A bunch of Broadway standards, Shubert Alley is Torme’s masterpiece, a wonderful jazz vocal album — with Marty Paich and band (featuring Art Pepper) going after the sound of Miles’ The Birth Of The Cool.
Fabulous piano quartet jazz (including Jim Hall) from a single night in 1956. All three Contemporary LPs.
The two 1957 LPs — the first more intimate, with quartet and trio settings (four with Carmen playing her own piano accompaniment); the second an all-star session, with Charlie Shavers, Jimmy Cleveland amongst em.
Compiled by singer Takashi Mizutani from the original tapes he used for the Rallizes video released in 1992.
‘All-time kosmiche drone classic, its stratospheric violin and wha-mouthed explorations are guaranteed to make moonwalkers out of fans of Tony Conrad’s Outside The Dream Syndicate…’
Live recordings, one hour each from 1974, 1975, 1977 and 1980.
Karuna Khayal runnings from 1975. ‘Orchestrated fuzz guitar, echo-drenched percussion, reverbed bass, zithers, assorted taped sounds and vocals that are simply inspired… a must for devotees of Faust and Can.’
Spiritualized, trippy prog from 1971, the band’s sole, legendary recording, featuring the jazzy fuzz guitar of Kimio Mizutani.
The 1971 recording, in the run-up to the Far East Family Band: two long, spaced-out excursions, genuine Eastern psych (if a little Pink Floyd), sparsely beautiful, with electric sitars and various percussion.
Out originally on Iskra — drone improvisation with John Cage, Harry Partch and Fluxus in its genes, and Taj Mahal Travellers in its mind’s eye.
Revered heavy space rock from 1973, like a Far East early-days Pink Floyd, with touches of Tangerine Dream.
The 1969 second album is at least the equal of their debut. The songs are darker and more paranoid, the grooves more enveloping and driving.
Pioneering psych-meets-electronics nut-out to put alongside your United States Of America, Silver Apples and Lothar albums. Theremins, oscillators, darkness — and the unhinged Red The Sign Post. First class repress.
Proper gatefold-sleeve heavy-vinyl repress for this legendary slab of Japanese psych, prog and groove magic.