBERT: “Nothing can stop us” (Rough Trade/ Victor – VIP-4228) Promo copy, 1st original Japanese pressing of subliminal solo recordings by former Soft Machine and Matching Mole kingpin. Stuff of legends, Wyatt solo material is amazing and so needed. TOP copy. Price: 35 Euro

60. YAMASHITA YOSUKE TRIO: “Dancing Kojiki – Intro & Theme; Mokujiki – Jul. 1969 in Waseda” (Maro Records) (Record: Excellent ~ Near Mint/ Jacket: Near Mint/2 Inserts: Near Mint). Privately released free jazz monster that hit the streets in April 1971 in supposedly a micro edition of 250 to 300 copies. The label itself was established by actor and Butoh dancer Miga Akago with the sole intention of releasing this vintage archival material, making that this release is the single one to have ever come out on the Maro Records imprint. The sound was culled from the Tokyo 12 Channel television station who had recorded Yamashita Trio’s concert of July 1969 at the Waseda University and subsequently also issued it as the video “Document Seishun”. But that aside, the material on this disc is just a vicious racket of free form interplay of the highest echelon. At this time, the inaugural trio was besides Yamashita freewheeling on the keys made up out of Nakamura S. howling away at the sax like a werewolf in heat and Moriyama T. pounding away on the drums like a tsunami rolling with a thunderous behemoth force into a remote fishing village, flattening all that comes into its way. The three of them raised hell and resurrected Cain along the way. If the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse had to generate a sound to accompany them upon Judgment Day, this would be it and nobody would be spared. A terrifying whirlwind of sonic furry. Hardcore free jazz at its most incinerating. Killer material. Comes dead cheap... SOLD

61. YAMASHITA YOSUKE TRIO: “Mokujiki” (Victor Records – SMJX-10088) (Record: Near Mint ~ Mint/ Gatefold Jacket: Near Mint). Another vintage cornerstone of the Japanese first wave free jazz pantheon. Classic first wave trio line-up with Yamashita manning the ivory keys, Nakamura Seiichi fire-breathing on tenor and soprano saxophone with Moriyama Takeo’s dynamic and frenzied drumming interlocking perfectly and catapulting the whole affair into the stratosphere. When the first burst of sonic madness comes in, it is every bit as violent as the intervening action. Clangorous piano chords burst in over a kaleidoscopic array of sax and drum interaction, flying aloft and with impetuous roar pursues the foaming surges of water breaking on rocks, making it feel as if the trio is engaged in trench warfare. The particular chemistry & poetry between these three players is furiously alive. Drums skitter in freefall, as Yosuke Yamashita’s piano-playing veers from modal jazz to free atonality, switching dance partners from Alice Coltrane to Anton Webern while Nakamura makes you feel like standing in the midst of a prison riot in full swing with Moriyama keeping the beat amidst tears and fist shaking tirades. This is the real deal a free jazz king-hell, highlife fuck-around sonic experience from start to finish. Bloody rare first original pressing and in top condition. One of the hardest to track down of Yamashita Yosuke’s early releases. Another one I can let go for the cheap and in pristine condition!!!. SOLD