Ghost In-depth Biography
A collective of psychedelic-minded Japanese musicians headed by guitarist Masaki Batoh}, Ghost} records commune-minded free-range psychedelia with equal debts to the Can}/Amon Düül} axis of Krautrock, as well as West Coast psych units like Blue Cheer} and Jefferson Airplane}. Batoh} grew up in Kyoto, where he attended a private school well-geared to spark his interest in rock music, from Dylan} and Pink Floyd} to the Velvet Underground}. Later, he formed Ghost} with a large and varying lineup, centered around contributors such as Michio Kurihara}, Kazuo Ogino}, and Taishi Takizawa}. According to reports, the group lived a nomadic existence, drifting from ruins of ancient temples to disused subway stations around the Tokyo area.
The band began releasing their work with the albums Ghost} and Second Time Around}, each appearing during 1991-1992. The American independent Drag City} licensed each of the albums for distribution, and L.A.'s The Now Sound} picked up two of Batoh's} solo albums, A Ghost From the Darkened Sea} and Kikaokubeshi} (released together as well under the title Collected Works}). Two more Ghost} titles, Tune in, Turn on, Free Tibet} and Snuffbox Immanence}, were released simultaneously in 1999. A year later, the group teamed with kindred spirits Damon and Naomi} for Damon and Naomi With Ghost}. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide