LES RALLIZES DENUDES - YODO-GO-A-GO-GO

July 6, 2014 – 4:48 am

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LES RALLIZES DENUDES
(aka Hadaka No Rallizes)
Yodo-Go-A-Go-Go (aka Flightless Bird Needs Water Wings) [10th Avenue Freeze Out, 1CD]

Compilation of studio (?) tracks from various venues and dates. Good to very good audio.

A Japanese version of The Velvet Underground? You would be hard pressed to find anything more indie or hardcore than this.

Les Rallizes Denudes (Hadaka no Rallizes) were an influential, yet reclusive Japanese avant-garde band. In 1970, the original bass player Moriaki Wakabayashi assisted in the hijacking of Japan Airlines Flight 351 orchestrated by the Japanese Red Army. Wakabayashi has been living in North Korea since the hijacking. Singer and lead guitarist Takashi Mizutani was allegedly offered a role in the hijacking, but turned it down. After this event, however, a paranoid Mizutani kept a low profile due to his ties with the Red Army. - wikipedia

The following was posted on the net:

With the publication of Julian Cope’s long awaited Japrocksampler tome, interest in Japan’s underground psychedelic rock scene in the ’70s has gotta be running at an all time high. A big portion of Cope’s book dealt with the legendary Les Rallizes Denudes aka Hadaka No Rallizes, a long running (since the late ’60s, still “active” today) and influential act led by guitarist Takashi Mizutani.

Without Les Rallizes, more modern day bands like Up-Tight and LSD-march wouldn’t exist. Rallizes were also a big inspiration for Keiji Haino’s equally significant Fushitsusha group. Their style (musical and sartorial), their distortion, their sunglasses… blown-out minimalist rock throb, carving delicate and/or devastating beauty out of guitar feedback and reverby pop simplicity.

Unfortunately for readers of Cope’s book, pretty much the entire catalog of Rallizes LPs, CD, CD-Rs, cassettes, etc falls into the category of near-myth, hard to find at the very least. It used to be, you could go into a record shop in Japan and spend hundreds of dollars for a handful of live Rallizes CD-Rs.

In other words, good timing that this disc just materialized (and maybe no coincidence that it was written up as a Record Of The Month on Cope’s Head Heritage website a few months back). Titled either Yodo-Go-A-Go-Go or Flightless Bird Needs Water Wings, this [2007] CD offers up eight tracks of prime Rallizes, a “best of” of sorts drawn from rare recorded relics circa the early/mid ’70s, though it goes back to ‘67 for track one.

The disc opens with that garagey raver, “Otherwise My Conviction”, then ventures into a gentler but no less distorted drone pop territory with “Valle de l’eau”. The mood stays mellow until Mizutani busts out his searing Neil Young eat your heart out style guitar scorch for the end of the 13 minute third track, “Enter The Mirror”. Has Wooden Shjips heard this? We’re pretty sure they have. “Smokin’ Cigarette Blues” is next, supremely lo-fi (with this band, that’s a virtue), about as murky a 19 minutes of “blues” as you’ll ever hear… it’s all ambient low rumble and clatter, so abstract it’s hard to tell if there’s a band involved or not… this could be the Dead C for goshsakes! Wow.

Following that, the fiery “Flames Of Ice” is propulsively distinct in comparison, and these 17 minutes should weigh heavily as a reason to pick this up. Then they plow into “Field Of Artificial Flowers”, another heavy one, something like Link Wray’s “Rumble” ultra-distorted into white hot sizzle and stretched out for 10 minutes. What can they do to follow that?

Being Les Rallizes Denudes, they go “Deeper Than Night” of course, which perfectly condenses everything that’s wonderful about Les Rallizes into a mere two minutes and 24 seconds - the mantric plod, the screeching sheets of sound wrenched from still bleeding guitars and amps. And then we’re back to “Otherwise My Conviction”, another version ending this disc much like it began. Whew. While any Rallizes CD is almost by definition essential, this really covers all the bases. Definitely one to get - and it’s also one of the only ones you CAN get.

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Thanks to Rafaello for sharing this on the net.

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Track 01. Otherwise My Conviction 3:30 (5.9MB)
Track 02. Valle De L’Eau 2:33 (4.3MB)
Track 03. Enter The Mirror 13:40 (23.0MB)
Track 04. Smokin’ Cigarette Blues 19:10 (32.2MB)
Track 05. Flames Of Ice 17:07 (28.8MB)
Track 06. Field Of Artificial Flowers 10:32 (17.7MB)
Track 07. Deeper Than Night 2:20 (3.9MB)
Track 08. Otherwise My Conviction 4:04 (6.8MB)
73 mins

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  1. 12 Responses to “LES RALLIZES DENUDES - YODO-GO-A-GO-GO”

  2. One of the greatest bands ever, to these ears. This release arguably isn’t the best introduction to what they do, but for all practical purposes, any introduction to them is a good one. Trippy stuff, and it seems to only get better the deeper you dig.

    By kingpossum on Jul 6, 2014

  3. Kingpossum…do you have any suggestions for other recordings by this band?

    By draftervoii on Jul 6, 2014

  4. when i do a search for them on youtube i find over 5800 results. quite a few of em are full length albums. of course u can convert those to mp3’s and dl them. since theyve been around since 67 they have a bunch of albums out so theres no shortage of material. heres the link for just their name -

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=LES+RALLIZES+DENUDES+

    if u want only items that are 20mins or longer im sure u know how to do that. and it brings it down to 186 results.

    http://www.youtube.com/results?filters=long&search_query=les+rallizes+denudes&lclk=long

    By darth on Jul 6, 2014

  5. @draftervoii:
    The go-to titles are typically:
    - 1977 Live
    - Blind Baby Has It’s Mother’s Eyes
    - Double Heads
    - Great White Wonder
    - Black Rainbow
    - Le 12 Mars 1977
    - House Session at Fussa (split with a band called Yellow)

    There are a number of multi-disc box sets out there too on the Univerve label. Hard to find physical copies, but downloads can be found. The box sets duplicating some of the double and single disc releases. But all are worth a listen in my humble opinion. The box sets have titles like Studio/Live 1980-86, stuff like that. The actual titles escape me at the moment.

    Happy hunting…

    By kingpossum on Jul 7, 2014

  6. japanese chinese its all Beck-ese to me right cuz?

    By tin ear frohman on Jul 7, 2014

  7. what a load of dung this is.

    By tin ear frohman on Jul 7, 2014

  8. Thanks, Kingpossum. That gives me a list to track down and I thank you for taking the time to answer me. I listened to Track03 and liked the guitar playing, so I’ll check out some of your recommendations.

    By draftervoii on Jul 7, 2014

  9. @draftervoii:
    You’re welcome. I like that track too, it evokes the milder side of the Velvet Underground to me. Les Rallizes’ live stuff often goes into more high energy and quite long psychedelic forays, which I also dig.

    By kingpossum on Jul 7, 2014

  10. our darthy glen frohman con man liar stalker…
    http://www.collectingbanter.com/showthread.php?t=161943

    By Jerry's Finger on Jul 7, 2014

  11. an interesting note on their wikipedia entry at -
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Rallizes_D%C3%A9nud%C3%A9s

    says -

    ‘Their discography is made up almost exclusively of live bootlegs, as they have never officially released any of their own material.’

    i dont know about anyone else but thats not only incredible but hysterical.

    there are 29 items listed. 19 of these are 2-6 cds each.
    according to the page it says theyre done as of 1996? 12 past members at various times.
    i listened to track 4 and thought it was horrible. i gave track 5 a listen and decided to dl this item. good thing i kept going. i wanted to find something here i liked. normally this would be up my alley. thanks for offering this.
    perhaps more european progressive psych. french and italian perhaps? maybe more folk psych? like along the lines of kevin ayers and gong and hillage and the canterbury scene. those years 66-78 have so much good stuff.

    By darth on Jul 8, 2014

  12. sounds like choppy chinese music by way of east india with a dash of tuvan throat singing to me .

    By tin ear frohman on Jul 8, 2014

  13. This is really good stuff!
    A band with actual terrorists in it–who’d a thunk it?
    Thanks, BIGO!

    By YogaforCynics on Jul 8, 2014

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