happy end Happy End (CD, £4.25)label: Erebus
Presented here is Happy End's eponymous first album that was originally released in 1970 on URC. Happy End was a Japanese folk rock band which existed between 1970 and 1973. The band's pioneering avant-garde sound is highly revered and they are considered to be one of the most influential bands in Japanese music. In fact, Happy End is listed at number 4 in HMV Japan's list of the top 100 Japanese popular artists of all time! Happy End was formed by Apryl Fool's Haruomi Hosono and Takashi Matsumoto, and after its demise Hosono went on to form the Yellow Magic Orchestra. Unlike most contemporary Japanese bands of the time, Happy End refused to sweeten their albums with scatterings of Western rock covers, even presenting their songs in the Japanese language. Happy End's music is most reminiscent of soft rock such as "Wheatfield Soul" period Guess Who, a slightly heavier CSN&Y and Badfinger.
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