Sick of that same old “Classic Rock” they play on EVERY American “Classic Rock” format radio station from Miami to Seattle? Did you know they actually use a computer algorithm that selects from only about 400 songs played in staggered non repeating order? Fortunately, the public has spoken and many stations are actually going back to DJ format now that mp3 selection makes DJ-ing a breeze, compared to my Dad’s DJ-ing days when you had to be lightning quick and have a keen eye to line up the needle. Anyway have you ever wondered what non-English speaking countries were listening to in the early 1970’s? Everyone must have their version of “Classic Rock” If so then I suggest 風街ろまん Kazemachi Roman (1971) from Japanese folk rockers はっぴいえんど (Happy End).
Just like a typical English language “Classic Rock” bands from the period, it features a combination of Hard Rock, Country Rock, and Blues Rock. Hammond B-3 organs, Rhodes Pianos, and heavy electric bass give it that “Classic Rock” sound. Check them out:
Here’s some free samples:
Here’s some info on the band from courtesy of Wikipedia:
Happy End’s members were Haruomi Hosono (細野晴臣) (bass, vocals) and Takashi Matsumoto (松本隆) (drums) from the band Apryl Fool, Eiichi Ohtaki (大瀧詠一) (guitar, vocals), and Shigeru Suzuki (鈴木茂) (guitar, vocals). They originally belonged to the “URC Records” recording label, and later the “Bellwood Records” label. Moby Grape and Buffalo Springfield among others were cited as their influencers.
Hosono later went on to form the Yellow Magic Orchestra. Matsumoto is now one of the most successful lyricists in Japan. Suzuki and Ohtaki also had long and varied careers.
In 2003, the Happy End song “Kaze Wo Atsumete” appeared on the “Lost In Translation” soundtrack.