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There was a `60s beat era even in Japan.Japanese `60s beat wascalled Group Sounds(or G.S.for short).The enthusiastic GS erabegan in `66 after The Beatles came to Tokyo.
It was influenced by British invasion and American hit music,butGS was different from western pop because the Japanese culture& music are different from that of the west.Over one hundredbands released vinyl,most of which were moody ballads or syrupypop songs.Most GS records were released on major labels. Sometimestheir sound was too commercial. But there are some really cool GS records!

Reissue information

GS love you JAPANESE GARAGE BANDS of THE 1960s

(Big Beat CDWIKD159) UK

GS I love you too now available on ACE RECORD
This is the first licensed GS reissue outside of Japan!

Let's Go Spiders  Big Bear CDWIKD 202


From his liner notes(Partial Quotation)

The full extent of the world -wide mid-1960s pop explosion engendered by the Beatles can never really be measured.Teenagers in every land,for and wide,were inspired to ditch the insipid pop they'd been stuck with and form raving,long -haired beat and R&B groups.

The term Group Sounds was coined by journalistsin early 1967 when, in the wake of the Beatles`visit local combosbegan to concentrate more on vocals(prior to this period most vocal pop artists were solo acts).In an amazinglybrief period of time(roughly 1966-1969), over a hundred new groups were formed. Thevast majority of bands released records, and a high proportion ofthese featured original material, alongsidecovers of popular foreign groups like the Animals, the Kinks,and the Rolling Stones.

This pop explosion was ably supported by awildly enthusiastic teen audience that gave the major GS groups such as the Tigersand the Spiders the kind of popularity reserved for visiting stars such as the WalkerBrothers or the Monkees i.e.hit singles, movies, lavishly-packaged albumsand mob scenes whenever they played.
More professional outfits worked a considerablenetwork of night-clubs and the US Airforce base circuit. Geographically speaking,the vast urban sprawl of Tokyo was home to the bulk of the top GS combos, butOsaka, Yokohama and Kyoto had thriving GS scenes.

Any OPEN-minded student of pop music can appreciatethe high standard of the selections presented here. Well-recorded stereowas the order of the day on both 45rpmsingle and album; the arrangements andmusicianship are generally solid; and indeed, the sheer overall recorded sound ona tune such as, say, the Blue Jeans ''One More Please", matches anything emanatingfrom English or American studios of the time. With the same efficiency and skillthe country brought to all other aspects of its society, Japan had a literal conveyorbelt of pop going in the GS era.

But the Japanese language itself,like many other foreigh tongues,does not lend itself particularly well to rock'n'roll.When the Japanese attempt to sing or writen in English,western ears can have problems with the results(or conversely,find them vastly entertaining).For starters,the Japanese place great import upon the words of their pop music,which is why all records usually come with lyric inserts,and also why the vocals on all Japanese pop records,even up to ther present day,tend to be unreasonably high in the mix.There are also timehonoured schools of vocalese in Japan that can be excruciating in their mawkishness.The country's obsession with Western pop culture since before the down of the rock'n'roll era had meant that English phrases,words or slogans,however inapporopriate,are viewed as lending an authentic air to a Japanese language pop song;but as English is difficlt to learn,a phonetic interpretation often has to suffice. The lyric of the Out Cast'S'Denwa De Iikara'translates literally as "Just a phone call's OK,so call me",but the group prefered the more emphatic 'YOu Gat (sic)A Call Me'.The same combo's unintentional mangling of 'Long Tall Sally'has made it a GS classic. Elsewhere,the heavilyaccented vocal on the Swing West's verion of 'Fire'acutually gives it an additional creepiness absent from the original.

In recent years the high quality of GroupSounds has became common knowledge amongst Western aficionados of 1960s rock.

The excitement and quality inherent in GroupSounds is abundantly clear, and the growing appreciation for the genre puts asmall but Well-aimed dent in the superiority complex the West has traditionallyhad about rock and pop.

Collection to the liner notes by Hitomi

Takeshi 'Teddy ' Terauchi ->Takeshi 'Terry ' Terauchi

Napoleon 's Song 'Atai Atai'->'Aitai Aitai'

Track15:Wipeout Victor SRA 5007->Crown No. unknown
 
 

GS I LOVE YOU TOO  (volume 2) (CDWIKD 159)
 

1. THE YOUNGERS - HANASHITAKUNAI Philips FS-1055 (P) 1968
2. THE JAGUARS - DANCING LONELY NIGHT Philips FS-1024 (P) 1967
3. THE CARNABEATS - CHU! CHU! CHU! Philips FS-1037 (P) 1968
4. D'SWOONERS - PLEASE PLEASE TRINA Philips FS-1062 (P) 1968
5. THE TEMPTERS - HIMITSU NO AIKOTOBA Philips FS-1059 (P) 1968
6. THE CARNABEATS - SUTEKINA SANDY Philips FS-8013 (P) 1968
7. THE YOUNGERS - ZIN ZIN ZIN Philips FS-1083 (P) 1969
8. THE TEMPTERS - TELL ME MORE Philips FS-8038 (P) 1969
9. THE JAGUARS - SEASIDE BOUND Philips FS-8011 (P) 1967
10. D'SWOONERS - STONE FREE Philips FS-8019 (P) 1968
11. THE SAVAGE - SPACE EXPRESS Philips FS-5003 (P) 1966
12. LIND & THE LINDERS - KOI NI SHIBERETE Philips FS-1036 (P) 1968
13. THE TEMPTERS - KIDOTTA ANO KO Philips FS-8038 (P) 1969
14. THE CARNABEATS - GIVE ME LOVIN' Philips FS-1025 (P) 1967
15. THE JAGUARS - DANCIN' BABY Philips FS-8012 (P) 1968
16. THE TEMPTERS - STOP THE MUSIC Philips FS-8018 (P) 1968
17. THE YOUNGERS - MY LOVE MY LOVE Philips FS-1055 (P) 1968
18. THE TEMPTERS - KONO MUNE NI DAKISHIMETE Philips FS-8038 (P) 1969
19. THE CARNABEATS - LOVE ONLY FOR YOU Philips FS-8016 (P) 1968
20. LIND & THE LINDERS - YUHI YO ISOGE Philips FS-1045 (P) 1968
21. THE JAGUARS - BEAT TRAIN Philips FS-1016 (P) 1967
22. THE TEMPTERS - BOKUTACHI NO TENSHI Philips FS-1059 (P) 1968
23. THE YOUNGERS - DO THE WHIP Philips FS-1083 (P) 1969
24. THE JAGUARS - TAIYOH YAROH Philips FS-8016 (P) 1968
25. THE CARNABEATS - KANASHIMI NO BELL Philips FS-8013 (P) 1968
26. THE TEMPTERS - WASURE-EMU KIMI Philips FS-1029 (P) 1967
27. THE YOUNGERS - NOGIKU NO YONA ANOKO Philips FS-1071 (P) 1969
28. THE TEMPTERS - KAMISAMA ONEGAI Philips FS-1039 (P) 1968
29. THE CARNABEATS - AOZORA NO ARUKAGIRI Philips FS-8014 (P) 1967

And

THE SPIDERS LET'S GO SPIDERS! (CDWIKD 202)

1. FURI FURI '66
2. UPSIDE DOWN
3. GO GO
4. JOHNNY B GOODE
5. TEARDROPS
6. HEY BOY
7. MR TAX
8. YVES
9. ONCE AGAIN
10. BAN BAN
11. YOGIRI NO LONDON
12. KUROYURI NO UTA
13. KOI NO DOCTOR
14. AKAI DRESS NO ONNA NO KO
15. ROBBY ROBBY
16. END OF LOVE
17. LUCKY RAIN
18. THINKING OF YOU BABY
19. LITTLE ROBBY
20. KAZE GA NAITEIRU
21. MO ICHIDO MO ICHIDO
22. SPI
23. INSIDE LOOKING OUT
24. SUMMER GIRL
25. NO NO BOY
26. ANO NIJI WO TSUKAMO
27. MONKEY DANCE
28. SAD SUNSET











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