Toshiaki Yokota & The Beat Generation - Flute Adventure. 1971 Japan


Toshiaki Yokota & The Beat Generation - Flute Adventure. 1971 King

CD reissue: 2007 King

Packaging notes: An insanely rare album in original form, the surprise CD reissue from King was an instant purchase for yours truly.

Notes: I first heard about this Japanese album nearly 20 years ago, from a rarities catalog called Turbulence. Some of you old-timers I'm sure recall those great Greg Pawelko lists. (Greg, you still out there man? Get in touch!) Greg stated it reminded him of Yatha Sidhra’s “Meditation Mass” or maybe some other underground Krautrock album from the great Ohr label. Well, I have to tell you folks - that most certainly grabbed my attention!

Except I never saw it listed again.

Anywhere.

Ever.

I began to doubt its existence after while, since no one ever claimed they knew anything about it. Part of the problem was that I had Mr. Yokota's name spelled wrong. I knew he was on the Love Live Life + 1 album (I always presumed he was the "+ 1" but I'm not sure of that). He was also a guest on Kimio Mizutani's excellent "A Path Through Haze" as well as Hiro Yanagida's "Milk Time". He was definitely embedded in the Japanese underground brain-scorched Rat Pack that's for sure.

So you can imagine my shock when I found out that "Flute Adventure" was not only out on CD, but a legitimate press on one of Japan’s major labels: King Records. This revelation of its existence came to me in early 2007 (the CD was officially released on March 7, 2007), to which I couldn't hand my money over fast enough. The funny thing is it was released under their "Jazz Swing" series. Uh, yea... that's what this is! Not.

"Flute Adventure" is exactly as was touted by Greg – a mix of flute based underground acid psych and ethnic woodwind journeys drizzled with a dash of cocktail lounge. So, yes, a little Yatha Sidhra, a little Bjorn J:Son Lindh, some Jeremy Steig, even a smattering of Herbie Mann – all through the Ohr label aesthetic of phased out monsters like Annexus Quam. And it’s a full band effort, not just an album with solo flute. No, this one has plenty of fuzz guitar and tribal percussion to add to the party.

Absolutely essential for the freakshow hidden deep within you.

Interesting to note that all the tracks are in either French or Portuguese (thanks Isabel!).

1. Suites "Le Soleil Etait Encore Chaud"
--Clair Deluge
--Cimmerie
--Bal Des Pendus
--Nuit De L'enfer

2. Ofelia
3. Samba De Orfeu
4. Orfeu Negro
5. Reza
--Ending Samba

12 comments:

  1. hi Tom,

    no "French or Spanish" but "French or Portuguese"
    tracks 2,3,4 and 5 are Brazilian music.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Orpheus

    cheers,

    Isabel :o)

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  2. Oops! You're so right Isabel. Thanks for the catch!

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  3. Tom,

    if you don't know this site, i guess you will like, is possible listen a bit from each album
    http://tutibuefuki.inatori.info/e/discography.html
    Isabel :o)

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  4. I did, but thanks for the link as I should have added it them! I have links on the bottom of the Primitive Community post as well ;-)

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  5. No fair! ProgNotFrog copied you!

    http://prognotfrog.blogspot.com/2010/12/toshiaki-yokota-primitive-community.html

    :)

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  6. LOL - Hi Ben. Yep, but that's OK. I have many friends there and they're welcome to any of my comments. It's a great site!

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  7. Ben Sommer you're wrong. it was posted on PNF in October 22, 2010, so 50 days before
    http://pnfforum.com/index.php?topic=11998.msg38912#msg38912

    its gate to its owner

    Regards

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  8. Hi Misongod - I think Ben meant the comments for the Primitive Community album. http://cdreissuewishlist.blogspot.com/2010/12/toshiaki-yokota-and-genshi-kyodotai.html

    Which is now on Prog Not Frog. It's all good with me though. I was shocked the album showed up so quickly after my post. I had looked for that album forever, and it cost my buddy some money. But there it is right after. I'm glad though. It's such a great album. Everyone should hear it.

    As far as Flute Adventure, I bought that right after it came out in 2007. It's a great CD!

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  9. if the mistake was mine, please accept my apologies

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  10. No apologies necessary here. Prog Not Frog is a great website who only publish rarities not available anywhere else. I applaud everyone there for their efforts. Thanks for the comment!

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  11. Hi Tom,

    What about their Elevation album? We don't even have it in Gnosis and I saw Amazon.co.jp is carrying it. Looks like it was re-issued on CD last year. Some YouTube clips that show how great this album is:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LikOaW2FCa0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpsonAxTUCk
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yox3wkE0R_U

    These are ripped from LP, but hopefully the CD will sound better.

    Cheers,
    Eddie

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  12. Hi Eddie,

    You know, I'm just not sure about some of his work. I'll need to research what you've left here. I thought he had a bunch of exploitation/covers type albums, but maybe Elevation isn't one of them?

    - Tom

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