Kikuo Fujikawa: Keyboards
Masahiro Torigaki: Bass
Hisashi Nagao: Saxophone
･ A Story Of Mysterious Forest (LP 1980, CD 1993)
･ Hat & Field (LP 1986, CD 1993)
･ Marine Menagerie (CD 1991)
･ Tenchi-Sozo: Ride On A Camel - Special Live (Recorded
1976-1978) (CD 1991)
･ Five Evolved From Nine (CD 1993)
･ Mysterious Triangle - Special Live Volume 2 (Recorded
1976-1978) (CD 1993)
･ Quicksand - Special Live Volume 3 (Recorded 1986-1989)
･ Official Bootleg Volume One (CD 2004)
･ Official Bootleg Volume Two (CD 2006)
･ Studio Live Tracks '80s And '05 (CD 2007)
･ Various Artists: 70s West Japanese Rock Scene (CD
And this is what I've written so far for a bio. If you
have more info to add, especially after 1986, please
let me know.
Bio so far:
Ain Soph have always been one of the most highly regarded
progressive rock bands from Japan. With album titles
like "Hat & Field" and "Ride On A
Camel," it's easy to see where their roots lie.
The band started in 1970 with the beginning of the progressive
rock scene in Japan. The lineup was Yozox Yamamoto on
guitars, Kikuo Fujikawa on keyboards, Masahiro Torigaki
on bass, and Hiroshi Natori on drums. Calling themselves
Tenchi Sozo (which means "the creation"),
they played Canterbury-styled progressive rock and jazz-fusion.
They recorded a demo over various live dates in the
mid 1970s (later released as "Ride On A Camel"),
but an official release was elusive.
In 1980, Fujikawa left the band and was replaced by
Masey Hattori on keyboards. The band changed their name
to Ain Soph (Without End) and finally released their
first album, "A Story Of Mysterious Forest,"
which has since come to be considered a classic of the
Japanese progressive scene.
Hattori left Ain Soph soon after to form the band 99.99.
Unfortunately that brought things to a stop and for
a number of years it seemed that Ain Soph were no more.
Then around 1986 Fujikawa rejoined Yozox and Torigaki
along with drummer Taiqui . With renewed energy they
recorded and released their second record, "Hat
& Field," which was more solidly in the Canterbury
style than their first.