Shigeru Izumiya Live Izumiya 2LP (For Life, 1975)
Every record fiend has one thing he/she asks the universe for: Please, just give me one good song! You buy a record because the cover jumps out at you. You have no idea what it is, who the people are on it, sometimes you don't even know what the words on the jacket say, but you do know you want one good song. It doesn't matter if every other song on the record sucks, one good song will make it worth the money/effort/time. It is a modest request. Please, one good song.
I picked up this Shigeru Izumiya double album because the jacket said, "Buy Me." Other than the front cover, everything else is in Japanese. I have no idea what the songs are called or who plays on this. But I still bought it (hell, it was a couple bucks so what's the risk?). I brought it home and dropped needle and I heard folk rock. I went track by track. Folk, folk rock, boogie, blues jam, folk rock, etc. I finally get to side three and I find the one good song.
I have no idea what the song is called. I do know that there is a drum that sounds like a tabla and a guitar starts off sounding like a sitar (or a sitar winds up sounding like a slide guitar). The Indian influence doesn't tilt this into psych, but it does push the song into something a bit different than straight up folk rock. This wasn't immediate. It is a grower. The more I play it, the more I like it. Let it hang around awhile and give it some plays if it doesn't grab you at first.
From what I can figure out, there are two Shigeru Izumiyas. This one is a folk singer and activist. The other is an experimental musician and horror film maker. And there is my knowledge of this musician and his record.