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Albums Of The Week: Les Rallizes Dénudés | Baus ’93

The enigmatic Japanese psych-rock legends resurface with a new long-lost live set.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Baus ’93 contains Japanese psych-rock legends Les Rallizes Dénudés’ storied comeback performance from Tokyo’s Baus Theater on Feb. 13, 1993 — their first live appearance in five years. Baus ’93 follows the widely acclaimed worldwide release of Citta ‘93, which captured the band’s fiery gig four days later at Club Citta in Kawasaki.

Newly mixed and mastered by Makoto Kubota, Baus ’93 features the previously unheard live recording, meticulously restored using the original right-channel digital multitrack masters, as well as additional sources including cassettes recorded off of the mixing board and from the audience.

Les Rallizes Dénudés’ lineup at Baus Theater consisted of Takashi Mizutani (vocals, guitar), Katsuhiko Ishii (guitar), Kiyohiro Takada (bass), Toshiro Mimaki (drums). This rhythm section, it should be noted, is different from the lineup heard at Club Citta’ — but even so, the band on Baus ’93 performed with an approach and intensity that took the show to the next level. The DVD contains a 23-minute video of the performance, originally shot and newly edited by Akira Uji, who often handled onstage visuals for the band.

Baus ’93 includes includes an essay by Julian Cope, whose idiosyncratic book Japrocksampler introduced the Japanese rock underground to many around the globe.”

 

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