Truly a Japanese psychedelic female acid-folk masterpiece. Released on July 25th, 1976, Mikkô
was Sai Yoshiko
's second album, a wonderful acid-folk album on which she gets assisted by a string of big name musicians such as Kuni Kawauchi
(of the Happenings Four
, amongst others) to arrange the songs. Mikkô
features Sai's original songs, making it her first real complete album. At times the disc draws in Middle Eastern influences (sitar and tabla), but once she gets to singing, the listener is lulled into her own private, mysterious sonic world, through which one gets sucked in by her wide-ranging vocalizations. At the time of this recording, Sai Yoshiko was merely 23 years-old. Totally obscure, much in-demand by Japanese psych heads, and rather hard to track down. One of Sai Yoshiko's biggest fans is Jojo Hiroshige
and Alchemy Records, who eventually, 25 years after she recorded this stunning album, dove in the studio with her for the Crimson Voyage
CD on which she merely attributed some sighs and moans. This album is really a stunner and a must for people into some more advanced Japanese underground historical recordings. Digitally remastered and available on 180 gram vinyl for the first time.