Toshiba-EMI  Kan Mikami : Hiraku Yume Nado Arujanashi (JAP,1972)***°°
(Tr.2, 3 min, Tr.4, 3 min, Tr.5, 4 min)
Tr.6, 3 min
Tr.8, 4 min 7 -114

With a raw bluesy emotional voice and strong emotional acoustic rock songs Kan Mikami makes a distinctive difference with most other singers.  A powerful and original release. Highly recommended.

Descriptions : Noise : "A folk singer who plays extreme music like later punk rock. The antithesis to the sophisticated and soft folk music. 'Hiraku Yume nado Arujyanashi' (I Have Never Had a Dream that Opens), 1972 Includes the cover of female singer Keiko Fuji's hit song "Keiko no Yume wa Yoru Hiraku (Keiko's Dream Opens in the Night)" in the "Enka (grudge song)" style." ; Recordheaven : "Kan Mikami – an underground radical protest folk singer/shouter and actor who was involved in the Tenjo Sajiki and Tokyo Kid Brothers troupes, and by extension, with J.A. Caesar. His first album, ‘Mikami Kan No Sekai’ (‘The World of Kan Mikami’) [1971] apparently contained a kind of folk rock with intense presence and dark, harrowing, ‘real’ lyrical subject matter. I’m not sure if there were any albums between this and the next one I’m aware of, ‘BANG!’ [1974]. It features Yosuke Yamashita’s group and other jazz musicians as his backing, and is reputedly a weirder, more progressive affair, mainly for the title track. This has been described as “a bewildering psychedelic collage of free jazz blasts, musique concrete, tapes and Mikami’s unique voice, silky and caressing one moment, soaring and screaming in agony the next”. Mikami apparently didn’t do much again until the late 80’s, collaborating with Keiji Haino of Fushitsusha for the group Vajra."

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Express    Kazuhiko Kato : Come to my bedside...(1969,re.1999)**°°
Tr.7, 9月はほうき星が流れる時 11 min -142

Solo artist from Folk Crusaders. This is varied folkpop with some "hippie"-free mind touches. This chosen Japanese-sounding song is arranged with a complete orchestra.

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P-Vine Rec.  Kazuhhiko Kato : supergas (JAP,1971)**°'
(Tr.9, 8 min)

Good and varied hippie?-Folkpop/psychpop item with some tracks with close harmony vocal arrangements. This chosen track is a rather lullaby song with the guitar in a somewhat hippie-raga-mode, including a harmonium drone and some handclaps.

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P-Vine Rec.  Kazuhiko Kato : Kato Kazuhko No Sekai /
  The dougnut record 1973 (JAP,1973,re.1999)°

Compilation with early solo work and singles. First track is psychpop, rest is folkpop, and further on we also have some more rather unintersting newrock.

Later Kazuhiko was also part of glam rock band Sadistics Mika Band, and of the "Meiban Graffiti" series of Japanese rock bands. After this group his style evolved to electro-Wave-pop.
P-Vine Rec.  Itsutsu No Akai Husen : in concert (JAP,1970)°°°''
tr.11, 7 min -88

Mostly very mellow folk with mostly terrible but also with a few more charming moments, especially when the female voice participates. This chosen track with flute and harmony vocals possibly stands out a bit, even when flute and vocals sometimes are a bit unstable.

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T..  Yasumi No Koni : Fy Fan (JAP,1972)*°'
(tr.2, 3 min)

A minor highlight is this small  psych-folk instrumental with nice flute, simple percussion, acoustic guitar. The album is psychpop/rock. I asume this album will mean more to people who understand Japanese.
?Masato Minami : The Tropics (JAP,1971)*°°°'
(Tr.8, 7 min, Tr.9, 8 min)
Tr.13, 5 min  -119

Good rock album, with first part in a more American style.  It is especially the second part of the album which is much more original, with inspired singing, and with moody, beautiful songs, accompanied by guitar, piano,.. Unfortunately I had to leave out a few tracks in the radioshow, like this beauty.

Captain Trip : "Legendary musician, Minami Masato introduced the album "Kaikisen (the tropics)" which became the monumental work of Japanese Rock in 1971."
Toshiba-EMIKyoji Nozawa : Hakuchumu / Hakutyumu (daydream) (JAP,1972)**°°'
(Tr.1, 3 min)
Tr.3, 3 min
(Tr.5, 2 min, Tr.8, 4 min)
Tr.9, 7 min 9 -107

An orginal and fine folk-s/sw album with many inspired, delicate songs and inspirations. The songs are mostly well accompanied gently. Second chosen track has delicate rennaissance guitar. Track 5 sounds like a childfriendly word-story-game. Last chosen, delicate track has some additional sparse violin and second vocals.
EMI    The Folk Crusaders : Kigen Nisennen (JAP,1968)***°'
(Tr.2, "Kaettekita Yopparai" 4 min)
(Tr.4, "Dracula.." 3 min, Tr.6, "Oble.." 3 min)
(Tr.11, "Kobu no Nai Naku Na" 4 min, Tr.12, 4 min)

The group adapted on the first two tracks old folk, with some humour and in a creative way. Second chosen track with distorted voice and psych organ is actually more a psychedelic pop song. The album also has good 60's styled music. A very good album worth checking out if you love 60's psych.

Farside Music : Their one and only official studio-recorded album released when the group consisted of three members: Kazuhiko Kato (vocals, guitar), Osamu Kitayama (vocals, bass) and Norihiko Hashida (vocals, guitar). Their smash hit, "Kaettekita Yopparai (The Return of the Dead Drunkard)" is a comical song with high-pitched vocals by fast-forwarding the tape, and it became the origin of the underground folk movement in Japan (around 1970). "Kanashikute Yarikirenai (Deadly Grief)" is a good song with beautiful, lyrical melody." Noise : "Since The Folk Crusaders.. "Many young people began to learn guitar in the wake of the folk boom, and the group helped to inspire 'new music' underground folk and even the rock scene of the 70s. "

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?    The Folk Crusaders : Focru Daihyakkajiten (JAP,196?)**°°'
(Tr.2, "Kokiriko No Takewa" 3 min, Tr.6, "Nannotameni .." 4 min)
Tr.10, 5 min -147

I asume this is a compilation of singles and live recordings.
Second chosen track is an orchestrated 60's styled song. Last track has a funny 'Western' touch.
Japan Rec.    The Folk Crusaders : Harenchi (JAP,1967?)*°

All acoustic songs, including several covers of songs, in a certain typical early 60's ethno-country folk style based upon the popularity of their hit. For me they sounded much more interesting on their true and only album.

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URCKenji Endo : Niyago (JAP,1970)**°°'
Tr.2, ほんとだよ 4 min -128

First album is a combination of new rock with more acoustic tracks. This is my favourite, rather romantic ?  track and a specific song which I like a lot ;  it has some violin and beautiful acoustic guitar arrangements.

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PolydorKenji Endo : Manzoku Dekirukana (JAP,1971)*°°°'
Tr.2, カレーライス 3 min -131

Second album, with more acoustic songs. It sounds like there are more original acoustic songs on this one, not always as easy to grab in its completeness without understanding Japanese. This song also is incredible. As simple as it is it is powerfully emotional

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PolydorKenji Endo : Nageki Nu Ukulele (JAP,1972)*°°
(Tr.8, 歓喜(よろこび)の歌 4 min)

A few tracks are played on ukelele. Most tracks are completely acoustic. The music has something esoteric for understanding it well from outside Japan. Last track is an interpretation from the known melody by Beethoven ?, first in a folk version, then in an "operatic" version with choir and orchestra, sung with almost funny high voice.

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?         Kanenobu Sachiko : Misora (The Sky) (JAP,1972)***°'
Tr.1, 5 min 5 -81
(Tr.3, 4 min, Tr.5, 3 min, Tr.10, 9 min) -audio here & here-

Source : "A classical masterpiece by a Japanese female singer & songwriter. The debut album with total participation of Haruomi Hosono (bass, piano, guitar, arrangement and so on). Songs with acoustic guitar accompaniment. Simple and refreshing sound. Folkie and melodic style like Joni Mitchell." ; : "The first woman rock'n'roll singer/songwriter of her generation in Japan, Sachiko Kanenobu was hailed as Japan's Joni Mitchell when she made her debut in the late sixties. But in 1972, just before the release of her first LP Mi So Ra, Sachiko walked away from her career and emigrated to the United States with her husband, rock critic and Crawdaddy magazine founder Paul Williams." She started to sing in English in US. : "Her first album 'Misora' is today cited as a major influence by a new generation of Japanese musicians. Japanese groups Grapevine and Freebo both recently covered songs from the album, while 'Shibuya-kei' artists, Sunny Day Service, Kenji Ozawa and Kazuyoshi Nakamura all tout her as a source of inspiration. 'Misora' was released during the Japanese 'folk boom' and featured seminal figures Happy End and Haruomi Hosono. Kanenobu was labeled the 'Japanese Joni Mitchell'. However, before the album was even released, she took off to America, not to return to the Japanese music scene until now."

Like the early days from Turid from Sweden can be compared to Joni Mitchell, I think Kanebo Sachiko can be compared simularly, with sensitive honest singing. Recommended.

This release has been reissued now.
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Toshiba-EMI Kanenobu SachikoToki Ni Makasete / rare tracks  (JAP,1972)*°°

The first hanclapped track on this live album she more sounds a bit like a cross between Joan Boaz and Buffy Saint-Marie. On other tracks she's accompanied softly by a band and she altough she sounds somewhat comparable to her first album, most of the songs aren't better versions or  more unique.

She seems also to have made a more recent album with world music styles mixed into it.
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Toshiba-EMI    Kenji Endo : Reimeiki live! (JAP,1968-1971)**°
(Tr.6, 11 min)

On this track Kenji plays a flamenco-raga like style. I had to leave out the track.

PolydorKenji Endo : Kanki No Uta live 1973-4-30 (JAP,1973)*°

This is a calm folk album acompanied by acoustic guitar and here and there a few other instruments like piano..

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?Kenji Endo : Enken No Yojohan Rock (30th Aniv.) (1999)**
(Tr.1, ねえ踊ろうよ 3 min)

Bluesy folk songs with guitar and harmonica, sometimes calm and sometimes more driven. Somehow these versions sound more mature than in 1973, even when the songs are simple and musically not too original. Still, for not understanding the texts the music just sightly does not speak for itself enough for me.

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Kitty Rec./URC     Yoshio Hayakawa : Kakkoiikoto Wa Nante Kakkowaruindarou (JAP,1968)***°
(Tr.2, 4 min, Tr.4, 3 min, Tr.9, 3 min)
Tr.11, 5 min -98

Emotional and somewhat sad-melancholic songs with simple piano, and some percussion, with one track with organ (track 9). The album title means "How Uncool is a Cool Thing"

Description : "His solo debut album released after his band Jacks disbanded. Simple, song-oriented sound with the accompaniment of acoustic guitar, piano and organ. Features a masterpiece "Salvia no Hana (The Flower of Salvia)"."
Himico Rec.   Osamu Okuno : (JAP,1970)**°'
Tr.5, 5 min -124

Good but not overall surprising folkpsych/rock/acid folk s/sw item, with a certain emotionality in vocals. I like the 5th track for its strange psychfolk instrumentation and accompaniment.

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Nippon Columbia   Kan Mikami : best album (JAP,197?,re.1994)***°°
Tr.1, 5 min -93
(Tr.2, 3 min, Tr.3, 5 min, Tr.5, 5 min)

This is a recommended album for the several heartfelt acid folk songs on the first half of the compilation. Track 1 is a beautiful folkpopsong based upon traditional with new rhythms and some orchestration. Also second folk track has folk references. Third track is emotional singersongwriting with acoustic guitar. Track 5 suddenly has an outburst of emotional energy in a very calm song. The second half is less surprising, but still ok.


page 3 : individual releases :

Kanenobu Sachiko 1-2, Itsutsu No Akai Husen, Yasumi No Koni,
Yoshio Hayakawa, Kazuhiko Kato, Kan Mikami 1, Kan Mikami 2, Kyoji Nozawa,
Masato Minami , Osamu Okuno, The Folk Crusaders, The Folk crusaders 3
Shoukichi Kina, Kenji Endo 1-3, Kenji Endo 4-6more...
Other acid folk related singers worth to mention (from list here) are :

Yasumi no Kuni : "The personal band of singer/songwriter Teruyuki Takahashi (vocals and guitar). From the late 1960s until the early 1970s, the members of Jacks in the late period (except Yoshio Hayakawa) -Hitoshi Tanino (bass), Hiro Tsunoda (drums) and Takasuke Kida (flute, vibraphone, saxophone, trumpet, keyboards)- had joined as the backing members. This album was released on URC in 1972, as one album that included seven tracks from their first album 'Yasumi no Kuni' (directed by Yoshio Hayakawa. Released in 1969 as a limited edition for URC club members only, coupled with " Nobuyasu Okabayashi Recital") and five tracks from their second album 'Fy Fan' (produced in 1972, but not released). Psych/acid folk rock full of sense of emptiness. Recommended to those who like Jacks."

Masato Tomobe : "A folk singer who also had worked as a poet. His debut album released on URC. The sensitive and subtle sound greatly influenced by Bob Dylan. The title track is a song in the talking-blues style."

Kenji Endo : "A folk singer like Neil Young. The second album, Manzoku Dekiru-kana (Can You be Satisfied), 1971 features the hit song "Curry Rice (Curried Rice)".

Shigeru Izumiya : "A folk singer who is also known as a character actor. His second album, Shunkashuto (Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter),1972 was produced by Kazuhiko Kato. His early masterpiece. Strumming the guitar hard and singing roughly like crying."

Morio Agata : "His debut album, Otome no Roman (Maiden Romance),1972 is nostalgic folk music on street performance and romanticism of the Taisho Era (1912-1926). Greatly influenced by Yoshio Hayakawa. The hit song "Sekishoku Elegy (Red Elegy)" is based on the manga (graphic novel) by Seiichi Hayashi."
If time left I'll airplay the folkpop funfolk item :

Warner Rec.Shoukichi Kina : Peppermint Tea House (JAP,1980)*°°
Tr.1, "Jing Jing" 4 min

A cooperation of Tea House Folk artist from the Okinawa scene with Ry Cooder. This small hit might be the best track too. It is from a completely different nature than the rest on these page, so completely rhythm-melodic rather foolish song entertainment.
One album I added later somewhere else :

Erebus Rec.   Tokedashita Garasu Bako (="Melting Glass Box") (JAP,1970)****'

with members of Folk Crusaders, Itsutsu No Arai Fusen, Jacks, Blues Creation, April Fool, Happy End
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