3/3 - S/T
"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 Disc 1 features the original 3/3 album (recorded 1974-5), plus 2 previously unpublished bonus tracks from the same timespan.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." - P-Vine. Number 43 in Japrocksamplers Top 50.
- Regular price $40.00