Saturday, November 12, 2016

Akuma No Bansankai - 1976 - Dinner in Honor of Demon

Akuma No Bansankai 
Dinner in Honor of Demon

01. Super Highway 3:03
02. Shinkirou No Machi 4:45 (Town of The Mirage)
03. Yume Ni Notte 3:08 (Ride The Dream)
04. Wakare 3:17 (Farewell)
05. Tokai No Natsu 1:03 (Summer of The City)
06. Torikawa Ondo 2:50 (Torikawa Leading)
07. Kimi No Tamenara 6:07 (Only For You)
08. Dainashi 1:45 (It's Spoiled)
09. Chippoke Na Tayori 3:22 (Small Letter)
10. Koisuru Kotono Muzukashisa 4:32 (Difficulty of being in Love)
11. Oyome-San 2:55 (Bride)
12. Furu Ame Ni Tatoete 4:30 (For example, like Rain falls)
13. Moon Drops 2:49
14. Hoshikuzu Atsumete 4:03 (Collect Stars)
15. Dinner in Honor of Demon 2:00

Prod by Yoshihiro Kunimoto, Tomoya Masaki
Engineered by Yoshihiro Kunimoto, Takanori Imada, Shouji Hirata + Demon
Takanori Imada - Lead Vocal
Yoshihiro Kunimoto - Hammond Organ, Synthesizer, Vocals
Masanori Kobayashi - Guitar, Vocals
Tomoya Masaki - Guitar, Vocals
Hitoshi Ninaya - Guitar, Vocals, Chorus
Takuya Ohmura - Guitar, Vocals, Chorus
Shouji Hirata - Guitar, Chorus
Atsushi Kiba - Bass, Chorus
Shigenori Hamaguchi - Drums, Percussion, Guitar, Vocals

An Excellent Underground Private Pressing Album From Hiroshima.
High School Teens Plays Their Original Psych Hard Rock Prog Tunes.
A Member Included Young genius Yoshihiro Kunimoto Who Later Became
Arranger For Jun Togawa, Denki Groove, Konami Game etc.
All Nine members were 16 - 17old.
Recorded Their Private Studio March 29th to May 5th 1976.
Mysterious Mona Lisa Art Cover With Creative Booklet.

Look at that cover. And that title. Oh my, we're a long way from the Japanese progressive rock I grew up with (Fable on the Seven Pillows anyone?). I think digging something like this out of the ground must come with some sort of curse or somethin'. And thus said the Elder "He who shall uncover Dinner in Honor of Demon shall spend eternity with album cover on thy mind"

It is for certain a bizarre album, that moves seamlessly amongst many styles. Each side's opening with variations of [standard 1940s Asian theme] is a bit silly, but some of the lounge bits offset by fuzz guitar were very interesting. At times the album is brilliant, with crazy effects and crazier ideas all coming at you randomly and seemingly out of place. While at others, the fast-forward button begins to look appealing (especially on Side 2). One can even hear a proto Pizzicato Five here. Honestly, the album seems more influenced by 1967-68 era Beatles than anything else. So yes, as the AC notes, one could see this going down a storm with the well heeled collector set who already have everything else, but for the rest of us, it remains merely an interesting curio. Perhaps it would serve well as a featured item in a small town museum.

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