Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Terahara Takaaki (J.A. Seazer / J.A. Caeser) / Tenjo Sajiki - 2008 - Tenjō Sajiki Ongaku Sakuhinshū (Volume 1 - 4)

Terahara Takaaki (J.A. Seazer / J.A. Caeser) / Tenjo Sajiki  - 
2008
Tenjō Sajiki Ongaku Sakuhinshū



Tenjo-Sajiki Music Work Collection Vol.1


Disc 1: J.A. Seazer Recital Part 1

101. Tenshotan (11:40)
102. Kokkyo Aika (3:58)
103. Empty Bird Hensokyoku (5:28)
104. Olphe Hiroshima (5:07)
105. Teisei Russia Tenraku no Rock (10:06)
106. Minkan Iryojutsu (7:02)
107. Ningyo Shoten (4:27)
108. Otori no Kuru Hi (8:18)

Disc 2: J.A. Seazer Recital Part 2

201. Kyojo Bushi (6:20)
202. Tokyo Junreika (9:29)
203. Chohatsu Soshu: Aware Jiyu ya (3:37)
204. Hideaki Shihen 1 (3:06)
205. Echigo Tsutsuishi Oyashirazu (5:33)
206. Haha Sute Hannyakyo (4:26)
207. Haha Koishi ya Sangosho (4:26)
208. Hideaki Shihen 2 (7:04)
209. Wasan (7:49)
210. Jinriki Hikoki no Tame no Enzetsu Soan (6:28)
211. Yama ni Noborite Tsugeyo (15:21)

Disc 3: Seishonen no Tame no Mujinto Nyumon

301. Empty Bird (8:10)
302. Gaka (9:19)
303. Noah no Ararat (5:10)
304. Ketsuyaku Seisho (6:44)
305. Ro Robinson no Theme (2:29)
306. Extra (3:36)
307. Kamigami no Wild Party Part 1 (2:17)
308. Kamigami no Wild Party Part 2 (2:43)
309. Olphe Hiroshima (9:26)
310. Issai Metsubo Kyo (3:58)
311. Seishonen no Tame no Mujinto Nyumon (16:05)

Disc 4: Hashire Merosu/Kyofu no Ongaku

401. Hashire Merosu:
402. Opening (8:55)
403. Dorei Shijo (3:00)
404. Kusari ni Tsunagareta Doreitachi (2:56)
405. Kokkyo Aika (4:10)
406. Mojin Shokan (3:44)
407. Ramaimada (2:39)
408. Kokumei Maisoka (3:54)
409. Otori no Kuru Hi (8:16)
410. Kyofu no Ongaku:
411. Haha Sute Hannyakyo (4:27)
412. Haha Koishi ya Sangosho (8:58)
413. Anata eno Message (5:07)
414. Echigo Tsutsuishi Oyashirazu (6:09)
415. Mahara to Same (17:40)

Disc 5: Kodomo Gari

501. Opening (0:25)
502. Tobu Kyoshitsu 1 (4:02)
503. Hanzubon to Jampan (4:59)
504. Kodomo Reigi Saho (1:58)
505. Keshigomu no Kyoshitsu (0:41)
506. Shonen Tanteidan (1:32)
507. Kuiya (0:40)
508. Kangaeru Taiso (0:34)
509. Namakemono no Papa to Mama (4:18)
510. Butaman Papa (0:15)
511. Nikuman Mama (0:20)
512. Panya no Segare (1:01)
513. Utauna Reny Bordon 1 (1:49)
514. Keshigomu (2:42)
515. Kuiya to Panya Part 1 (1:01)
516. Kuiya to Panya Part 2 (0:31)
517. Kuiya to Panya Part 3 (3:06)
518. Boomerang (2:36)
519. Ribon wo Musunda (3:38)
520. Kaigyo to Shojo (13:01)
521. Kuropan no Theme (3:52)
522. Boomerang (Slow) (1:00)
523. Omae no Hone wo Kona ni Shite Rattatta (4:04)
524. Utauna Reny Bordon 2 (3:54)
525. Warukuchi Uta (2:29)
526. Tobu Kyoshitsu 2 (1:31)
527. Ending (6:22)

Disk Union version with bonus CD including tracks from the performances 阿片戦争 (Opium War, 1972) and 冒険者たち (Adventurers, 1975). Box set title also stated in English on the cover: Tenjo-Sajiki Music Work Collection

Music composed by JA Seazer for the Tenjo Sajiki theatre troupe between 1970 and 1978, including an expanded version of 国境巡礼歌 (Kokkyō Junreika, 1973) on disk 1 and 2. Comes with an 80 page booklet including notes, lyrics, photographs and posters.
J・A・シーザー未発表音源
601. 「阿片戦争」よりシャーム 6:49
602. 「冒険者たち」よりメインテーマ 3:28


All music composed by J.A. Seazer for theater group Tenjo Sajiki between 1970 and 1978.
Produced by Makoto Inoue
Mastered by Soichiro Nakamura

IIncludes an 80-page booklet with notes (in Japanese) about each disc by Makoto Inoue, and about J.A. Seazer by Takeo Udagawa; scripts; and photos

Discs 1 and 2 (J.A. Seazer Recital) originally released in 1973 (in edited and excerpt versions) as the LP J.A. Seazer Recital: Kokkyo Junreika (Victor, SJX-130) Recorded live at Nippon Seinenkan Hall, Tokyo, February 3 and 4, 1973
Disk 3 All music composed and performed for Shuji Terayama's theater piece Seishonen no Tame no Mujinto Nyumon [1971], which was presented by the theater group Tenjo Sajiki at MBS Hall, Osaka, December 5, 1971 and at TBS Hall, Tokyo, December 7, 1971
Disk 4 All music composed and performed for Shuji Terayama's theater piece Hashire Merosu, which was presented by the theater group Tenjo Sajiki at an amphitheater in Munich, Germany, between August 27 and September 3, 1972
Disk 5 All music composed and performed for Shuji Terayama and Rio Kishida's rock musical for children Kodomo Gari [1979], which was presented by members of the theater group Tenjo Sajiki and other (adult and child) actors at Kishi Gymnasium, Tokyo, between August 21 and 23, 1979


J.A. Seazer
vocal, electric piano, harmonium, electric guitar, koto, wadaiko, drums, vocal (CD4: 9,10)

Disk 1 and 2:

Yuzo Kawata: electric bass
Shigeyuki Suzuki: drums
Shuji Sasada: bongos
Norihito Inaba: timpani
Henriku Morisaki: fue, chorus
Shigeo Isogai: gong
Kaoru Fujiwara: self-made instruments
Kyozo Hayashi: congas
Masamichi Oikawa: percussion
Kunio Yamazaki: bamboo percussion
Keiko Niitaka: vocal, chorus
Yoko Ran: vocal, chorus
Seigo Showa: reading
Hideaki Sasaki: reading
Salvador Tali: chorus
Tomiko Seki: chorus
Yasuyuki Kogure: chorus
Kiyoshi Nakazawa: chorus
Masabumi Chinen: chorus
Monika: chorus
Debora: chorus
Vicky Masako: chorus

Disc 3: Seishonen no Tame no Mujinto Nyumon

Takeshi Mori: electric guitar
Yuzo Kawada: electric bass
Hendrix Hubler: drums
Members of the theater group Tenjo Sajiki: vocal, chorus

Disc 4: Hashire Merosu

Takeshi Mori: electric guitar, electric bass
Members of the theater group Tenjo Sajiki: vocal, chorus
Hendrix Hubler: drums
Yuzo Kawada: electric bass
Henriku Morisaki: recorder
Yoko Ran: vocal (11)
Salvador Tali: vocal (12)
Tomiko Seki: vocal (13)
and others

Disc 5: Kodomo Gari

Takeshi Mori: electric guitar
Yoshinobu Hiraiwa: keyboard
Koji Ishii: tuba
Tsuneo Oishi: drums
Shinji Takemura: electric bass
Masayo Shiobara: chorus
Atsuko Takayama: chorus
Junko Shiomi: chorus
and others

Disk Union version with bonus CD including tracks from the performances 阿片戦争 (Opium War, 1972) and 冒険者たち (Adventurers, 1975). Box set title also stated in English on the cover: Tenjo-Sajiki Music Work Collection



Five 70+ minute CDs (plus a bonus CD EP) of music recorded between 1971-73, and '79.  Most interesting is the full, two-disc version of Kokkyou Junreika.  While I still prefer the official version for its condensed power and anime cover, the complete version is awesome in its own right, with plenty of great tracks that didn't make the final cut.  Significantly less engaging is the '79 recording, which sounds like a soundtrack to a children's film, and is padded with filler.  In between are two good, but not spectacular, CDs featuring material from '71 and '72.  Listening to this, and the other Seazer sets, you definitely get the feeling that the best stuff was already released.  A recurring problem is that many tracks go on far too long.  Still, a Seazer fan is definitely going to want this set for the full version of Kokkyou Junreika, and will probably find the rest to be worth an occasional listen.  And whenever you feel bored with the music you can look at the pictures, or try deciphering the extensive Japanese liner notes.

Music composed by JA Seazer for the Tenjo Sajiki theatre troupe between 1970 and 1978, including an expanded version of 国境巡礼歌 (Kokkyō Junreika, 1973) on disk 1 and 2. Comes with an 80 page booklet including notes, lyrics, photographs and posters.


Tenjo-Sajiki Music Work Collection Vol.2

Disc 1: Wildfire

501. Introduction (2: 00)
502. A wheelchair (7: 52)
503. Kids Yu-Gi-Nan (7:19)
504. Mentally distracted (9:21)
505. Hold down (25:28)
506. A pastoral womb (12:13)
507. Broken hearted horse lamp (4:20)
508. Mother Lesbian demon (1: 57)
509. Sickness of the eyeball falls (1:59)
510. A crazy girl (1:02)
511. Private medical technique (0:26)
512. Mother's mother and coral reef (1:40)
513. Echigo Oshima parent ignorance (4:11)

Disc: 2

601. Grass labyrinth (36:24)
602. Lunar eclipse
603. Poison cigarette of Dr. Who · Mantisie (8:03)
604. Scottish yard political science (5:21)
605. Magic trickle (7:45)
606. Doubtful Indians' Pests (4:30)
607. epilogue (5:10)

Disc 3: Black Christmas Yakino Nativity Festival

701. Prologue (5: 58)
702. Potential harvest with harlot (13: 06)
703. Messiah (Messiah's ruby ??in the savior's message) Shiro (7: 31)
704. Encounter (5:15)
705. Repression and unity of people (4: 05)
706. Battle (9: 32)
707. Mother and sister in prison (4:21)
708. Fallen castle (8: 59)
709. Final chapter (7: 21)

Disc 4

801. Maternal youth (3: 01)
802. Maiko no Mai (1: 58)
803. Mother's mother and coral reef (3: 37)
804. Sickness of the eyeball falls (4: 09)
805. Echigo Oshima parent ignorance (4: 29)
806. Silk road (5:17)
J · A · Caesar Recital
807. Draft speeches for human powered aircraft (3: 49)
808. Dog God circus group Jinta Suite (3: 54)
809. Air woman's song (2: 47)
810. Firefly heart (5: 38)
811. Dead in a new country (7: 19)
812. Spiritualism (6: 53)
813. Yayakusa
814. Paris cold (5:48)
815. Biography of the margin of insects (5: 57)
816. Pure love (6:21)
817. Mr. Yoko · Yamin · Never doll (7: 10)

Disc 5: Orchidoiko Concert

901. Bird sanctuary (3:36)
902. Lodomo (6:50)
903. Lullabies (3:50)
904. Sound (4: 02)
905. One-finger pinball (2:34)
906. Nembutsu lullaby (5:11)
907. Used dolls (2:49)
908. Flower stone mass counting song (3:40)
909. Peeping red belt (3:48)
910. Devil of electricity (4:35)
911. Evening Star (4:16)
912. Blue scissors (4:12)
913. Who killed the kotoba (2:45)
914. Sometime · Sara Jane (4:44)
915. Celebration tango (3:48)
916. The prostitute Ichiko Story (4: 30)
917. Youth spring (2:41)

J.A. シーザー (J.A. Seazer): voice, vocal, guitar, composition, lyrics
新高恵子 (Niitaka Keiko): voice, vocal
蘭妖子 (Ran Yōko): voice, vocal
サルバドール・タリ (Salvador Tali): voice
若松武 (Wakamatsu Takeshi): voice
大野進 (Ōno Susumu): vocal
宮下伸 (Miyashita Shin): koto
半田綾子 (Handa Ayako): biwa
森岳史 (Mori Takeshi): guitar
藤枝博文 (Fujieda Hirofumi): bass
中神じゅん (Nakagami Jun): bass
大石恒夫 (Ōishi Tsuneo): drums
松本地弘 (Matsumoto Kunihiro): drums
平岩嘉信 (Hiraiwa Yoshinobu): piano, keyboard
千田秀昭: trumpet
石井弘二 (Ishii Kōji): tuba, vocal
毎熊文崇 (Maikuma Fumitaka): wadaiko
馬場均: wadaiko
中西混声合唱団 (Nakanishi Konsei Gasshōdan): choir
四瑠舞 (Shirubu): various instruments
本村俊雄 (Motomura Toshio): flute
塩原昌代 (Shiobara Masayo): chorus
高山敦子 (Takayama Atsuko): chorus
潮見純子 (Shiomi Junko): chorus
石渡輝彦 (Ishiwata Teruhiko): guitar
山津雅之 (Yamazu Masayuki): bass
松崎雄一 (Matsuzaki Yūichi): keyboard
麻生育子: koto
高橋知月子 (Takahashi Chizuko): violin
井上孝雄 (Inoue Takao): narration
玉置裕司: bass
小倉敏夫 (Ogura Toshio): drums
ジェフー毛グループ (Jefumo Group): various instruments
玉木宏樹 (Tamaki Hiroki): violin
荒井紗知 (Arai Sachi): vocal
渡辺等 (Watanabe Hitoshi): bass
大石三郎 (Ōishi Saburō): flute
ながたあつし (Nagata Atsushi): drums
こばやししょうこ (Kobayashi Shōko): violin
上田亨 (Ueda Tōru): piano
持丸常範: drums
鳥居晃: guitar
藤原祐子: violin
矢口桃 (Yaguchi Momo): chorus
蛭沢美季子 (Hirusawa Mikiko): chorus
平田久美子 (Hirata Kumiko): chorus


Disk Union version with bonus CD including the performance licorice song (Daylily Song, 1980.12.23) Box Set Title Also Stated In English On The Cover:. "Onibi" Tenjo-Sajiki Music Work Collection Vol.2

Music Composed By JA Seazer For The Tenjo Sajiki theater troupe and other performers between 1975 and 1981. Comes with an 80 page booklet including notes, lyrics, photographs and posters.

Five more CDs (plus a bonus CD) of archival Seazer, this time focusing on live shows from '75 and '79-81.  As could be expected, the raw acid rock of the early 70s has been considerably polished, resulting in something less "psychedelic" but still emotionally gripping... in short doses.  Unfortunately, I tend to binge on this material, which renders it homogeneous fairly quickly.  The "sameness" factor is exasperated by the relatively flat mastering (a problem of all the Seazer sets) and the desire to cram each "real" CD to the brim with music.  Consequently, my favorite CD here is the bonus one, which has a welcome bootleg sound, and is "only" 40 minutes long.  That one would make a nice companion piece to the Sealbreaking album.  Perhaps when I develop a better sense of self-control I will begin to appreciate the rest.




Tenjo-Sajiki Music Work Collection Vol 3

Disc 1: Initial work collection.

1001. Parnassian Manhattan is alive 8: 22
1002. When everyone dies 3:42
1003. Self-portrait 2:30
1004. Jesus' Theme 2:22
1005. All buses head for hell 2:41
1006. The skull 4: 12
1007. Theme of Baron Brahler 2: 13
1008. Freedom 2: 37
1009. Take it up to the mountain. 3:40
1010. Lock of Empire Russia's fall 1: 46
1011. August 1970 1: 10
1012. Tokyo pilgrimage song 1: 27
1013. Draft of aeronautics 1:33
1014. Wait a mysterious gentlemen · change 2:55
1015. Lantern dance (prototype song) 1: 30
1016. Miwa Mercury (Prototype) 2:12
1017. Red sunset (prototype) 1: 43
1018. Mother's discipline (trial production) 3: 48
1019. Dalman Giessan (trial production) 9: 21
1020. Autumn came (trial song) 2:35
1021. Flower girl friend (prototype song) 1: 57
1022. "Shimonemon" Shibuya Public Hall Overture 3: 52

Disc: 2 Nagaremon (Studio recording all songs)

1101. A crazy girl 8: 34
1102. Eyeball Moon Night 4: 02
1103. Jin 2: 57
1104. Tokyo pilgrimage song 6: 08
1105. I am afraid 7: 58
1106. Maternal youth 5: 08
1107. Where to 5: 04
1108. Ghost 9: 33
1109. Praise 5:45
1110. Vine's theme 3: 48
1111. A whistle anthem 4: 55
1112. August 1970 (accompaniment) 4: 44
1113. Worship (accompaniment) 7: 06

Disc 3: Opium war

1201. Navigation technique 29: 10
1202. Hypnosis 14: 12
1203. Manufacturing technique "opium powder" 5:33
1204. Wait a mysterious gentlemen · change 3:30
1205. A sham 4:21
1206. Private medical technique 10: 27
1207. Parth canal theory
1208. Saki's dream 4: 29
1209. Blind hone 3: 51
1210. Shadow pictures dancing a mysterious whistle 4: 070

Disc 4: The origin of the blood of one 1family4

1301. Family fit 3: 09
1302. Property list 7: 58
1303. Empty father's chair 7: 54
1304. From the wilderness 8: 02
1305. Under lament 4: 57
1306.  Ending theme "When = When" 7: 25
1307. movie soundtrack
1308. Lion's offspring 2:42
1309. Lion pup (production unused) 7: 40
1310. Hanging trees · Variations 0:52
1311. Chicken head abutment 2: 01
1312. Sickness of the eyeball falls 5: 49
1313. Reincarnation 4: 55
1314. Mahara and shark 15: 18

Disc 5: Blind letter

1401. Youth spring bird hematemesis (Chinese) 3:15
1402. Hell story 5: 12
1403. Asuka's Dawn 2:20
1404. Black hair and 4:25
1405. Hanamachi counted songs 4: 08
1406. Cherry blossom dark horizon 6:23
1407. Used dolls 3: 02
1408. knock
1409. A pastoral womb 9: 54
1410. Many ordered restaurant "Card house" 6: 53
1411. Nowher 9: 32
1412. Plague epidemic
1413. Dark Night Feng Original Version 4: 27
1414 .Dark night wind 3: 51
1415. Samurai cross star 3:23
1416. Great destruction 1: 58
1417. Pinocchio
1418. Jack and a beanstalk 1: 10
1419. Pinocchio 0: 26
1420. Red hood 0:38
1421. Seductive dancing 0: 43
1422. Ending theme 4: 22


Disk Union version with bonus CD from a performance from Knock, as well as early versions of evil priest (Jashumon), private medicine, and mother Lesbian. Box set title also stated in English on the cover: Tenjo-Sajiki Music Work Collection Vol.3 "1970-1975"

Music composed by JA Seazer for the Tenjo Sajiki theater troupe and other performers between 1970 and 1975. Comes with an 80 page booklet including notes, lyrics, photographs and posters.

Demos, studio tracks, and live performances from 1970-75.  Better than Vol. 2 of the series, but still suffers from overkill.  What seems like it will be the most interesting section of the set - studio versions of the Jashumon tracks - actually turns out to be relatively disappointing, as the absence of theatrical dialogue makes the musical backing seem slight.  The rest is hit and miss, with great sections like the three tracks from ノック "knock" on disc 5 buried alongside lots (and lots) of average material.  Two or three discs of the highlights would have sufficed.  On the plus side, this set does have the best pictures - vintage theater posters by Tadanori Yokoo that fully capture the essence of 70s Japan in all its gender, genre, and era-bending glory.



Tenjo-Sajiki Music Work Collection Vol 4

Disc 1

 Fish ship:
1501. A human dog 3: 02
1502.l Bad mouth 1: 44
1503. Foolish 6: 57
1504. Rigollet 0:55
1505. Sailing 2: 58
Law of attraction:
1506. Big Dipper 5: 02
Chinese magical official:
1507. Opening "Dawn of the Piano" 1: 34
1508. Chinese doll 3: 46
1509. Spy in the mirror country 2: 01
1510. Cloth pulling 1:32
1511. Man bullying part 1 1: 53
1512. I am a high child 3: 28
1513. Top of China 1: 07
1514. The theme of Hanamo (ending theme) 5:31
1515.  Koyoko's Butoh 2: 37
1516. Blue scissors 2:22
Trainee:
1517. Singing cupboard 1: 35
1518. Devil of electricity 3: 28
1519. Samurai cross star 3: 52
Boxer:
1520. Dark long corridor of boxing stadium 2: 07
1521. Tokaida and Hayabusa 1: 04
1522. Tear bridge eatery 1: 38
1523. Road work 1: 52
1524. Ending Theme (Rising Temma) 2:38
1525. Entrance song 2:44
1526. Ending theme (piano) 1: 51
1527. A writing machine 8: 36

Disc 2: Poison poem (rehearsal)

1601. Mercy 8: 46
1602. Hikikake Hikaru 0:52
1603. Snake Daughter 1 8:50
1604. Snake Daughter 2 1:21
1605. A hairdresser 1 1: 48
1606. Hairdress 2 0: 43
1607. Kishi Motherfucker 1 3: 56
1608. Kishi mother variant 2 4:15
1609. Orfe hell 3:32
1610. Osiragami of hell 1 2:23
1611. Osilagami 2 in Hell 2 2: 00
1612. An eraser of the appendix 4:35
1613. Curse of a straw doll 1 1: 27
1614. Curse of a straw doll 2 1: 49
1615. This kid demon bag of this child 3: 13
1616. Sightseeing hut 2:17
1617. Buddha's red hood 3: 57
1618. Shut down Aryuki 2: 09
1619. Dead poison poison 7: 29

Disc 3

Audience seats:
1701. The auditorium is an address 0:49
1702. Peeling Part.1 1: 37
1703. Repeat seating 1: 39
1704. Lifeboat popping out from the audience seats 1:43
1705. Lost and stolen items in the auditorium 2:23
1706. Cardboard Wall 2: 13
1707. Peeling Part.2 3: 13
1708. Conditions to become a play 4: 00
Grass labyrinth:
1709. Theme song 2: 09
1710. Temari song "Grass" 0:39
1711. The grass labyrinth 3 thousand ri 1 3: 59
1712. Grass labyrinth 3 thousand ri 2 0:51
1713. Temari song of the gold-plated table 1: 43
1714. Temptation of beauty 2: 26
1715. Monster of Kuromon House 3: 14
1716. Giant Temporal illusion 2: 02
1717. Temari song "Journey" 2: 00
Blue Beard's castle:
1718. Second wife's song 1: 04
1719. Israeli devil's song 2: 58
1720. Estro Part 1 1: 10
1721. Child song "Chichigai wife" 2:36
1722. Waltz of the dinner party 2: 03
1723. Child song "Yuan Yu Ah" 0:52
1724. Alice and Terez escape Jinta 0: 56
1725. Child song "Janken bride" 0:54
1726. Russian Russia 1: 08
1727. Child song "mistress wife" Jinta 1: 45
1728. Pigs and Roses 3:39
1729. Estro Part 2 2:36
1730. Gazellera of the mirror 3:50
1731. Wolf's tragedy 2:35
1732. Spring storm 4: 27
1733. Night rain trumpet 3: 34
1734. Simone's theme 4: 39

Disc 4

Shanghai Dynasty Hall:
1801. prologue 2:11
1802. Chunmyo 0:55
1803. O theme makeup 1: 52
1804. Tiger Balm Garden 5: 09
1805. Bunraku-cho 3: 37
1806. The eve of revolution 2: 13
1807. Coppelius 3: 22
1808. The last game 3: 47
1809. Straits of Love 2:42
1810. Aizen's Theme 3: 05
1811. A becky girl 3: 19
1812. Waterfront Restaurant 2:35
1813. Death of royal college 1: 24
1814. O's theme (with Vo) 1:33
1815. ending 5:30
Red tengi:
1816. Innocent place 3:10
1817. Iron grill of false crime 4: 08
1818. Red tenure from my mother 4: 08
1819. Chegi Tegi 7: 18
1820. Substitution of sin 1: 46
illumination:
1821. A fairy tale between a man and a woman 1: 34
1822. I tried to be born, but:
1823. I can not sleep an older brother 1: 57
Father C:
1824. Eponinu 3: 56
1825. Chench clan:
1826. Son killing 3: 05
1827. Family rest assured song 4: 44

Disc 5

1901. One hundred years of solitude:
1902. prologue 0: 28
1903. Rumor kecak 0: 43
1904. Rumorous Kecak "Yusha" 2:42
1905. Temari Ascension 4: 51
1906. Dancing child of a cockfight 2:30
1907. Insomnia infection 3:11
1908. Bridge to Hadimura 2:48
1909. Thane spell 2:38
1910. Morning songs 4: 04
1911. Human singing 5:45
1912. Girl scatting (fog and buffalo) 0:23
1913. Lantern song "Preparation" 2:34
1914. Lantern song 4: 12
1915. Things to forget 3:25
1916. Later festival (new recording) 5: 58
1917. Encounter with my mother 2: 54
Farewell, Ark:
1918. 5-17 Sub theme "Clock discarded on the beach" 3: 27- 18 Lullaby 1: 40
1919. Thane and Hatake's Theme 1: 42
1920. Hina festival 3:42
1921. A song of a traveler 2: 05
1922. Sue's theme (tonight is here) 1:32
1923. Suue's theme (crying) 1: 24
1924. Dark theme 2:22
1925. Dark watches clock 1: 09
1926. Gold that shines on the earth wall 1: 38
1927. Ending theme 1: 52
1928. Reming wall missing man
1929. Camdown Moses 1: 36



Disk Union version with bonus CD Such performances and early versions from Ship of Fools, I was born but I Was Born, But ..., F Father C (L'Abbé C), Chenchi (Les Cenci) Lemming, and Farewell to the Ark.

Box set title also partially stated in English on the cover: Tenjo - Sajiki Music Work Collection Vol. 4 The complete japanese title corresponding to: Shintokumaru / Grass Labyrinth. Tenjo-Sajiki Music Work Collection Vol.4

Music composed by JA Seazer for Shuji Terayama, the Tenjo Sajiki theater troupe and other performers between 1976 and 1983, including a rehearsal version of Shikoku (Shintokumaru, 1978) on disk 2. Comes with an 80 page booklet including notes, lyrics, photographs and posters.

Fourth 5CD set documenting Seazer's work with the Tenjosajiki troupe, this time covering '76-'83.  I'm a Seazer obsessive (at least when it comes to the 70s), but I passed on this when it came out - the three previous box sets were starting to feel like overkill, and the reissue of Nuhikun, which came out at the same time, was underwhelming.  Disc Union must have realized popular interest was dying down, too, because they released Vol. 4 in much smaller quantities than the earlier sets.  Well what do you know, Vol. 4 is easily the best of the series.  Along with a disc-long rehearsal for Shintokumaru, you get demos for Ahobune, Farewell to the Ark, Grass Labyrinth, and a slew of obscure works that only the most erudite Shuji Terayama scholar might be familiar with.  As usual, nearly every disc is crammed full.  But this time, the hit-miss ratio leans decidedly to the former.  Once it's all over, you're actually left wanting more.  Now, could anyone send me a rip of the elusive bonus disc?




The Tenjo Sajiki Company was an avant garde theater group and in Japan in the 60's and 70's these groups were the source of some interesting progressive music releases. Tenjo Sajiki tkes their name from Marcel Carne's story Les Enfants Du Paradis and was originally formed by Shuji Terayama. Under Shuji the music was often reminiscent of Magma.

Shuji died in 1983 and the group disbanded. J.A. Ceasar a member of this band kept the spririt of this theater/play party by starting up 'Banyu Inryoku. 

Tenjō Sajiki, also Tenjou Sajiki (天井桟敷, Tenjō Sajiki), was a Japanese independent theater troupe co-founded by Shūji Terayama, Kujō Kyōko, Yutaka Higashi, Tadanori Yokoo, and Fumiko Takagi.

It was led by Shūji Terayama and active between 1967 and 1983 (until Terayama's death). A major phenomenon on the Japanese underground scene, the group has produced a number of stage works marked by experimentalism, folklore influences, social provocation, grotesque eroticism and the flamboyant fantasy characteristic of Terayama's oeuvre. Tenjō Sajiki benefitted greatly from collaborations with a number of prominent artists, including musicians J. A. Seazer and Kan Mikami, and graphic designers Aquirax Uno and Tadanori Yokoo.

The name is from 天井桟敷の人々, the Japanese title of the film Children of Paradise.

J.A. Caesar (also spelled J.A. Seazer and J.A. Ceaser) is the pseudonym for a Tokyo music composer who has been involved with creating music for various theater and film projects since the very early '70s. His music is a radical mixture of progressive rock, traditional Japanese theater music, and Magma-inspired Zeuhl music. In fact, Caesar's flirtation with Zeuhl long predates the similar Zeuhl influences on many later Japanese groups like Ruins, Bondage Fruit, and Koenji Hyakkei.

In the very early '70s, Caesar aligned himself with legendary experimental theater director Shuji Terayama. Terayama was also a film director, poet, artist, and cultural agitator, and had been writing movie screenplays since 1960. Caesar became musical director for Terayama's theater company, Tenjo Sajiki, as well as the soundtrack artist for most of Terayama's films in the early '70s and onward. Caesar's first appearance on record was with the Tokyo Kid Brothers, another experimental theater troupe formed by Yutaka Higashi; Caesar composed some tracks on their 1971 LP Throw Away the Books, Let's Go into the Streets (Sho O Suteyo, Machi Deyo). This album is the soundtrack to either the movie or the play with the same name by Terayama. The next year, the Victor label released Tenjousajiki: Jasoumon, a live recording of one of Terayama's theater productions, under J.A. Caesar's name.

Throughout the '70s and into the early '80s, Caesar worked with Terayama on theater events that blended traditional Japanese Noh theater with experimental progressive rock. Other records from Terayama's plays were Recital, Kokkyo Junreika (originally issued in 1973), Ship of Fools (1977) on the Nippon Columbia label, and Shintokumaru on the Victor label the next year -- all these records offering intense music with weird choruses and rhythms. Caesar also composed the soundtracks for several experimental and surrealist films directed by Terayama at this time, including Pastoral Hide and Seek (Den 'en Ni Shisu) in 1975, which was a competing film in the Cannes Film Festival.

When Terayama passed away in 1983, Caesar took over the theater company and renamed it Banyu Inryoku, and though it has kept Terayama's vision intact, not much new was issued on record until the late '90s, when Caesar resurfaced as the soundtrack artist to several anime films including Revolutionary Girl Utena and the soundtrack to Hiromichi Tannai's film Pilgrimage of Blood in 2001.

Put this on some day and it could possibly change your entire perspective on music. Brilliant collection and stunning album artwork.