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3.0 out of 5 stars Japanese Experimental/Avant Garde Music, 19 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Hapmoniym 1972 - 1975 (Audio CD)
Magical Power Mako is actually the single creation/manifestation of a Japanese musical artist named Makoto Kurito (b. 1956).
This 5 cd collection is what he created from personal tapes before his first official released album in 1974 I believe.

Each cd is roughly 60min long give or take. The total time for this whole box set is 282:48 min. Each cd adds an additional track. In other words, cd#1 is a single track that lasts @48:00. CD#2 has 2 tracks, cd#3 has 3, cd#4 has 4, and cd#5 with 5 tracks. However, the added tracks blow through very fast and the listener is still committed to "the long haul".

The only downside on this whole box set is that various musical passages could be construed as "incidental" music, more background...freaky filler music (these are home recordings/experiments afterall)...perhaps used in snippets on future offical releases.

Even though a track might last 48 min say, there is actually about several places which could technically have been individual pieces with an individual track position. The intent of the artist is to have the listener committed to listening through the whole cd for an immersive experience. For the most part this works.

It is packaged in a thick clamshell box with each cd in a mini-album sleeve. All is adorned in beautiful spacey artwork. The liner notes in the included booklet don't say a whole lot, just a general overview regarding this mysterious artist (better than nothing).

Mako included all sort of curious effects utilizing meditative drones, bongo freakouts, electronic music, Greek and Japanese Folklore, free improvisation, psychedelic rock, Krautrock and tape experiments. The fidelity is exceptional for the range of styles. There are numerous surprises spinkled throughout. Listeners' who enjoy these kinds of experimental outings will find all kinds of cool refernces.
Some of it is self-indulgent of course, but if you like music that has a very dynamic undertone to an ambient swirl of ideas will find much to wallow in.

Case in point is on cd#2 where after about 9min Mako goes into a 5min venture which recalls Hendrix's Electric Ladyland '1983 A Merman I should choose to be....' and/or Voodoo Chile's "way down by the Methane Sea" imagery. The execution is stunning, a very beautiful piece for sure.
Parts of cd#5 recall Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells. Anyway, over these 5 cds there are all kinds of references, some very brief, others extended and more obvious.

This is touted a limited edition of 1000 copies. Mine was stamped with #990 when purchased several months ago....at far less cost by the way.

Fans of FAUST, ENO, LONE PIDGEON, and ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE might find this is right up their alley.
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