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Old 2011.05.16, 07:53 AM   #1
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This thread is about Susumu Nishikawa (西川 進), who was responsible for pretty much all the awesome guitar work during the MM and SS era.

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According to Maou, SR's guitar playing position is influenced by Nishikawa. Looking at the video, it seems like SR's HF era hairstyle could also be influenced by Nishikawa.

And something acoustic. Beautiful tune.
西川 進「君に笑顔が戻りますように」深夜の部
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Old 2011.05.16, 08:25 AM   #2
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A few more Nishikawa/SR connections:

- SR changed her amplifier based on Nishikawa's suggestion.
- Nishikawa played all the lives with SR in 1999. He left to make way for SR's future husband. There is very noticeable difference between the two.
- Many of the musicians who worked with SR during MM/SS are or were members of Nishikawa's Smash Room School.

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The guy is just amazing. He's probably the most talented musician Shiina's ever worked with. Nishikawa can play pretty much any style and do so well. It's a shame SR ever let him get away.

Unfortunately, it appears much of Nishikwa's solo work is only available through the Smash Room shop. No idea if they ship internationally.
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These videos are fantastic. And enlightening! I can totally hear a distinct difference with the guitar the main part of these songs. I love themm.

And I so so so want him to play acoustically like in JR's 2nd video as background for my life.
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There's this one too:

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Originally Posted by Maou View Post

The guy is just amazing. He's probably the most talented musician Shiina's ever worked with.
I have to disagree and say that, even though I love Hata Toshiki, for me, the most talented musician she ever worked with was Masayuki Muraishi:

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But I'll agree that he's one of the best musicians she ever worked with.

And I miss the sound of his guitar. It was so punky, so dirty. Maou, if you're interested in buying it, why don't you check with some member that lives in Japan? If the online shop doesn't ship internationally, maybe you can see if someone can send it to you (it's just an idea)
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Nishikawa played in Hitomi Yaida's back up band after leaving SR.
I youtubed a little and it doesn't seem like his playing is quite as inspirational as it was with SR.

I'd rate SR's guitarists (at least the ones I know) in this manner, from best to worst

Asai Kenichi (aka Benji)
Susumu Nishikawa
Hirama Mikio
Junji (her ex-husband)
Hasegawa Kiyoshi
Ukigumo
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If you were rating the guitarists based on skill, Junji would be at the bottom of the list. You seem to be ranking the guitarists based on other criteria, like the size of their balls.
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I think overall attractiveness is part of the criteria.
FYI, I've nv seen any of their balls before so you can be sure that the ranking is not based on that.
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Just so there's no confusion over which songs Nishikawa performed with Ringo...

The Susumu Nishikawa Master List

Muzai Moratorium

1. Tadashii Machi
2. Kabukichou no Joou
4. Koufukuron
6. Sid to Hakuchuumu
8. Kokode Kiss Shite
10. Keikoku

Shouso Strip

2. Yokushitsu
4. Gibs
5. Yami ni Furu Ame
6. Identity
8. Stoicism
10. Sakana
11. Byousho Public
13. Izonshou

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Suberidai
Memai
Remote Controller
Aozora
Tokyo no Hito
Can't Take My Eyes Off You
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