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Album Review

Collected Works is a semi-unnecessary record, in that it simply collects tracks from two other Masaki Batoh releases: first, there was Ghost from Darkened Sea, which laid out a sparser take on the acid-folk sound of Batoh's main project, Ghost; then there was Kikaokubeshi, which dabbled in elements of ambience and mysterious energy, conjuring up a smoother, dreamier, and less earthy sound. Collected Works, probably intended to reach further into international audiences, collects several tracks from each, including covers of Can's "Yoo Doo Right" and Cream's "World of Pain" — Batoh's pretty, minimal constructions of acoustic guitars, harmonium, maribma, bells, organs, and traditional Japanese instruments is both emotionally effective and conceptually amazing, and hearing his best tracks compiled almost makes his solo work seem more appealing than that of Ghost.

Biography

Born: Kyoto, Japan

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Masaki Batoh is best known as one of the founding members of Japan's longstanding experimental (and mysterious) rock band Ghost. He is the group's vocalist and rhythm guitarist, and plays several traditional Japanese folk instruments as well. He is widely regarded as Ghost's spiritual leader. Batoh was born in Kyoto and attended a private school there. It was during his school years that he first encountered the music of Japanese bands such as Taj Mahal Travellers and Flower Travellin' Band; through...
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