Exposé Online banner

One Shot — Live in Tokyo
(Soleil Zeuhl 29, 2011, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-04-01

Live in Tokyo Cover art

At this point all our readers should be aware of One Shot, with several studio albums to their credit, an outstanding live album Vendredi 13 from around ten years ago, a DVD, and a North American appearance at NearFest a few years back. That they (at the time of this recording in August 2010) comprise three of the instrumentalists from Magma (James Mac Gaw on guitar, and Philippe Bussonnet on bass, and newest member Bruno Ruder on electric piano, replacing original keyboardist Emmanuel Borghi), plus drummer Daniel Jeand'heur, is also noteworthy, but it's also worth noting that One Shot sounds very little like current Magma, taking their sound further out into the realms of dark instrumental fusion, although Bussonnet's throbbing bass is one point the two bands have in common. The six cuts here, taken from their previous albums, were culled from three shows the band gave in Tokyo two years ago. The opener "URM" (originally from Vendredi 13) is given a heavy bottom-end treatment that recalls "De Futura" but Ruder’s piano sprinkles some bright colors on the otherwise sinister plot. Throughout this one-hour set the recording quality is superb, with every player getting their place in the mix. Closing the set is "Monsieur G," one of the most memorable cuts from One Shot's 1999 self-titled debut; here they are joined by Bondage Fruit's guitarist Kido Natsuki. Much more than just another album by these guys, Live in Tokyo is an updated summary of much of their best material. Essential.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 40, 2011 releases

Related artist(s): One Shot, Emmanuel Borghi

Latest news

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Guru Guru - Seven Reissues – Guru Guru is one of the better known Krautrock bands from the 70s. In Spring 1973 they released their fourth album Guru Guru, engineered by the legendary Conny Plank, featuring drummer Mani Neumeier,...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues