01. The Dark Sea Dream
02. Requiem of Confusion
03. Freedom of a Mad Paper Lantern
04. Gloomy Reflections
05. It was only Yesterday
07. Farewell to Hypocrites
- Shinki Chen / guitar, bass, drums, piano
- George Yanagi / bass, vocals
- Shinichi Nogi / drums
- Hiro Yanagida / keyboards
Shinki Chen was one of the leading figures of the Japanese psychedelic rock scene in the early 70s, seen as a Jimi Hendrix type figure in Japan at the time, the last recorded material (there's some with the band Power House and Foodbrain) consists of this album and the later album released by a different bad line up known as Speed, Glue and Shinki and their debut Eve was released in 1971. Whilst the band's style is often compared to Krautrock cousins, it lacks the dreamy lack of direction that a lot of them have and does not have the bore factor of the lighter-weight progressive rock acts. Shinki Chen & Friends might lack Joey Smith's amphetamine fuelled drumming but is generally bluesier with lots of strange keyboard effects, a fuzzy bass line and a relatively weeping guitar sound.
SHINKI CHEN & FRIENDS was a short-time project of Sino-Japanese Shinki Chen, often mentioned as Nippon's Jimi Hendrix and one of the most celebrated guitarists on that island. He was born 1949 in Yokohama City and began to play at the age of fourteen. According to the development of the beat music he joined several Liverpool-styled and blues based bands founded by his friends. He even changed to play drums in between but soon came back to the guitar as his main instrument.
Music releases with his collaboration are known from the band Power House (1969) with cover songs played very unusual and Foodbrain (1970). He was also working in a theatre ensemble for the musical HAIR until he produced his solo album 'Shinki Chen & Friends' in 1971 supported by George Yanagi (bass, vocals), Shinichi Nogi (drums) and former Foodbrain band mate Hiro Yanagida (keyboards).
The cover is showing him with afro look and perpetual cigarette dangling from his lips. This album is characterized by a special blend of traditional blues rock and spaced-out psychedelic elements. After that he produced two other albums with the project 'Speed, Glue & Shinki' - 'Eve' (1971) and an eponymous double LP (1972). No informations were given what happened with him afterwards.