Remastered from the master tapes with original gatefold artwork, obi and new
introduction by Paul Bowler.
Recorded live at Yamaha Hall in Tokyo on April 18, 1971, the all-night concert was
recorded in front of an invite-only audience consisting of friends and musicians.
Yamash'ta had Satoh on keyboards along with Fluxus master and leader of the
Taj Mahal Travellers Takehisa Kosugi on violin and Hideakira Sakurai on electric
Edited down to fit two sides of an album that will become 'Sunrise From West
Sea', the performance is both hypnotic and ethereal. It starts with Kosugi's
distinctive electric violin and develops into a deep, spiritual free form
conversation between the four musicians, giving them all the space, they need to
freely improvise and interact with each other, mixing electronics, percussion,
electric organ and shamizen without ever clashing. The interaction alternates
between quiet, tranquil Eastern meditations and more paced parts, fuelled by
Yamash'ta's extraordinary percussion playing.
Yamash'ta never reached the creativity heard in 'Sunrise From West Sea' again.
The album was recorded during one of the most fertile periods in Japan where
such groups as Les Rallizes Denudes and Taj Mahal Travellers and jazz
musicians like Masahiko Satoh and Yamash'ta were revolutionising the Japanese
1. Sunrise From West Sea Part 1
2. Sunrise From West Sea Part 2