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File under: Mind-altering


Harumi (2Lp)

Label: Klimt

Format: LPx2

Genre: Psych

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Wow what a find! One of the trippiest albums recorded for Verve in the 60s -- a unique 2LP set by Japanese psyche artist Harumi -- and a record that stands proudly next to the best by Zappa or the Velvets at the time! Originally released in 1968, Harumi is a classic double album of obscure Japan meets Greenwich Village psych with legendary producer Tom Wilson at the helm, desperately trying to reign in the talents of this enigmatic Japanese artist on the outer fringes of an East/West freak out. The double-length space of the record really helps give it some shape -- as Harumi starts out sweet, then gets a bit wilder, and increases the sense of experimentation as the set rolls on -- so that the final track is a side-long psychedelic jam that's topped with spoken passages by Harumi's parents and sister! There's a gentle, breezy, and sometimes slightly funky quality to these numbers, and exactly the kind of psyche album you might imagine from Verve in the 60s! All songs are sung in English. 'Harumi' is a remarkable album with tracks ranging from catchy pop to more experimental moments. Including contributions from his parents, this is a truly unique and seriously psychedelic work. A great reissue!

File under: Mind-altering
Cat. number: MJJ322DLP
Year: 2018