(*) means I don't own this album and haven't listened to it.
(@) means I don't own this album but have listened to it.
thanks to David McKenzie and Ron kane for info.
One of the original group of technopop bands. There is an unfortunate lack of CDs of the original albums.
1980 Epic-Sony lp:25 3H-16
Pop rock. Often compared to YMO, but I don't know why. First album. They use synthesizers, but nowhere near the extent as YMO. Masami Tsuchiya's later solo album, Rice Music is very electronic. They are an important new wave band but I never really took to them. No CD was ever released AFAIK.
(*) 1980 Epic/Sony lp: 27-3H-25
Second Album. No CD was ever released AFAIK.
1981 Epic-Sony lp:28 3H-42, Epic (UK) lp: EPC 85395
Guests: Sandii, Makoto Kubota, Pecker. A more electronic than Normal. Different (photo) cover in the U.K. No CD was ever released AFAIK.
(@)1982 Epic/Sony lp: 28-3H-67, cd: 35.8H-3, ESCB-1667
I bought this thinking it was a new album. It is not, its mostly best of material. This is the only intact Ippu Do album known to exist on CD, its still available AFAIK.
amusing trivia: I bought a used copy from a dealer. It turned out to be once Terre Thaemlitz's copy, but he sold it to that used record shop. Well some years later he got it back through a trade with me.
(*) 1982 epic/sony 7" 07.5H-130
(@) 1983 epic/sony EPC-2550, 28.3H-94
Masami TSUCHIYA - vocal, guitar, emulator
Akira MITAKE - keyboards, synth, emulator
Steve JANSEN - Voice, Drums
Richard BARBIERI - Synthesizer solo & synth on "Moon Mirage"
Percy JONES - Bass
Kiyohiko SEMBA - Percussions
Yann TOMITA - Steel drums (!)
Joe STRINGS - Strings
Info from Terry Green and Ron Kane
(*) 1984 epic sony 7" 07.5H-160
with Steve Jansen (info: Ron Kane)
(*) 1984 epic sony 7" 07.5H-176 (info: Ron Kane)
(*) 1984 Epic Sony lp: 35.3H-135/6
was the 12" packaged with it.
(*) BEST OF IPPU DO (283H-76_LP)
(*) cd: ESCB-1866
I think Sony released this recently to compensate for the general lack of full albums in print.
Includes a Sakamoto performed track, Kafka. also Matsutake, Toshio Nakanishi, Bill Nelson, Percy Jones, Jansen and Karn. Very impressive very hyper. The drums have a Japan sound to them (as to be expected). Tsuchia was in Ippu-Do. He seems to be wearing a stewardess outfit on the cover. Unless someone stole it, the U.K. pressing had no lyrics inside. Again, I have the UK lp pressing, not exactaly a definitive way to judge sound quality, but I felt it had a sort of Japan (the band) sound, but inferior engineering (vocals kind of burried, instruments bunched together) compared to say later Japan albums. Still, very, very reccomended. (and cheap on CD)
Not star-studded like Rice Music or anywhere as avant. With Akira Inoue playing
synths and Takeshi Fuji on Fairlight. Shi-Shonen seems to be the backing band
according to RK.
(*)1987 Epic/Sony cd: 32-8H-141
David Highly writes: Overall this is a more pop sounding release than the Rice Music era recordings. The production values are very good, Masami writing arranging and producing all songs himself. Nigel Walker handles the recording with Matsato Ohmori and Tetsuya Morioka with Nigel handling the mix as well. The recording was done at Air Recording Studios.
There several prominent guest artists on the recording, including David Sylvian, Mick Karn, Andy Mackay and John Taylor. Sylvian does not sing, but contributes guitar and piano. The songs are mainly comprised of ballads with Perfect Days, Day Dreams Of You and Because the standout tracks in my opinion. The most
interesting track on the recording is Lapis a incredibly beautiful piece that has layers of acoustic guitar, atmospheric harmonic bass notes, delicate percussive accents and clarinet. The acoustic guitar runs are like a classical spanish piece. Mick Karn plays the fretless bass and clarinet.
nk: Its currently out of print
(*)1988 CBS/Sony cd: 32 8H-5031
Charles & Natalia Lehmann write: Co-produced and engineered by Nigel Walker. Appearances by Mick Karn and David Palmer. Seems to have more of a direction and continuity than other post- Rice Music releases. Nicely arranged songs and good production make this one of Tsuchiya-san's best. (out of print)
More memorable than say Tokyo Ballet. out of print.
5 songs. A whole new ambient style.
(@) 98.10.21 Cross/Polydor POCH-1734
similar ambient guitar concept
In 2001 Tsuchiya joined the band D.E.P. (Doggy Eels Project) with Vivian
Hsu as lead singer and some familiar names backing (masahide Sakuma, Goto Yashiki,
Mick Karn). Its a Sakuma production (ex-Plastics, Judy and Mary producer)
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