Monday, June 22, 2015

Speed, Glue, and Shinki - s/t 1972

Speed, Glue, and Shinki, an awesome Japanese psychedelic power trio was formed in 1970 by Shinki Chen (see the feature on his self titled LP on this blog) and Okuzo Orita, president of Polydor records.
Orita had previously produced an album by Shinki Chen; who was considered the Japanese equivalent of Hendrix. To many in Japan, Shinki's first self titled album is now considered a classic and is part of Universal Musics 'Naked Line' series of legitimate digitally remastered re-issues. After the release of Shinki Chen's debut solo L.P, Orita took over the Japanese division of Atlantic Records and brought Shinki over to the label. Orita formed the trio "Speed, Glue, and Shinki" with Golden Cups bassist Masayoshi Kabe, and Filipino singer/drummer Joey Smith, whom Shinki discovered performing at a shopping center. The band took their name from Smith's use of amphetamines, and Kabes interest in sniffing Pro Bond glue during the '60's. Speed, Glue, and Shinki released their debut album Eve in 1971. Then they split up due to mixed reviews and low sales and as Shinki and Kabe couldn't tolerate Smith's personal life. After they disbanded, a large double L.P. was  independently released by Smith titled  'Speed, Glue, and Shinki' which was mostly the work of Joey Smith, sampling guitar recordings from previous studio work. However, it also featured two unreleased songs titled 'Sniffin' and Snortin' and 'Run & Hide'  which had been recorded for Eve, but cut from the final release, as they didn't fit the albums overall sound. Thereafter, Shinki took a disliking to recording music, and decided to become a live musician only; which he continues to present day. 
Eve 1971

Rare as hell blue label promo - $5000.00!!!

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