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Artist: 3/3
Title: S/T
Format: Double CD
Label: P-Vine
Country: Japan
Price: $40.00
"Double CD reissue of this Japanese underground rock classic, exclusively available on P-vine. Originally released in Japan, 1975; reissued on LP on Shadoks in 2007. Disc 1 features the original 3/3 album (recorded 1974-5), plus 2 previously unpublished bonus tracks from the same timespan. Disc 2 features all previously unreleased live performances, recorded 1976-77 (all pre-Friction). Packaged in a gatefold mini-LP sleeve, with multiple inserts -- amazing package overall. "3/3 are Reck (guitar, vocals), Higo Hiroshi (bass) and Chiko Hige (drums). The name was inspired by a Japanese comic (4/4). In February 1975, 3/3 (Sanbun No San) released this album in a tiny pressing of 15 copies only to get a record deal. The cover was homemade and the recording sounds live but without audience. The music is ultra heavy guitar-dominated psychedelic rock like a mixture of Blue Cheer/Randy Holden/MC5 and early punk/new wave bands. The sound quality is mediocre but the music is a blaster. 3/3 has never released another recording. Both Reck and Hige then moved to New York where they stayed for over a year and played with James Chance & The Contortions, Lydia Lunch (Teenage Jesus & The Jerks) and others (No New York movement). They returned to Japan in 1978 to start a new group which became very famous: Friction. In 1979 Friction appeared on a compilation and in 1980 they recorded their first album. Friction released more than 10 albums in Japan. Friction has certainly had a heavy influence on the late 1970s Japanese punk and new wave scene. Reck is again active on the Tokyo scene and has teamed up with Haino Keiji and hardcore drummer Pill, with whom he performs under the name Head Rush. This album of 3/3 is the rarest underground album ever released in Japan." Number 43 in Japrocksamplers Top 50." - P-Vine
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Artist: AUNT SALLY
Title: Live 1978-1979
Format: CD
Label: P-Vine
Country: Japan
Price: $24.00
"Aunt Sally was Phews first group; their debut album was released by the famous underground electronics label, Vanity Records in 1978." - FE.
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Artist: FRICTION
Title: 79 Live
Format: CD/DVD
Label: P-Vine
Country: Japan
Price: $32.00
"New series of reissues and archive vault material from Pass Records, licensed to P-vine. Pass was the quintessential Japanese no-wave/art-punk label of the late 70s, although they only released a handful of items (best know for Friction and Phew). This Friction CD/DVD is a new archival release, issued for the first time. The CD is live material from 1979, recorded live at Taku-Taku, 12/16/79. 10 tracks, 3 of which are not from their first LP. The DVD features Friction filmed live, from 1979, plus an 8mm movie by Reck and Mogi Emiko, simply called 1979-80 8mm Film.  Dedicated to Sam Fuller." - FE.
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Artist: KOSUGI, TAKEHISA
Title: Violin Solo 1980 N.Y.C.
Format: CD
Label: P-Vine
Country: Japan
Price: $24.00
"A previously unreleased solo violin performance by the founder of the Taj Mahal Travellers and legendary Fluxus conceptualist. Active since the 1960s, Kosugi has more recently served as the music director for the Merce Cunningham Dance Troupe. He is currently involved with the composing and performance of impromptu music and electronic multimedia music. To be brief, Kosugi is one of the most important and influential Japanese experimental avant-gardists, alongside the likes of Yasunao Tone, Toshi Ichiyanagi & Yuji Takahashi. This album was recorded by Kazunori Sugiyama, 6/22/80, in NYC, and features a breathtakingly live solo violin performance." - FE.
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Artist: MIZUTANI, KIMIO
Title: A Path Through Haze
Format: CD
Label: P-Vine
Country: Japan
Price: $31.00
"Kimio Mizutani was the guitarist in the excellent Japanese freak out group Love Live Life +1 and this is a long-desired reissue of his first solo album from 1971, originally issued by Japanese Polydor." - FE.

Artist: TAJ MAHAL TRAVELLERS
Title: August 1974
Format: Double CD
Label: P-Vine
Country: Japan
Price: $38.00
"Double CD reissue of the 2nd Taj Mahal Travellers album, originally issued by Japanese Columbia in 1974 as a 2LP set. The group was led by the infamous Fluxus member Takehisa Kosugi (electric violin, harmonica, voice, etc.), with: Kyo Koike (electric double bass), suntool, voice, etc.), Yukio Tsuchiya (bass-tuba, percussion), Beiji Nagai (trumpet, synthesizer Mini-Korg, timpani), Tokio Hasegaw (voice, percussion), Kinji Hayashi (electronic technique), Hirokeszu Sato (percussion, voice). Recorded live at Nippon Columbia Studio #1, Tokyo, August 19, 1974. Four side-long improvisations." - FE.
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Artist: V/A
Title: Pass No Past - EPs & Singles
Format: Double CD
Label: P-Vine
Country: Japan
Price: $32.00
"Artists: Friction, Tsunematsu Masatoshi, Phew, Boys Boys, Totsuzen Danball, Gunjogacrayon, E.D.P.S. (aka Tsunematsu). Pretty impressive double CD from Pass records vaults, including all of their original 7" 1& 12" EP material, plus a previously unreleased track by Tsunematsu Masatoshi (who was the guitarist/leader of Friction along w/ Reck). The first two Friction singles are featured, including non-LP b-sides - never seen records from the collector scum pantheon. The Phew material is her famous duo work with Ryuichi Sakamoto, from 1980. Totsuzen Danball later, somewhat famously, recorded an album with Lol Coxhill. All material here from 1979-82. With two booklets which feature large repros of all covers and other related flyers, etc. " - FE.
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Artist: VIRGIN INSANITY
Title: Illusion of Maintenance Man
Format: CD
Label: P-Vine
Country: Japan
Price: $23.50
Japanese-only CD edition of the lone album (at the time) from 1971 by this TX group - 200 copies pressed, recently reissued in very limited form on LP by Destijl. This P-Vine CD comes w/ 7 bonus tracks (from the same sessions?) released for the first time. Immaculate mini-LP jacket packaging, with booklet of liner notes (Japanese) and lyrics (English/Japanese). Heavy.      Destijls description of the album: "Exact / legit repro of an unbelievably / unassumingly great / rare rec from TX, circa 71.  4 kids (one chick fatale) stoned / alone and aware of the big things. Tempted, yet devoted only to the shaft of light extending from the loin of god, on which we will all eventually sit, that slowly rises and lifts us towards the heavens... for the fan of gripped mind / dropped jaws, this is the regal beagle; austere / smart / aware vibes that slowly imply the king of American folk privates. Its connection within the deep timbre of the  private / psych / folk family tree of references is hazy, but perhaps the dropped names of Arthur Lee Harper, Pete Fine, Fenner / Leland / OBrien, Timmothy, the Bachs will work for the astute customer."

Artist: VIRGIN INSANITY
Title: Toad Frog & Fish Friends/The Odometer Suite
Format: CD
Label: P-Vine
Country: Japan
Price: $23.50
"After releasing Illusion of Maintenance Man in 1971, Virgin Insanity evidently went on to record 2 more albums that never saw the light of day: Toad Frog & Fish Friends, also from 1971, and The Odometer Suite from 1973. This Japanese-only CD conveniently compiles the 2 together and throws on 2 bonus tracks of new 2005 recordings by the currently revitalized group. In a similar style to Illusion, but perhaps more freaked out, this is beautifully shambolic folk-rock from the edge of time, with parts of Toad Frog coming across like Texas answer to the Godz. The Odometer Suite is a lot more 73 than 71 (guess that "makes sense") - the naivete is a little wobbly for todays sophisticates. But the now easily achievable completeness that P-vine makes possible with these 2 CDs is hard to beat." - FE.

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