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?


  1. stubbs

  2. You had me with the "WW II Japanese yelling followed by Monty Python beginning" line! Damn this is the goods - really love those last two tracks, they're fat monsters that time-travel from 1985 and eat up musical trash in the present! What gems you uncover for us, recovered from the shifting sands of've been on a killer roll my man...I'm just now getting to a bunch of it (like that great Mahagon treat, can't wait to dig in!) and can't Thank You enough one-one-wonderful!
    Well, here we are again, the Holiday Season and
    with a smile and love in our hearts, it's Time To Ring In The New!
    Yes a Good Vibration Celebration will do nicely
    Let's blast off with a brand new mix
    those ready will hear
    You know who It is
    You know what It is
    ... Graduation! ...
    1. I'm Dancing In The Show Tonight ...Ween
    2. "Your Wildest Dreams Will Come True" ...Napoleon Dynamite
    3. All Together Now ...The Beatles
    4. Harpua ...Phish
    5. Pet Sounds ...The Beach Boys
    6. Peewee's Playhouse ...Peewee's Playhouse
    7. Ghost Song ...The Doors
    8. You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly! ...Peter Pan
    9. Ladybugs Picnic ...Sesame Street
    10. Trombone Dixie ...The Beach Boys
    11. Terrapin Station ...The Grateful Dead
    12. A Bunch Of Us Were Sitting Around A Candle In San Francisco Getting Stoned And I Hope You're There Next Time ...Gordon Alexander
    13. I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing ...The Hillside Singers
    14. We Are The World ...USA For Africa
    15. Sowing The Seeds Of Love ...Tears For Fears
    16. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah! ...Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Arkestra
    17. Starship ...Paul Kantner/Jefferson Starship
    18. "Roads? Where we're going we don't need, roads." ...Back To The Future

    [part one - too many characters for one post - characters is right!]

  3. [part two of my early Xmas presents post]
    is a special mix that was finished at 3:10 a.m. 12-24-2012
    dedicated to old friends long gone
    ... ChristmasEveNightMagic ...
    1. Opening Round ...Rotary Connection
    2. We Need A Little Christmas ...Percy Faith
    3. The Carollers ...The William Booth Singers & Salvation Army Band
    4. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! ...Bing Crosby
    5. Sleigh Ride ...The Boston Pops
    6. Jingle Bells ...Ralph Hunter Choir
    7. Winter Wonderland ...Ralph Hunter Choir
    8. Snowbound ...Wayne King
    9. Skater's Waltz ...Mantovani
    10. Skating ...Vince Guaraldi
    11. Winter Wonderland ...Wayne King
    12. My Favorite Things ...The Supremes
    13. Santa's Little Helpers ...Rotary Connection
    14. (Isn't It A Shame) Christmas Comes Only Once A Year ...Jimmy Durante
    15. Christmas Story ...Billy Vaughn
    16. The Little Drummer Boy ...Harry Simeone Chorale
    17. Carol Of The Bells ...Harry Simeone Chorale
    18. Do You Hear What I Hear? ...Bing Crosby
    19. Silent Night ...Rotary Connection
    20. Satori ...Bobby Callender
    21. Waiting For The Time ...Gordon Alexander
    22. We Three Kings Of Orient Are ...The Beach Boys
    23. Silent Night, Holy Night ...Percy Faith
    24. Christmas Is A Time ...Kukla, Fran & Ollie
    25. That Spirit Of Christmas ...Ray Charles
    26. Christmas Time Is Here ...Vince Guaraldi
    27. Somewhere In My Memory ...John Williams
    28. Auld Lang Syne ...Billy Vaughn

    A re-up of what, in my humble opinion, is one my finest hours -
    my Christmas Heroes Holiday Celebration Jubilee Jamboree from 2011
    Highly Recommended to All!
    Activate the Nexus of your MasterShip!
    May The Force Be With You!
    ... From All Of Us To All Of You ...
    1. From All Of Us To All Of You ...Jiminy Cricket & Mickey Mouse
    2. We Need A Little Christmas ...The Muppet Family
    3. Heroes Celebration! ...The Star Wars Family
    4. Trust In Your Old Mother Boys! ...Goonies!
    5. The Day Begins ...The Moody Blues
    6. Sleigh Ride~Santa Claus's Party ...Ferrante and Teicher
    7. Sleigh Ride ...Muppets!
    8. Christmas Vacation ...National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
    9. White World Of Winter ...Bing Crosby
    10. Medley: Happy Holidays~The Holiday Season ...Andy Williams
    11. Wonderful Christmastime ...Paul McCartney
    12. Here We Come A-Caroling ...Muppets!
    13. With A Little Help From Old Toby ...Bilbo & Gandalf
    14. Super Mario Bros. Medley ...Video Games Live Level 2
    15. Linus And Lucy ...Vince Guaraldi
    16. Once Upon A Wintertime ...Disney
    17. Christmas Is ...The Fireside Singers
    18. A Marshmallow World ...Bing Crosby
    19. Twas The Night Before Christmas ...Muppets!
    20. Bells ...National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
    21. Here Comes Santa Claus ...Disney Christmas Carols
    22. That Holiday Feeling ...Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme
    23. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer ...Disney Holiday Favorites
    24. We Wish A Merry Christmas ...Muppets & John Denver
    25. A Family Christmas ...Bing Crosby
    26. Carol Sing ...The Muppet Family
    27. You Are My Lucky Star! ...Muppets & Star Wars!
    28. Christmas Waltz ...The Lettermen
    29. We Wish You A Merry Christmas (reprise) [Love You Jim!] ...The Muppet Family

    The Happiest of Holidays, Peace And Love, &
    A Very Merry Christmas to You and Yours brother!

  4. one of the best you have offered man, congrats and thanks!

  5. Wow wow...many thanks for this pearl Julian !!!

  6. Who would i ask about obtaining permission to use this song in a YouTube video?