Monday, October 5, 2009

Speed, Glue & Shinki, 1972 (VBR)

"This far flung, double yellow Tiger bomber wrapped brown bag in paper was unleashed in Japan on Atlantic Records, Speed, Glue & Shinki’s second album did the impossible by being even more of a wrecked and loose a masterpiece as their previous album, “Eve.” Two separate LPs came tethered together in the oversized obi enclosure of one wraparound brown paper bag sleeve designed by the Taj Mahal Travellers’ self-made instrumentalist Michihiro Kimura. And the album’s lyric and credits sheet were littered with typos, crossed out words and all the reproductive cut marks, tape and detritus no white-out or non-repro blue zone exposure of all fuckups unmasking. And most of the music here on their final and eponymously named effort mirrored this, comprised of one-takes mishandled with searing guitar overdubs, occasional phasing on the drums and a direction mapped out not by some flimsy, preconceived fads but by a truly unselfconscious and of-the-moment reaching, succeeding and staggering just over the finish line in such a sublimely wrecked and burnt manner that it made an art form out of just teetering on the edge of falling apart altogether. It’s a miracle it was ever played and recorded, let alone released, for Speed, Glue & Shinki were loose cannons on the loosest ship of the loosest navy ever and seemed more like three stringless kites that soared so high upon the currents of Rock they never came down. Nothing was ever a big deal for these guys, they were so damn loose."
- Text form Head Heritage

Named 15th best japrock album in Julian Cope's Japrocksampler Top 50.

Speed, Glue & Shinki

Disc One
  1. Sniffin' & Snortin' Pt.1 (Vitamine C)
  2. Run and Hide
  3. Bad Woman
  4. Red Doll
  5. Flat Fret Swing
  6. Sniffin' & Snortin' Pt. 2 (Vitamine C)
  7. Don't Say No
  8. Calm Down
Disc Two
  1. Doodle Song
  2. Search for Love
  3. Chuppy
  4. Wanna Take You Home
  5. Sun_Planets_Life_Moon
  6. Song for an Angel