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Les Rallizes Dénudés

The OZ Tapes

The OZ Tapes

Temporal Drift | CAT #: DRFT03

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KEY FEATURES

  • Available on Black & Colored Vinyl (LITA Exclusive Variant Pressed on Almost Transparent Blue)
  • First-ever official worldwide LP release by Les Rallizes Dénudés
  • Fully authorized by The Last One Musique
  • 2LP in a craft board jacket including a 12-page liner notes book with archival photos
  • Notes by Yosuke Kitazawa with an intro from OZ manager Minoru Tezuka
  • Remastered from the original analog tapes by Makoto Kubota
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ARTIST: Les Rallizes Dénudés
LABEL: Temporal Drift
CAT NO: DRFT03
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  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Psych

RELEASE DESCRIPTION

Operating out of a small upstairs space just around the corner from the train station in the Kichijoji neighborhood of Tokyo, OZ was a scruffy, DIY affair that lasted not much more than a year. Between June 1972 to September 1973, the cafe and performance space became the nerve center for the city’s burgeoning underground and counterculture set.

Hadaka No Rallizes, aka Les Rallizes Dénudés, the psychedelic noisemakers originally from Kyoto, was one of the marquee names at OZ. Led by the enigmatic Takashi Mizutani, the now-legendary band was one of the earliest bookings for the venue, and would ultimately close out OZ Last Days, a raucous five-day blowout to celebrate the short but wonderful world of OZ. To commemorate the occasion, recordings made at OZ were released as OZ DAYS LIVE, a private press 2LP set featuring Miyako Ochi, Acid Seven, Masato Minami, Taj Mahal Travellers, and four tracks by the Rallizes—which constituted just a fraction of what had been recorded at the time. For nearly 50 years, these songs remained the only official appearance of the Rallizes on LP—until now.

With The OZ Tapes, we are finally able to hear the missing pieces. Stored on reels of Scotch analog recording tape, these recordings had laid dormant in storage for almost half a century. The previously unheard material reveals the Rallizes at some of their most unhinged and experimental, as well as moments of delicate tenderness—the two sides of Mizutani that would come to define his band’s legacy. Taken as a whole, The OZ Tapes help to demystify the band’s murky history, yet this vibrant and seemingly relatively innocent era only hints at the explosive, uncharted worlds into which Mizutani would lead the band.

TRACKLIST

OZ Days
A Shadow on Our Joy
Wilderness of False Flowers
White Awakening
The Last One_1970
Memory is Far Away
Vertigo otherwise My Conviction
The Last One_1970 (Version 2)

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CREDITS

Takashi Mizutani - vocals, guitar
Takeshi Nakamura - guitar
Makoto Kubota - bass
Shunichiro Shoda - drums

Recorded at OZ, Kichijoji, Tokyo, 1973

Original recordings produced by Minoru Tezuka and OZ Freaks
Recorded by Kiyohiro Takada (Doronco) and Shigeru Sugiyama

All songs written by Takashi Mizutani © 1973, 2021 by NICHION, INC.
All songs arranged by Les Rallizes Dénudés

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