Mizutani, Kimio - A Path Through Haze 180 gram vinyl lp (due to size and weight, this price for the USA only. Outside of the USA, the price will be adjusted as needed) (special)
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A stupidly rare Japanese psych/progressive album, originally released on Polydor in 1971, which was the first solo album by the guitarist of Love Live Life +1. Mizutani plays some great electric guitar and there's also organ, bass, drums, organ, electric piano, Moog, a little bit of vocals as well as occasional extra instrumentation by a string quartet and a woodwind quartet only add more flavors to a record considered a highlight of the early Japanese psychedelic scene.
"A Path Through Haze is an almost completely instrumental album, where heavy psychedelic acid guitar rock and Canterbury jazz rock are combined. Strangely these two possibly contradictory styles are integrated quite well. Besides great psychedelic guitar playing, other instruments include flute, sax, drums, bass, and keyboards (mainly moog, organ, and electric piano). Basically the keyboards provide the Canterbury feel, while the guitar playing adds the acid rock vibe. The first three tracks sound a bit like Canterbury jazz rock (maybe like Isotope or Zyma), but always with great acid guitar soloing on top. Several tracks on the second half of the album are much heavier, sounding like Guru Guru or Jimi Hendrix playinging some of the more free jazz tracks from Soft Machine 4. The result is great. There are two quiet tracks as well, one with a string quartet. Overall, a quite original and creative album."-Sjeff Oellers/Gnosis