24bit Digitally Remastered Japanese Limited Edition Issue of the Album Classic in a Deluxe, Miniaturized LP Sleeve Replica of the Original Vinyl Album Artwork.
Now to Murasaki. Inevitably when this band is mentioned they are linked to Deep Purple. Certainly DP was a tremendous influence on the group (especially on their '75 self-titled debut LP), however Murasaki were FAR from a simple Japanese clone of Deep Purple. This is quite apparent on Murasaki's second album "Impact" from '76. In fact the constant comparison to DP is a bit irritating as Murasaki obviously took influence from many sources. For those who are seeking kickass 70's hard rock with proto metal tendencies, Murasaki's "Impact" LP will get the job done. From its rad opening track "Doomsday" (which has a kinda early Judas Priest vibe at times) the listener quickly realizes what they're in for. Great riffs, wicked wah-pedal drenched solos, classic DP organ, a tight rhythm section, and a vocalist who has surprisingly very little accent and a cool laid back but at times menacing vocal style. Some of the tunes have tinges of an almost Southern Rock (Point Blank, Hydra, or maybe "Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Ram" LP era Ram Jam) sound while others incorporate very progressive segments reminiscent of heavy early 70's Japanese prog like Shinki Chen. But for the most part it's just straight forward, well-written hard rock played by viciously talented musicians (a common element of Japanese rock/metal it seems). Lyrically there's nothing particularly mind-blowing, however they're by no means bad lyrics, just relatively standard mid-70's post-psyche themes, which is fine by me.
I guess the reason I'm so fond of Murasaki's "Impact" LP is it's simply a very fun album! Toss it on at a party (consisting of people who love all things heavy, especially lesser-known 70's groups) and I guarantee you'll have at least a few friends wanting a copy...From a historical standpoint certainly Murasaki's legacy of influence is quite local due to the fact that "Impact" was not widely distributed outside Japan. As far as Japanese hard rock/metal history however, there's no doubt that Murasaki influenced groups like Heavy Metal Army, early Loudness, and most likely many of the early 80's Japanese metal bands. In the end I'll simply state that I'd be willing to bet that if Murasaki were an English band "Impact" would be widely regarded as a lost treasure of post-psyche, prog, proto-metal. However, such was not the case and Murasaki were from Japan and therefore subject to the often hostile attitude taken by those in the West who simply couldn't get over the "Japanese factor". This is a great album to take a few puffs, sit back with the volume cranked and enjoy. It's never failed me...
NOTE: Sadly I cannot comment on the bonus material (six tracks) on this release as I have an earlier version with no bonus tracks. Sorry.
They play in the style of Deep Purple