Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media
Label: Cinedelic Records (Italy)
Catalog: CNLP 066LP
Reissue, originally released in 1970. Finally, this ghost gem left by Jiro Inagaki's Soul Media has been reissued on vinyl for the first time thanks to Cinedelic Records. Woodstock Generation is a masterpiece of Japanese jazz/rock funk/soul that for some it even considered better than the acclaimed Head Rock (1970) in terms of perfection; surely there are many points in common between the two albums having been made a few months later, in 1970. Behind the Soul Media name hides saxophonist Jiro Inagaki, an iconic figure of the Japanese jazz rock scene during the late sixties to the early seventies. Jiro is supported by his legendary quintet Soul Media under its first incarnation featuring Ryo Kawasaki (guitar), Yasuo Arakawa (bass), Masaru Imada (organ), Sadakazu Tabata (drums) with Tetsuo Fushimi and Shunzo Ohno on trumpet in addition. Woodstock Generation is a tribute album to the Woodstock Festival including cover of songs performed on the stage by Sly & Family Stone ("I Want To Take You Higher"), The Who ("Summertime Blues"), or Ten Years After ("Spoonful") but also "Woodstock" (written by Joni Mitchell in honor of the festival) and "Mamma Told Me (Not To Come)" written by Randy Newman for Eric Burdon and The Animals. Titles include also variations on the Head Rock theme, "The Ground For Peace", and original composition by Masahiko Sato, "Knick Knack". All tracks arranged by Jiro Inagaki. Artwork by Eric Adrian Lee.