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When The Ventures returned to Japan in January 1965, they had become household names. The impact of their music on Japanese teenagers was enormous. Unhindered by the language barriers inherent in performing American or British vocal music, hundreds of Eleki (Japanese English for “electric”, as in electric guitars) combos sprung up all over the country.
Domestic guitar manufacturers such as Guya couldn’t keep up with the demand, so companies usually associated with other industries such as Victor (better known as JVC in the U.S.) began producing electric guitars. In 1965, 760,000 guitars were made in Japan, a record that has yet to be broken.
All I can tell you about The Spacemen is that they recorded a handful of singles (most of which you can view here), and at least three albums (one of which you can listen to here). If you any information about the band, please contact me.
Catalog number JAEP-6 on JVC Nivico. No release date listed.