Sunday, August 05, 2007

IPPU DO part 1

Electronic, Rock
New Wave, Synth-pop

Masami Tsuchiya: vocal, electric & acoustic guitars, bass, synthesizer, sitar, karimba, marimba, koto, percussion, chorus
Akira Mitake: synthesizer, sequencer, vocoder, AC.Pf, Hammond organ, violin, chorus
Shoji Fujii: drums, percussion, chorus

"Mysterious Night"

NORMAL (1980)

MASAMI TSUCHIYA-vocal,chorus,guitars,synthesizer,sequencer,vocoder,electric rhythm etc
AKIRA MITAKE-keyboards,synthesizer,vocoder,violin,marimba,vibraphone,chorus
SHOJI FUJII-drums,electric rhythm,chorus HIROFUMI AKAO-bass,chorus


01 Adventure
02 ? (japanese title)
03 ? (japanese title)
04 TV Scene
05 ? (japanese title)
06 Panic In The City
07 I Love You
08 ? (japanese title) Part II0
9 ? (japanese title)
10 Escape
11 ? (japanese title)
12 Morning Fantasy
13 ? (japanese title)
14 Dis-Communication
15 Adventure 1980.2.9
16 ? (japanese title) 1980.2.9
17 Panic In The City 1980.2.9

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"Pop rock. Often compared to YMO, but I don't know why. First album. They use synthesizers, but nowhere near the extent as YMO. Masami Tsuchiya's later solo album, Rice Music is very electronic. They are an important new wave band but I never really took to them. "

REAL (1980)

MASAMI TSUCHIYA-vocal,chorus,guitar,percussion,manual effect
AKIRA MITAKE-keyboard,synthesizer,violin,marimba
SHOJI FUJII-drums,percussion


01 German Raod
02 Broken Dummies
03 Lonely Pilot
04 In Side/Out side
05 Out Side - In Side
06 Heidelburg Symphony
07 Funk #9 A Present For Disco People
08 Neu! Changing The History
09 Helpless Soldier
10 Lunatic Guitar

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Sandii, Makoto Kubota, Pecker. A more electronic than Normal. Different (photo) cover in the U.K. No CD was ever released AFAIK.


01 Radio Cosmos (2:15)
02 Time Of The Season (4:14)
03 Radio Fantasy (2:44)
04 Yomotolo-Waiya (1:43)
05 China Step (2:41)
06 Radio Japan (2:45)
07 Imitation Cha Cha (2:59)
08 Morning Menu (1:47)
09 Magic Vox (4:46)
10 Mission Impossible Theme (2:24)
11 Dubling Radio (0:56)
12 Listen To Me (4:23)
13 I Need You (3:59)
14 Listen To Me English Version
15 Chinese Reggae English Version

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""Radio Fantasy" was also released on Epic in the U.K., but there are some differences vs. the Japanese version (also released in several other countries). The Japanese cover art is illustration, but the U.K. used the picture of the three members which was used for the back side while using the illustration for the back side. The U.K. version eliminated "Imitation Chacha" in A-side, and contained the English version of "Chinese Reggae" which was originally in the album "Normal". English lyrics were done by Peter Barakan. I recall that Robin Scott highly evaluated it somewhere. "

LUNATIC MENU - Best Of (1982)


01 Morning Menu (1:47)
02 Sumire, September Love (3:48)
03 Mysterious Night (4:16)
04 I Love You (4:05)
05 Electric Doll (4:56)
06 German Road (6:02)
07 Radio Cosmos (2:15)
08 Time Of The Season (4:14)
09 Moonlight Love Call (3:13)
10 Radio Fantasy (2:44)
11 Lunatic Guitar (2:21)

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"The 11-track compilation Lunatic Menu was released (in Japan and the U.K.) in 1982. Encapsulating Ippu-Do's first three Japanese albums — only one of which, 1981's Radio Fantasy, had been released outside of their native country — the set is a fine introduction to the Tokyo-based trio's rich and complex brand of synth pop. (Tracks from the first two albums, Normal and Real, both from 1980, are remixed and, in some cases, re-recorded.) Opening with the piano instrumental "Morning Menu," the disc quickly takes on an electronic sheen with the hit single "Sumire, September Love," which blends synths, electric violin, rubbery bass, and both acoustic and electronic percussion in a way that recalls a bouncier version of the U.K. group Japan. (Ippu-Do leader Masami Tsuchiya became a temporary member of Japan around this time, playing guitar on their live album Oil on Canvas.) Songs flirt with reggae rhythms, toss the occasional English phrase in with the predominately Japanese lyrics, and at times sound like everyone from Thomas Dolby to XTC to Laurie Anderson to Ippu-Do's compatriots the Yellow Magic Orchestra. Critics at the time mostly only heard the Yellow Magic Orchestra comparisons, unfairly lumping the two groups together mostly by virtue of their shared homeland. Ippu-Do are far poppier and more Western-oriented than YMO, however, as evidenced by the almost bubblegummy "I Love You" (the soaring chorus of which, perhaps intentionally, sounds uncannily like Little Peggy March's "I Will Follow Him" crossed with the Ronettes' "Be My Baby") and a weirdly Bowie-like (circa Lodger) cover of the Zombies' "Time of the Season." The only one of Ippu-Do's original albums to be reissued on CD, Lunatic Menu is a gem of early-'80s Japanese pop"


Masami TSUCHIYA - vocal, guitar, emulator
Akira MITAKE - keyboards, synth, emulator with
Steve JANSEN - Voice, Drums
Richard BARBIERI - Synthesizer solo & synth on "Moon Mirage"
Percy JONES - Bass
Kiyohiko SEMBA - Percussions
Yann TOMITA - Steel drums (!)
Joe STRINGS - Strings

Tracklist :

01 Plants Music
02 African Nights
03 Rain In My Heart
04 Water Flower
05 Lonely Sea Lion
06 Sorrow
07 Dream Of The Gypsies
08 "Sail On"
09 Moon Mirage
10 Crystal Leaves
11 Alone
12 Things To Worry About
13 Fear For The Future
14 In Time-Out Of Time
15 Nightgulls
16 Never Mind

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Recorded live at the Nakano Sun Plaza, June 6, 1983

Masami Tsuchiya: vocal, guitar, synthesizer, pianica, producer
Akira Mitake: piano, synthesizer, violin, chorus
Percy Jones: fretless bass
Steve Jansen: drums
Richard Barbieri: synthesizer
David Van Tieghem: opening act


01 Kaimuku Listen To Me
02 Time Of The Season
03 Magic Vox 1
04 Magic Vox 2
05 Secret Party
06 Violation 1
07 Violation 2
08 African Nights
09 Rice Music
10 Sumire September Love
11 Night In The Park

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A Japanese techno-pop trio of the early '80s led by singer/songwriter Masami Tsuchiya, Ippu-Do was the missing link between Japan's Yellow Magic Orchestra and England's Japan -- neither as purely electronic as the former nor as prettily atmospheric as the latter. (YMO's Ryuichi Sakamoto collaborated with Tsuchiya on his 1982 solo album Rice Music, and Tsuchiya played guitar with Japan on the Asian tour documented on the live album Oil on Canvas.)
Ippu-Do debuted in 1980 with the new wave-influenced Normal, on which the trio (Tsuchiya on vocals and guitar, Akira Mitake on keyboards, and Shoji Fujii on drums) sound a little like a Nipponese version of New Musik or Split Enz. The trio quickly followed this with Real, which was more of the same, but 1981's Radio Fantasy (the trio's first release outside of Japan) was almost completely electronic. The group went on hiatus after that release, with Tsuchiya beginning his solo career and his temporary membership in Japan. A best-of disc, Lunatic Menu, was released in 1982 in Japan and the U.K.
When Ippu-Do reappeared in late 1983, they were reduced to a duo of Tsuchiya and Mitake. Supported by drummer Steve Jansen and keyboardist Richard Barbieri of Japan and American bassist Percy Jones, the duo recorded the danceable Night Mirage, a supple blend of Japan's crystalline sound with some surprising R&B and funk rhythms. A two-disc live set with this lineup, Live and Zen, came out in 1984, but Tuschiya returned to his solo career at that point, bidding farewell to Ippu-Do with a well-chosen compilation in 1985. An expanded compilation, The Very Best of Ippu-Do, came out in 1998. ~ Stewart Mason, All Music Guide

IPPU DO Part 2.- solo works


"Starlight Shower"

"Tokyo Ballet"


Masami Tsuchiya-Guitars/Vocals/Synthesizers/Drums/Bass/Electric Percussions etc.
Mick Karn-Bass
Percy Jones-Bass
Steve Jansen-Drums
Bill Nelson-Guitar
Ryuichi Sakamoto-Vocals/Synthesiserz/Drums/Bass etc.(track 05)
Hideki Matsutake-Computer Programming
Toshio Nakanishi-Kiyomiko Semba-Percusions


01 Rice Music
02 Se! Se! Se!
03 Haina-Haila
04 Tao-Tao
05 Neo-Rice Music
06 Kafka
07 Rice Dog Jam
08 Secret Party
09 Silent Object
10 Night In The Park

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"Includes a Sakamoto performed track, Kafka. also Matsutake, Toshio Nakanishi, Bill Nelson, Percy Jones, Jansen and Karn. Very impressive very hyper. The drums have a Japan sound to them (as to be expected). Tsuchia was in Ippu-Do. He seems to be wearing a stewardess outfit on the cover. Unless someone stole it, the U.K. pressing had no lyrics inside. Again, I have the UK lp pressing, not exactaly a definitive way to judge sound quality, but I felt it had a sort of Japan (the band) sound, but inferior engineering (vocals kind of burried, instruments bunched together) compared to say later Japan albums. Still, very, very reccomended. (and cheap on CD)"

"Featuring members of the British group Japan and Percy Jones on some tracks this album marked the start of the solo career of the ex-Ippu Do songwriter. Featuring great funky bass lines with some English lyrics, Tsuchiya shows off his guitar virtuosity to perfection. Aided by some of J-Pops greatest artists as well as a plethora of Western musicians this is a good starting point for the high-point of J-Pop, with tremendous crossover appeal."

"Rice Music is Masami Tsuchiya's (ex-Ippu Do) debut solo album.A multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, bass, drums,synthesizers, percussion, koto, yokin and sings on this album.The cover might be misleading because Masami is male.(In a stewardess costume ?) But anyway this kind of look wasn'tstrange in the 80's. Just remember David Sylvian's Wave band"Japan" whose members Mick Karn (bass) and Steve Jansen (drums)appear as guest musicians on this record. Just as Bill Nelson(guitars) and Percy Jones (bass). Also remarkable: a young RyuichiSakamoto performing all instruments (besides the guitars, whichis played by Masami himself) on the track "Kafka".This album has lots of traditional Japanese elements mixed withelectronics.The lyrics are mainly in Japanese, but also some english passagesor even songs.Oh and Masami Tsuchiya is not to be confused with the person ofthe same name, who was sentenced to death due his role in the Saringas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995."



Bass - Hitoshi Watanabe (tracks: 04, 08 to 10) , Morio Watanabe (tracks: 01 to 03, 06, 07) Computer [Programming] - Takeshi Fuji /Drums - Jun Aoyama (tracks: 06, 08, 09) /Executive Producer - Shigeo Maruyama, Yukitaka Mashimo Keyboards, Piano - Akira Inoue /Percussion [African Traditional] - Akira Ishikawa (tracks: 04, 05, 07, 10) , Babe Hanna (tracks: 04, 05, 07, 10) /Producer, Arranged By - Masami Tsuchiya /Saxophone - Satoshi Nakamura (tracks: 03, 06/) Strings - Joe Strings (tracks: 04, 06, 09)


01 Suddenly
02 Silent Hunters
03 Like A Foreigner
04 The Forever Hour
05 Night In The Babylon
06 Tokyo Ballet
07 Alien
08 Mannequin Accordion - Mari Fukuhara/Saxophone [Alto] - Seiji Toda
09 Saijokai No Butterfly
10 Unknown Soldier

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"Not star-studded like Rice Music or anywhere as avant. With Akira Inoue playing synths and Takeshi Fuji on Fairlight. Shi-Shonen seems to be the backing band according to RK."



01 Stay In Heaven
02 Don't Stop Loving
03 Khaos Town (Hizashi No Tsumibito)
04 Mizu No Naka No Hotel (Hotel Atlantis)
05 Perfect Days
06 Daydreams Of You
07 Ichinichi Senya (One Day A Thousand Nights)
08 Lapis
09 Because
10 Planet Mirrors

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David Highly writes: Overall this is a more pop sounding release than the Rice Music era recordings. The production values are very good, Masami writing arranging and producing all songs himself. Nigel Walker handles the recording with Matsato Ohmori and Tetsuya Morioka with Nigel handling the mix as well. The recording was done at Air Recording Studios.There several prominent guest artists on the recording, including David Sylvian, Mick Karn, Andy Mackay and John Taylor. Sylvian does not sing, but contributes guitar and piano. The songs are mainly comprised of ballads with Perfect Days, Day Dreams Of You and Because the standout tracks in my opinion. The mostinteresting track on the recording is Lapis a incredibly beautiful piece that has layers of acoustic guitar, atmospheric harmonic bass notes, delicate percussive accents and clarinet. The acoustic guitar runs are like a classical spanish piece. Mick Karn plays the fretless bass and clarinet.
nk: Its currently out of print

HORIZON (1988)


01 Mask
02 Forbidden Flowers
03 Horizon
04 Wind,Sand,Water
05 Hummingbirds
06 Silhouette
07 Rose
08 Bird's eye
09 Too Many Tears
10 Diamond

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Charles & Natalia Lehmann write: Co-produced and engineered by Nigel Walker. Appearances by Mick Karn and David Palmer. Seems to have more of a direction and continuity than other post- Rice Music releases. Nicely arranged songs and good production make this one of Tsuchiya-san's best. (out of print)



01 Mind Friction
02 Lady Roxy
03 Rising Sun
04 Water Mirror
05 Love Love Love
06 Under The Bad Sign
07 Blood Of A Poet
08 Time Passenger
09 Velvet Flower

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More memorable than say Tokyo Ballet. out of print.

MOD' FISH (1997)

with Mick Karn (track 01)


01 Sea Monster
02 Frank
03 Mod' Fish
04 Welcome
05 Alexis

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5 songs. A whole new ambient style.


With Mick Karn (track 04,09)


01 Prelude
02 A Mid Summer's Night Forest
03 Forest Angel
04 Rain Forest People
05 Glass Forest
06 In A Tropical Forest
07 Mr. Beaujolais Forest
08 Night Creatures In Black Forest
09 The Day I Became Forest
10 Goblin Forest
11 Rosemary
12 A Fairie's Message

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AKIRA MITAKE - Out Of Reach (1983)


01 Violation
02 Can't Touch Even Watch
03 Lonely man
04 Modern System
05 Circus
06 Tokyo Great Town
07 Glass Talk
08 Hold On Me
09 Mr. Junk

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""Out of Reach" by Akira Mitake was produced by Richard Barbieri and is a lost gem, with a lovely smooth pop production - something later continued on the Dolphin Brothers album."


Normal [1980]
Real [1980]
Radio Fantasy [1981]
Lunatic Menu[1982]
Compilation Some-Times [1982]
Compilation Night Mirrage [1983]
Live And Zen [1984] Live; LP+12" Single
Very Best ~ Sumire September Love [1998] Ippu-Do & Masami Tsuchiya Best Compilation

ALBUMS-Masamy Tsuchiya

Rice Music [1982]
Tokyo Ballet [1985]
Life In Mirrors [1987]
Horizon [1988]
Time Passenger [1989]
Mod' Fish [1997]
Mini Album Forest People [1998]

More info: site of Masami Tsuchiya
RULES OF ROCK by guitarist Robert Strain 1) All sax players look the same 2) All drummers are mad, and are always late 3) All singers are vain and precious 4) All keyboard players are slightly eccentric - 'boffins' 5) All bass players are sensible (van driving, arranging gigs, doing the accounts) 6) All guitarists are handsome and brilliant - well, I would say that ;-) Actually, all guitarists just want to play guitar (we can't be bothered with all the other nonsense). Well, that and attend to all the women the singer rejects! :)