Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Yasuaki Shimizu - IQ 179 LP (Columbia Japan, 1981)


Side A
Lizard Hako
Doll Play I
Puzzle 34
Cloud 9

Side B
IQ 179
Little "L"
Doll Play II
Lost Horizon

Confounding electro-jazz-fusion moves from this ex-Mariah saxophonist. Just when you think you've got this record figured out, it turns on a dime. Seriously, the range of quality here is astounding, whizzing from Wha-Ha-Ha-esque levels of synth blippiness to white wine soaked Mom-Jazz, Grover Washington Jr style. I sure hope that comparison didn't just turn you all off from downloading this, as there are some pretty brilliant moments to be heard!


Anonymous said...

wanted to hear this just on the strength of the cover: what is that?! a giant soya bean striking the sacre coeur? a flying egg-yolk perhaps?

there are a couple of tracks i find interesting on this - such as Doll Play II and Puzzle 34 - but the rest is a bit too MOR for me tbh.

and the opening synth line on Lost Horizon is all but identical to YMO's Behind The Mask. A shame.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I've been wanting to check it out for a long time.

Anonymous said...

I think this album is excellent, I love all of his work, and I think IQ179 is a terrible and obnoxious name for an album. I can't understand why he would name it that.