Friday, 12 December 2014
Stubbs' The Prime Moving Lumps from Japan, 1985 (Kojiro Yamashita)
A stunning cover and an equally astonishing set of music. You can tell from the title that we are dealing with the Canterbury sound here, the artist's name is Kojiro Yamashita, a keyboardist whose style is highly reminiscent of Dave Stewart and Alan Gowen and all the lot of those brilliant British artists. It's equally shocking that this magnificent album is so completely unknown, since it constitutes Canterbury fusion at its highest level and accomplishment.
Now don't be put off by the WW II Japanese yelling followed by Monty Python beginning-- suddenly and with no turning back we are launched into those awesome fuzzy keyboards and strange twists of melody and chord that are the hallmark of this style.
I guess what puzzles me the most is what happened to that wonderful harsh fuzzy hammond organ sound that was so Mike Ratledge-- why does no one use it anymore today?