Harumi ‎– Harumi

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Harumi is the debut album by Japanese musician Harumi (full name Harumi Ando). The album was produced by Tom Wilson (2) famous for his recordings with Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention, and The Velvet Underground. The album was recorded sometime between 1967 and 1968 in New York, largely in July 1967. Very little is known about the recording of the album aside from what is on the sleeve of the record. Key personnel such as backing musicians are absent from the album credits.

Tracklist

Talk About It 4:10
First Impressions 3:10
Don't Know What I'm Gonna Do 3:09
Hello 4:02
Sugar In Your Tea 3:22
Caravan 3:05
Hunters Of Heaven 2:52
Hurry Up Now 3:51
What A Day For Me 2:47
We Love 2:17
Fire By The River 3:35
Samurai Memories 19:15
Twice Told Tales Of The Pomegranate Forest 24:00

Versions (11)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FTS-3030-2X Harumi Harumi(2xLP, Album) Verve Forecast FTS-3030-2X US 1968 Sell This Version
FTS-3030-2X, FTS3030-2 Harumi Harumi(2xLP, Album) Verve Forecast, Verve Forecast FTS-3030-2X, FTS3030-2 US 1968 Sell This Version
FTS-3030-2X Harumi Harumi(2xLP, Album) Verve Forecast FTS-3030-2X Canada 1968 Sell This Version
FT-3030-2X Harumi Harumi(2xLP, Album, Mono, Promo) Verve Forecast FT-3030-2X US 1968 Sell This Version
FT-3030-2X Harumi Harumi(2xLP, Album, Mono, Promo) Verve Forecast FT-3030-2X US 1968 Sell This Version
FTS-3030-2X Harumi Harumi(2xLP, Album, Promo) Verve Forecast FTS-3030-2X US 1968 Sell This Version
FVS 9511 Harumi Harumi(LP, Album) Verve Forecast FVS 9511 Germany 1968 Sell This Version
FVS 9511 Harumi Harumi(LP, Album, Promo) Verve Records FVS 9511 Germany 1968 Sell This Version
FOCD2042 Harumi Harumi(CD, Album, RE) Fallout FOCD2042 UK 2007 Sell This Version
MJJ322, MJJ322 LP Harumi Harumi(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Klimt Records, Klimt Records MJJ322, MJJ322 LP France 2011 Sell This Version
ED1804 Harumi Harumi(CD, Album, RE) Early Dawn ED1804 Europe 2017 Sell This Version

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illinoisdust

illinoisdust

May 6, 2021
edited 9 days ago
referencing Harumi, 2xLP, Album, FTS-3030-2X
If you listen to the Tom Wilson interview of Bobby Callender Music Factory DJ series he talks about how he is working on the Harumi album and he gives some details. What caught my attention was the fact that the album started out completely Indian as in probably sitar Tambora tabla laden where by the time that this interview is going on he admits that it had gone more toward the far eastern direction. I would love to hear the outtakes! Don Robertson was on fire with his talent to grace not only this LP but many others as well. For anyone curious about the Bobby Callender interview with Tom Wilson you can go to YouTube and watch a novice transcendent video that I did for it. I do not make anything from you learning anything. There’s also some unknown Velvet Underground information at the end of the video… It’s the Andy Warhol commercial and it should blow some minds for anyone that’s a historian Of the Velvet Underground. BTW – I have a separate video for that too. Grab yourself some popcorn and a prize over in the restroom there for reading through all this. Enjoy life, the music, and expression.
illinoisdust

illinoisdust

May 5, 2021
referencing Harumi, 2xLP, Album, FTS-3030-2X
Don Robertson played Sitar and also mentions the other musician that was hired to help play on the album. For more info go to Don Robertson Interview 2020 Part 4- found on YouTube.
yspaddadenpenkawr

yspaddadenpenkawr

March 26, 2021
referencing Harumi, CD, Album, RE, FOCD2042
Pretty clearly a bootleg sourced from an LP copy. The sound is very, very muddy (especially on the low end). The last two tracks (sides C and D of the original LP release) are swapped for some reason, and about a minute is edited off the ending of Samurai Memories, with the track fading out to hide this- it's actually 18:11 in length, rather than the 19:15 listed here. Probably done to fit it on a CD; the album comes to 78:59 with the missing minute.

Frank Zappa is credited with "liner notes," but in reality it's just an excerpt of an old interview with Zappa, where he mentions in passing that Tom Wilson worked with some guy named Harumi on an album. He doesn't say anything substantial about the album or Harumi, which makes sense, as this isn't really the sort of thing he'd be into.
Malapilusa

Malapilusa

January 20, 2021
referencing Harumi, 2xLP, Album, FTS-3030-2X
I posted these somewhere else, but thought they belong here, so I copied and pasted them,

It looks like he spend 32 years living at 7 Dutch Street, New York, NY 10038, which is not the village, but near the Brooklyn Bridge. There is a Social Security death notice for a Harumi Ando born in 1944 and died in 2007. He would have been 24 in 1968 when the record was made, and 63 when he passed away.
A posting in a legal forum about the building at 7 Dutch Street...
"Harumi Ando, a 62 y.o. photographer and video artist has lived in his loft on the top of the 5 floor walkup for 32 years."
This would mean that he could be born in 1944 and could have died in 2007. In other words, the address and dates make sense.

I'm also intrigued by this release. Big Zappa and Tom Wilson fan. I've listened several times to the interview with Tom Wilson for his radio show, Music Factory - Episode 21. Harumi has a New York accent and says he is from "Forest Hills" which is a section of Queens, NY. It has been written that his father was an Ambassador, which is possible, becuase United Nations is nearby, his parents speak Japanese on the album. I don't know if he passed away, but there is/was a Harumi Ando in Greenwich Village and the age would be correct.
Malapilusa

Malapilusa

January 20, 2021
referencing Harumi, 2xLP, Album, FTS-3030-2X
https://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/02/realestate/a-new-chapter-in-the-faceoff-between-tenants-and-landlords.html
This April, 2006 NY Times article gives a little more info about Harumi and the legal battle with the landlord. It says ...Harumi Ando, graphic artist and photographer, came to NY as a young boy, (no mention of his attempt at pop music stardom), but goes on to say that he moved into the buidling at 7 Dutch St. in 1975, and this legal battle was in 2006. It also says he was 62 years old.
OkoSu

OkoSu

January 14, 2021
edited 21 days ago
referencing Harumi, LP, Album, FVS 9511
Why did they decide to release this album in Germany as a single one, and not as a double, as originally released in USA? Same happened to Mothers of Invention debut Freak Out (Verve too)...?
Most probably some mundane budget/distribution reasons.
kwilkerson90

kwilkerson90

July 6, 2020
referencing Harumi, 2xLP, Album, FTS-3030-2X
Anybody need a copy of disc 2? Or have an extra disc 1?
-Quality_Sounds-

-Quality_Sounds-

June 22, 2018
referencing Harumi, CD, Album, RE, FOCD2042
I am interested in the insert that came with this CD when it was brand new. Not the booklet, but a separate single page insert, which has a picture of Frank Zappa and some quotes from him about this Hiromi album.

If anyone has access to this insert, can you please upload it here and send me a note to let me know. Or you can PM me to send it directly if you don't wish to post it for some reason.

I really NEED to see the insert again... please, someone help me!
psychlegend

psychlegend

January 25, 2018
referencing Harumi, 2xLP, Album, FTS-3030-2X
Nothing is known about harumi, despite a long search for the artist. They sound like a psychedelic-japanese Beatles band. There's also an existential 24-minute poetry piece.
Chestman

Chestman

April 18, 2011
referencing Harumi, 2xLP, Album, FTS-3030-2X
I'm a massive fan of this album and have spent a lot of time searching the internet hoping to find more recordings from Harumi. Iv read somewhere that he recorded another album in Japan, with the same title I think but im yet to find it. Is there anyone who might have more info on this or any other recordings from Harumi?