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Post by Musicgate on Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:29 am

Ain Soph - Hat and Field (1986) {King Records KICS 2897}

Country: Japan
Release Date: 1986
Label: Nexus/King Records KICS 2897





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It took 6 years for Ain Soph to finally record this amazing follow-up to their equally amazing debut album. The original lineup 90 (the band was formed in '77) was fully incorporated, since drummer Tomiie and keyboardist Fujikawa rejoined their former fellows (they had left before Ain Soph's debut was recorded). Some of the material already existed during the old days, so basically 'Hat & Field' is like a groups of four musician friends catching up.

The title shows one of their major influences, Hatfield and the North: since these guys are really Canterbury freaks, it's no wonder that we can also find the inheritance of other similar acts such as National Health and Gilgamesh, as well as 'Rain Dances'-era Camel. The most explosive moments show the clear influence of Return to Forever and Holdsworth's solo albums.

The playing is superb: not only each individual is a top-notch master on their instrument, but also they can interpleay with immaculate fluency through all these complex time signatures and complicated compositions, keeping an aura of delicate sophistication, as if it were actually an easy task to do. The moments in which Yozox and Fujikawa lay their challenging interplays are executed with infinite finesse.

As in their previous album, the appearance of some exotic lines reminds the listener of their Japanese essence: their jazzy prog is not a clone, but the result of an inventively idiosyncratic recreation of an established pattern. There is a subtle difference, though: 'Hat & Field' puts a major emphasis on the jazz factor, subduing the symphonic thing for that matter. The beautiful opening track 'Swan Lake' is really captivating: through its tasteful delicateness, it has a subtle energy in it that makes it catchy. 'Hat & Field', the namesake suite, starts the same way, until an explosion of pyrotechnics takes place during its last section: this explosion is effectively continued in the glued following track 'Mizzle'. 'Magic Carpet' and 'Pipe Dream' follow in the same vein as the opening number, while tracks 2, 5 and 7 work as relaxing interludes, which create an introspective, slightly melancholy mood.

Lovers of Canterbury and the best 70s jazz-fusion will most likely love this one too, and eventually, discover the particular beauty of Ain Soph's own jazz-prog voice.

Tracks info:

1. The Swan Lake (5:46)
2. Little Pieces part 1 (1:36)
3. Suite: Hat and Field (Triple Echo/Hat and Field/Deep Feelin'/Triple End/Spanish Channel) (10:01)
4. Mizzle (3:42)
5. Canterbury Tale (3:00)
6. Magic Carpet (6:58)
7. Little Pieces part 2 (2:32)
8. Pipe Dream (7:52)

Total: 41:27

Personel info:

Yozox - guitars
Kikuo Fujikawa - keyboards
Masahiro Torigaki - bass
Taiqui Tomiie - drums
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Ain Soph - A Story Of Mysterious Forest (1980)

Post by Musicgate on Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:33 am

Country: Japan
Recording Date:
Release Date: 1980
Reissue Date: 2004
Label: T. SPALAX MUSIC, France









Review #1:

Ain Soph - a Japanese quartet of guitars, multi-analog keyboards, bass & drums -
are known as a Canterbury influenced band, and that is definitely the case here,
but having said that, there's some pretty hot fusion influences as well, with the
keyboardist laying out some amazing lead lines on fat analog synths and the
guitarist spitting out hot lines. Maybe their best album.

Review #2:

Breathtaking instrumental progressive rock from Japan carrying a nice laid back
Canterbury fusion element throughout. This is truely beautiful music with some
great jazz-like imagery(jazz piano..), loads of atmospheric synths (aka CAMEL),
wonderful guitar accents and superb bass and drum interplay. "A Story of
Mysterious Forest" seems to progress seamlessly through its wild musical
transformation which moves from the intro of fusion jazz into the lounge-like
excursions to its grand finale resting spot, the title 20 mins track which is full
of the most wonderful pastoral, space prog you have ever heard. This epic track
nicely captures with the use of the mellotron the atmosphere of the fog laden
imagination within the mysterious forest... sounds deep eh! Album offers enough
mood and tempo swings to satisfy every progressive rock fan for years to come.
Without a doubt this is an essential jem and would most certainly be one of my
personal fav from Japan...

Tracks info:

1. Crossfire (2:56)
2. Interlude I (1:32)
3. Natural Selection (8:12)
4. Variations On A Theme By Brian Smith (9:43)
5. A Story Of Mysterious Forest (18:49)
6. Interlude II (0:35)

Total: 41:47

Personel info:

Masey Hattori - acoustic & electric pianos, celeste, Hammond organ, clavinet,
synthesizers, strings, vocoder, mellotron
Hiroshi Natori - drums, percussion, crystal gong
Masahiro Torigaki - bass
Yozox Yamamoto - acoustic & electric guitars

Releases info:

Spalax Music SPALAXCD14579

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Ain Soph - Official Live Bootleg DVD 2004

Post by Musicgate on Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:33 am





Genre: Prog/Fusion

Tracks info:
Main tracks:
1) Flooded by Sun Light
2) Ancient Museum
3) The lost Era Pt.2
4) Variation on a Theme by Brian Smith
5) Keyboard solo - The Valley of Lutha
Bonus Tracks:
1) Triple Sequence
2) A Story pf Mysterious Forest - The Swan Lake
3) Guitar Solo - Stonehenge
4) Metronome 7/8
5) Ride of a Camel

Personel info:
Yozox - guitar
Kikuo Fujikawa - keyboards
Masahiro Torigaki - bass
Taiqui - drums
Hisashi Nagao - sax

tatuk пишет
Давненько не радовались добряки правильным японским прогрессивщикам...
Итак - очередной релиз от "Посейдона": Ain Soph.
Ну, чё про них сказать-то?.. Если кто не знает - ноги у айнсофовской музыки растут примерно из "HATFIELD AND THE NORTH". Ну, может, чуть более современно..
Первая часть ДВД снята мультикамерно, с минимумом эффектов, в токийском Star Pine's Cafe в 2004 году. Звук, к сожалению, не PCM. Бонусы тоже интересны: первые два сняты в токийском Doors в 2006-м, а вторые три - в 1993 году в Muse Hall.
Ain Soph - классические японские ребяты, без кензовских весёлых приколов, без эйсидмазертемпловского сумасшедшего очумения, без найкаковских отвязных энергетиков, без джамровского пафосного артисьтизьма, без шингецувской нежной прог-интимности, - то есть, простой такой мастерпис.
Всем фанам прога - настоятельно!..

DVD info
Title: AIN_SOPH
Size: 4.21 Gb ( 4 414 350 KBytes ) - DVD-5
Enabled regions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
VTS_01 :
Play Length: 00:58:21
Video: NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR
Audio:
Not specified (Dolby AC3, 2 ch)
VTS_02 :
Play Length: 00:55:20
Video: NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR
Audio:
Not specified (Dolby AC3, 2 ch)



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