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Takeshi Maki – lead vocals, organ
Satoshi Sakakibara – lead guitar
Hideyuki Koseki – rhythm guitar
Noboru Hayakawa – bass
Yasuo Sakai – drums
With their overly embroidered red collarless suits and fundamentalist motto ‘Return to the Beatles’ Early Days’, it would be easy to imagine The Edwards as having been a gang-like entity here to change rock’n’roll. Unfortunately, these Capitol recording artists were actually one schizophrenic quintet, their singles split between Spaghetti Western trumpet-led sub-Osmonds Latin melancholy and wildly rampant teen angst Shadows Of Knight-style fuzz guitar struts. Led by drummer Yasuo Sakai, they featured three band members from Tokyo, and two from neighbouring Yokohama City, the line-up being completed when Sakai asked Exciters’ vocalist Takeshi Maki to join them. Joining Terry Terauchi’s new Group Sounds stable, the band recorded their first single ‘Cry Cry Cry’ b/w ‘Koi No Nikki (The Diary Of Love)’ for Capitol Records, but it was nothing at all special, and the band was dropped. Their second and final single ‘Niji No Sunahama (Rainbow Beach)’ b/w ‘Koi No Owari Ni (At The End Of Love)’ was made for the smaller Toshiba offshoot Express Records, after which the band split. Rhythm guitarist Hideyuki Koseki thereafter changed his name to Goro Oishi and joined Takeshi Teraucki’s Bunnys, but nothing more was heard from the rest.