Monthly Archives: March 2013

Vinyls – analog delights X

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+

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Ritsuko Abe  LP in book "Utaha kagirinaku" -  King 1974 Ritsuko Abe  LP in book "Utaha kagirinaku" -  King 1974 Ritsuko Abe  LP in book "Utaha kagirinaku" -  King 1974 Ritsuko Abe  LP in book "Utaha kagirinaku" -  King 1974

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)

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Ruriko Asaoka 2LP "Best 20 Deluxe" - Teichiku Ruriko Asaoka 2LP "Best 20 Deluxe" - Teichiku

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)

$50

Yukiji Asaoka 7 inch 45 rpm/ red wax  " Umekawa Chibe / Osato sawa shi"

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

$75

Yukiji Asaoka 10 inch / red wax LP  "Sumi da kawa natsukashi no merodi"  Toshiba

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+

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Yukiji Asaoka 10 inch  / red wax  LP " Janome no kage de" Toshiba

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

$70

Yukiji Asaoka LP

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 .

EX+ /EX+

$55

Izumi Chidori LP gatefold  "Tadaima sanjo" - Teichiku Izumi Chidori LP gatefold  "Tadaima sanjo" - Teichiku Izumi Chidori LP gatefold  "Tadaima sanjo" - Teichiku

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+

$75

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

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gaspar Claus Lp

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

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gaspar Claus clear LP gaspar Claus clear LP & poster

Haruomi Hosono LP “Cochin Moon”  King 1978

Amazing electronic classic with Ryuchi sakamoto and artwrorkk by Tanadori Yokoo

With obi & insert, rarely turns up

NM/NM

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Haruomi Hosono LP "Cochin Moon"  king 1978 Haruomi Hosono LP "Cochin Moon"  King 1978 Haruomi Hosono LP "Cochin Moon"  King 1978

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

Nice collection with its silvered covers

EX+/EX+

$60

Maki Ishii / Joji Yuasa / Shuko Mizuno

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.

So sweet….

Recorded by Rinji Fukuoka from Majutsu no Niwa, Overhang Party…

New

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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+

$100

Kiyoshige Koyama LP red wax " Suinsogaku no tame no Daikagura" - Toshiba 1970 Kiyoshige Koyama LP red wax " Suinsogaku no tame no Daikagura" - Toshiba 1970 Kiyoshige Koyama LP red wax " Suinsogaku no tame no Daikagura" - Toshiba 1970

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

$230

Tori Kudo / Kiyoaki Iwamoto / Guys "n" Dolls LP "Hard Rock album" Metronome records 1984

 

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

EX+/EX+

$100

 P1150752 Makoto Moroi / Michi Mamiya LP

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

NM/NM

$50

Makoto Moroi LP

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+

$175

Miyashita Shuretsu / Makoto Moroi

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

$90

Shino Horoko LP gatefold " Shino Hiroko deluxe" - King 1971 Shino Horoko LP gatefold " Shino Hiroko deluxe" - King 1971 Shino Horoko LP gatefold " Shino Hiroko deluxe" - King 1971

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+

$125

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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+

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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 …

EX+/ NM

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Toru Takemitsu LP " World of Toru Takemitsu 3" - Victor Toru Takemitsu LP " World of Toru Takemitsu 3" - Victor Toru Takemitsu LP " World of Toru Takemitsu 3" - Victor

V/A  Modern Japanese compositions from 30th anniversary concerts of “The Otaka Prize” – 4LP Box – CBS 1982

NHK symphony Orchestra, conductor : Yuzo Toyama

with

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

$135

Modern Japanese compositions from 30th anniversary concerts of “The Otaka Prize” Modern Japanese compositions from 30th anniversary concerts of “The Otaka Prize” Modern Japanese compositions from 30th anniversary concerts of “The Otaka Prize”