One of the highlights of my recent Japanese haul, Maria Anzai’s single is of particular note for its B side. End Mark fits somewhere between Cindy & Bert’s Paranoid and if Bonnie St. Claire had been backed by Kansas Hook instead of Unit Gloria. Its high energy riffage and Hammond fuelled drive give this corking song a hard hitting edge. Although written by The Spiders’ Hiroshi Kamayatsu the song is highly derivative of…(Oh, it’s killing me, it sounds so bloody obvious, but I can’t place it –Help…). The A side sounds more dated for 74, it’s kinda cute but certainly doesn’t hit the same spot, although the slide guitar part is pretty cool and incongruous.
“Foxy” actress/singer Maria Anzai released another 12 or 13 singles and 4 LPs, but it is believed that End Mark is her high point. Thanks to Atsushi Kasai for the swap and background info.
Hear a full version of End Mark
Hear a full version of Koino Bakudan