Unbelievably beautiful album. Soaring fuzz guitar against mystical organ music, psychedelic freak outs, Terauchi thrashing the strings and bending tremolo simultaneously-everything you would ever want to do on an electric guitar is right here. Unlike some other compilations of Terry's work, this collection is brave enough to move beyond his beat/surf period to explore his really wild work in the early 1970s, which is more a Japanese version of krautrock (think Can mixed with Popol Vuh) than anything else. I could listen to this kind of 1970s music forever-nothing else has surpassed it since in my opinion.
Since he formed his first Blue Jeans in 1963, Japan's foremost rock guitarist Takeshi "Terry" Terauchi has been "God of Eleki(electric guitar)". And he is still going strong and keeps on touring and recording.
Many of Terry's CDs have been released here in Japan mainly on King Records (otherwise on EMI Japan, Teichiku and Terry's own Teraon label)but this is a long-awaited worldwide release on Ace Records. Howard Williams's compilation is simply AMAZING - He selected some Japanesque tunes NEVER AVAILABLE ON CD BEFORE!!
Even though there are some tracks influenced on Jimi Hendrix and The Kinks, Terry's main influence on his giutar playing is from Japanese traditional music. Many of the tunes on this CD are based on Japanese trad songs, nostalgic songs, Enka and even Rokyoku(Naniwa Bushi). His Shamisen-like distinctive playing style is called "Terauchi Bushi".
The 13th track "Ake Garasu" and the 16th track "Meigetsu Akagi Yama" were also recorded in 2011 for the Japanese Enka history album "Nippon Kayoshi - Shinzui:Seicho Terauchi Bushi(King KICX805)" and performed live in concert.
But Terry and his Japanese-spirited guitar playing have been unfairly underrated, ignored and scorned by Japan's rock critics and historians. Most of Japanese rock fans think every rock guitarist should be like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton - not like Takeshi Terauchi. Most of Japanese rock media (and even King Records who own the overrated 70's Japanese rock/folk label Bellwood) think the mid- to late-60's GS(Group Sounds) bands such as Terry's Blue Jeans and The Bunnys were not rock but merely Kayokyoku(Japanese language MOR pop) and the REAL Japanese rock began in 1970 when most of GS bands were disbanded!!
I think this is a long overdue and awaited CD release for rock guitar fans around the world. Enjoy these extremely mind-blowing performances from Japan's living legend on Eleki Guitar!!