Friday, March 4, 2016

Justin Heathcliff - 1971 - Justin Heathcliff

Justin Heathcliff 
Justin Heathcliff

01. Let's All Sing Along 0:52
02. You All Should Think More 2:23
03. Hand In Hand 2:21
04. Which Is True 2:18
05. Once It's Nice To Rise At Dawn 1:57
06. Lost Are My Dreams 3:48
07. Sea 2:25
08. You Know What I Mean 2:15
09. A Tiny Island 1:50
10. Good Bye 2:03
11. Life 3:13
12. To Live In Peace 5:14
13. Love Makes The World Complete 0:15

Instruments – Justin Heathcliff
Producer – Justin Heathcliff
Songwriter – Justin Heathcliff
Vocals – Justin Heathcliff

As the brainchild of former Launchers guitarist Osamu Kitajima, the Justin Heathcliff project was a successful attempt to cop the kind of English post-REVOLVER psychedelia that such London bands as The Syn, Mike Stuart Span and The Flies were recording in 1967-8. As such, the project was highly successful, especially considering it was recorded in London by a former GS guitarist with a fixation for traditional Japanese instruments. It was not, however, Kitajima’s fastidious attention to achieving sonic geographical accuracy that made the finished result a bit special, but the simple fact that love anything English of that periode, even if it’s been faked. The Justin Heathcliff LP is ultimately a cleverly executed but rather pointless exercise in genre re-creating, something that Acid Mother’s Temple attempted with a good deal more humour on their LP of fake ‘Occitanian folk music’ LA NOVIA.

Long before attaining fame as a soundtrack composer and new age artist, Osamu Kitajima adopted a sufficiently Anglo pseudonym and released this amazing homage to British pop-psychedelia in 1971. Issued by Warner Bros. in Japan only, the LP has unsurprisingly climbed skywards in price ever since, and only a cave dweller could miss the faithful nods to Syd, Marc, John, Paul, George and Ringo in the original compositions and English lyrics. Osamu's ability around a studio was evident even then and the choice of genre to lovingly imitate predated the whole retro/'paisley' psych movement by about ten or fifteen years.

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