November 29, 2023 Playlist

Far East Family Band "Parallel World" (1976)
CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Far East Family Band "Parallel World"  1976 (Japan)
It's always tempting when describing foreign scenes to use simple metaphors from your own culture. Thus it could be said that "Flower Travellin' Band was Japan's Led Zeppelin" and "Far East Family Band was Japan's Pink Floyd." I've already written about the roots of FEFB when enshrining their previous classic albums Far Out (1973), The Cave Down To The Earth (1975) and Nipponjin (1975). But the group's magnum opus was probably their 1976 album Parallel World, which includes a monumental slab of kosmische proto-newage prog in the 30-minute long title track. The album cover captures the vibe pretty well: a bunch of longhairs sailing through spaaaace, maaaan. In later years, one of their synthesizer players would become a leading proponent of "New Age music" under the name Kitaro, and you can definitely hear the roots of the Kitaro sound on Parallel World. I also wonder if FEFB were aware of the British group Jade Warrior, who had a similar "proto-newage" sound as well as a taste for East Asian (particularly Japanese) album art and song titles.
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