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Harumi 1968 Double LP Rare Japanese Psych

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Harumi - Harumi 1968 LP, Verve Forecast Records FTX-3030-2X This double album is one of the true psychedelic oddities of the 60's. Harumi was a Japanese acid freak who put out one of the wildest and most unbelievably ambitious recordings to come from the psychedelic era. Harumi (who sings and speaks in English), producer Tom Wilson, arrangers Harvey Vinson and Larry Fallon, and engineer Gary Kellegren assembled a tripped-out collection of pop, Eastern folk, and experimental music and production techniques, with sounds, textures, and atmospheres that incorporated everything from strings and horns to Japanese folk instruments to vibraphones and (of course) plenty of guitars and drums and organ. Of the 13 tracks on these two LPs, 11 are of conventional length and are utterly seductive in their hypnotic power and pop brilliance. The last two, "Twice Told Tales of the Pomegranate Forest" and "Samurai Memories," are 24 minutes and 18 minutes long, respectively. These two have plenty of cosmic spoken word by Wilson, hip New York Dj 'Rosko' and Harumi, and on the past by his parents and his sister. The first of these, the longer one, is a bit difficult to take with its slow pace, minimal orchestration, and nearly nonsensical story. The second one, with its discotheque go-go boots beat and orchestration, phased sounds, and Japanese language, is an exotic masterpiece. It grooves throughout, especially when the electric guitars and strings play counterpoint to one another. Simply put, there is nothing at all like this record in the known universe. It has been compared to the adventurousness of the Mothers of Invention, but only insofar as its wide range. The music here, while a huge compendium of sources, is unlike anything you have ever heard when it is put together. This original gatefold album is quite rare. COVER: VG (edge and corner wear, slight spot of ring wear) VINYL: VG (a couple of light hairline scratches) SIDES ONE TWO: 1. Talk About It 2. First Impressions 3. Don't Know What I'm Gonna Do 4. Hello 5. Sugar in Your Tea 6. Caravan 7. Hunters of Heaven 8. Hurry Up Now 9. What a Day for Me 10. We Love 11. Fire by the River SIDES THREE FOUR: 12. Twice Told Tales of the Pomegranate Forest 13. Samurai Memories

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