Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Lost Aaraaff - same, 1971, LP, JAPAN

Lost Aaraaff's Lost Aaraaff (1971) was devoted to three improvised jams. Their young guitarist, Keiji Haino (3) penned the eastern mass Ama No Gawa - Milky Way (1973). Then, inspired by free-jazz master Takayanagi Masayuki, Haino formed Fushitsusha (2) to play improvised psychedelic jams. Starting with Live I (1989), 100 minutes of noise that ranked among the masterpieces of the psychedelic jam of all times, a bacchanal that vomited debris of Blue Cheer, MC5, Iron Butterfly, free-jazz, Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix, this prolific trio (originally a quartet) released monumental and dissolute works that seemed to know no limits. Fushitsusha (1991) and Hisou - Pathetique (1994) were among the follow-ups, but later releases such as The Wisdom Prepared (1998) and I Saw It (2000) were equally torrential. In the meantime, Haino was also busy with Nijiumu and Vajra. His solo albums included the galactic suites Affection (1992) and Execration (1993), and his boldest experiment, I Said This Is The Son Of Nihilism (1995). As the influences of LaMonte Young and Brian Eno increased, Haino arrived at Abandon All Words At A Stroke So That Prayer Can Come Spilling Out (2001), which contains a hypnotic piece for hurdy-gurdy and treated voice, and an industrial collage of metallic noises, distortions and ghostly vocals. His collaborations included Animamima (2006), with a twenty-piece sitar orchestra.

An early work by Haino Keiji, this was recorded in 1971 but apparently not released until PSF Records put it upon themselves. Consisting of percussion, piano and voice this flows along in an almost jazzy vibe although the occasional shrieks of Haino puts this in the experimental section. A good entrance point for those jazzheads that would like to investigate the sombre works of Haino.


musicgnome said...

I once read in a Aquarius Record review (for Life's S/T Album), how the reviewer considered 1971 as being the best year for rock music, EVER.

I thought it was an odd proposition. But, I read further, noting the examples given; and, then, began to note additional fantastic rock offerings that year in my own collection, I began to see this as a viable conclusion.

Further background, "...1971, yeah! Andee's always kidding me that I (Allan) think 1971 is the best year for rock music ever. That's not true of course ('69 and '70 and '72 were no slouches either!), but I do rate it pretty highly. There were SO MANY great records that year, among them Tago Mago, First Utterance, Nursery Cryme, Music To Eat, Satori, Master Of Reality, Funkadelic, Neu! 1, Culpeper's Orchard, Demon And Eleven Children, Love It To Death, In Search Of Space, Stormcock...ohmigod...there's so many. I don't know how I would have survived if I was of a music-buying age in 1971."

Looking at the albums you are posting AND the number of items from the above list, which are also NWW candidates, only furthers this conclusion.

Either way, much thanks for adding another item to this list of reasons.

Anonymous said...

really great record. people should pick it up for real.

i think that haino has done some of his very best work in the present time.

Anonymous said...

Exellent album thaks man!

SonceGrib said...

Great Psychedelic Impromovements!

edlorado said...

thanks for sharing!

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Unknown said...

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