August 27, 2010 Playlist

"Nipponjin" by Far East Family Band (1975)
Far East Family Band  "Nipponjin"  1975 (Japan)
One of Japan's most legendary groups of the classic rock era, Far East Family Band were also notable for getting more global exposure than most Japanese groups.  Their creative peak came during the years 1975-76 when they teamed up with "krautrock" legend Klaus Schulze, who bathed this and their following album Parallel World in the Kosmische pixie dust he brought to groups like Cosmic Jokers and Ash Ra Tempel.  All of the material on this album consists of re-recordings of tunes from two earlier albums, The Cave Down To The Earth and their first album recorded when the band was called Far Out -- so they already had this material perfected by the time they hooked up with Klaus.  The sixteen minute title track ("Nipponjin" being the Japanese word for "Japanese") is one of the greatest Kosmik anthems of all time!
The only full-blown video of FEFB in action is this clip of "Mystery Of Northern Space" which is on this album -- they sound like Pink Floyd and dress like characters from Star Trek!  A few members of the band migrated to California at the end of the 1970's, where the band failed to generate much excitement but they did appear on local public access TV -- here they are performing in Los Angeles 1978, and also leader Fumio Miyashita showing off his synthesizers.  More recently, Miyashita has been playing New Age "healing music".  But the most successful and famous former member of the group is the New Age legend known as Kitaro.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year (label) Country
Bent Wind Castles Made Of Man B-side 7" single 1969 Canada
Simply Saucer Nazi Apocalypse Cyborgs Revisited rec. 1974 Canada
NoMeansNo Ghosts 0+2=1 1991 Canada
Rush Red Barchetta Moving Pictures 1981 Canada
Love August Four Sail 1968 USA
Moby Grape Indiference Moby Grape 1967 USA
July Dandelion Seeds July 1968 USA
Mondo Topless
We're A Bad Trip (Camper Van Beethoven) Freaking Out (N) 2010 (Get Hip) USA
Sabbath Assembly
Glory Hallelujah Restored To One (N) 2010 (AJNA/Feral House) USA
Nice Nice
A Way We Glow Extra Wow (N) 2009 (Warp) USA
Far East Family Band Mystery Of Northern Space Nipponjin
1975 Japan
Far East Family Band Nipponjin Nipponjin
1975 Japan
Taj Mahal Travellers I August 1974 1974 Japan
Flower Travellin' Band Unaware Made In Japan 1972 Japan
Flied Egg Oke-Kas Dr. Siegel's Fried Egg Shooting Machine 1971 Japan
Mondo Drag
Light As A Feather New Rituals (N) 2010 (Alive Naturalsound) USA
Endless Boogie
New Pair Of Shoes Full House Head (N) 2010 (No Quarter) USA
Liars  (Carter Tutti remix)
Too Much, Too Much Sisterworld (N - Deluxe version bonus CD) 2010 (Mute) USA (UK)
Contagious Snippet Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 (N) 2010 (Gold Dust) USA
Floating Around Backatcha, Pod People! (N) 2009 (self release) USA
Guzzo Pinc Pride The Sea (N - cassette) 2010 (Earjerk) USA
Astro Al
Big Rock Candy Mountain (trad. arr. Astro Al) My Neighbor's Giraffe And Other Children's Songs For Psychedelic Adults N) 2010 (self release) USA
5-Track & The Glass Goblins
Interlude Lost Soul Island 2004-2006 USA
Big Brothers & The Holding Company Summertime (by Gershwin & Heyward) Cheap Thrills 1968 USA
George Benson Summertime (by Gershwin & Heyward) Space 1978 USA
John Coltrane Summertime (by Gershwin & Heyward) My Favorite Things 1960 USA
Sonny & Cher Summertime (by Gershwin & Heyward) The Wondrous World Of Sonny & Cher 1966 USA
Back to playlists         Back to main