Strawberry Path When the Raven Has Come to the Earth
This album’s been written up a little bit on some psych-oriented blogs, but is still worth bringing to the attention of readers here, I suspect. Strawberry Path was Jimmy & Hiro, also known as Shigeru Narumo (guitars and keys) and Hiro Tsunoda (drums and vocals), and When the Raven Has Come to the Earth, released in 1971, is some terrific psych-rock that blends bits of Hendrix, Cream, Procol Harum, Blue Cheer, and Zeppelin. Very much rock of its time, with some great guitar work, great keys, and generally a good-time vibe.
I read one blog saying that George Yanagi, who sang on Shinki Chen’s Friends album, was the vocalist of Strawberry Path, but in fact he only sings on the first song, “I Gotta See My Gypsy Woman.” Hiro Tsunoda has quite a track record, as before this he was in the Jacks and Food Brain, two of the great; and he went on to Flied Egg as well. Not sure what else Narumo was involved in, though.
If you’re into slightly old-school psychified rock, and folks like Food Brain, Flied Egg and the like are your speed, then you’ll certainly want to check this out.