I Love Guitar Wolf: Very Much

I Love Guitar Wolf: Very Much


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Arguably Japan's greatest rock & roll band, Guitar Wolf set a new standard for sheer mania in the garage rock/punk axis -- clad in matching black leather and flailing at their Ramones-inspired songs with a fury and passion that could power a medium-sized city, guitarist Seiji, bassist Billy, and drummer Toru were the sort of band less interested in chops than in diving into their rock & roll as hard and as deep as they could, and if that meant leaping into their audience and onto their amps or pushing the needles so far into the red in the recording studio that engineers declared they played louder than was physically possible, then that's what they were willing to do. Guitar Wolf's full commitment to their music, and the fervent brilliance with which they attack their punk/garage
ockabilly hybrid, has earned them a small but mighty following outside the Land of the Rising Sun, and a dozen U.S. and U.K. bands (plus one group of Japanese interlopers) pay homage to the Wolf with the compilation I Love Guitar Wolf: Very Much. In the spirit of Guitar Wolf, much of this album is proudly lo-fi and blazingly loud (with a special shout-out going to Total Dork, whose version of "Shinkansen High Tension" is mastered noticeably louder than the rest of the disc), and the artists on board go out of their way to match the frantic spirit of the originals. While Lightning Bolt, Jim O'Rourke, and Total Dork kick out wildly noisy takes that match the fuzzy punch of the originals, most of the acts put the stamp of their own personality on the tunes while still honoring the classic Guitar Wolf intensity, with the blues-shot sway of the Porch Ghouls and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the hard rock swagger of the Wildhearts, the old-school punk skank of Snuff, and the proto-stoner throb of J Mascis meshing best with these songs. This album appears at a turning point in Guitar Wolf's history -- bassist Billy died on March 30, 2005, while this project was already in the works, and while Seiji and Toru have pledged to continue, I Love Guitar Wolf: Very Much not only helps to sum up the greatness of the band's first era, but serves as a vital shout-out to Guitar Wolf when they could probably use it. It won't replace your copy of Jet Generation, but it's a loving and appropriately crazed tribute to a one-of-a-kind rock band.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2005
Label: Narnack Records
UPC: 0825807702823
catalogNumber: 7028
Rank: 92851

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Taylor   Bass,Group Member
Brian G.   Bass,Group Member
Jon Spencer   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Russell Simins   Drums,Group Member
Judah Bauer   Guitar,Group Member
Glenn Kotche   Drums
Yumi Yoshimura   Vocals,Group Member
Ami Onuki   Vocals,Group Member
Andrew "Stidi" Stidolph   Drums,Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Cato Thomassen   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Christian Engfelt   Bass,Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Jon Magne Riise   Drums,Group Member
Christopher Bear   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Tamio Okuda   Acoustic Guitar,Group Member
Michael S. Kawai   Bongos,cowbell,Group Member
Yuta Saito   Organ,Accordion,Group Member
Duke Baltimore   Background Vocals,Group Member
Lee Batsford   Bass,Group Member
Eldorado DelRey   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Simone DoVale   Bass,Group Member
Slim Electro   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Baard Enerstad   Organ,Guitar,Group Member
Jeff Knutsen   Keyboards,Group Member
Randon Jon Poole   Bass,Group Member
Dave Redmonds   Trombone,Group Member
Duncan Redmonds   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Gabriel Thomaz   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Randy Valantine   Harmonica,Background Vocals,Group Member
Shinsuke   Vocals,Tape,Group Member
Paul Thompson   Guitar,Group Member
Ginger   Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Snuff   Producer,Engineer
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion   Producer
Chris Taylor   Producer,Engineer
Wildhearts   Producer
Danny Madorsky   Engineer
Tetsuhiro Miyajima   Engineer
James Lott   Engineer
Coop   Cover Illustration
Osamu Murafuji   Art Direction
Michihiko Nakayama   Executive Producer
TJ Doherty   Engineer
Tamio Okuda   Producer
CSX   Producer,Engineer
Fog   Producer
Hellsquad   Engineer
Sonic Newth   Engineer
Total Dorkette   Producer,Engineer

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