[Hidden Rarities # 19] Olive (Jap)

The band Olive was active in the mid-’70s, releasing only a rare LP, “First Album” on Studio-3 Records in 1976, which has never been reissued. According to the sleeve notes the record was conceived as a duel between female vocalist Keiko Ohtsuka and guitarist Masamitsu Nakanowatari, with guest musicians recruited for the recordings. The album consists of 8 mainly lengthy tracks, with influences typical of the time, mixing Heavy Rock and Progressive with occasional elements of Space Rock. Instrumental jams are highlights, with traveling solos of guitar and organ, accompanied by consistent bass and drums bases. The great differential of the disc is Keiko‘s female vocal, with lyrics in the local language and following traditional style of Japanese opera and singing. A real Hidden Rarity, as this album was only released in its original 1976 version for Studio-3 Records, and strangely never reissued neither on vinyl nor on CD, making it almost impossible to find. Searching the various online record trading sites, including the famous Discogs, the album is nowhere to be found, just to understand what we’re talking about. A real pity that a pearl of made in Japan music like this delightful album has never been considered and made known to the general public and to lovers of the most refined and obscure Progressive sounds of the 70s.

Discography

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(1976) First Album [Studio 3 Records]

Lineup

Keiko Otsuka / Lead Female Vocals
Masamitsu Nakanowatari / Lead Guitar, Vocals

Guests:
Toshikazu Ishijima / Guitar, Vocals
Kiyoshi Hagono / Bass
Kazumori Kawamura / Drums
Ken Miyazawa / Keyboards

Author: Jacopo Vigezzi

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