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The Love

The Love

Yuji Takamiya – vocals
Koichi Fujita – lead guitar
Hiroshiu Kihata – organ
Hideo Arai – bass
Tadao Shimada - drums

The Love was formed in 1968 by Out Cast’s rhythm guitaist Koichi Fujita, after two of that band’s founding members Kimio Mizutani and Kenji Todoroki quit to form their commercially disastrous symphonic rock band Adams. The Love also failed to make much impact, releasing only one flop single entitled ‘Icarus No Hoshi (Star Of Icarus)’ b/w ‘Once Again’. Like the singles that Out Cast released, the powerful b-side written by leader Fujita far exceeded the honey sweet tin pan alley staff written main track, ‘Once Again’’s false fade out aiding the song and turning it into something of a psychedelic folk legend. In truth, however, even this is fairly standard fare, and wouldn’t pass muster on even the later volumes of PEBBLES. Koichi Fujita later became a very successful producer with Omega Tribe.

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