Taj-Mahal Travellers, The

July 15, 1972 (Limited Edition) (etat11)

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July 15, 1972 (Limited Edition)

Taj-Mahal Travellers, The



LPS 163154




LP 24,78 €


Takehisa Kosugi was a hippie who become an avant-garde composer. Born in Tokyo in 1938, he graduated in 1962 at the Tokyo University of Arts, and then founded the Japanese equivalent of the Fluxus movement, called Group Ongaku, a group devoted to improvisation and multi-media performances. In 1969 he formed the Taj Mahal Travellers, a psychedelic rock group that played lengthy improvised jams that can be summarized in three principles: a far Eastern approach to music as a living organism, an intense electronic processing of instruments and voices, and a semi-mathematical overlapping of frequencies. Basically: La Monte Young on acid. Kosugi mainly played violin. He was on the road with this group between 1971 and 1972, traveling in a Volkswagen minibus from Holland to the Taj Mahal itself. Two albums were made out of that experience: one of them this release, July 15, 1972.

Includes an English translation of the original Japanese LP insert. Digitally remastered.


  • Takehisa Kosugi - electric violin, harmonica, voice
  • Ryo Koike - electric double bass, suntool, voice
  • Yukio Tsuchiya - bass tuba, percussion
  • Seiji Nagai - trumpet, synthesizer, timpani
  • Michihiro Kimura - voice, percussion, mandoline
  • Tokio Hasegawa - voice, percussion
  • Kinji Hayashi - electronics

Recorded live at Sohgetsu Hall, Tokyo, July 1972.


  • SIDE A
  • A1. The Taj-Mahal Travellers between 6:20-6:46 p.m.
  • SIDE B
  • B1. The Taj-Mahal Travellers between 7:03-7:15 p.m.
  • B2. The Taj-Mahal Travellers between 7:50-8:05 p.m