Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Justin Heathcliff - Justin Heathcliff (Japan 1971)

Justin Heathcliff - Justin Heathcliff (Japan 1971 Psychedelic rock)

Formed: 1971
Origin: Japan
Genres: Psychedelic rock

Justin Heathcliff was the pseudonym of Japanese producer/musician Dr. Osamu Kitajima.

01. Let's all Sing
02. You all should think more
03. Hand in Hand
04. Which is True
05. Once its nice to rise at Dawn
06. Lost are my Dreams
07. Sea
08. You Know what I mean
09. A tiny Island
10. Good Bye
11. Life
12. To Live in Peace
13. Love makes the world Complete

Osamu was already a successful composer of TV and advertising jingles, when a move to the UK in 1971 brought him in to contact with British folk and psychedelic rock. Inspired in particular by The Beatles, Tyrannousaurus Rex and Syd Barrett, he dubbed himself "Justin Heathcliff" (picked for its English-sounding quality) and issued his lone eponymous album. Released only in Japan, the album became highly prized in collector's circles for its good-natured idiosyncrasy and casual melodicism. Justin Heathcliff began to receive wider interest in the West when the track "You Know What I Mean" was featured on the Asian volume of the Love, Peace, and Poetry compilation series in 1999, and has since been reissued on CD. After releasing the album, Osamu dropped the moniker, and has continued to work under his own name. Now associated more closely with New Age music than pop, he currently resides and works in Los Angeles.
~ From Wikipedia
Beautiful laid back trippy Japanese psych album. Strong compositions, English vocals and a late '60's UK psychedelic rock/pop sound make this better than many UK albums of the era! Superb from start to finish. Featured on the Love Peace and Poetry series.
~ by lysergia
British Underground/Pop from a Japanese band who spent a long time in London. All songs well-crafted and killer tracks from beginning to end. This is so good it beats most British LP΄s. Long before attaining fame as a soundtrack composer and new age artist, Osamu Kitajima adopted a sufficiently Anglo pseudonym and released this amazing homage to British pop-psychedelia in 1971. Issued by Warner Bros. in Japan only, the LP has unsurprisingly climbed skywards in price ever since, and only a cave dweller could miss the faithful nods to Syd, Marc, John, Paul, George and Ringo in the original compositions and English lyrics. Osamu's ability around a studio was evident even then and the choice of genre to lovingly imitate predated the whole retro/'paisley' psych movement by about ten or fifteen years."
~ by forcedexposure

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zappahead said...

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Anonymous said...

A fantastic record. many thankx.

Anonymous said...

Thank you!
The track non LPP is actually "you all should think more". Also this comp was released in 2001 not 1999.
Which is how, i admit, i discovered him and then your blog.
Thanks again very much!!