Sunday, July 01, 2007

Worth Waiting For

Takeshi Terauchi

The World Is Waiting For Terry


By AV+ MLLittle known in the U.S. is Japan’s premier guitar hero, Takeshi Terauchi, affectionately known as Terry. Terry started recording electric guitar (or ‘eleki’) music in the early Sixties. His best recordings in the mid-to-late Sixties were with two different bands: the adorably named Bunnys and Blue Jeans. Generally, the music itself is Ventures inspired instrumentals accented with fuzzed-out whammy bar acrobatics. What makes The Bunnys and Blue Jeans unique is that they were also influenced by traditional Japanese Minyo, that is, very old rural folk songs. Terry recorded many a Minyo with the electric guitar at the helm in place of traditional instruments like the Shamisen.
Terry-san ranks close behind Western contemporaries Link Wray and Davie Allan when it comes to bad-ass guitar riffing. And though finding articles on him in your favorite magazine or finding his records in your local music shop proves a chore, The Bunnys and Blue Jeans have been included on a number of popular compilations, most notably, Pebbles from Around the World, the excellent Planet X GS collection Monster A Go-Go, Guitar Mood, the Hot Nips series, and the Corumbia Sixties Japanese Garage-Psych Sampler
1 Riders In The Sky
2 House Of The Rising Storm
3 Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
4 The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
5 Moanin'
6 Shine
7 Night Train
8 Red Sails In The Sunset
9 Blue Moon
10 Stardust
11 Moon River
12 Comin' Home Baby


A.M. said...

Fabulous! Thank you!