Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki

Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki is a 1971 album by the Yamasuki Singers, a pseudo-Japanese concept album of pop songs, described on the sleeve of the Finders Keepers CD reissue as “a fuzzed-out-educational-multi-cultural psych-rock-opera…. proto-psychedelic hip-hop with overweight drum beats and basslines.”

In 1971, two funk producers (one a Dutch-speaking Belgian named Jean Kluger, the other a Frenchman named Daniel Vangarde, the father of Daft Punk man Thomas Bangalter) create a briefly popular dance song named Yamasuki and decide to make a whole album based on that song. They learn Japanese, find a children’s choir to sing on the album, and get a black-belt judo master to shout. They’re assisted by uncredited contributers including Raymond Van Het Groenewoud and Claude Lombard. The resulting album is a psychedelic-funk-kaboki-Langley School Music Project.

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