Hadaka No Rallizes
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Hadaka no Rallizes were an early Japanese psychedelic band that took inspiration from the Velvet Underground's Exploding Plastic Inevitable light and sound shows and from the Blue Cheer's heavily amplified sound.

The Hadaka no Rallizes, also known as Les Rallizes Denudes, were formed in 1967 at Kyoto University by guitarist and vocalist Mizutani Takashi. Takashi was somehow involved in the communist terrorism of the 1970s and therefore the group was hardly welcomed anywhere. Recordings of the original period include one side of the legendary bootleg Live At Oz (Oz, 1973 - OZ Days, 2001), 67-69 Studio et Live (1991), Mizutani/Les Rallizes Denudes (1991), 77 Live (1991). The latter is probably their least indulgent album, at times worthy of Fushitsusha's most extreme freakouts.

Les Rallizes Denudes became the object of wild post-mortem speculation with the market flooded by bootlegs of droning, hyper-amplified psychedelic jams. The 1992 video soundtrack Cable Hogue Soundtrack (2007) as well as the the six lengthy jams from 1973-77 of Heavier Than A Death In The Family (2002 - Phoenix, 2010), particularly the cacophonous People Can Choose, the three juggernauts of Blind Baby Has It's Mothers Eyes (2003 - Phoenix, 2010), the other live performances of the six-disc Double Heads (2005), of the triple-disc Great White Wonder (Univive, 2006), of the four-disc Cradle Saloon '78 (2006), of the double-disc End Of Heavy Groove (2006), of Live 1972 (Over Level, 2006), of the double-LP Le 12 Mars 1977 a Tachikawa (Ignuitas, 2008), with the 20-minute The Last One, of Live May 25 1975 Yaneura (Ignuitas, 2008), of the triple-disc Wild Trip In The West (2008), of the double-disc Critical Trip (2008), of the triple-disc Back To Black Mandara (2010), etc etc surfaced decades after the fact. Yodo-Go-A-Go-Go (10th Avenue Freeze Out, 2007) is a compilation. The four-disc box-set Mars Studio 1980 (Phoenix Records, 2012), featuring guitarist Fujio Yamaguchi, is one of the least amateurish documents. The more recordings surfaced, the less relevant the band seemed to be. Most of their music was disposable, an inept imitation of the Velvet Underground occasionally decaying into childish mayhem.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Giovanni Rindi)

Gli Hadaka no Rallizes sono stati tra le prime band giapponesi di musica psichedelica, fortemente ispirati dalle luci e dai suoni dei Velvet Underground, quei Velvet dell’Exploding Plastic Inevitable, e dalle massicce vibrazioni dei Blue Cheer.

Gli Hadaka no Rallizes, conosciuti anche come Les Rallizes Dénudés, nacquero nel 1967 all’università di Kyoto da un’idea del chitarrista e cantante Mizutani Takashi. Takashi fu tuttavia coinvolto negli eventi di terrorismo comunista degli anni ’70 e proprio per questo la band era difficilmente la benvenuta. Tra le registrazioni originali si trova il leggendario bootleg Live at Oz (Oz, 1973 – OZ Days 2001), 67-69 Studio et Live (1991), Mizutani/Les Rallizes Dénudés (1991), 77 Live (1991). Quest’ultimo è con ogni probabilità il più intransigente tra i loro album, ricordando a tratti le follie incontrollate dei Fushitsusha.

Les Rallizes Dénudés sono stati oggetto di una selvaggia speculazione post-mortem e ad oggi il mercato è invaso di bootleg contenenti brani di una psichedelia gracchiante e iper-amplificata. Decenni dopo la loro esecuzione, sono riemersi:

la video soundtrack Cable Hogue Soundtrack (2007), le sei lunghe tracce del 1973-77 di Heavier Than A Death in The Family (2002 – Phoenix,, 2010), con in particolare la cacofonica People Can Choose, i tre giganti di Blind Baby has It’s Mothers Eyes (2003 – Phoenix, 2010), le altre live performance dei sei dischi di Double Heads (2005), il triplo disco Great White Wonder (Univive, 2006), i quattro dischi di Cradle Saloon ’78 (2006), il doppio disco End Of Heavy Groove (2006), l’altro Live 1972 (Other Level, 2006), il doppio LP Le 12 Mars 1977 a Tachikawa (Ignuitas, 2008), che contiene i 20 minuti di The Last One, il Live May 25 1975 Yaneura (Ignuitas, 2008), il triplo disco Critical Trip (2008) e l’altro triplo disco Back to Black Mandara (2010). Yodo-Go-A-Go-Go (10th Avenue Freeze Out, 2007) è una compilation, mentre il box-set da quattro dischi Mars Studio 1980 (Phoenix Records, 2012), in collaborazione con il chitarrista Fujio Yamaguchi, si distacca dai precedenti per il suo carattere meno amatoriale.

Più materiale emergeva, più la band ne perdeva in considerazione e stima e quando la maggior parte della loro musica divenne fruibile, il suo valore fu chiaro: una goffa imitazione dei Velvet Underground slanciata verso un decadimento fatto di confusione infantile.

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