Ritsuko Abe LP in book “Utaha kagirinaku” – King 1974
Hardcover – 21 pages
Nice compilation from an underrated sexy singer, deeply rooted in the 70’s with a funky influence, very close to the best of Meiko Kaji….But definitively sexier…Hard to resist, springtime is coming, Ritsuko is knocking at your door…comes in an oversized hard book.
EX to EX+ ( a few stains inside) / EX to EX+
Ruriko Asaoka 2LP “Best 20 Deluxe” – Teichiku
Mega rare compilation from a kayo queen, has most of her tracks from the albums relased in the 70’s and a couple of rare tracks, B sides from rare singles.
If you haven’t any Ruriko Asaoka in your collection, this compilation from the mid 70’s would be a nice substitute, for hardcore fans like me, that’s a cherry on the top of a creamy cake.
Buy this one and I’ll offer you a lovely CD compilation, if you are in Ritsuko Abe, Meiko Kaji, Carmen Maki, it’s just impossible to not fall in love with her…
EX+ / EX to EX+ (one vinyl slightly warped)
Yukiji Asaoka 7 inch 45 rpm/ red wax ” Umekawa Chibe / Osato sawa shi” – Toshiba
Early red single with Asaoka Yukiji, enka at its heart. Ok, it shouldn’t be listed here because it’s “only” a single but this is a “small” release with its 2 songs but it’s also one of my Asoaka’s favorite release I have for years on my collection. These 2 songs are exceptionnal and melancolic, one has a naniwa bushi style with a shamisen and a bit of narration, the other one soudns almost like a modern nagauta piece, there’s so much passion. A very eliptic a song with a verses and a chorus that aren’t’t not exactly the same, with irregular rythms…Like a few a enka songs, it’s always teh same and always different but this single has a singular tension, something dramatic with some percussions you can hear in kabuki. This single rarely turns up, it’s a “monster”, one of my favorite cover
EX (some wrinkles) / EX (A few scuffs and a background noise at the beginning of each side)
Yukiji Asaoka 10 inch / red wax LP “Sumi da kawa natsukashi no merodi” Toshiba
Music is as good as the music…Once again Asaoka Yukiji was one of the most fantastic singer in the early 60’s ( like this release) even if she became more popular in the 70’s for western ears.
Songs are enka ballad with a minyo influence specifically on B side, with a nagauta touch.
50 years old, red clear vinyl, pretty hard to find in a such condition
EX+ / EX to EX+ / a very few static noise
Yukiji Asaoka 10 inch / red wax LP ” Janome no kage de” Toshiba
Hard to resist, one more piece from the very early 60’s with a stunning hybrid instrumentation. Asaoka’s golden period, every song is a hit…On the top of my personnal chart.
EX (slightly browny cover) / EX to EX+
Yukiji Asaoka LP “Yukiji Asaoka Aishu Kashu” – Toshiba – – 1962
One of my favorite singer (she was also an actress), strangely she was most known in the early 70′s with some soft erotic kayo albums, but this album belongs to enka/kayo with some minyo influences and makes Yukiji Asaoka one of best accomplished singer for her whole carreer. Here you’ll hear Japan’s heart, you can believe me all her albums and 10 inch are beautiful..Some ballads and some more rythmic / folkloric tunes, if you are also in Eri Chiemi you’ll recognize some of these songs with a different vibe. One of my favorite album since I’m in enka stuff.
EX / EX
Izumi Chidori LP gatefold “Tadaima sanjo” – Teichiku
One more nice pîece from the 70’s, if you want to deep into Meiko Kaji’s funnier side. There’s llike swords falling from the sky, Chidori truculence reminds sometimes a modern Yuriko Futaba .
Izumi Chidori LP gatefold “Gonzonji Ninkyo” Teichiku
One more and one of the best with sometimes with a Morriconne touch !
EX+ / EX to mostly EX+
Gaspar Claus “Jo Ha Kyu” LP gatefold cover, 180 g vinyl + MP3 coupon code – Modest Launch / Japan
cover by Daijiro Moroboshi
With Kazuki Tomokawa, Kazutoki Umezu, Keiji Haino, Ryiuchi Sakamoto, Yoshihide Otomo, sachiko M, Hiromichi Sakamoto, Eiko Ishibashi, Kakushi Nishihara
One great long track, very japanese inspired , highlight is Tomokawa howling, preaching his blues as he does in concert ! Gaspar Claus is a young and adventurous cellist, Pedro Soler’s son, you can discover him in Tomokawa” la Faute Des fleurs” documentary. Nicely produced, if you’re a Tomokawa’s fan, don’t miss it. …If only we could hear another chapter… it’s so good and when it’s good it’s sometimes too short ! Highly recommended !
Limited release, japanese vinyl edition / MP3 download Album + first contact with Sachiko M + first contact with Eiko Ishibashi + first contact with Haino Keiji
cover has a litttle split seam on the uppart edge / vinyl is mint
Gaspar Claus “Jo Ha Kyu” LP Clear vinyl ltd to 100 + 33′ x 23 ‘ poster Important records
same release as the one above , US edition
Haruomi Hosono LP “Cochin Moon” King 1978
Amazing electronic classic with Ryuchi sakamoto and artwrorkk by Tanadori Yokoo
With obi & insert, rarely turns up
Maki Ishii / Joji Yuasa / Shuko Mizuno LP “Music today of Japan – 18” Denon 1980
Nice collection with its silvered covers
Junko / Michel Henritzi 7inch single ” Fear of music / Berlin, with love ” – 2013 L’esprit de l’escalier
Only limited to 100 copies on a new US label by 2 of our favorite loved musician. When man loves a woman, when a guitar loves a voice.
Rock N Roll meeting, boogie music with one of my favorite singer, one of the strangest bird comming from a Yoko Ono’s parallel world.
Recorded by Rinji Fukuoka from Majutsu no Niwa, Overhang Party…
Kiyoshige Koyama LP red wax ” Suinsogaku no tame no Daikagura” – Toshiba 1970
One of recent best discovery, Kiyoshige Koyama is not the well known composer but he’s really interesting. Deeply rooted in traditions he had the ambition to compose a new japanese folkloric chapter with combining western orchestra and a lot of traditionnal instruments. So it’s really a nice and pleasant combination, if you are in minyo music you could recognize some de-re / composed well known tracks and as always NHK brings a superb recording
EX+/ EX to EX+
Tori Kudo / Kiyoaki Iwamoto / Guys “n” Dolls LP “Hard Rock album” Metronome records 1984
Hyper rare early Kudo’s recording at its most rocky side.
EX+ / NM
Makoto Moroi / Michi Mamiya LP “Sinfonia concertante N°1 “Gutai” / Serenade for orchestra” – Denon 1983
One the rarest album that was reelased in this collection with its purple cover. Makoto Moroi music takes one side and a half with a composition from 1973 conducted bu Kazuhiro Koizumi and played by the Kyoto Municipal Symphony Orchestra. Great piece by Moroi with percussions, shakuhachi , flutes with some Kabuki like insertions. Maybe a bit less austere than usual wit hsome great dynmics between percussions and strings. Highly recommended
Makoto Moroi LP “Contenporary Music of Japan -13 ” – Victor 1979
Great collection that was released for low budgets, sadly tehey’re not always easy to find and most copies aren’t in good condition
Makoto Moroi is a great composer and compositions here are “Piano Concerto N°1” & “3 concerto movements for shakuhachi, percussions & strings / 1971”
My favorite side the s second with the traditionnal instruments
Miyashita Shuretsu / Makoto Moroi LP “Chikurinshoia / U-i- “Tempen” – Victor 1973
Rare and unknown album, this albulm starts with “Shikurin Shoja” (Monastery of bamboo grove), a synthesis piece with japanese, indian, european influences intended to express charity and compassion to Buddha. Some polyphonic sections with a lot of different sounds, some climax all along the composition. 2nd side with Makoto Moroi is one of his numberous pieces with shakuhachi but this one has more a No and gagaku coulour with beaten percussions, koto, wind and shamisen..As always with Makoto Moroi, his strenghth is the use of flutes, winds which sound like coming behind a moutain and its use of space with wood percussions
Super rare !
EX (some stains on the back) insert has some wrinkles / EX+
Shino Horoko LP gatefold ” Shino Hiroko deluxe” – King 1971
Known as an actress for the cinema and mostly for some drama roles for the TV, Shino Hiroko like many starlets from teh 70’s had also a carreer as a singer. Deeply rooted in the 70’s kayo style with a 60’s beat style and a few funky incursions with great covers such as “Yuma wa yoru Hiraku” and certain sex appeal. Rare album, maybe not the best copy but still nice at an affordable price.
EX – to EX (some shelfwears) / Graded VG+ but plays EX- to EX, soem occasionnal surface noise
Sumiko Sakamoto LP “Tasogare no Midosuji” Philips
Lovely album from the late 60’s, Sumiko Sakamoto is mostly knonw here as an actress for Daei & lately for Shohei Imamura (Ballad of Narayama).
This album is a nice one with a latino colour, her voice is a bit like a tempered Asaoka Yukiji from the 70’s; There’s some similitudes but music stays more rooted in bossanova, slow and sexy ballads.
If you are in Rumi Yamada, Ako Midorikawa and Crown label, you’d appeciate the lounge, jazzy tracks and a croony & nighty atmosphere…it’s very simple but just beautifully interpreted. Also there’s also a visual element which is quite unique : the gothic lettering is really strange, very unusual.
EX (some minor shelf wears and stains) / EX+
Taj Mahal Travellers LP “Excerpt from Taj Mahal Travellers 1 august 1974 ” Denon 1983
I think this album doesn’t need any introduction…
EX to EX+ (some stains on the back) / EX+
Toru Takemitsu LP ” World of Toru Takemitsu 3″ – Victor
Fantastic release from the 60’s, it’s probably one of the best collection if you are in Takemitsu;
Gatefold cover, hard to find in a such good condition with its obi, music is a great classic …
V/A Modern Japanese compositions from 30th anniversary concerts of “The Otaka Prize” – 4LP Box – CBS 1982
NHK symphony Orchestra, conductor : Yuzo Toyama
Kosaku Yamada – Akira Ifukube – Fumio Hayasaka – Kiyoshige Koyama – Hidemaro Konoe – Hisatada Otaka – Rô Ogura – Yuzo Toyama – Akira miyoshi – Akio Yashiro – Atsutada Odaka – Yasushi Akuytagawa – Takashi Yoshimatsu – Toshi Ichiyanagi
Nice box with some unknown names and a rare Ichiyanagi’s piece”In the Recollection of Space image” for piano and Orchestra
comes with a booklet.
EX+ / Obi has some minor wears : Vinyls are EX+ to NM