High Rise

High Rise II (Regular & Special Edition)




Release date: January 26, 2018

High Rise exploded onto Tokyo’s underground music scene with the roar and reckless abandon of a motorcycle accelerating headlong into a dead man’s curve. Born from the explosive chemistry of bassist/vocalist Asahito Nanjo and frenetic guitarist Munehiro Narita, the band blazed a wild new stream of psychedelic guitar music. Their second album High Rise II is a defining document of the band and unquestionably one of the greatest albums to emerge from 20th century underground Japan and beyond. With Nanjo’s distorted thunder bass and Narita’s wildly narrative lead guitar playing, High Rise II is a non-stop tour de force of improvised rock music. Combining elements of garage rock, punk and no wave, the band pushed all levels fully in-the-red and transcended the limits of rock and psychedelia to create a raw, unique expansion of the music.

Black Editions is proud to present High Rise II, newly mixed and mastered by Asahito Nanjo in what the band states is the definitive version of their most quintessential recording. Housed in heavy Stoughton tip-on jackets this new edition restores the original vinyl version’s textured black and silver artwork. Insert with unreleased band photographs included. Pressed onto high quality vinyl by RTI.

High Rise II Limited Special Edition:
Swirled Silver and Clear Vinyl + High Rise "Tapes" Cassette

Only available through the Black Editions webstore, High Rise II on limited silver metallic swirled vinyl paired with a one time cassette pressing of the 1988 release "High Rise Tapes". Only available as part of this bundle direct from Black Editions in an edition of 500 copies.

About High Rise"Tapes" - These demos were originally prepared for the band’s first solo headlining show in Tokyo on May 17, 1988. To commemorate this event the band created a 50 copy edition cassette of alternate versions of early High Rise classics. Recently remastered by Nanjo Asahito this is the first ever reproduction of this edition and is presented on silver metallic, offset printed c-46’s.