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Takayanagi, Masayuki New Direction Unit

Mass Hysterism in Another Situation [VINYL 2 LPs]

Takayanagi, Masayuki New Direction Unit: Mass Hysterism in Another Situation [VINYL 2 LPs] (Black Editions)

Furious free improvisation fueled by dual electric guitars from Masayuki Takayanagi, leader of New Direction Unit, and Akira Iijima who provides walls of chaotic feedback, pushed on at high intensity by drummer/percussionist Hiroshi Yamazaki, captured in a 1983 live performance at Kid Ailack Hall in Toyko, remastered and reissued as a double 45RPM 12" gatefold album.
 

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Masayuki Takayanagi-electric guitar

Akira Iijima-electric guitar

Hiroshi Yamazaki-drum, percussion


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Pressed to high quality vinyl at RTI. Housed in a heavy tip-on gatefold jacket with Pantone spot colors, spot ink pigment foil on gloss film laminate finish as well as printed inner sleeves. Featuring photographs by Tatsuo Minami and newly translated notes by Takayanagi scholar Yoshiyuki Kitazato.

UPC: 769791984714

Label: Black Editions
Catalog ID: BE 020LP
Squidco Product Code: 33604

Format: 2 LPs
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Gatefold Double LP
Recorded live at Kid Ailack Hall, in Meidaimae, Tokyo, Japan, on August 14th, 1983.
Originally released in 2006 as a compact disc on the Jinya label with catalog code B-09.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Mass Hysterism in Another Situation captures Masayuki Takayanagi's New Direction Unit in its final incarnation, at an apex in its development; it also finds Takayanagi, one of Japan's great iconoclastic artists, at a moment of crucial artistic transformation.

Recorded in August 1983 as part of his "Another Situation" concert series, the album features one of the last performances of Takayanagi's revolutionary and perhaps most famously violent piece, "Mass Projection." By this date, New Direction's line up had been distilled to a compact, searingly hot trio of Takayanagi joined on electric guitar by Akira Iijima and Hiroshi Yamazaki on drums/percussion.

Over the course of 40 minutes, the group sustains an uninterrupted, highly charged attack propelled with unrelenting energy. The music is rife with noise and dissonance intruding from both sides; a vortex of sound and fury that begins to slip from even the expansive bounds of free jazz into something almost purely electronic.

The trio would perform only four more times, completing the "Another Situation" series with its 24th edition in November 1984. Eleven months later Takayanagi would debut an entirely new modality, one he called "Action Direct." It completely transformed his approach to guitar and sound in general by embracing an entirely abstract, solo noise music projected through massive, complex sound systems of his own design.

Mass Hysterism is perhaps the most powerful link in this part of Takayanagi's history -- a perfect realization and farewell to one of his greatest forms en route to territories even further afield and radical."-Black Editions


Pressed to high quality vinyl at RTI. Housed in a heavy tip-on gatefold jacket with Pantone spot colors, spot ink pigment foil on gloss film laminate finish as well as printed inner sleeves. Featuring photographs by Tatsuo Minami and newly translated notes by Takayanagi scholar Yoshiyuki Kitazato.

Artist Biographies

"Masayuki 'Jojo' Takayanagi (高柳昌行) (December 22, 1932 - June 23, 1991) was a Japanese jazz / free improvisation / noise musician. He was active in the Japanese jazz scene from the late 1950s. In the 1960s he formed New Directions (later New Direction Unit), which recorded several albums throughout the 1970s. He also recorded several albums with saxophonist Kaoru Abe, including Kaitai Teki Kohkan, Gradually Projection and Mass Projection."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masayuki_Takayanagi)
7/10/2024

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Akira Iijima (飯島晃) is a Japanese guitar, known for his work with Masayuki Takayanagi's New Direction Unit and with Junji Hirose. He can be heard on Fred Frith's 1970's Guitar Solos series performing solo on acoustic guitar.

-Squidco 7/10/2024

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"Hiroshi Yamazaki, real name Yasuhiro Yamazaki (山崎泰弘), is a Japanese jazz/free jazz drummer, born in Tokyo. He has performed and recorded with Masayuki Takayanagi New Direction Unit, Otomo Yoshihide, and Evan Parker."

-Discgos 7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



SIDE A



1. Mass Hysterism Part I 10:01

SIDE B



1. Mass Hysterism Part II 10:08

SIDE C



1. Mass Hysterism Part III 09:56

SIDE D



1. Mass Hysterism Part IV 10:27

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