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Love, Peace & Poetry: Japanese Psychedelic Music

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The Love, Peace & Poetry series takes its international psych tour to the Far East for some of Japan's vintage garage freakouts. The time period stretches from 1968-1972, and the music features some of the hardest psych jams to be heard. Seemingly inspired more by Hendrix and the San Francisco scene's pure instrumental explorations than the more tuneful terrain essayed on the England and America LPP editions, many combos featured here expose the roots of current-day Japanese tripsters Acid Mothers Temple with a blizzard of effects-riddled guitars, some raw-toned space organ, and a panoply of cryptic vocals. In a word: The aim is more to jam down the interstellar road than to always deliver cohesive nuggets of psych pop. And while Apryl Fool and Speed, Glue & Shinki bring the heavy instrumental sound, Foodbrain, the Mops, and the Happenings Four do expand things nicely with some surf and jangly pop touches. A standout from an essential rare-groove psych series.

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