Ichiro Araki LP “Kimi ni sasageru horonigai burusu” – Trio
Very hard to describe this singer. Sounds like pop /kayo music with a melancholic voice, his style is a great mix of different styles of music, in a way it reminds me Morio Agata. Some will find him superficial with a first listening but there’s a lot of personnal details to be heard here specifically in the folk/soft ballads. Deeply rooted in the mid 70’s, it’s just a well done album that sounds finer with time.
Ruriko Asaoka – LP “Ruriko Asaoka no subete – kokoro no shasu” – Teichiku
Gatefold cover + facial obi + fold out booklet
Fantastic kayo album with Tanadori Yokoo cover, probably one of the best known album with Ruriko Asaoka from the early 70’s. If you are into Kiyoko Itoh and Meiko Kaji, it’s probably for you.
EX (Cover and inside are EX+, back has 2 scuffs, obi show some wears) / EX+
Ruriko Asaoka EP 7 inch 33 rpm “Best song Deluxe” – Teichiku
Gatefold cover with obi
Nice EP with this early Ruriko Asaoka best, it has 4 lovely tracks that were recorded before her famous album with Yokoo’s cover. Once again, open your ears, Meiko Kaji is a great singer but there amny more to discover.
EX+ / EX to EX+
Eri Chiemi LP 10 inch “Mood in Chiemi’s Japanese folk songs 3” – King 1964
My favorite with Chiemi’s minyo period and one of these 5 LPs which has probably the most stunning cover.
EX+ / EX (some visible scuffs but plays a solid EX to EX+)
Eri Chiemi LP “Deluxe” – King 1968
Gatefold cover with obi and attached pin up poster
Another piece in the minyo repertoire, this one sounds so fast with Chiemi singing like a cat. excellent collection with textured cover and nice pictures.
EX+ (a few stains) / EX+
Eri Chiemi LP “Deluxe” – King 1969
Gatefold cover + obi + pin up poster
One more ! This is the first Chiemi taht hooked me to her music some years ago. Just perfect !
EX+ / EX+
Eri Chiemi 7 inch 33rpm “chiemi no minyo” – King 1962
I love that stuff and this format, this one has 4 perfect songs and comes in a nice heavy and glossy cover, it’s always a miracle to find these EPs in a miraculous condition
EX+/ EX+ (near mint but has a few very minor static noise)
Death Comes Along LP “Heavy psychedelic schizoid god” – Mangrove 1994
Inserts + obi
Leaded by CROW :
“Funeral March for Amebix, The Mob, Dirt, Antisect, Crude SS, May Blitz, Flower Travellin’ Band, Diamanda Galas, Ash Ra Tempel, Guru Guru, Amon Duul, Black Sabbath and German Oak.”
One great classic, jsut reading their dedication just before would give you a slight idea ! Very hard to describe, less caricatural than the pictures.
Mint / New
F.M.T. LP “You got a freedom” – ALM records 1979
Recorded on 27, 28 June 1978 at Tachikawa, Shakai-Kyoiku Kaikan. The group’s acronym was taken from the first letters of the members’ surnames (Fujikawa, Midorikawa, Toyozumi), but it also stood for Free Music Trio
EX (some stains) / EX+
Ryohei Hirose “Kalavinka – the music of Hirose 1972-1973” – Columbia 1973
gatefold cover with attached booklet
Beautiful album by a still underrated composer, Hirose in the early 70’s has been attracted both by japanese and indian culture and explores her the woodwind instruments with a great elegance. Flutes, oboe, clarinet, bassoon with strings, percussions. If you are familiar with Makoto Moroi’s acoustic work, it will nicely complete your acoustic albums.
EX+/EX to EX+ (a few surface noise but still a very nice copy)
Ryohei Hirose / Toshi Ichiyanagi / Maki Ishii LP “The concert of japanese contemporary music”
A recent but no easy to find release.
Tomojiro Ikenouchi LP “Yuya” – King 1980
3 pieces from no drama “Yuya” pour soprano and orchestra + Quatuor à cordes
Excellent release, if you want a higher price with some more nice words, you can ask me.
New / Mint
Carmen Maki LP “Poems in the midnight till the candle goes out” – Sony 1969
Gatefold cover with insert
One of the greatest album with Shuji Terayama lyrics and Carmen Maki icon. My love for the japanese stuff began with this album, it was one of the great classic you could afford for peanuts and now it just becomes hard to track a nice copy.
EX (minor wears and stains inside) / EX+
Iuchi Kengo LP “Inagumi to Kachiku” Kubitsuri Tapes 1995
Gatefold cover with attached booklet and insert.
One of the weirdest record ever recorded. Known as performer and death-folk singer, Iuchi Kengo was regularly assisted by Chie Mukai, Makoto Kawabata, and noboday has surpassed him in the heart of madness.
Beating his guitar, with a howling and croaking voice, far from the usual noiser, he just doesn’t make a show, he brings you deeply in discomfort, endless nightmares.
If you want some extreme, darker than any Keiji Haino,
Lily LP “Onion” – Express 1971
First pressing, comes in an outer cover and obi + insert
Very nice album with Lily’s husky styled voice that is reminiscent to a post-Carmen Maki folk and blues era style. The overall tone is folk-like with some psychedelic undertones, which get infused by some of her excellent backing musicians such as Foodbrain / Out Cast / Path Through Haze / People guitarist Kimio Mizutani and Jacks / Asakawa Maki drummer Tsunoda Hiro. Some tracks are embedded in a bluesy atmosphere, where her voice gets some effects that resemble singing through a telephone. Stunningly beautiful. Great acid folk-like bluesy and psychedelic album.
EX (some minor wears on the outside jacket and obi) / EX+
Teizo Matsumura LP “Teizo Matsumura 1” – Victor – 1984
Symphony (1965) + Prelude pour orchestra (1968) with Hiroshi Wakasugi as conductor
Teizo Matsumura LP “Teizo Matsumura II” – Victor 1984
Piano concerto N°1 (1973) & Piano concerto N°2 (1978)
Mint / New
Sally May LP ” Sally May – Kinpatsu Enka” – Victor 1969
Excellent album by Sally May (half caucasian/half japanese) who’s better know as a Nikkatsu porn actress and concurrent to Kumi Taguchi in the early 70’s , music there is deeply rooted in enka songs with a gutural voice of her own. Very close to Yukiji Asaoka and Junko Fuji repertoire, but her voice is really a distinct one, these are really some great classics. Highly recommended, rare and reasonable price
EX+/ A FEW MARKS BUT PLAYS EX to EX+
Kan Mikami LP “live 1972” – URC
Mikami at his peak and cover’s too…Later reissue, that’s not the original pressing but this title doesn’t really turn anymore for a couple of years
EX- (Cover has a few stains and yellowed on the right corner +and a discreet 5 cm split seam on the superior spine) / obi and insert are EX+
vinyl plays EX+
Haruna Miyake + Yuji Takahashi LP ” Ichimen Nanohana: On Two Pianos 1983″ – ALM records 2003
Akira Miyoshi LP ” Contenporary music of Japan – 10″ – Victor 1979
Concerto for piano and orchestra + Concerto for violin and orchestra
Excellent release in an excellent collection, Akira Miyoshi is not well known in western countries, if you are in Takemitsu, you can open your door to some neglected composers such Miyoshi
Akira Miyoshi / Akio Yashiro / Michio Mamiya 2LP CBS / Sony 1979
Gatefold cover with attached booklet and obi
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
Akira Miyoshi : concerto pour violoncelle et orchestre
Akio Yashiro : concerto pour piano et orchestra
Michio Mamiya : violin concerto
Makoto Moroi LP “Music for shakuhachi” – Victor 1971
with insert & obi
Extremely rare and superb album, Moroi here is empolying traditional instruments with an avant-garde and experimental mindset. It leaves me breathless.
Yuko Nagisa LP “Okinawa minyo o utau” – Toshiba
Nice kayo album from the 70’s with some minyo incursions, a nice mix of ballads/kayo with some shamisen inclusions, just perfect for the autumn.
Yuji Takahashi LP “Contemporary music of Japan -14” – Victor 1980
One of my favorite Yuji Takahashi’s album with “Chromamorphe II for piano” (1964) -” 6 elements” (with a great violin) and “Tamaogi” with words by Mutsuro Takahashi & oboe, trumpet, percussions,…
Teruyuki Noda LP ” Contemporary music of japan – 15″ – King 1979
Trio per violino, violoncello e piano (1971)
Live de Mort (1975)
Toru Takemitsu LP “Contemporary music of Japan – 11” – Victor 1979
Maybe one of the most popular japanese release with Takemitsu, it’s just excellent with pieces such as Requiem for strings – ARC for piano and Orchestra
With Toshi Ichiyanagi on piano.
Toru Takemitsu / Yoshinao Nakada LP “November steps / Songs of praise to beauty” – King 1980
One famous piece with biwa and shakuhashi for Takemitsu’s “November steps” .
Cheap release but excellent music
New / Mint
Akio Yashiro LP “Contemporary music of Japan – 5” – Victor 1979
Quatuor à cordes (1968) + Sonate pour piano(1964) + sonate pour 2 flûtes et piano(1968)
Yosuke Yamashita trio LP “Concert in new jazz” – Union records
Nice reissue of a gig recorded live at “Sankei Hall”, Tokyo on 21st September, 1969 with Yosuke Yamashita,p /Seiichi Nakamura,ts,ss,cl /Takeo Moriyama,dr