Paris Tokyo [Tago Mago 4754]
Cassette released 1983

01 Richard Pinhas ‘Joe Chip meets K.B.’ (2:13)
02 Jacques Doyen & Jacques Berrocal ‘Sacré’ (4:28)
03 Vidéo-Aventures ‘Le retour de l’homme au grand chapeau’ (1:12)
04 Fondation ‘Contact’ (3:21)
05 Vidéo-Aventures ‘Anyhow for tennis’ (1:28)
06 Déficit Des Années Antérieures ‘La roue de bicyclette’ (2:47)
07 Vidéo-Aventures ‘En hommage à Pop Corn’ (1:37)
08 Satellite ‘Surprise’ (4:28)
09 Merzbow ‘Awa Dance’ (3:26)
10 Isansozokunin ‘Senjo no mura’ (1:57)
11 Haco ‘Kasokudo no etude’ (3:47)
12 Merzbow ‘Nannya-Haramitta’ (2:52)
13 Kumiko Suyama ‘Dance’ (2:47)
14 MLD ‘Dynamo’ (4:14)
Total time: 40:30

Half-french, half japanese (!), Paris-Tokyo is a legendary compilation tape from Pascal Bussy’s french Tago Mago label. The Richard Pinhas track is a romantic piano instrumental played by Jean-Philippe Goude with synthesizer by the former Heldon member. Jac Berrocal’s trumpet is in mystic mood here, along Jacques Doyen reading from Allen Ginsberg french translations. Jean-Luc André (from Déficit Des Années Antérieures) speaking japanese is a must hear on the band’s hommage to Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Roue De Bicyclette’, 1913. Dominique Grimaud from Vidéo-Aventures contributes 3 tracks played on his EMS Synthi AKS, the beast producing weird electronic sounds and melodies. The 2 Merzbow tracks (recorded with Kawagishi H on various instruments) were quite a good surprise for me: on the first one his music sounds like a no-wave act like DNA or Mars, complete with guitar, bass and drums. The 2nd track is almost a disco anthem a la Cerrone with Akita singing the tune. The exquisite singer from After Dinner, Haco contributes a great avant song with instruments, processed tapes and voices, more experimental than pop. Kumiko Suyama delivers a beautiful song on piano.

Download. [complete with 16pp b&w PDF booklet]


5 Responses to “Paris-Tokyo”

  1. 1 elektrokapusciocha February 14, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    this is great! been looking out for that for quite a long time – thank you very much!

  2. 2 Dualtrack February 21, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    I remember when this came out … everybody I knew had heard it somewhere but nobody knew how to get a copy. It was extremely influential. I never saw the original packaging for this, only xerox copies.

  3. 3 Tomas May 5, 2008 at 2:51 am

    im very thank about this post.
    Nothing More

  4. 4 Linda October 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    thank you!

  5. 5 continuo October 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    You’re welcome!

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