After Dinner - Souvenir Cassette and Further Live Adventures

SKU 21-ReR ADSC / RD 009
Clarification note: This is a CD reissue of the [originally cassette-only] live release, Souvenir Cassette + tracks that originally ended up on the ReR Quarterly vinyl release + an unreleased track, all making their CD debut!

Haco: singing Seiichi Kuroda: bass
Mutsuhiko Izumi: guitar
Ichiro Inbue: percussion
Hideyuki Yamagata: drums
Tadahiko Yokogawa: violin, bass and mandolin
Yasushi Utsunomiya: direction
Ohji Hayashi: monitor mixing
Miki Omori: slide operating

With the reissue of Souvenir Cassette, we are taken back to this classic recording that encapsulates the brilliant complexity and artful presentation of avant-garde hauntology and progressive rock. This series of live performances were captured on a Walkman during After Dinner’s 1987 European tour, and newly remastered by Bob Drake from the original cassette source. There is a striking immediacy and intensity to the work that perfectly portrays an enchanting and varied performance full of surprising compositions and showcasing the powerful and hauntingly surreal voice of creative mastermind, Haco.
Backed by a full band of skilled musicians, Haco’s effortless voice flows into each vignette of musical storytelling. Each selection displays another facet and style of musical performance, from prog-rock infused tracks like Walnut to tense and unreal offerings like the unforgettable Glass Tube Souvenir Cassette is a tremendous statement of everything that made After Dinner such an impressive and influential project.”

The Overseas Debut Tour and The Souvenir that Changed My Life
“I look back on the day an enthusiastic letter from France arrived at our studio in Osaka, out of the blue. It was an offer from the promoter of Festival MIMI, which took place in Provence in July 1987. His name was Ferdinand Richard, and he was interested in inviting After Dinner to the festival and organizing a European tour. He liked our 1984 UK debut album on Recommended Records very much. This was like walking on air for people in their mid-twenties who had never gone abroad and were dreaming of an adventure in a fantasy land
The group of six players, two sound engineers, and a slide operator toured Nijmegen, Amsterdam, London, Zurich, and St. RÈmy. We were surprised and happy at once about how much excellent feedback and warm clapping and cheering our concerts received from the audience and reviewers. For our eyes on the first tour, every scene in Europe was splendid like a picture postcard with a feeling of deja vu.
For our concert. The 4-channel surround PA speakers were set up at each venue. The sound engineer, Yasushi Utsunomiya, brought an eight-channel reel-to-reel tape player from Japan. Every performer monitored the sound of the ensemble and the backing tracks on the tape with headphones. Our playing included the concept of ìmaî (space) influenced by traditional Japanese music, experimental pop rock, and musique concrete. All the concerts were recorded on a cassette Walkman with a one-point stereo microphone.
After the tour. I listened to all of the material from our concerts and field-recordings of environmental sounds such as church bells, street organs, birds singing, and barking dogs beyond the outdoor stage at Festival MIMI. I copied those from cassette to reel-to-reel tape, spliced it by hand and edited an entire album.
My old memories flooded back for the first time after I listened to Bob Drakeís remaster. And I realized how precious this live cassette was as a historical document of After Dinner’s career. I am eternally grateful to the labels, Fish Prints (US) and ReR Megacorp (UK) for the reissue, all the members of the 1987 tour, and everyone who supported our concerts at that time.”-Haco, July 2019
  • LabelReR / Fish Prints
  • UPC752725042727
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