General Concerto Moon Thread
The reason why I'm suspecting all of this pertains to Toshiyuki Koike being such a power to be reckoned with in the band, so when he'd left, Norifumi Shima wanted to cover all ends of the lead spectrum. I do recall an interview from the Savior Never Cry era in which he'd "jokingly" said that he'll have to play his previous keyboardists' parts on old songs live, too. Tongue
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I guess Katsu Ohta wanted to make Mark Boals THE highlight of the album, so the input from other band members were reduced to make way. Yasuo Sasai no longer sings in Ark Storm, so Ohta will have to find someone else to get the job.
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Yeah, I personally thought not having a keyboard player made Concerto Moon better. But that was during a time they didn't actually have one. They do now and they kind of half-ass it, so I can understand that being sort of frustrating to anyone who particularly like they keyboard leads.
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Well, with the keyboards and such, they gave Concerto Moon more of a Deep Purple sound, rather than following modern metal trends. Savior Never Cry is as modern as it gets, next to Double Dealer's Desert of Lost Souls. Crystal Clear did originally lack a keyboardist, so their demo and pre-1995 live appearances would be more on the raw side that you like out of Norifumi Shima's guitar playing.

Still, it'd be hard for me to enjoy a song like "Surrender" without a keyboardist present, especially towards the end where the solo just goes on and on...ending the song.
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Oh yeah I can imagine you liking the keyboard solos, even though I don't particularly do myself unless they're Hammonds. My point is that by bringing a keyboard player back into the line-up, Shima appeared to hint at the idea of those returning and instead, he uses them in the background, which is exactly why he employed Hitoshi Endo as a session musician on 'Angel of Chaos' and 'Savior Never Cry' instead of a full-time keyboard player.
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Hitoshi Endo used to be in Blindman for a while, and you can also hear his playing on Black Flame and the "Road to High" tour single.

I thought it was cool that he'd brought back a few Crystal Clear members when he needed replacements. Masatoshi Taguchi filled in for keyboards during the tour in support of Fragments of the Moon, but didn't officially join the band. Masayuki Osada, of course, took Showichi Takeoka's throne after only one EP and one album...
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