Exposé Online banner

Oho — Okinawa
(Rockadrome ROCK028-V-2, 1974/2010, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 1998-02-01

Okinawa Cover art

The first minute of this album sums the entirety, as a voice, in a background of many voices, exclaims "My brain hurts!" And thus begins an album of immense proportions spread out over eight sides of vinyl with booklet all inside a round metal tin that indicates that it would cost as much to mail this as the album itself. Oho was a very little known American band that also released (later) the album Vitamin Oho, an album of symphonic rock that this album barely resembles. There is a plethora of great music here, in fact so wide are its styles and twists and turns that it would take the album booklet inside to further elucidate on its overall concept. Yes, my brain hurts! One notable influence (that didn't seem to rub off as much on Vitamin Oho) was that of Zappa / Mothers of Invention, a strong influence that plays itself heavily into the lyrics ("Psychogenic Blanche" — shades of Yezda Urfa here, "A Frog for You" — "It looks like shit" sung so seriously, etc.) Yes, Oho's penchant for lyrical topics like bathrooms ("Manic Detective") and masturbation ("Brown Algae Is Attractive") puts this right smack in the middle of Zappa territory, and its only Oho's more European musical influences that takes the music more away from being a Zappa copy. Towards the end of the album, there are jams and instrumentals that are quite in the progressive rock vein, some that really get up there in high gear. There are loads of analog keys, many altered beyond recognition, horn sections (from Don Ellis and Stan Kenton bands), and most of all complete zaniness. Yes my brain hurts — in the same way watching 200 Motels or coming down from a psychedelic trip would make it hurt. It's an excellent album really, so fascinating and extreme, yet I think this would easily fit on 2CDs, with Vitamin Oho included. And who wants to switch album sides after every 10 or 12 minutes? Early 70s late 60s fans shouldn't ignore this one.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 14, 2010 releases, 1974 recordings

Related artist(s): Oho

Latest news

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Supay - Confusion – Peru's Supay (named after evil spirits of Quecha-speaking natives) is almost two bands rolled into one. On one side is a rock quartet built around the guitar playing of Luis Proaño, along with...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues