Creation (Japanese band)
|Also known as||Creation|
Jazz fusion (as Creation)
|Years active||1969–1984, 2008–present|
|Labels||Polydor, Denon, Coca, EMI/Toshiba|
|Associated acts||Carmen Maki|
Blues Creation was a Japanese heavy psych band from the late 60s, 70s, and early 80s. Led by guitarist/singer Kazuo Takeda, they were known as Blues Creation from 1969 to 1972 and after a three year hiatus returned as simply Creation in 1975.
In October 1969 Blues Creation released their self-titled debut album of American blues covers, featuring songs written by Sonny Boy Williamson, Memphis Slim, Chester Burnett, J. Mayall-E. Clapton, Blind Willie Johnson, Willie Dixon and Otis Rush. After some lineup changes, August 1971 saw the release of their first album of original material, Demon & Eleven Children. That year they also released Carmen Maki & Blues Creation, which had the band fronted by female vocalist Carmen Maki. Each Blues Creation album other than their first features songs written by Takeda and consists of a constantly shifting lineup. At the end of that same year, Blues Creation released their final album, Blues Creation Live.
Takeda started a three-piece group called simply Creation toured Japan with American hard rock band Mountain in 1973. Mountain broke up soon after their Japanese tour, and partly due to hearing loss from playing so loud, bassist Felix Pappalardi focused on producing other bands. 1975 saw the self-titled Creation, which was produced by Yuya Uchida and featured a cover photo of a dozen nude boys full-frontal peeing.
Pappalardi decided to help Creation work on their next album and invited the band to his Nantucket, Massachusetts home for two months of rehearsals. Over that time the project transformed into a musical collaboration with songs being written mostly by Pappalardi, his wife Gail Collins Pappalardi and Takeda. The album recorded at New York’s Bearsville Studios was released in April 1976 as Creation with Felix Pappalardi. Creation released a final live album Pure Electric Soul in 1977, once again featuring a cover with nude boys at the front of a bus.
Kazuo Takeda has released more than 20 solo albums including 1978's Super Rock in the Highest Voltage. He now works as a session guitarist in Los Angeles. Takeda attributes his further musical development to his friendship with Pappalardi who encouraged him to branch out into Jazz and other styles. He occasionally still plays live in Asia with former Creation drummer Masayuki Higuchi, and most recently produced Hong Kong's premier bluesman Tommy Chung's album Play My Blues (2006).
- Blues Creation (1969)
- Demon & Eleven Children (1971)
- Carmen Maki & Blues Creation (1971)
- Blues Creation Live (1971)
- Creation (1975)
- Creation with Felix Pappalardi (1976)
- Pure Electric Soul (1977)
- Pacific Rock Creation and Little River Band (1977)
- Super Rock in the Highest Voltage (1978)
- The Super Best (1978)
- Lonely Heart (1981)
- Rock City (1982)
- Best of (1989)
- Official website
- Stoner Rock magazine interview with Takeda Kazuo
- In Rock magazine (Russia) note about Blues Creation (in Russian language