White Heaven



Electric Cool Acid (Tape)
Electric Cool Acid (CD)
Electric Cool Acid (2022 Remaster, Digital)
Levitation (CD)
Levitation (LP)
Levitation (2021 Remaster, Digital)
Out (Tape)
Out (LP, CD)
Out (Black Editions, LP)
Strange Bedfellow(Without Kurihara)
Threshold of the Pain (Single)
Next To Nothing
Live in Tokyo 1996

Links:
Takeya Sekiguchi's White Heaven etc Page - Includes history, discography & gig list

"The Blind Promise of White Heaven", Phil McMullen, July 1992, published in Ptolemaic Terrascope: Scans: Page 1, Page 2



Electric Cool Acid

Booklet

Booklet

Booklet

CD Inlay

Flyer 1

Flyer 2

Tracks
1.My Cold Dimention 3:50
2.Coloured Mind Drops5:53
3.H.L. 3:07
4.Somebody Lives In 3:48
5.Dull Hands 4:07
6.Mandrax Town 10:36
7.Cold Hour 15:32CD only


Personnel
You IshiharaVocal
Michio KuriharaGuitar
Tetsuya SakamotoGuitar1 - 6 only
Souichiro NakamuraBass
Ken IshiharaDrums


[CD Info]

Recorded Live in 1987, Tokyo
7a Recorded in 1988

All songs written by You Ishihara
except 3,4,5,6 by Tetsuya Sakamoto / You Ishihara
Produced by You Ishihara
Engineered by Souichiro Nakamura
Editor Motohiko Maeda
Cover Concept You Ishihara
Cover Layout Yumi Yamaguchi
Special Thanks to Yoshiki Mouri


Release History
LabelCat NoCountryFormatDateNotes
JapanMC1988
Noon DiskNoon CD-9502JapanCD19951000 Ltd, 1 extra track



Electric Cool Acid (2022 Remaster)

Tracks
1.My Cold Dimention 3:50
2.Coloured Mind Drops5:53
3.H.L. 3:07
4.Somebody Lives In 3:48
5.Dull Hands 4:07
6.Mandrax Town 10:36
7.Out 25:24Digital only


Personnel
You IshiharaVocal
Michio KuriharaGuitar
Tetsuya SakamotoGuitar1 - 6 only
Souichiro NakamuraBass
Ken IshiharaDrums


"ELECTRIC COOL ACID, a live album documenting the early days of WHITE HEAVEN in 1987, is being re-released digitally.

The original was sold in 1988 as 100 cassette tapes only, and in 1995 was released on CD by NOON DISK in a limited edition of 1,000 copies, but is now out of print.

This time, in addition to the original live performance at Shimokitazawa YANEURA in December 1987, a studio rehearsal version of the title track "OUT" (over 25 minutes) was added as a bonus track (previously unreleased).

In this 1989 rehearsal version, the rhythm section was replaced by Hiroshi Goi (bass) and Kaoru Onuma (drums), and the lineup was positioned at the halfway point between the previously released "LEVITATION" ('88) and the first album "OUT" ('91).

The lineup is positioned between "LEVITATION" ('88) and the first album "OUT" ('91).

Please note that both the main album and the bonus tracks are from our vintage cassette tape vault and low-fi recording.

As a purchase bonus, you can also download original CD cover, flyer, stage photos taken on the day of the live performance. The photo was taken by Sachio Ono, who also photographed Jagatara and Kenji Endo at the time, as well as the cover photo for WHITE HEAVEN's "OUT".



7 studio rehearsal take Tokyo ‘89

Personnel
You IshiharaVocal, Guitar
Michio KuriharaGuitar
Hiroshi GoiBass
Kaoru OnumaDrums


Release History
LabelCat NoCountryFormatDateNotes
Pedal Records BandcampJapanDigital2022Different extra track



Levitation (LP versions)

Tracks
1.Cold Hour 15:39
2.Dull Hands 5:12
3.Out of My Window 6:10
4.Snow on the Table 14:40
5.Silver Current 5:462006 only


Personnel
You IshiharaVo, G
Michio KuriharaG
Chiyo KamekawaB
Kouji SamuraDrums


Levitation (CD version)

Tracks
1.Cold Hour 15:39
2.Dull Hands 5:12
3.Out of My Window 6:10
4.Snow on the Table14:40
5.Silver Current 5:46
6.4 Hours (in the Afternoon)5:37
7.Threshold of the Pain3:41


Release History
LabelCat NoCountryFormatDateNotes
The Now SoundTNS 9USLP1997700 Ltd
Farside003HOLLP2006180 G, 300 Ltd, 5 tracks
Farside/F-MinorCD2007500 Ltd, 7 tracks



Levitation (2021 Remaster, Digital)

Front

Tracks
1.Cold Hour 15:23
3.Out of My Window 5:23
2.Dull Hands 5:27
4.Snow on the Table 14:40
5.Cold Hour Version 215:31


Recorded somewhere in Tokyo 1988.

After the live performance in 1987, which was later made into a CD as "Electric Cool Acid", the original member Tetsuya Sakamoto left and White Heaven became a four-member band consisting of You Ishihara, Michio Kurihara, Soichiro Nakamura and Ken Ishihara. For one year in 1988, the band spent their time in the studio doing sessions and experiments. The album "Levitation" is a collection of material from the missing link between Electric Cool Acid and the recording of their first album "Out" in 1990.
The album was released in the US in 1997 in a limited edition of 700 LPs, but sold out soon after and is now hard to find.
Track 5 are previously released as bonus track for “Electric Cool Acid” CD Noon Disk ’95.


Personnel
You IshiharaVocal
Guitar (on track 2,3,4)
Michio KuriharaVocal, Guitar
Soichiro NakamuraBass
Ken IshiharaDrums


Release History
LabelCat NoCountryFormatDateNotes
Pedal Records BandcampJapanDigital2021



Out

CD Front

CD Inner

CD Back

Tracks - Promo Cassette
1.Out
2.Dull Hands
3.Coloured Mind Drops
4.Blind Promise
5.Peper Beach
6.Out (of My Life)


Tracks - LP, CD
1.Blind Promise 4:53
2.Dull Hands 4:54
3.Fallin' Stars End9:00
4.My Cold Dimention3:30Remixed on CD
5.Mandrax Town 11:51
6.Out 7:22


Personnel
You IshiharaVo, Guitar
Michio KuriharaGuitar
Ken IshiharaDrums
Naohiro YoshimotoBassCD, LP only
Souichirou NakamuraGPromo only
Hiroshi Goi BPromo only


[CD info]

All songs written by You Ishihara, except 2, 5 by You Ishihara/Tetsuya Sakamoto
Arranged by White Heaven
Produced by Taishi Takizawa & White Heaven
Engineer: Masanori Ihara, Takeshi Yoshida
Recorded at STUDIO J, November 1990
Cover photo: Sachio Ono


Release History
LabelCat NoCountryFormatDateNotes
JapanMC1989Promo only
P.S.F. RecordsPSF-11 JapanLPApril 1991500 Ltd
P.S.F. RecordsPSFD-11 JapanCD1995



Out (Black Editions LP)

BE LP Front

Tracks
Side A
1.Blind Promise 4:51
2.Dull Hands 4:53
3.Fallin' Stars End8:59
Side B
4.My Cold Dimension3:31
5.Mandrax Town 11:50
6.Out 7:23


Personnel
You IshiharaVoice, Guitar
Michio KuriharaGuitar
Ken IshiharaDrums
Naohiro YoshimotoBass


Deluxe LP w/ Download

Deluxe edition featuring pure black paper cover and insert with metallic gold ink and all new artwork.

Digital download is included. Pressed to high quality vinyl at RTI.

(BLACK vinyl or limited direct-only GOLD vinyl)


All songs written by You Ishihara
except 2, 5 by You Ishihara/Tetsuya Sakamoto
Arranged by White Heaven
Produced by Taishi Takizawa & White Heaven
Cover photo by Sachio Ono

Engineered by Masanori Ihara and Takeshi Yoshida
Remastered for Black Editions by Soichiro Nakamura at Peace Music Studio
Vinyl mastering Chris Bellman and Bernie Grundman Mastering

Originally released in an LP edition of 500 in 1991 by P.S.F. Records, Japan (PSF-11) and CD in 1994 (PSFD-11)

White Heaven’s debut album Out is one of the greatest psychedelic rock albums ever recorded. First released in 1991 by Tokyo’s P.S.F. Records and pressed in an edition of 500 copies the original LP has become a holy grail in underground circles, with only a scant few copies ever making it outside of Japan. Built on the chemistry between You Ishihara’s lysergic lyricism and the blistering leads of one of Japan’s undisputed guitar gods Michio Kurihara, Out is an absolute classic. It is one of the few albums to successfully join a deep love of classic rock n’ roll with the rapturous energy of punk and openness of the avant-garde. Each song creates its own world, raising dynamic structures that defy categorization.

Meticulously re-mastered by the artists this new edition is the album in its clearest, most powerful form. Cut at the legendary Bernie Grundman studios and pressed at RTI it is now available on vinyl for the first time in almost 30 years. Black Editions presents Out in its definitive edition.

“What happens if you want to make a sound like Eric Clapton on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” or Ritchie Blackmore on Made in Japan – two early influences Kurihara mentions in particular - but you’ve never been in a recording studio before? What happens if you want to sing like Marc Bolan or Robert Plant – or even Lou Reed and Tom Verlaine - but you’ve never been on a stage before? Listen to what happened on OUT: a wide knowledge and love of classic rock sounds fused to a freedom of expression based not only on punk, but on avant-garde experimentalism. It isn’t that these young players had chops like that at the time. But neither did they need them to hit heightened moments of what I can only describe as rock rapture.”- Damon Krukowski

Interviews:
 
The Guitarist Speaks, An interview with White Heaven's Michio Kurihara
Michio Kurihara of White Heaven, Boris, Ghost, Damon & Naomi and one of the most revered underground guitarists to emerge in the last 30 years speaks with Justin Simon about his lifelong journey in sound...
Parallel Dimensions in the Analog Era
Damon Krukowski on White Heaven and their debut album Out
"It was always completely silent in between songs, like a wake or something."
White Heaven's You Ishihara speaks with Justin Simon about his formative years, the origins of White Heaven and the creation of the group's classic 1991 debut album "Out"


Release History
LabelCat NoCountryFormatDateNotes
Black Editions GroupBE-005/11USALP2019



Strange Bedfellow

Front

Front

Front

Front

Tracks
1.Snow
2.H.L.
3.Silver Current
4.Paper Beach
5.Behind the Locked Door
6.The Way We Were
7.Coloured Mind Drops
8.Mandy Blue


Recorded at Inter Music Studio, Tokyo, October 1992. Edition of 700 copies.

Personnel
You IshiharaVo, G
Souichirou NakamuraG
Ken IshiharaDrums
Kouji SamuraB


Release History
LabelCat NoCountryFormatDateNotes
P.S.F. RecordsPSF-27 JapanLP1993700 Ltd



Threshold of the Pain, Single

Tracks
A.Threshold of the Pain
B.4 Hours (of the Afternoon)


Personnel
You IshiharaVocal
Michio KuriharaLead Guitar
Feedback Guitar
Side A
Side B
Soichiro NakamuraGuitar
Koji ShimuraBass
Ken IshiharaDrums


Engineer: Soichiro Nakamura
Recorded at INTER MUSIC STUDIO
Tokyo Feb '94
Both songs written by
Tetsuya Sakamoto/You Ishihara
Cover Design by Takeya Sekiguchi
Produced by You Ishihara


Release History
LabelCat NoCountryFormatDateNotes
H. G. Fact.HG-014Japan7"19941000 Ltd



Next To Nothing

Front

Inner

Back

Tracks
CDLP 
1.1.Midsummer Stroll 5:36
2.2.Shadow of the Sun4:33
3.Strange BedfellowLP only
3.4.Look of Love 5:14Long version on LP
5.Wednesday LP only
4.6.Out There 5:21


Personnel (CD)
You IshiharaVocal
Michio KuriharaGuitars, Bass
Souichirou NakamuraGuitars
Kouji SamuraBass, Drums
Ken IshiharaDrums
Thanks to
Go HiranoKeyboards


[CD Info]

1, 2 written by You Ishihara
3 written by Bacharach / David
4 written by Michio Kurihara / You Ishihara
Produced by You Ishihara
Recorded at INTER MUSIC STUDIO, Tokyo '94
Engineered by Souichiro Nakamura / Motohiko Maeda
Photography Naomi Hosokawa
Cover Layout Yumi Yamaguchi


Release History
LabelCat NoCountryFormatDateNotes
Noon DiskNoon CD-9401JapanCD1994
Noon DiskNoon LP-9601JapanLP1996250 Ltd, 2 extra tracks




Live in Tokyo 1996

Front

Tracks
1.Sniffin' Snortin' 4:25
2.Gravity 9:22
3.Strange Bedfellow 12:21
4.Dull Hands 4:56
5.Snow 6:05
6.Mandrax Town 13:37
7.Out There 5:57
8.Midsummer Stroll 5:44
9.Silver Current 5:22
Total67:53


Recorded live at Silver Elephant, Tokyo February 18, 1996.

White Heaven's 1996 live performance in Tokyo will be released digitally only.

Triple guitar formation: You Ishihara (Vo G), Michio Kurihara (G), Soichiro Nakamura (G), Koji Shimura (Ba), and Ken Ishihara (Dr).
Nine songs in total, including "Gravity," a song not included on the album, and "Sniffin Snortin," a cover by SG&S.

Please note that the sound quality may be difficult to hear due to the air sound source.

released September 2, 2022

Personnel
You IshiharaVocal, Guitar
Michio KuriharaGuitar
Soichiro NakamuraGuitar
Koji ShimuraBass
Ken IshiharaDrums


Release History
LabelCat NoCountryFormatDateNotes
Pedal RecordsJapanDigital2022Via Bandcamp



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