Caesar, J.A. - Kokkyou Junreika (special)

SKU 23-Phoenix 3042
Tokyo playwright, director and artist J.A. Caesar sprang to prominence in the early '70s largely through his work with Shuji Terayama's Tenjo Sajiki Theatre, specializing in vaguely sinister music reminiscent of a Hammer House Of Horrors soundtrack. 1973's Kokkyou Junreika release, often considered Caesar's finest work, was culled from the 5 hours of music written for the original play, distilled down to an album's worth of ageless chants, Buddhist mantras, heavenly invocations and fuzztone guitar vamps supported by Caesar's droning electric organ and the eerie female vocals of Yoko Ran, Keiko Shinko and Seigo Showa. An album that sits comfortably alongside early Ash Ra Tempel, Cosmic Jokers and Atem-period Tangerine Dream. Those that like their music with a healthy dose of gloom, look no further. Digitally remastered. Numbered, limited collector's edition housed in a gatefold sleeve.

Sits at #5 on Julian Cope's Top 50 Japrocksampler list.

"...behind the intentionally off-putting song titles is an all-time classic rock'n'roll album."-Julian Cope

"It's like a cross between a funeral procession, a live performance of The Doors' 'The End' taken to its further possible extreme and the incendiary rantings of a street corner poet."-Genji Press

"Just one clattering, evil sounding Satan-come-to-earth sonic ghost story after the other."

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