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Vinyls – V

Gaku LP “Indivuality of four musicians” – promo white labels – ALM records 1981

Nice album with shakuhachi , shamisen, kotos

NM/NM

SOLD

Maki Ishii / Joji Yuasa / Shuko Mizuno LP “Music today of Japan – 18 – Denon – 1980

Maki Ishi : SO-GU I fur shakuhachi and klavier

Joji Yuasa : Projection Esemplastic for piano

Shuko Mizuno : provisional color for piano

Nice album in this nice collection who has a silver printing.

EX+ (has a slight bumped corner) / NM

SOLD

Kiyoaki Iwamoto EP “Sougi” – 7 inch 33rpm &  and 2 sided overlapping cover- Metronome / ALM records 1983

Rare and quite unknown release (strangely co-released by ALM) by one of Tori Kudo’s accolyte, this EP came out after Guys & Dolls album.

This nice artefact is a mix of rock with a cold wave touch for its rythm box and one of the  highlight here is a cover of Joy Division “Love will tears us apart”. METRONOMYC  –

EX (some minor wears) / EX+

$120

  

Itoh Kiyoko LP “Ballads of Love” – gatefold cover – CBS/Sony 1969

One great classic with the Happenings Four

our

EX+/EX+

SOLD

  

Carmen Maki LP “Adam & Eve” – Gatefold cover – Promo copy “Not for sale” – CBS /Sony

Something to say…That’s one of those records we could die for it…

EX+/EX+

SOLD

   

Carmen Maki LP “Goodbye, my memories” – Gatefold cover – CBS/Sony

Holy grail, this is a near perfect copy with the mega rare obi  – just impossible to find, it took years to find 2 copies

EX+ (a very few microscopic stains on the front) / Obi has some minor stains and wears / LP is EX+ to NM

SOLD

  

Meiko Kaji  LP “Gincho Wataridori” – Gatefold cover – Teichiku 1972

The first and one of the best

EX+/EX+

SOLD

  

Sono Mari LP “Sono Mari furusato no utau” – Gatefold cover – Polydor 1966

Mega rare and downpriced because of its condition. This one of the rarest and my favorite album because it sounds a bit different than her others albums. Tempos are slower and arrangements have less winds, a heavy warm bass with some neo classical arrangements mixed with a few tradionnal instruments like koto. This is definitively a nocturn album, almost dark by moments. Sono Mari has a husky voice, her beauty finds here more a cold austere character that leaves you with a very strange feeling :  you stay alone in your life ven if you have a family, friends.

One of the best enka/ Kayo recorded in my opinion along with another album from 1967, this album is the best Sono Mari recorded and sadly only a few songs were re-released on CD format. If you were unhappy with this album, I’ll accept return without any hesitation

EX+/ VG++ (some surface and crakling noise but you’ll fall in love with the music after 5 seconds)

$60

 

Sono Mari LP “Nanimo iwanaide” – Polydor

Early Sono Mari LP from the late 60’s around 67-68, has most of her hits. Hard to find in a such condition

EX+/EX to EX+

SOLD

Sono Mari LP “Mari Chan to Anata no yoru” – Gatefold cover with 4 pages booklet – Polydor

One of the most looked after album because of it’s stylish psychedelic lettering, I can find my words because all Sono Mari are good but this album is maybe one of the loveliest  for its cover. Very interesting to hear how it’s very close to another Sachiko Nishida’s Polydor album with soe narratives introduction and orchestra sounds the same. But Sono Mari has more nostalgic vibe because her voice is like suspended in the air, she’s like an angel.

EX+/EX to EX+

SOLD

 

Sono Mari LP “Kakinure te” – Gatefold cover wit hattached booklet – Polydor

Another one in Sono Mari’s temple, I think it was released around 1967-68

NM/EX+ (a few surface noise on B1)

SOLD

  

Sono Mari LP “Ai ha oshimi naku”- gatefold cover with attached booklet – Polydor

For those who are starving with Sono Mari this one was released around 1967, we need some grace in this world.

EX+ (Obi has some minor wears) / EX to EX+

$70

  

Ken Takakura LP “Deluxe”  – Gatefold cover with attached poster – King – 1969

One iconic actor and singer known for “Abashiri Bangaishi’ film and eponymous song, Ken Takakura has a deep and vibrant voice, he’s a straight enka /ballads singer ,  there’s nothing superficial, he’s vibrant and like most of albums in this collection, if you have a more “rocky” vibe like Jojo Hiroshige can have, you should try this one and you will be surprised how it’snt so far. Of course I don’t mean the noise à la Hijokaidan but his solos as a singer. This albu has a great “Abashir Bagaishi” version with accordion and percussions.

EX+/EX+

SOLD

 

Takekuni Hirayoshi / Teruyaki Noda LP “Music today of  japan – 17” – Denon 1980

Another piece in the puzzle with Hiroyuki Iwaki conducting

NM/NM

SOLD

Kazuki Tomokawa LP “Akita – Live Inu” – Bellwood – 1980

Great live recording by this legendary folk singer, there’s so much passion, so much of everything…Makes me feel lining among the humans.

EX+/EX+

SOLD

V/A Orchestral Space at Nissei Theatre 1966 – Vol 1 – Victor 1966

Toru Takemitsu / Yuji Takahashi / Joji Yuasa / Tochi Ichiyanagi

Great and historic album with a wild Ichiyangi’s piece and its modulators, tape and orchestra.

EX+/EX+

SOLD

 

V/A “Odori Kuwadesa” LP – Marufubu 1974

Lovely minyo, traditionnel dance songs music from Okinawa, very accessible and melodic with female choirs

EX+/EX+

SOLD

V/A “Okinawa O Utau” LP – gatefold cover – RBC – 1969

Another piece with Okinawa’s folklore but this one  is less traditionnal and has some backed female singers with guitar, farfisa, drums. A really stunning piece of cake, one of the best discovery of these recent months, music can be groovy with a typical 60’s sound but singers stay traditionnal. Some more sad songs and ballads, there’s no weakness, it  finds a good balance between tradition and modernity. I’m very charmed by this type of stuff, I can’t imagine this was only a local and confidential release. if you are in Molam and Thaï stuff , don’t hesitate to give a try. Comes also in a nice heavy gatefold cover.

NM/NM

SOLD

 

Joji Yuasa LP  “Interpenetration”- Denon 1982

One rare title in this excellent collection (Taj Mahal travellers, Masahiko Sato…) with Joji Yuasa aestro.

Has Interpenetration for flutes – Triplicity for contrabass – Cosmos Haptic – Project Topologic – On the Keyboard

Many people focuse on his electronic stuff but his work with strings is incredible, detailed  with some nice dynamics. Yuasa has a great sense of tensions and spacialization here is very nice because musicians are physicaly involved.

EX+/EX+

SOLD

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Vinyls – IV

Morio Agata LP “Norimono Zukan” – Chop 1986

Nice limited reissue of an amzing album first released in 1980 on Vanity.  Morio Agata is an important name since the early 70’s but this album was something different. Some electronics from the 80’s with a new / cold wave touch added to the DIY spirit and Agata’s nasal voice. Phew and Chie Mukai are amongs the guests for this amazing album.

NM/ Near Mint

SOLD

 

Ruriko Asaoka  LP  “Ruri Chan no aishu kayo – Teichiku  1964

Very first album by this actress and model who became an icon in Japan now. This album is straight enka / kayo, Ruriko voice sounds young and high,  at that time she was known for some duets with Ishihara Yujiro and she became a star in the early 70’s for a couple of releases who were more in a kayo / soft pop styled vein. This album sounds definitively older, it’s a true classic album.  Ruriko voice was already so expressive and fragile…Absolutey a must, very rare in a such condition.

EX+ / LP plays EX / EX+

SOLD

Ché Shizu LP ” I can’t promise” – Zero Records 1984

First album by the folk psych band leaded by Chie Mukai with a cast of musicians such as Tori Kudo, Takuya Nishimura, Tsukasa Takahashi. Chie Mukai was a Takehisa Kosugi student and she’s mosty known as an improviser with her erhu / kyoku (chinese violin),  Che Shizu is probably one of the most accessible side of her work , songs are dreamy and  Mukai’s acid voice has a true singularity. She had later some CDS on P.S.F records but her 2 albums are among the best, maybe this one has also a more Tori Kudo touch.  Rare, comes 2 inserts

EX+ / EX to EX+

$70

Naomi Chiaki LP  “Besuto arubamu” – Columbia 1973 gatefold cover with insert

Nice release by one of the most famous voice, Naomi Chiaki and Sachiko Nishida are maybe the most well known voices, Chiaki has a more husky voice and music is deely rooted in kayo, soft ballad. This album has lot of hits such as ” X +Y = LOVE”  and more.

EX+/EX (some surface noise)

$50

  

 

Eri Chiemi LP 10″  – “Chiemi sings japanese folk songs vol. 4” – King 1962

My favorite Eri Chiemi period with her covering some minyo songs wit a cuban vibe. She’s got an inimitable style and musicians interaction is  incredibly spontaneous and fantastic. You can hear they had fun during the sessions, these are Eri Chiemi Golden years, sadly it hasn’t been really  re-released on CDS. I think  price is quite reasonable because these 10″ are hard to find in good shape, this one has some surface noise but I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy this album anyway…it was released 50 years ago !

EX+/VG++

SOLD

Eri Chiemi 2LP “Gozonji ! Chiemi no dodotsu – Double deluxe” – King 1970 – Gatefold cover with attached booklet

I’ve discovered this album by a matter of coincidence and honestly I was pretty sure this double album would have been a loosy compilation of her last years. Even if I can’t write any bad words with Chiemi, her last years weren’t honestly  the best because she was already gone : her singing was still good but you can feel something has definitively gone, her vitality wasn’t anymore here and her presence was like a ghost,  making  me depressed with each listening. These 2LPs are really nice in a enka/kayo repertoire from the early 70’s, sounds is really rooted in these years, this period with Chiemi is maybe not so very well known and it’s quite good. Among the surprises, there’s some minyo / folk songs she interpreted some years before but here the orchestration is absolutetly different, more updated. I think it works fine too with bass leading the rythm. Artwork is gorgeous with its attached booklet, this release is not very popular and quite hard to find in a such condition. So I’ll never enough recommend Eri Chiemi !

EX+ /EX+

$75

   

Eri Chiemi LP “Chiemi no minyo” – King 1969 Gatefold cover with pin up poster

One of my favorite Chiemi, it ‘s one of the very first album I’ve bought and I’m back to it very frequently. These songs are folk / minyo oriented ,  same similar stuff than her well know 10″ wich were released in the early 60’s. This album is more produced but stays very close to the initial versions and their cuban vibe. If you dig Chiemi this the heart of her folkloric side and the “Deluxe” collection on King is more than recommended.

EX- (No tear, no crease but some stains on the cover and poster) / Looks VG+ with a few visible scuffs but plays really a nice EX, surface noise is acceptable, you’ll forget it after a few rotations. I think price is fair for the pleasure it will bring you.

SOLD

  

Yuriko Futaba LP “Rokyoku fu keizu” LP King 1966

Yuriko Futaba is famous name for the lovers of the so-called  rokyuku / naniwa bushi style. A style wich combines semi narrative parts, enka,  kabuki and audio roman photo, a style wich was very popular on the radio 50 years ago and more. Sometimes some environment sounds are mixed with shamisen / minyo style and the  whole affair sounds melodramatic. Yuriko Futabe is intense, she had some hundreds of releases, she has her own voice, she’s absolutely the rokyoku’s queen. If you are curious I’ll never enough recommend you her music because there’s so much in one single album and you’d be surprised to hear some similitudes with Kan Mikami. Excepted the lyrics, the intensity and time control, breaks, whispers are really close. If you want to go deeper in the traditionnal side, don’t hesitate, there’s a lot of surprises here and it seems nobody has any interest now for this music. Many musical themes have been covered later by artists such has Yukiji Asaoka, Sono Mari and  many others…

EX+/EX to EX+, some static clicks

$50

Yuriko Futaba LP “Nippon Kyukaku den” – King 1973

Another piece in her volcanic discography…

EX+/ EX to EX+ some noise on B1 and at a few occasionnal moments

$20

LSD March LP “Totsuzen hono no gotoku” – White Elephant 2002

Rare white vynil version with insert. First release by a well known band with Ikuro Takahashi from Fushitsusha / Ché Shizu, for a fuzzy psych album.

EX+ (A few minor wrinkles) / Near Mint

$90

Carmen Maki “Goodbye my memories ’70” – Sony – Gatefold cover

I think Carmen Maki doesn’t any introduction, this album is just one of her 3 essentials albums. Linked to Shuji Terayama this album is more varied than “Poems in the Midnight…”, some prog and a psych touch are  mixed with some strings arrangements. That’s one of these albums you’ll cherish year after year,  balancing between melancholia and elegance. Most of time copies aren’t so good, this copy is in excellent shape.

EX+ / EX to mostly EX+

$185

  

Carmen Maki 7inch EP 33 rpm “Sea-Gull” – CBS

4 titles that comes is a lovely and heavy carboard cover from the early 70’s with the legendary “Tokiniwa hahano…” title. 4 eternal tracks , PHEW has recently covered it on her last album…Carmen Maki is a  legend and she merits it.

EX+/EX to EX+

$45

 

Carmen Maki EP 7inch 33 rpm “Tokiwa Hahano – Clover series” – CBS/SONY

Rare and superb EP that comes in a heavy gatefold cover, 4 tracks, 4 great classics with Shuji Terayama lyrics, very hard to find in this beautiful condition.

EX to EX+ (a few stains inside, front and back are perfect) / EX to EX+

$60

 

Akihiro Maruyama ( Akihiro Miwa ) LP “Deluxe” – King 1968

Gatefold cover with attached pin up poster

Last album under his name before turning it into his female alter ego name,  Akihiro Miwa is a famous figure whose name became for most people for her links with Terayama/ Tenjo Sajijki (“Baramon”), and now is a popular singer in Japan. This album from the early years is in post cabaret style of music, it covers some classical french classics such as “Non, je ne ne regrette rien” by Edith Piaf and some more songs by Gilbert Becaud and more…But Akihiro Miwa’s voice is quite stunning and ambivalent as her  own identity, between male and female.

Cover is EX to EX+ (some shelfwears) / LP plays VG++ to EX

$65

  

 

Meiko Kaji LP “Syuki no uta” – Polydor 1980

Cover, insert and obi are EX / EX+ (a few stains on the upper right front cover)

Vynil plays EX to mostly EX+

$60

Meiko Kaji  LP”Akane gumo” – Polydor 1978 white promo labels

Late album by the STAR

Cover is EX+ / LP plays EX+

$55

Toshiro Mayuzumi  LP “Nirvana Symphonie”  – Toshiba TA-8012 with booklet

One great classic and one of the first version that came out in the 60’s I know there’s also a red wax version but this version with this beautiful artwork is pretty rare now. This album is influenced by voices of the buddhist priests recinting sutras with structures advocated by Varese. Some bells effects and drifting voices mixtures for buddhistic cantata…Superb, and comes with a rare booklet in a miraculous condition

EX+ / EX to EX+ (a few static noises)

SOLD

Hibari Misora 10″ LP “Hibari Uta no Hanamoyo” Eagle 1960

Hibari is one of the most important historic singer and actress, almost considered like a half godness. The late 50’s and 60’s are considered as the peak of her career. This one is a nice addtion to the enka repertoire…Immortal enka…

Cover is top clean with a black adhesive band on the front  (Maybe it was originally here) / LP is top clean ,  it plays a solid EX

$70

Hibari Misora LP “Onna no hanomichi” – Denon 1971

Gatefold cover with attached illustrated booklet.

Nice soundtrack by a legend.

EX- (some wears and a few stains but nothing serious) /LP plays EX-, still a decent copy

$30

  

Non Band 10″ LP “Non Band” – Telegraph Rec. 1982

Nice first release by a quite forgotten band leaded by Non singer  who sounds with her childish voice as almost a Junko-Pocket. Music is quite simple, quite rythmic with a no-wave touch but what makes it singular is a violin or clarinet mixed a with drums and guitar. Production was very nice, it doesn’t sound outdated as many bands from this period. If you need a simple energetic cocktail, that’s for you. Becomes harder to harder to find.

Cover is EX- / has some stains / LP plays a solid EX to EX+

$50

 

Somei Satoh LP ” Emerald Tablet ” – ALM records 1981 Gatefold cover

Recorded in 1978 in the NHK electronic studio with Akai Takahashi, this is one of the rarest Somei Satoh album, from minimal piano à la Charlemagne Palestine to some electronic avalanches.

EX+ (a very few stains) / EX to mostly EX+, a very few occasional surface noise

SOLD

 

Watari Tetsuya / Izumi Chidori / Junko Fuji LP  “Gikei Imuto – Watari / Chidori / Fuji ” – Teichiku

Glossy gatefold cover, early 70’s.  Fantastic split album with 2 famous stars known for their Yakuza’s filmography,  and Izumi Chidori as an unbelievable singer from the 70’s.  Also it has a cover of  the fantastic song “Abashiri Bangashi” , if you are familiar with Wakamatsu’s films, I’m pretty sure you can remember Abarishi prison song. Junko Fuji was not an accomplished singer it adds to her charm because she sounds sincere. Izumi Chidori in her early years was a amazing singer, she was singing like a sword in the air, an incredible verbal acrobat, you just need to close your eyes and you’ll see the film. If you are in rock stuff  or even noise, you should give a try, for my ears Jojo  from Hijokaidan is not so far from this vibe when he’s more in songs. Music style is different of course but has definitively a “bad boy” stamped quality.

EX+ / LP plays  a solid EX, some occasionnal surface/crackling noise

SOLD

 

Kumi Taguchi LP “Ga Kataru ai no henreki” – Teichiku

Mega rarity by actress Kumi Taguchi – “Emmanuelle Fuji” known for her album re-released by Tiliqua. This one is in my opinion really far better , maybe less erotic on a first degree but sounds more musical advanced. Some interludes with laid back music, environmental sounds and highlights here are some true enka/kayo songs from the 70’s.

SOLD

 

Tako LP 45 rpm “Second- live”  –  Chaos 1983

Second and last album by the legendary Harumi Yamazaki / Gaseneta, this album come out after their first Lp released on Pinacotheka.

This band was maybe the most interesting project from the 80’s, mixing a lot of influences with a punk attitude. Comes with the always missing insert.

EX+/EX+

$55

 

Sawa Tamaki LP “Bed de Tabacco wo suwanaide” – Victor 1971

Gatefold cover. A classic album by  actress and singer Sawa Tamaki linked to “playgirl” and later to Imamura film maker, she’s has a smokey voice and this album sounds like a late night cocktail of jazzy and lounge vibe mix.

EX/EX+ / LP plays EX- to EX

$30

 

Noriko Tsuwa LP “Majushage” – Philips 1977

Nice  folk album by a forgotten artist who played with Kazuki Tomokawa in his “Sakura…” album. Nice ballads with a voice not so far from Maki Asakawa assisted my Monkey House band, with a slight prog and psych touch, not jaz related as Maki Asakawa.

EX+/EX+

SOLD

V/A Experimental Music of Japan LP  – Victor VX-52 – 1966 gatefold cover – textured cover

Mayuzumi + Moroi / Takemitsu / Yuasa / Mayuzumi / Ichiyanagi / Ishii

Historic album with pieces conceived and recorded in the NHK studio, this is the FIRST TRUE EDITION (The second one came out one year later with SJV 1515 number). Fantastic release with some famous well known composers but te whole souds very coherent, there’s no weakness.  If yo uare familiar with Takemitsu, there’s is a  stunning and quite unknown concrete piece.

This album came out in Contemporary Music of Japan on Victor label, all the VX references are hard to find in any condition and this one has raised a cult status for years because of it’s artwork too.

EX+/  EX+

SOLD

 

 

Experimental Music of Japan ’69  LP – Victor 1969 VX – 99 – Textured cover with insert

Mayuzumi / Ishii / Moroi / Shibata

Second great classic of the japanese eletronic pionneers and as good as the first compilation. Mayuzumi “Mandara” piece is famous but this electronic version is not the best known. Makoto Moroi composition is for traditionnal instruments and electronics and i have to admit is one of y favorite composer. Maybe the biggest surprise here is Shibata 1968 piece for only electronic sounds. Quite a noisy and wild piece, almost sounds like Ferial Confine early work, I mean when some noise projects could be quite good, not like the shitty material over production of these days.

EX+ / EX+

SOLD

 

V/A Contemporary Music of Japan Vol 22 LP – Victor 1973

Akio Yashiro / Toru Takemitsu / Akira Miyoshi

Another nice piece in this puzzle collection, VX serie, with “Masque pour  2 flutes” (1959) by Takemitsu and 2 sonates with flutes by Yashiro and Miyoshi

EX+/EX+

SOLD

 

V/A Underground Folk 2LP – Kan Mikami / Takashi Nishioka /  Nobuyasu Okabayashi / Wataru Takada – Victor 1979

Gatefold cover .Nice compilation with a side for each of these 4 singers know since the early 70’s. Kan Mikami doesn’t need any introduction, his live materials from the mid 70’s are fantastic, Nishioka is known as a member of Itsutsuno No Akai Fusen and became a famous producer, Okabayashi and Takadu are maybe the mess knows names for western ears. These last 2 were maybe more classic,  maybe as a japanese post Dylan equivalence.

EX+ / LPs play EX to EX+

$55

 

Kumiko Yokoi  LP “Akai Tsubaki To aoi gen bo shi” – Ongaku Center 1984

Kumiko Yokoi is a folk singer who started in 1974 with a first album and left Vietnam where she lived. Delicate compositions with a great cast of musicians and different instruments. Has an intimist psych touch for moments without falling into the excess.

EX+/EX+

$25

Yosuke Yamashita trio LP “Gugan” – Express

Nice reissue of a legendary album from 1971, Yamashita trio introducing Takeo Moriyama was recorded befor Yamashita became popular in Europe and many consider his best years were before 1975.  This album is considered as his finest masterpiece. The original LP is hard to find and you’re not willing to pay a few hundreds of euros, this copy could a be a nice substitution. Also it becomes harder and harder to find it these days.

EX+/ Near Mint

$40

Joji Yuasa LP “Triplicity for contrabass – Masahiko Tanaka electronic studio of the NHK” – RCA 1974

One of the rarest album of the early electronic japanese album,  despite its title most sounds are contrabass processed sounds and B side is the famous  “Voices coming”  electronic /tape piece. I’ve seen turning this album 4 times, I have one copy for my own collection, one was sold by Tiliqua for 700 euros and last copy has sold for more than $1000 in the japanese market. Wite noise, bleep sonar sounds, telephonic transmissions for a quite stunning universe. Yuasa doesn’t sound like everybody else, I like how his instinctive and wild approach and makes his stuff  harder to find than Kosugi, Taj Mahal travellers albums.

EX to EX+ (only some stains on the back) / EX to mostly EX+, a very few occasional surface noise

SOLD

 

 Joji Yuasa Box set 5LP “Projections” – Columbia 1975

Glossy box with obi and 20 pages booklet

Historic piece and the most complete Yuasa’s collector with pieces recorded in the legendary NHK studio known for his electronics equipment. Pieces have soe lectronic processed sounds and ring modulators, white noises.  Has “Voices coming” piece with snippets of telephone operators, a quite wild and non academic tape music piece. I know many are just ineterested with electronic but Yuasa’s compositions with orchestra are also fantastic for their recording,  details with strings and the whole stereo perception.

 EX+ / Near Mint

SOLD