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Shingetsu performing in ABC Kaikan Hall Tokyo, on July 25–26, 1979 (cover for "Shingetsu Live Akaime").
Background information
Origin Japan
Genres Progressive rock
Years active 1976–1982
Labels Musea
Associated acts Makoto Kitayama
Past members Makoto Kitayama
Haruhiko Tsuda
Akira Hanamoto
Shizuo Suzuki
Naoya Takahashi

Shingetsu (Japanese: 新月) was a Japanese progressive rock band from the 1970s. A band with a short career, they have typically been categorised as one of the most notable exponents of progressive rock music.[1]

Shingetsu Cover.jpg
Studio album by Shingetsu
Released 1979
Genre Progressive rock

Shingetsu ('new moon') arrived in the Japanese music scene on the late 1970s. Led by the "Japanese Peter Gabriel", Makoto Kitayama (recognized for his deep, wavering, mournful vocals), Shingetsu's cinematic progressive sound gained comparisons to peak-time Genesis and recognition overseas.[2][3][4]

Consisting of Kitayama, Akira Hanamoto, Naoya Takahahi, Shizuo Suzuki and Haruhiko Tsuda, the band only lived long enough to produce one studio album, followed in later years by two live albums, which nevertheless featured some unreleased performances.

Their studio album, the eponymous Shingetsu, often considered[5] as a masterpiece of symphonic prog, is abundant in musical arrangements: the tasteful use of soft organ/synth soundscapes, Mellotron, and 12-string guitar passages reminiscent of the UK bands of the 1970s, while Kitayama's vocals give Shingetsu a distinctive edge from western bands.[6]

Shingetsu (album)
Track Song Duration
1 Oni 9:37
2 The Other Side Of Morning 4:17
3 Influential Street 4:28
4 Afternoon (After the Rain) 4:11
5 Fragments of the Dawn 7:05
6 Freeze 3:03
7 Night Collector 5:09
8 Return of the Night 5:38
Shingetsu's line-up
Vocals Makoto Kitayama
Guitar Haruhiko Tsuda
Keyboards Akira Hanamoto
Bass Shizuo Suzuki
Drums Naoya Takahashi
Takashi Kokubo Synthesizers Programming and Supporting Keyboards (Live)
Hiroshi Morimura Saxophone (Track No. 4)

Disambiguation and meaning[edit]

Disambiguation for the word shingetsu:

Shingetsu is a shakuhachi honkyoku piece from the Dokyoku repertoire. The word shin means heart, mind, or spirit. The word getsu means moon, which is a symbol for enlightenment or perfection. Thus, the name of the piece can be taken to mean heart moon or spirit perfection or enlightenment of the mind. The piece is the slowest and most quiet in the Dokyoku repertoire.

"Shingetsu" has been recorded by many shakuhachi artists, including Watazumi Doso, Yokoyama Katsuya, and Alcvin Takegawa Ramos.

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