Before the advent of the Japanese school of Progressive rock music during the Eighties, represented by GERARD, OUTER LIMITS or PAGEANT, a certain number of local bands of great interest were already active. Amongst them, the name of SHINGETSU was on the top of the list. Led by the majestic voice of the charismatic singer Makoto KITAYAMA, its music was filled with a level of sophistication and virtuosity not so common at this time, as well as great Mellotron parts. Let's also notice an unique sense of theatrality, at the crossroads between traditional Japanese influences and scenical innovations ala GENESIS. Published as a joint-venture between Musea and Poseidon Records, ""Live 25-26 July 1979, ABC Kaikan Hall Tokyo"" allows the listener to discover the group on stage, a month after the release of its first eponymous album. A certified authentic document ! ""The Whole Story of... - 1976-1982"" is composed of five CDs and one short DVD, the whole thing being available as a splendid box in a book format. There included are the first eponymous album, the second one ""From A Distant Star"" that was re-recorded in 2005, the 1979-1980 out-takes, archives of parallel outfits HAL and SERENADE, plus one fifth disc including various unreleased sessions. As for the DVD, two period promotion clips, as well as recent rehearsals are featured. The whole thing is naturally completed with a booklet that is richly documented and illustrated. To be discovered ! Apart from the self-titled album recorded in 1979, SHINGETSU has published lots of unreleased tracks, with the same charm and refinement. Recommended !