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Terauchi Takeshi and the Bunnys - Seicho Takeuchi-Bushidotdotdot
artworkThis album has lot's to entertain and amaze. It's off the beaten path for surf, but eleki is a cousin, and Terauchi Takeshi is a master. This is the same as Let's Go Classics.
Picks: Kanjincho, Musume Doseiji, Mamuro-Gawa Ondo, Shusho Oiwake, Chakkiri-Bushi, Genroku Hanami Odor, Noe-Bushi, Hana-Gasa Ondo, O-Edo Nihon-Bashi, Kazoe Uta, Tsukuba-San

Track by Track Review

Kanjincho dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Kanjincho" ("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.

Sado Okake dotdot
Eleki (Instrumental)

While "Sado Okake" ("It Is Sworn Not To Come Back") is twangy and has an interesting melody, the organ is overbearing at times, and it just doesn't grab me at all.

Musume Doseiji dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

On the thick side, with warble and a pre-psychedelic edge, "Musume Doseiji" ("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.

Mamuro-Gawa Ondo dotdotdot
Eleki (Instrumental)

You can here go-go creeping up on psychedelic as "Mamuro-Gawa Ondo" ("Burn") unfolds. The occasional whammy chords also look backward to the band's surf-eleki roots. This is a nice track that actually reminds me some of Beautiful Spring.

Shusho Oiwake dotdotdotdot
Eleki (Instrumental)

A pre funk bass line and console organ draped in tremolo play a moody melody that's bent and warped at times. The very interesting use of whammy and tonality create an Asian mystical image. "Shusho Oiwake" ("The Shout Of The Sun") is a very cool track, even when the flute arrives.

Chakkiri-Bushi dotdotdotdot
Eleki (Instrumental)

"Chakkiri-Bushi" ("Dream in Ocean") uses duel guitars that play off each other when not mirroring, and organ. The influence of traditional Japanese melody and note ideas, along with muted guitar and console organ, create a very engaging sound.

Genroku Hanami Odor dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

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

Noe-Bushi dotdotdotdot
Eleki (Instrumental)

This slow piece has a sad melody, and the tortured way string bending is used seems to make the organ mourn. "Noe-Bushi" ("The Go-Between Of The Rainbow") reminds me a lot of China's Beautiful Spring.

Hana-Gasa Ondo dotdotdotdot
Surf (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. "Hana-Gasa Ondo" ("The Flying Guitar") is most unusual!

O-Edo Nihon-Bashi dotdotdot
Eleki (Instrumental)

Tremolo is used as dementia, while the chords suggest an island paradise and the vibes duet with flute to deliver the melody. This is an easy track, with a gentle flow. "O-Edo Nihon-Bashi" ("Lonely Boy") is very pretty.

Kazoe Uta dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Kazoe Uta" ("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.

Tsukuba-San dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

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