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Kenji Endo


Release Notes
  • Fifth release in the URC (Underground Record Club) Analog Reissue Series
  • Kenji Endo’s debut album from 1970
  • LP housed in a gatefold jacket with lyrics inside
  • Features Japanese obi strip

Kenji Endo debut album Niyago was released on URC in 1970. Includes quite living room folk, Fahey-esque acoustic guitar workouts, and some of the earliest Japanese-language folk rock committed on tape, backed by future members of Happy End.

The famously cat-obsessed Endo was inspired to pick up the guitar after hearing “Like a Rolling Stone” soon after arriving in Tokyo as a college student. Though he quickly assimilated himself in the Dylan and Donovan-inspired folk scenes centered around Tokyo and the Kansai region, Endo was equally enthralled by the primal amplified sounds of Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and the MC5. Even as a solo performer, Endo was known to explore the possibilities of electrified sounds with a heavily amplified acoustic guitar.