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they seem to be a band which have been more talked about than heard; or even more referred to than listened to. has anyone here ever heard "live 1977"?? i've been consistently unable to get it from any filesharing program (has anyone had any more luck?), but the few mp3s of theirs that i've obtained have intrigued me...

toby, Thursday, 20 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

new "i can't think of anything more to say" answers

toby, Thursday, 20 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I've got MP3s of it Toby - remind me at an FAP and I'll do you a copy. It's fuzzy but good.

Tom, Thursday, 20 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Got 'live 77' as MP3 files. Two hours of 'amarchy in Japan' if you ask me and the sort of thing your typizal sonic youth fan would hate (a good thing). Tom, if you have the MP3 of 'Flames of Ice' make sure you provide the man a copy.

Julio Desouza, Thursday, 20 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Why do you think the 'typical Sonic Youth fan' would hate it? "Flames Of Ice" is blistering, yes.

Tom, Thursday, 20 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Tom- That opinion is based on reaction to their goodbye 20th century tour. I was thinking if they had taken Takayanagi's 'New directions' group or say, Rallizes, on tour with them, I think a lot of them might have fucked off to the bar.

In fact, I recall reading abt the time SY took Descension as the support act and they were apparently heckled. Descension do make that sort of blistering sound.

Julio Desouza, Thursday, 20 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

there's another thread somewhere where i posted a cool picture of them.

jess, Thursday, 20 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Jess- I remeber now that there's already a thread abt them. There's also a website. Just google it. It's in japanese but there is a dicog and some good pics as well (well some are not so good, leather just doesn't fit with some ppl).

Julio Desouza, Thursday, 20 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

which would be here.

jess, Thursday, 20 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

i still haven't been able to track down any of the cd's...yet. i know they're out there but all i've heard so far has been a clutch of mp3's. i'm glad this thread has reminded me to keep looking as i've been listening to a lot of japanese psyche lately (albeit on the quieter end: nagisa ni te, etc.)

jess, Thursday, 20 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Jess- good luck finding them. Last time they released anything was in 1991. They reissued (as far as I recall) a couple of albums and a video. The were quickly snapped up by record collector scum and now I'm sure they sell at coronary inducing prices!

It's a pity I don't have a CD burner. These MP3 files are stuck in the prison that is my computer hard drive! The only thing that makes me think (if I play this loud enough it might actually damage my speakers).

Julio Desouza, Thursday, 20 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Yes, that picture became my wallpaper when I saw it. THANK U JESS MAN!!! Audiogalaxy had a lot of MP3s and I was able to fill 2 CD-Rs with them. I also met a nice music store clerk who gave me two-hour videotape that I have yet to watch because I'm waiting for The Perfect Moment (or maybe just the perfect drug).

alex in montreal, Thursday, 20 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

there was a pretty informative primer on jap psyche in the wire two years ago or so, so if i can find it while i'm packing i'll see if it has any info. it was where i first heard of them, if memory serves. now, has anyone heard the EARLIER bands in "the scene" like...shit, my memory just went blank...the cups? the jacks? dr. teeth and the electric mayhem?

jess, Thursday, 20 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

jess- you want the wire with scanner on the cover. I discovered fushitsusha and rallizes from this. Have heard taj mahal travellers as well. 'August 1974' is excellent document. Violin's scrap and plenty of electronics. quite a lot ot absorb but i haven't heard any of the earlier stuff like jacks.

Theres a new taj mahal travellers reissue as reviewed on the latest wire as well. prob. pick it up.

Julio Desouza, Thursday, 20 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

hurrah! thanks tom

toby, Thursday, 20 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Just to inform that a bootleg of Live 77 has appeared. it arrived on the post yeastreday and its a 2 LP (vinyl) set. It's all enclosed in a blackcover with a photo of mizutani with his guitar, which was prob photocopied from the Rallizes site pic gallery (i'll check later). This is glued onto the black cover (no artwork really). Inside, two pieces of black vinyl. No track titles or anything.

The sequencing is wrong. Here's the track listing, from rallizes web page:

1. Enter the Mirror 11'30"

2. ???????12'04"

3. ???16'12"

4. ?????11'35"

1. ?????15'32"

2. ???????8'30"

3. The Last One 25'24"

Disk 1: 2nd track is called 'Night of the Assassins' 3. Flames of Ice 4. A memory is far Disk 2: don't have the translation to 1 and 2.

The first 3 tracks on disc 1 is OK (1 and 2 on 'side 1' of the vinyl. Flames of ice on 'side 2' but A memory is far is not the last track on the vinyl. That is the 8:30 secs one on disc 2).

Its a straight swap (since it probably wouldn't fit due to the time considerations). Can you fit 27+ mins onto one side of vinyl?

Also the last (i think) 10 secs of memory is far is missing (just noting this, if you 15.32+11.35 that is slightly more than 27 mins). But i think my MP3 of the 'last one' is 21 mins long whereas I think they have all 25 mins onto vinyl (the bassline is the same 'melody' but it's a slightly different tuning I think, but I'll have to check).

I'm wondering also why didn't they bootleg it onto 2xCDs. maybe vinyl was cheaper...

It's a very good record. and when it's that good things like artwork don't matter. My small speakers connected to my computer cannot do justice to the sound of this band as I play the Mp3s. but my stereo speakers can as I play the vinyl (though it would surely pale in comparison to seeing this stuff live). So I'm glad I got it. Amazing what some of these bands were working at on the other side of the planet (recorded 'le 12 mars 1977 a Tachikawa' as it says on the webpage). It is a psychedelic rock record but the way they go on their 'noise assault' is pretty remarkable. so if you have a shitty computer get hold of it (I had most of these as MP3s but I had to get it).

Julio Desouza, Sunday, 11 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

two months pass...
Desperately trying to hear the legendary group but to no avail. Anyone can help?

Joseph Tham, Friday, 11 October 2002 07:08 (nineteen years ago) link

try and track down the bootlegs. I got the 2 Lps through 'other music' shop (from new york). google it and email to ask.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Friday, 11 October 2002 09:10 (nineteen years ago) link

has anyone here heard Speed Glue & Shinki? no neither have i but i bet they are great, just 'cause i think that is like the greatest band name ever.

unknown or illegal user (doorag), Saturday, 12 October 2002 06:32 (nineteen years ago) link

er...isn't this, like the wrong thread doorag?

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Saturday, 12 October 2002 10:13 (nineteen years ago) link

oh probably

unknown or illegal user (doorag), Saturday, 12 October 2002 13:49 (nineteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
I'M GETTING A BOOT CDR THROUGH GEMM. IT'S COSTING ME $40.00 BUCKS BUT I WAN IT BAD ENOUGH. MIGHT BURN IT AN D SELL ON EBAY. ANYHOW IT'S CALLED HEAVIER THAN A DEATH IN THE FAMILY AND IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE THE SUPERIOR MIX VERSION OF LIVE '77. I WILL BURN AND TRADE FOR ANYTHING INTERESTING. I LIKE AVANTE GARDE, ESOTERIC PROG, PSYCH, NOISE AND ALMOST EVERYTHING ON NURSE WITH WOUND LIST. LET ME KNOW ANYONE.
STEVE

stephen cooper, Monday, 28 October 2002 16:41 (nineteen years ago) link

two months pass...
aaagh ok WHEN in the year 2002 was this bloody "smokin' cigarette blues 69" cd single released???

(if anyone here has it etc etc x 100000000000000)

zemko (bob), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 21:31 (nineteen years ago) link

i thought i was paying attention that year too

zemko (bob), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 21:32 (nineteen years ago) link

(also if we're gonna have a million dullard US guitar group threads on ilm i may as well bump this up)

zemko (bob), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 21:34 (nineteen years ago) link

good on you zemko. I only have that live 77 db LP boot (its good). I tried finding it!

ah, stephen cooper, where are you? you emailed me and we chatted for a while and now you're gone 4evah!

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 21:47 (nineteen years ago) link

one month passes...
revive! i've found good slsk sources for this stuff, but there's tonnes of it - what, beyond live 77, should i be getting? i found an article by julian cope somewhere where he says their studio stuff is crap - is this true? which concerts are a priority?

toby (tsg20), Thursday, 6 March 2003 07:04 (nineteen years ago) link

aquarius has a new reissue for sale and some clips on their site

JasonD (JasonD), Thursday, 6 March 2003 07:09 (nineteen years ago) link

what recommendations do you all have for good sites to download mp3s of their LIVE stuff?

roger adultery (roger adultery), Thursday, 6 March 2003 07:46 (nineteen years ago) link

after _live '77_, i recommend:
_french demo tape_ (this is really my favorite, i think)
_sunset glow festival 1975_
_live et studio 67-69_
the mizutani solo/rallizes split

there are a couple of things labelled variously "mass studio demo" or "mars studio demo" that are somewhat different - one features two versions of "romance of black grief" (i think) that are surprisingly subtle and have some nice tape-delay messing about. the other (september 9th, 1980) is atypical rallizes stuff with some noisy guitar.

the "red" cdr is pretty good, too, but as with all rallizes stuff they generally just did the same batch of songs again and again.

your null fame (yournullfame), Thursday, 6 March 2003 08:12 (nineteen years ago) link

what recommendations do you all have for good sites to download mp3s of their LIVE stuff?

slsk!

thanks, your null fame; btw, are you on slsk? cos i'm d/ling rallizes stuff from someone whose user name isn't all that far from yours.

toby (tsg20), Thursday, 6 March 2003 09:24 (nineteen years ago) link

I have a CD boot of Live '77 on the way to me from Midheaven Mailorder in SF, CA. Check to see if they have more in stock quickly! The periodic piracies of this elusive jewel always move fast! Scratch Records had another CD in stock which I did not get, as I'm waiting to "live with" the Live '77 thing for a bit before I take the full plunge.

John Bullabaugh (John Bullabaugh), Saturday, 8 March 2003 17:31 (nineteen years ago) link

Oh yeah - I think the thing Scratch had was Heavier Than A Death In the Family, and I do not think it is the same as Live '77 - but I'm not positive.

John Bullabaugh (John Bullabaugh), Saturday, 8 March 2003 17:34 (nineteen years ago) link

Update! Midheaven was, in fact, out of stock. However, Yod records lists both Volumes of a thing called "Fucked Up & Naked". Two different 2LP sets. I have e-mailed them regarding actual availability. Seems every time I try to order something by Rallizes, it ends up being out-of-stock. Julian Cope's Head Heritage site shows an item called "Blind Baby Has His Mother's Eyes". At last check, Scratch Records was showing "Heavier Than A Death In the Family" in their catalogue... Oh, and Soulseek has several MP3s...

John Bullabaugh (John Bullabaugh), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 22:52 (nineteen years ago) link

The Live 77 Double CD sounds quite good. I got one at Aquarius. It's the same as the first boot LP but in the same order as the SIXE release.
As far as the second boot LP goes, does anyone have a track listing? I'm paricularly curious about the side long Motorhead / motorcycle-like track on there. The rest of it is 80s Rallizes which I'm not as down with like they're using transistor amps.
Oh yeah, way up above I saw a reference to Takayanagi Masayuki. Does anyone have any of his stuff from 1975? I'm looking to hear:

Eclipse [Iskra 001]
Axis Another Revolvable Thing 1 [Offbeat ORLP-1005]
Axis Another Revolvable Thing 2 [Offbeat ORLP-1009]

- Holly

holly jupiter, Saturday, 15 March 2003 02:02 (nineteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
The translations for the 1st 2 songs on the second disc of the Live '77 bootleg CD I have, which is Le 12 Mars 1977 a Tachikawa, are:

1. Strong Out Deeper Than the Night (no, it is not supposed to be "strung")
2. Reapers of the Night

John Bullabaugh (John Bullabaugh), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 01:15 (nineteen years ago) link

''Oh yeah, way up above I saw a reference to Takayanagi Masayuki. Does anyone have any of his stuff from 1975? I'm looking to hear:
Eclipse [Iskra 001]
Axis Another Revolvable Thing 1 [Offbeat ORLP-1005]
Axis Another Revolvable Thing 2 [Offbeat ORLP-1009]''


yeah if anyone has this stuff and is up for tape trading. gimme gimme email.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 08:15 (nineteen years ago) link

Rallizes merch update: The 2-LP item billed as Fucked Up & Naked Vol. 1 is in fact yet another reissue of Live '77. The good news is that it sounds great! A bit better than the most recent 2-CD version I think...

John Bullabaugh (John Bullabaugh), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 19:21 (nineteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
Went to a Japanese Rallizes discography page & was alarmed & depressed to see how much bootleg stuff is out there. There are several 10-disc bootleg sets listed, in addition to the boot/pirate versions of '77 and '73 that are floating around..........

John Bullabaugh (John Bullabaugh), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 15:57 (nineteen years ago) link

you're not the only one who was 'depressed' abt the amount of bootlegs listed on that site (I wonder abt the guy who runs it).

They are the japanese grateful dead but like better than that. hopefully some shit will appear some day.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 16:13 (nineteen years ago) link

Hey! Yes, I'm hoping to see some of that stuff emerge in more readily available form. Speaking of which, its about time somebody reissued Live '73 again, isn't it?

John Bullabaugh (John Bullabaugh), Thursday, 24 April 2003 17:31 (nineteen years ago) link

yes it has benn 'reissued' (its all boots really). I haven't found a copy. good luck.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Thursday, 24 April 2003 17:57 (nineteen years ago) link

is anyone familiar with the Rallizes' Cragale CD-R? (FND-S1). 6 tracks, from '73, '76, '80 and '81. track listing?

summerslastsound (summerslastsound), Thursday, 24 April 2003 18:45 (nineteen years ago) link

hey gimme a copy. let me take a closer look and I'll find out for ya ;-)

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Thursday, 24 April 2003 19:07 (nineteen years ago) link

cragale was a japanese label - i think originally in the 80s they did some super-rare vinyl stuff and more recently they reissued some stuff on cdr. dunno if they ever did any rallizes stuff (only connection i can find between the two is an ebay auction).

your null fame (yournullfame), Thursday, 24 April 2003 19:25 (nineteen years ago) link

Julio, Apparently all of the Live '73 boots are old and not readily available now. I was publicly wishing for a new one to pop out that I could order from Eclipse or Aquarius or somebody... I have seen tons of Rallizes stuff on Soulseek. Might have to go to that.

John Bullabaugh (John Bullabaugh), Friday, 25 April 2003 12:02 (nineteen years ago) link

I don't download but I'm hoping some of this stuff will turn up. cheers.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Friday, 25 April 2003 12:12 (nineteen years ago) link

i just got an announcement for this release. anyone heard anything about it?

QBICO Label:

OUT NOW QBICO 09/10

ARTHUR DOYLE/TAKASHI MIZUTANI/SABU TOYOZUMI- Live in Japan, 1997 (QBICO 09/10) 2LP folder cover, Qbico 09: black&red vinyl (very few pink&black or brown vinyl)/Qbico 10: black&yelloworange, liner notes by Ilya Monosov, cover artwork by Qbico, 450 copies only. $25.
26 copies only with hand-made covers, numbered from A to Z, price: $59 each

Arthur Doyle- tenor sax, flute, voice/Takashi Mizutani- electric guitar/Sabu
Toyozumi- drums

Rec. live November 14, 1997 @ Manda-la2, Tokyo, Japan

info at http://qbic.web.planet.it/QBICO%20RECORDS.htm

b zuraw (bryan zuraw), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 00:49 (nineteen years ago) link

ilya monosov has really managed to wedge himself in to things, apparently. and gotta love that pricing - "it's $25. why? because you'll fucking pay it, sport!"

your null fame (yournullfame), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 01:53 (nineteen years ago) link

Crazy political stories abound around the Rallizes camp. Guitarist was allegedly involved in a plot to hijack an airliner (he didn't go through with it, but others did) -- the French thing is definitely worth seeking too after the double live discs.

Anyone interested in Japanese psych/scuzz should seek the Gaseneta disc on PSF. 1978-era total punk garbage guitar that influenced High Rise later (who apparently shared some music on a cassette release with Gaseneta). Imagine speed-psych acid mothers minus the reverb, with a lot grottier production and a guy plowing through solos ultra-fast with gloves on...hits the spot for me!

Brian Turner (btwfmu), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 03:20 (nineteen years ago) link

Sorry, it's from way earlier in the thread: https://youtu.be/sbhtAejVmEg

It's on the kick drum; you can see it pretty clearly at around 5:30. I know Mizutani was involved in radical left politics, but sometimes radical left-wingers become radical right-wingers. I have a feeling something else is going on here, but it just bugs me not to know because I otherwise idolize this band.

berlihe, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 12:11 (three years ago) link

probably general cluelessness/shock value thing going on

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 9 May 2019 03:53 (three years ago) link

yeah, my best guess is it's a stooges tribute sort of thing ?

i did like four hours of research this morning and nothing turned up.

sent a few emails, will see if that yields anything but i strongly suspect (and hope) this was an idiosyncratic, very stupid, isolated occurrence.

budo jeru, Thursday, 9 May 2019 05:02 (three years ago) link

Thanks for the replies! Yeah, I almost wonder if it was just there from the last act or something. I did a fair amount of research too (limited, of course, by not speaking Japanese), but all references to politics are to the Japanese Red Army Faction, etc. Let me know if you hear anything interesting back from your e-mails!

berlihe, Thursday, 9 May 2019 13:20 (three years ago) link

i did hear back and was tipped to a small group of far-right japanese bands doing ultranationalist / oi type things, none of which i feel like discussing in this thread. that said, i went down a discogs rabbit hole trying to see if there was any crossover between musicians in that scene and mitzutani's band c. '94 or really ever. nothing came up but tbh i didn't try all that hard. if that seems like a promising tip to you, feel free to send me an ilx mail and i can give you names of bands and musicians who were most certainly using nazi iconography / lyrics on purpose. as for me i'm going to move on i guess.

budo jeru, Friday, 10 May 2019 04:30 (three years ago) link

I thought the swastika was used quite a lot for shock value during punk and before. You see it on Siouxdie's armband, Side thirty, Gonn's amp cover et etc.

So would think it tied in with that.

Not sure if Ron Asheton's Nazi clothing fetishism does. That may be his own aesthetic.

Stevolende, Friday, 10 May 2019 07:36 (three years ago) link

my phone autocorrected Siouxsie's armband and Sid's tshirt.
THere were other uses of the symbol at the time too.
& Gonn were 10 years earlier, their Black Out of Gretely is a killer garage track.

Stevolende, Friday, 10 May 2019 09:21 (three years ago) link

Thanks for looking into it -- I'm tempted to do that discogs digging, but I think instead I'll just choose to believe that it was the drummer's misguided Stooges tribute. I just think that if Mizutani had taken a Nazi turn in the '90s, that would have made it into the legend. The fact that he played with Arthur Doyle in '97 also makes it unlikely (though not impossible!) that he believed in Aryan supremacy.

berlihe, Friday, 10 May 2019 14:15 (three years ago) link

not sure if anything is to be gained by my weighing in here but ime the general Japanese grasp of Naziism and its tenets, both in theory and in practice, is very limited. This stuff is not taught in Japanese schools, the European context and history of it is obscured, and the understanding of the symbolism is vague. The average Japanese person does not really know what a Nazi was (much less a Jew).

That being said, it makes it more likely that that flag was more in the spirit of punk provocateurs, primarily British, that trotted out Nazi imagery for shock value, a detailed discussion of which recently took place here: The Ian Curtis memorial thread. It seems reasonable to assume that Les Rallizes Denudes were not real European Theater WWII buffs and more likely taking cues from a musical culture/iconography with which they were more passingly familiar (Stooges, UK punk, etc.)

Οὖτις, Friday, 10 May 2019 15:28 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

It has been announced via the official Rallizes website that Takashi Mizutani died in 2019, which is a very on-brand way of breaking this news:
https://www.lesrallizesdenudes-official.com/

Heaviest RIP. The statement on the website says we can expect archival releases "with far more alive and striking sound than the bootlegs that have been circulating over twenty years"(!)

J. Sam, Wednesday, 20 October 2021 19:46 (six months ago) link

damn rip

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 20 October 2021 19:53 (six months ago) link

some are saying that Mizutani may not actually be gone ... former band members are claiming they talked to him last year. the plot thickens?

tylerw, Wednesday, 20 October 2021 20:12 (six months ago) link

Big if true!

J. Sam, Wednesday, 20 October 2021 20:23 (six months ago) link

rip...if true, lol

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 20 October 2021 22:42 (six months ago) link

this is all so much in character, happy to remain confused (esp if we get better quality recordings that aren't on that fucking Phoenix guy's pirate label)

Communist Hockey Goblin (sleeve), Thursday, 21 October 2021 00:30 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Interview with former bassist Makoto Kabuta, who's overseeing the remastering

Duke, Friday, 5 November 2021 13:05 (six months ago) link

that was fabulous, thanks. I hope they sue the shit out of the Radioactive/Phoenix dude.

Communist Hockey Goblin (sleeve), Friday, 5 November 2021 15:07 (six months ago) link

My copy of '77 Live (retitled Le 12 Mars 1977 à Tachikawa is on the "Over Level" label, which only put out two releases according to Discogs; the other one is another Rallizes bootleg from 1972.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 5 November 2021 15:11 (six months ago) link

that was fabulous, thanks. I hope they sue the shit out of the Radioactive/Phoenix dude.

does seem like he's probably made a decent chunk of change off of this music. also he is very lame.

tylerw, Friday, 5 November 2021 15:20 (six months ago) link

amazing interview though! excited to see what comes next... LRD deserves way better than what they've gotten, will be great to have official, well-done versions of these records. will remastering change the entire vibe, though??? (probably not)

tylerw, Friday, 5 November 2021 15:22 (six months ago) link

lol I hope not!

Communist Hockey Goblin (sleeve), Friday, 5 November 2021 15:33 (six months ago) link

Decent masters should only enhance the vibe! Had no idea about the Hosono / Sandii & the Sunsetz connection.

witherspoons (Matt #2), Friday, 5 November 2021 15:35 (six months ago) link

Glad I offloaded most of the boots I had (especialy from the aforementioned organisation) but I'm sort of expecting releases to trickle out at most if the family don't get someone experienced to take it on. Great interview.

Noel Emits, Friday, 5 November 2021 16:15 (six months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_34Jq5pTDSU

kurt schwitterz, Friday, 5 November 2021 16:51 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Just got round to this now, good interview. Doubt we will learn anything new from the remasters though, but nice to get some info on what that kind of scene might be like.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 25 November 2021 23:08 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrQL7K-BdOU

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Tuesday, 14 December 2021 16:54 (five months ago) link

fantastic

nxd, Tuesday, 14 December 2021 16:55 (five months ago) link

oh wow - https://pitchfork.com/news/les-rallizes-denudes-officially-release-white-awakening-listen/

StanM, Tuesday, 14 December 2021 18:06 (five months ago) link

three months pass...

Well this'll keep ya going

https://lightintheattic.net/releases/8593-the-oz-tapes

Operating out of a small upstairs space just around the corner from the train station in the Kichijoji neighborhood of Tokyo, OZ was a scruffy, DIY affair that lasted not much more than a year. Between June 1972 to September 1973, the cafe and performance space became the nerve center for the city’s burgeoning underground and counterculture set.

Hadaka No Rallizes, aka Les Rallizes Dénudés, the psychedelic noisemakers originally from Kyoto, was one of the marquee names at OZ. Led by the enigmatic Takashi Mizutani, the now-legendary band was one of the earliest bookings for the venue, and would ultimately close out OZ Last Days, a raucous five-day blowout to celebrate the short but wonderful world of OZ. To commemorate the occasion, recordings made at OZ were released as OZ DAYS LIVE, a private press 2LP set featuring Miyako Ochi, Acid Seven, Masato Minami, Taj Mahal Travellers, and four tracks by the Rallizes—which constituted just a fraction of what had been recorded at the time. For nearly 50 years, these songs remained the only official appearance of the Rallizes on vinyl LP—until now.

With The OZ Tapes, we are finally able to hear the missing pieces. Stored on reels of Scotch analog recording tape, these recordings had laid dormant in storage for almost half a century. The previously unheard material reveals the Rallizes at some of their most unhinged and experimental, as well as moments of delicate tenderness—the two sides of Mizutani that would come to define his band’s legacy. Taken as a whole, The OZ Tapes help to demystify the band’s murky history, yet this vibrant and seemingly relatively innocent era only hints at the explosive, uncharted worlds into which Mizutani would lead the band.

Vinyl only (so far at least), due in November.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 21:08 (one month ago) link

so psyched for this. november so far away though...

stirmonster, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 00:09 (one month ago) link

Ah, very happily there is a full digital edition of this also coming via https://lesrallizesdenudes.bandcamp.com/

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 20:57 (one month ago) link

Also per John Whitson of Holy Mountain: "There’s also going to be a 3CD with the other groups on the original Oz Days comp plus extra LRD some time next year."

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 22:32 (one month ago) link

gahhhhhh so cool

thinkmanship (sleeve), Wednesday, 6 April 2022 22:34 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

Annnnd that digital release of their OZ Tapes material is now live.

https://lesrallizesdenudes.bandcamp.com/album/the-oz-tapes

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 14:38 (three weeks ago) link

brb hittin the bong and pressing play

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 14:39 (three weeks ago) link

Thanks for the reminder!

StanM, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 15:06 (three weeks ago) link

Nice! Still excited for the 3xCD thing too.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 15:06 (three weeks ago) link

so stoked for this

thinkmanship (sleeve), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 15:13 (three weeks ago) link

it sounds so CLEAR

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 16:52 (three weeks ago) link

i'm so happy. dream come true

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 16:58 (three weeks ago) link

really sounds good. what a cool band!

tylerw, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 17:03 (three weeks ago) link

BTW looks like there was a listening party-only release just now, as in a party for this release:

https://www.discogs.com/release/22958801-%E8%A3%B8%E3%81%AE%E3%83%A9%E3%83%AA%E3%83%BC%E3%82%BA-Les-Rallizes-D%C3%A9nud%C3%A9s

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 28 April 2022 03:09 (three weeks ago) link

That was vague: a party for the OZ Tapes release, but now there's this something else out there:

A1 A Shadow On Our Joy = 僕らの喜びに影がさした (Ver.2) 6:44
B1 Wilderness Of False Flowers = 造花の原野 (Ver.2) 18:30

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 28 April 2022 03:10 (three weeks ago) link

Only 100 copies pressed, sold exclusively at the "Fall and Rise of Les Rallizes Dénudés Vol.2" event.

And it was on Temporal Drift so it's legit, whatever it is.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 28 April 2022 03:12 (three weeks ago) link

I really do want to hear this alternate "Wilderness of False Flowers" because it's over twice as long as the version on the new album!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 28 April 2022 03:16 (three weeks ago) link

but that Wilderness Of False Flowers is indeed 3 minutes shorter than on the vinyl EP/single - weird

https://www.lesrallizesdenudes-official.com/en/information/2022-04-06_841/

StanM, Thursday, 28 April 2022 13:01 (three weeks ago) link

New feature/interview up at Bandcamp

https://daily.bandcamp.com/features/les-rallizes-denudes-the-oz-tapes-feature

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 11 May 2022 14:20 (one week ago) link

nice to see that

nxd, Wednesday, 11 May 2022 16:00 (one week ago) link


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