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Terauchi Takeshi and the Bunnys - Let's Go Terry!dotdotdot
artworkTerauchi Takeshi was one of Japan's premier guitarists, first making waves with his surfband the Bluejeans, before updating his sound to a more Ventures-like psychedelic go-go sound under as the Bunnys. This 1966 LP features 7 interesting instros, and 5 light weight pop ballads.

Vocals include "Irrevocable Vow," "Burning Burning," "Dream In The Ocean," "Rainbow Bridge," and "Lonely Boy."
Picks: Terry's Theme, Black Carnation, The Clamour Of The Surf, Test Driver, The Flying Guitar, Hey! Chance, I Believe

Track by Track Review


Terry's Theme dotdotdot
Eleki (Instrumental)

"Terry's Theme" is a semi fuzzy piece with a Ventures' go-go sound and a melody that's a lot like an Elvis Costello song, but of course it predates him by 25+ years. melodic and twangy. Recorded December 1966.

Black Carnation dotdotdot
Eleki (Instrumental)

On the thick side, with warble and a pre-psychedelic edge, "Black Carnation" is very Ventures-esq, and sports a cool melody line with only a hint of Japan. The guitar is echoed, and the organ swirls in a warbly circle. It's an endearing track.

The Clamour Of The Surf dotdotdotdot
Eleki (Instrumental)

This is a thick and demented epic of tragic surf gone bad. Moody, melodic, morphed from the surf idiom into a daydream nightmare of wet suits and body bags. Morbid and dangerous, with a dissonant sound.

Test Driver dotdotdot
Eleki (Instrumental)

Great drums open this semi-psychedelic song. "Test Driver" is riff dominated, accented with near zero whammy dips and thick textures. An interesting track.

The Flying Guitar dotdotdotdot
Eleki (Instrumental)

Double picked heavily echoed shallow fuzz guitar, whirling mall organ, a "Bumble Bee" feel, and hint of the Beacon Street Union's "The Clown Died In Marvin Gardens," all add up to a mid sixties light psych surf hybrid. Most unusual!

Hey! Chance dotdotdot
Eleki (Instrumental)

"Hey Chance" is a tortured song that's strained through a heavy tormented warble. Jammy, and on the early Hollywood psych side of the aisle, it's also endearing in a strange way.

I Believe dotdotdot
Eleki (Instrumental)

The fifties pomp 'n' drama epic "I Believe" is arranged for electric and acoustic guitar, with more edge than romance, yet a classical Spanish feel. Very unusual arrangement!