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Leland Yoshitsu was an Japanese-American psych-rock guitarist from San Francisco. He often sported tights, a cape, and black nail polish to shows. Notorious for his untamed attitude and delirious lead guitar, he put out three known records.

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Current Release - “Feel The Pain” 2010 (CT-1473) CD

All Vocals and Instruments by LELAND: featuring Days Pass So Slow, Feel The Pain, Don’t Leave Me, In Front of You and more…

“Leland” 1976 (no label r-2954) [paste-on photo cover; inserts]
“This Is My World” 1978 (Contempt r-2954)

This album was recorded in 1975, but it sounds like “new wave. That’s a compliment, as Leland’s music has the same wild spirit and anything goes attitude of the earliest DIY punk records. I’d imagine White Boy (The father-son punk band from DC) fans liking it, for example. Most of these songs have some crazy lead guitar, and the album cover proclaims the music “hard rock,” so it’s not surprising that psych and garage collectors like it. There’s also a synth-heavy ballad with whispered vocals, and a song where the tempo shifts wildly and Leland starts unexpectedly singing falsetto. A few other songs have a cool low-fi garagy feel to them. Leland plays everything but the drums, though I think hiring a bass player might have been a good idea. When he sings it sounds like his throat is bleeding. All in all, very cool.

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