Impress me with drums!

Sometimes, someone comes up to you and tells you to "impress me". What the heck is that? A music system shows subtlety, emotion and feeling. But when dynamics is called for - drums are usually the answer.

The most impressive drumming might be Japanese Taiko performance - originally festival folk-art elevated to an art form. The most impressive band to perform is Ondekoza - members whom reside and play together in a lifestyle where the principle is "running and drumming as one". In their US debut, the group ran the Boston Marathon, ran up on stage and performed their set. When they did their concert tour of China, they ran from city to city - running the 12,500 km on foot.

This album was recorded and pressed by JVC. Extremely rare, but an excellent record of their work.

By Mono & Stereo friend Gary Koh