SOUL FLOWER UNION
New album and first for four years from Kansai's finest Soul Flower Union. Sticks fairly close to the tried and tested SFU formula of big production upbeat celtic tinged rock with political lyrics, apart from a couple of diversions into dub and a slightly stripped down sound. Lead vocalist Takashi Nakagawa also plays a bit of sanshin and bouzouki along with his electric guitar, to a basic bass, drums, keyboards accompaniment, with about 20 musicians adding more guitars, mandolin, electric sitar, banjo, clarinet, fiddle, trumpet, trombone, sax (latter three all from the excellent Black Bottom Brass Band) and just about the kitchen sink to create the swirling wall of sound that is Soul Flower Union. Overall, another gem to add to their already acclaimed discography. Comes with English translations of the lyrics.
1. Ground Zero 2. Fukyo Bangaichi (Savage Wilderness Eccentrics) 3. Chika-Tetsudo no Shonen (A Boy on the Underground Railroad) 4. Zankyo no Yokocho (The Reverberation Lane) 5. Sweet Wind of Marmalade 6. Mosareta Shisyu (The Burned Collection of Poems) 7. Upsetting Rhythm 8. Bacteria Rock 9. Fuku wa Uchi, Oni mo Uchi (In With Good Fortune, In With the Evils Too) 10. Marebito Kozorite (All the Strangers Gather) 11. Is This What Freedom is All About? 12. All You Need is Written on Your Body 13. Let's Dance! Don't Let Them Dance Us! 14. Sekai wa Omae wo Matteiru (The World is Still Waiting For You)
Eiichi Ohtaki (Bellwood LP Collection)
First album (1972) from the musician and composer who was also a member of Happy End. Tuneful folk/rock with a haunting beauty, with excerpts of some old tunes from the 1940s and beforehand, adding a twist.
1. Omoi 2. Sore wa Boku Janai Yo 3. Yubikiri 4. Binbou 5. Samidare 6. Uraraka
7. Atsusa no Sei 8. Asaebou 9. Suisaiga no Machi 10. Midaregami 11. Koi no Kisha Poppo 12. Ikasuze! Kono Koi
Early Eiichi Ohtaki (Bellwood LP Collection)
Includes singles and live recordings.
1. Sore wa Boku Ja Nai Yo 2. Koi no Kisha Poppo 3. Sora Tobu Kujira 4. Samidare 5. Omoi
6. Yubikiri 7. Binbou 8. Uraraka 9. Atsusa no Sei 10. Asanebou 11. Suisaiga no Machi 12. Midaregami 13. Ikasuze! Kono Koi 14. Inakamichi 15. Soto wa ii Tenki Da Yo 16. Sora Tobu Urarakasaida 17. Coconut Holiday
Happy End (Bellwood LP Collection)
Third album from 1973, from the pioneering folk band featuring Haruomi Hosono, Takashi Matsumoto, Eiichi Ohtaki and Shigeru Suzuki.
1. Fuuraibou 2. Hisame Zuki no Sketch 3. Ashita Atari wa Kitto Haru 4. Mufuu Joutai
5. Sayonara Doori San Banchi 6. Aiaigasa 7. Inakamichi 8. Soto wa ii Tenki 9. Sayonara America Sayonara Nippon
City / Happy End Best Album (Bellwood LP Collection)
From 1973, best album of the group's output from 1970-72.
1. Haikarahakuchi 2. Kaze wo Atsumete 3. Dakishimetai 4. Juunigatsu no Ame no Hi 5. Hisame Zuki no Sketch 6. Fuuraibou
7. Hanaichimonme 8. Natsu Nandesu 9. Tobenai Sora 10. Haru yo Koi 11. Sayonara Doori San Banchi 12. Kakurenbo
Live!! Happy End (Bellwood LP Collection)
Recorded 1973, released 1974, after the band had disbanded.
1. Haikarahakuchi 2. Natsu Nandesu 3. Hisame Zuki no Sketch 4. Dakishimetai 5. Sora Tobu Uraraka Cider / Eiichi Ohtaki & Coconut Bank
6. Coconut Holiday / Eiichi Ohtaki & Coconut Bank 7. Mahci Yuki Mura Yuki / Kyozo Nishioka 8. Kyozo Nishioka / Haruichiban 9. Juunigatsu no Ame no Hi 10. Kakurenbo 11. Haru yo Koi
Singles - Happy End (Bellwood LP Collection)
Originally released in 1974, tracks from the group's three albums and solo material.
1. Koi no Kisha Poppo 2. Sore wa Boku Ja Nai Yo 3. Sora Tobu Kujira 4. Samidare 5. Koi wa Momoiro 6. Fuku wa Uchi Oni wa Soto
7. Juunigatsu no Ame no Hi 8. Hikarahakuchi 9. Hanaichimonme 10. Natsu Nandesu 11. Mufuu Joutai 12. Sayonara America Sayonara Nippon
Otome no Roman (Bellwood LP Collection)
From 1972, includes Agata's big hit Sekishoku Elegy and other early 70s folk tunes. Sensitive vocals, minimalist sound, and rather beautiful.
1. Sekishoku Elegy (single version) 2. Otomo no Roman 3. Haru no Shirabe 4. Bararuri Gakuen 5. Amagasa 6. Onna no Yujo
7. Daido Geinin 8. Kyokubadangoya (Sonyukyoku: Utsukushiki Tennen) 9. Denki Bran 10. Aki no Shirabe 11. Sekishoku Elegy 12. Kimi no Heart wa Queen dayo 13. Fuyu no Sanatorium 14. Seien Yakyoku
Hosono House (Bellwood LP Collection)
Haruomi Hosono's first solo album after leaving Happy End. Recorded at his home studio and originally released from the Belwood label in 1973. The 11 tracks have been digitally remastered by Hosono and YMO's engineer Mitsuo Koike. Considered, rightly so, as a masterpiece of Japanese rock history.
1. Rockaby My Baby 2. Boku wa Chotto 3. Choo-Choo Gatagoto 4. Owari no Kisetsu 5. Fuyu Goe
6. Party 7. Fuku wa Uchi Oni wa Soto 8. Juusho Futei Mushoku Tei Shuunyuu 9. Koi wa Momoiro 10. Bara to Yajuu 11. Aiaigasa
Sentimental Dori (Bellwood LP Collection)
Released 1973. Hachimitsu Pie are known as the precursors of Moonriders, yet their only album is considered a classic. They started life as the backing band for Morio Agata, metamorphising into Hachimitsu Pie before evolving into The Moonriders.
1. Hey no Ue De 2. Dote no Mukou ni 3. Boku no Shiawase 4. Kusuri ya San
5. Tsuri Ito 6. Hitchhike 7. Tsukiyo no Drive 8. Sentimental Doori 9. Yoru wa Shizuka Doori Shizuka 10. Kimi to Ryokou Kaban 11. Yoidore Dance Music
Go Aisatsu (Bellwood LP Collection)
Originally released in 1971. First record from leading folk singer, with influences from Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, and humourous ironic style delivery, in the footsteps of Azenbo Soeda, a Showa era political singer. Happy End members (Haruomi Hosono, Eiichi Otaki, Shigeru Suzuki and Takashi Mastsumoto) appear on four tracks.
1. Go Aisatsu 2. Fired 3. Nenrin. Haguruma 4. Maguro ni Iwashi 5. Kekkon 6. Ice Cream 7. Jitensha ni Notte
8. Blues 9. Little Old Letter 10. Coffee Blues 11. Neage 12. Yuuyake 13. Zeni ga Nakerya 14. Nichiyoubi 15. Shirami no Tabi 16. Seikatsu no Gara 17. Folk Guitar Kyokousou
Hiroshi Takano Songbook - Tribute to Hiroshi Takano
Tribute to the singer/guitarist/composer/producer. As well as a successful artist in his own right, (produced by Todd Rundgren) Takano has found himself much in demand to perform with other artists such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yukihiro Takahashi, YMO, Kazufumi Miyazawa, Ganga Zumba and Towa Tei. Some of those artists including Yukihiro Takahashi and Todd Rondgren contribute tracks here, as well as other collaborators and friends such as Miu Sakamoto
1. Shuta Hasunuma Philharmonic Orchestra / Yume No Naka De Aeru Deshou 2. Hanaregumi / Hibiki 3. Yukihiro Takahashi / Yagate Furu 4. Beautiful Hummingbird & Yuri Miyauchi / Ether Dance 5. Miyuki Hatekeyama & Takuji Aoyagi / Tashikana Hikari 6. Shigeru Kishida (Qururi) / Besten Dank 7. Anonymass & Yukawa Shione / Orange Juice Blues 8. Yuri Chika and Others / Kaori 9. Toshiaki Yamada / Yoru No Umi Wo Hashitte Tsuki Wo Mita 10. Antimone / See You Again 11. Ooame (Yuichi Ohata & Miu Sakamoto / Besten Dank 12. Takashi Hamazaki / All Over Starting Over 13. Todd Rundgren / Niji No Miyako E(Into Shambala)
Timeless Piece- Best of Hiroshi Takano (SHM-CD)
Best of from the prolific and respected singer/guitarist and collaborator.
1. Besten Dank 2. Niji No Miyako He 3. Calendar 4. Kokkyou No Tabibito (new version) 5. Yoru No Umi Wo Hashitte Tsuki Wo Mita (new version) 6. The Isle 7. Another Proteus 8. Itsunomanika Hare (new version) 9. Ring (new version) 10. See You Again (new version) 11. Ether Dance 12. Satellite Love 13. Awakening March (new version) 14. Blue Period (new version) 15. 2000 (Todd Rundgren unreleased version) 16. The Drifter 17. Winter`s Tale (Hiroshi Takano version, bonus track).
25 year anniversary album recorded in Brazil with Brazilian musicians. New tunes and new renditions of old songs.
1. Dog Year, Good Year 2. (Sorewa) Music 3. Futatsu no Taiyo 4. See You Again (Rio version) 5. Ippunkan 6. Morning Star 7. Tashikana Hikari (Rio version) 8. Mo i Kai 9. Itsunomanika Hare (2014) 10. On & On (& On) 11. Chikyu wa Marui - A Terra e Redonca 12. Naimono Nedari 13. Free 14. Nectar 15. Ustukushii Hoshi (Rio version) 16. Petala - Hanabira
SOIL & PIMP SESSIONS
Brothers and Sisters (Limited Edition 2 CDs)
New instrumental album from one of Japan's best and best known bands around the world. Limited edition come with seven live tracks recorded at their 10th Anniversary concert in Tokyo from February 2014.
1. Love Immediately 2. Apple Gravitate Toward Core of Star 3. Omote Nothin' Ura Girl 4. Black Tie 5. I Wanna Love You 6. Roots of Soil 7. Sonido Del Mar 8. Shout!! 9. Two Naked 10. Danger 11. Red Sky 12. Spartacus Love Theme
10th Anniversary! Live at Akasaka 10th Feb, 2014 -
1. Crush! -Suffocation - Storm 2. Waltz for Goddess 3. First Lady 4. Sahara 5. Fantastic Planet 6.Summer Goddess 7. A.I.E
SOIL & PIMP SESSIONS
Brothers and Sisters
Standard version of Soil & Pimp Sessions album.
1. Love Immediately 2. Apple Gravitate Toward Core of Star 3. Omote Nothin' Ura Girl 4. Black Tie 5. I Wanna Love You 6. Roots of Soil 7. Sonido Del Mar 8. Shout!! 9. Two Naked 10. Danger 11. Red Sky 12. Spartacus Love Theme
Produced by Aoyagi Takuji (Little Creatures) mastered by Makoto Kubota with some new tracks, including the title track, composed by Haruomi Hosono with guest musicians including Haruomi Hosono, Yasukatsu Oshima, Katsuaki Sawada and Yukito Ara. Shigeri Kitsu is a wondeful minyo (folk) singer, who has been championed by Hosono (as part of Tsuru to Kame) and many others as a voice that captures the essence of Japanese folk. Songs from the north in Aomori to the south in Okinawa. Nice mix of sounds, quintessentially Japanese, yet contemporary in atmosphere.
1. Shigeri Bushi 2. Tohka no Murani 3. Tokyo no Yoru 4. Shiawase Happy 5. Tsuki no Niji 6. Ryusei 7. Tsuki ga Tottemo Aoi kara 8. Shamisen Boogie Woogie 9. Tokyo Ondo 10. Donan Natto Bushi 11. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi 12. Hachijo-daiko Bayashi 13. Tanko Bushi 14. Nagarabeyuri no Hana 15. Shimajima Kaisha
First album from group who describe themselves as playing neo minyo, or new style folk songs. Features the singer and shamisen player Kaori Kitsu, sister of Shigeri, together with Kinsui Sato (shakuhachi, shinobue), Mitsuru Uchida (guitar), Rikiya Nakamura (piano) and Masatoshi Kainuma (percussion). Rather wonderful mix of sounds with superb vocals.
1. Nambu Mochitsukiuta - Arrange: Mitsuru Uchida 2. Sado Okesa - Arrange: Rikiya Nakamura 3. Kisobushi - Arrange: Rikiya Nakamura 4. Washinzaka - Words Mitsuru Uchida & Kaori Kitsu, Music & Arrange Mitsuru Uchida 5. Kouzubushi - Arrange: Rikiya Nakamura 6. Mamurogawa Ondo - Arrange: Rikiya Nakamura & Masatoshi Kainuma 7. Akita Daikokumai - Arrange: Rikiya Nakamura & Mitsuru Uchida 8. Hananoshima - Music & Words & Arrange: Masatoshi Kainuma
Genchi Hisamoto Works by Namba Chikuzan
Compositions from Genchi Hisamoto (1903-1976) one of the greatest composers, performed and produced by shakuhachi player Chikuzan Namba. The six compostions chosen are some of the most popular, with three tracks, Yume, Tsukiyo and Kansha no Ichinichi arranged in Namba's own interpretation, very different from the originals. Players are Chikuzan Namba (shakuhachi), Seiko Hisamoto, Masae Shinbo, Eriko Arai, Yoshie Arai (koto).
1. Yume 2. Haru no Megumi 3. Kibo no Hikari 4. Tsukiyo 5. Heiwa no Hikari 6. Kansha no Ichinichi
Modan - Teruo Furuya Meets Keisuke Doi Vol. 1
Collaboration album between composer Teruo Furuya and shakuhachi player Keisuke Doi who learned classical shakuhachi from Katsuya Yokoyama. Includes duo with flute, shamisen, koto, shakuhachi ensemble and shakuhachi duo. Players are Teruo Furuya, Kazushi Matama, Kaoru Kakizakai (shakuhachi), Tomoko Nosaka (flute), Sanomoe Kineya (shamisen), Mizuka Onishi (koto).
1. Futae no Rasencho 2. Shichiku Rokudan 3. Shika no Tone - Kosmos 4. Yumeji Modan - Soshun, Harumatsu Hito, Yoimachigusa ni daisu 5. Chikujokada - Mui, Jion, Shinju, Umpa, Shinen 6. Shunshoen
Zomeki Vol. 5
Compiled by Makoto Kubota, his selection of the best Awa dance groups from Koenji and Tokushima who perform in the Awa Odori, the largest dance festival in Japan attracting some 1.3 million people every year. The Koenji version in Tokyo is the second largest with about 1.2 million estimated visitors.
1. Muso-Ren 2. Yoshino-Ren 3. Hanabishi-Ren 4. Bushu-Ren 5. Sasa-Ren 6. Kasumi-Ren 7. Reiko Tsuzuki (vo)
Kawachi Ondo Renaissance - Birth of Dance N' Ballad ( 6 CDs + Booklet + Box Set)
Hatsuneya is one of the oldest names in Kawachi Ondo, the first Tasaburo Hatsuneya created something akin to today's Kawachi Ondo by combining rokyoku (storytelling) with traditional Ondo in the Kawachi area during the Taisho period (1912-1926). Four more great Hatsuneya singers emerged all of them adding something different to what came before to bring the sound of Kawachi Ondo up to date. This box set includes very rare recordings of the Hatsuneya bon dance and concerts recorded between late 1950s and mid 60s. It features two generations and five Hatsuneya singers.
Kinu no Oto - The Beautiful Sounds of Silk Strings
Silk strings were origiinally used for koto and are still sometimes used for shamisen. This CD features koto and shamisen played on silk strings to mark Japan's most famous and oldest silk reeling factory, Tomioka Silk Mill, being added to the World Heritage List as a cultural site in June 2014. Japanese traditional tunes with some western classical music in there too.
1. Nihon Ongaku Shudan / Sakura Sakura 2. Kiyotaka Toyama / Rokudan no Shirabe 3. Keiko Nosaka / Imayo 4. Kikusaburo Fujimatsu / Sumidagawa 5. Kinu no Kai / Nagoriyuki 6. Kinu no Kai / Beautiful Name 7. Kinu no Kai / Aine Kleine Nachtmusik 8. Toshiko Yonekawa I / Shiki no Uta 9. Katsue Shinuchi / Shinuchi Nagashi Yoshiwara no Jokei 10. Toshiko Yonekawa I / Aobajo Koiuta 11. Chie Hanawa / Sukiyaki 12. Kinu no Kai / Yesterday 13. Kinu no Kai / Akatombo 14. Ijushichi Yoshimura / Mushi 15. Toshiko Yonekawa I / Kojo no Tsuki 16. Toshiko Yonekawa I / Etude op. 10 no.3 17. Sachiko Kouta / Mayutamaya 18. Toshiko Yonekawa I / Sakura Sakura
The World of Yamatogaku 1
Rather ironically, Yamatogaku is a style that originally modernized traditional music, that itself has become a tradition. It was an attempt to update the music within the tradition, beginning with Kishichiro Okura (1882-1963) and until recently headed by shamisen player Hisamitsu Yamato (1938 - 2013). Rather than encompassing western instrumentation, instead the singing has a western harmony applied on certain sections.
1. Fuji Murasaki 2. Kane (The Bell) 3. Omatsuri (Festival) 4. Kawa (The River) 5. Shiki no Hana (Flowers in Four Seasons)
The World of Yamatogaku 2
Volume 2 of Yamatogaku recordings.
1. Uguisu (Japanese Bush Warbler) 2. Gion No Yozakura (Night Cherry Blossoms In Gion) 3. Osen 4. Tanabata (Evening Of The Seventh) 5. Kashiku Dojo-ji
The World of Yamatogaku 3
1. Ajisai (Hydrangeas) 2. Fune Yurara (Boat Rolling) 3. Asakusa Tanbo (Asakusa Rice Field) 4. Maiko (A Dancer) 5. Kakurenbo (Hide And Seek) 6. Miyato-gawa (Miyato River) 7. Koi Hotaru (Fireflies In Love) 8. Musume Mikoshi (Girl`s Mikoshi Portable Shrine) 9. Asunarou No Uta-hana. Tsuki. Yuki (Song Of Asunarou Cypress: Flower. Moon. Snow)
The World of Nagauta 1
Nagauta or 'Long Song' developed mostly in Kabuki theatre and is the most important form of music used for Kabuki dance. Kagami Jishi is a famous nagauta based Kabuki dance.
1. Kagami Jishi 2. Sankatsu Michiyuki (Sankatsu Michiyuki`s Double Suicide)
The World of Nagauta 2
Three more Kabuki dances.
1. Yoshiwara Suzume (Sparrows In Yoshiwara) 2. Oimatsu (Old Pine Tree) 3. Kimi No Niwa (In Your Garden)
GAGAKU SHIGENKAI / IMPERIAL PALACE MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Traditional Entertainment Best Selection - Gagaku (2 CDs)
Fantastic recordings of Gagaku, the ancient imperial court music. CD1, tracks 1-6 and CD2 tracks 1-5 by Gagaku Shigenkai. CD1 tracks 7-10 and CD2 tracks 6-16 by the Imperial Palace Music Department.
1. Kagura Uta (Sonokom -Agebyoushi) 2. Azuma Asobi Uta (Suruga Uta - Utadashi) 3. Azuma Asobi Uta (Suruga Uta- Ichi Dan) 4. Azuma Asobi Uta (Suruga Uta- Ni Dan) 5. Saibara (Anatou) 6. Uta Hikou (Kimigayo) 7. Soujou Choushi 8. Kangen (Kaibairaku) 9. Tougaku (Konju No Ha) 10. Kangen (Tori No Kyuu)
1. Kangen (Hyoujou Netori) 2. Kangen (Hyoujou Etenraku - Nokorigaku) 3. Bugaku(Sahou -Taiheiraku No Kyuu Gakkaen) 4. Bugaku(Uhou -Chikotsuchou Konetori) 5. Bugaku (Uhou- Kitoku No Ha) 6. Bugaku (Sahou -Katen No Ha) 7. Bugaku (Sahou-Katen No Kyuu) 8. Bugaku (Sahou- Konju No Jo) 9. Bugaku (Sahou- Konju No Ha) 10. Bugaku (Uhou- Konetori) 11. Bugaku (Uhou- Tyoubouraku No Ha) 12. Bugaku (Uhou- Kariyasu Netori) 13. Bugaku (Uhou- Tyoubouraku No Kyuu) 14. Bugaku(Uhou- Koma Korunjou) 15. Bugaku (Uhou- Nasori No Ha) 16. Bugaku (Uhou- Nasori No Kyuu)
Traditional Entertainment Best Selection - Seimei (2 CDs)
Unusual CD of semei, a form of contemporary Buddhism, meaning life force, the practicioner having to undergo a ceremony to unbind the seimei and give it power. Narration and Buddhist music.
1. Jyoyajyodo 2. Dokyou 3. Nanboku Toiawase-keko Kubari 4. Kuyou Mon-nyorai Bai 5.Sange 6. Shugan(Dai Shugan) 7. Shoumyou Keka 8. Hougou-gotai 9. Gobutsu Gomyou-ooi Sange-shingyou 10. Gogyou Dou-ekou Mon-bikumoushi
1. Kai 2. Nyorai Bai 3. Jinbun 4. Jinmyou Chou 5. Jinbun-naichouzu 6. Kako Chou 7. Jinbun 8. Kaku Chou-fuju Mon-jinbun-ekou Mon 9. Fuju-kai-goshin-keibyaku-shasui-kekkai 10. Kanjou 11. Kekkai-shichi Bongo San-sanrikige 12. Goi Rei-hotsugan-goi Kaji-shihou Kaji 13. Jouza Gotai-nyorai Bai-hashiri Gotai
Traditional Entertainment Best Selection - Noh, Kyogen (2 CDs)
Features stars and Living National Treasures of the noh and kyogen worlds including Kenzo Kondo, Akira Kanai, Daigoro Fujita, Mansaku Nomura, Manzo Nomura and Mannojo Nomura. The complete noh CD.
1. Ataka 2. Shishi
1. Sanbasou 2. Nanatsugo 3. Akatsuki No Myoujou 4. Suehirogari
Traditional Entertainment Best Selection - Gidayu (2 CDs)
Featuring National Treasures Takemoto Tsudayu IV, Toyotake Yamashironoshojo, Takemoto Koshijidayu IV and Takemoto Tsunatayu VIII. Gidayu is the style of chanting with shamisen that accompanies bunraku puppet theatre.
1. Ehon Taikoki -Juu Dan Me
1. Hadesugata Onna Mai Ginu]sakaya No Dan 02. Shinpan Utazaimon nomurasaki No Dan 03. Yoshitsune Sen Bon Zakura Michiyuki Hatsune No Tabi 4. Sanjuu Sangen Dou Munagi No Yurai - Heitarou Sumika Yori Kiyari Ondo No Dan
Traditional Entertainment Best Selection - Kabuki (2 CDs)
Features greats of the kabuki world such as Ichikawa Danjuro XI, Ichimura Uzaemon XV, Bando Mitsugoro VII, Nakamura Kichiemon and Nakamura Kichinojo. Classic recordings and performances.
1. Sukeroku Yukari No Edozakura 2. Kana Dehon Chuushingura (Roku Dan Me Kanbei Seppuku No Ba) 3. Shiranami Go Nin Otoko (Hamamatsuya No Ba) 4. Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (San Dan Me Sushi Ya No Ba) 5. KanjinCHO 6. Genji Dana
1. Kouchiyama (Matsue Tei Genkan Saki No Ba) 2. Suzugamori 3. Moritsunajinya 4. Kamiyui Sinza (Eitaibashi Hashizume No Ba) 5. MeGumi No Kenka (Shinmei Shanai Shibai Mae No Ba) 6. Sakanaya Sougorou (Isobe Yashiki Genkan Mae No Ba.okuniwa No Ba)
Traditional Entertainment Best Selection - Nagauta (2 CDs)
The music that accompanies Kabuki theatre played by masters including Kineya Rokuzaemon XIIII, Kineya Rokujuro, Kineya Kangoro VI, Nishigaki Yuzo, Miyata Tetsuo and Kikuoka Hiroaki.
1. Kanjincho 2. Echigo Jishi
1. Shakkyou 2. Kokaji 3. Matsu No Midori
Traditional Entertainment Best Selection - Kiyomoto (2 CDs)
Kiyomoto is another style of narrative singing and Kabuki music founded by Kiyomoto Enjudayu (1777-1825). Kiyomoto incoroprates other styles such as street songs and the witty 'chobokure' narrative chanting, while striking a small gong or bell. Features the current Kiyomoto Enjudayu, Kiyomoto Eijutayu, Kiyomoto Eijiro, Kiyomoto Shizudayu and others.
1. Hokushuu (Hokushuu Sen Nen No Kotobuki) 2. Bunya (Rokkasen Sugata No Irodori) 3. Yasuna (Miyama No Hana Todokanu Edaburi)
1. Sanja Matsuri(Yayoi No Hana Asakusa Matsuri) 02. Michitose(Shinobiau Haru No Yukidoke)
Traditional Entertainment Best Selection - Tokiwazu (2 CDs)
Tokiwazu is a style of Joruri narrative music used in Kabuki theatre dance pieces. Tokiwazu, together with other narrative styles Kiyomoto anad Tomimoto are similar but have subtle differences especially in atmosphere as they reflect the period they were popular. All derive from Bungo Bushi founded by Miyakoji Bungo-no-Jo. Tokiwazu was formed by one of Bungo-no-Jo's students called Tokiwazu Mojitayu (1709-1781). The first period of greatness in the Tokiwazu style was in the 1750s and then later at the beginning of thr 19th century. This CD features Tokiwazu Chitosedayu, Tokiwazu Kikusaburo, Tokiwazu Chisedayu, Tokiwazu Mitosedayu and others.
1. Shin Yamanba (Yama Meguri) (Takigiou Yukima No Ichikawa) 2. Omiwa (Negai No Ito Enishi No Odamaki) 3. Noriaibune (Noriaibune Ehou Manzai)
1. Seki No To Ge No Kan (Tsumoru Koiyuki Seki No To)
SHINNAI NAKASABURO, SHINNAI KATSUICHIRO
Traditional Entertainment Best Selection - Shinuchi (2 CDs)
A Shin'uchi is a master storyteller, and Nakasaburo Shinnai is a Living National Treasure playing Shinnai, a form of Edo Joururi. Also features Shinnai Katsuichiro.
1. Akegarasu(Akegarasu Yume No Awayuki) Yukizeme 2. Otowa Tanshichi(Keisei Otowa No Taki) 3. Osono Rokusa(Yaegasumi Naniwa No Hamaogi) Shinyashiki No Dan
1. Onoe Idahachi(Kaerizaki Nagori No Inochige) Jou 2. Onoe Idahachi(Kaerizaki Nagori No Inochige) Ge 3. Kodakara Sanbasou 4. Takarabune
Traditional Entertainment Best Selection - Kouta - Umekichi Kouta no Iki (2 CDs)
Kouta (short song) is a simple form of shamisen music, that evokes the atmosphere of a Geisha. The songs are short and witty and is one of the most popular types of traditional music.
1. Tango 2. Yayoi 3. Kobore Tsuyu 4. Touge Touge 5. Miyokichi 6. Karasu 7. Ataka 8. Mada Itsuka 9. Tsuta Kazura 10. San Nen Goshi 11. Odori Yatai 12. Amayadori 13. Yuge Ni Kakurete 14. Mouichido 15. Futaritomo 16. Raku Ha Ku No Tane 17. Udonyasan 18. Neoshiroi 19. Saka -azabu- 20. Matsuri -asakusa-
1. Kairaishi 2. Wakare Michi 3. Iro No Sekai 4. Hito Ni Ienai 5. Hyoutan 6. Tokitama Au No Wo 7. Uguisu No(Ume Yashiki) 8. Yukata Ni Aoku(Shirayuri) 9. Seseragi No(Sazanka) 10. Ame Kikuya(Cha No Hana) 11. Mukashi Omoeba 12. Tonosama Gaeru 13. Botan Dourou 14. Kamawanu 15. Koyubi Kamukuse 16. Oseji 17. Yanagikage 18. Koi No Akogare 19. Hashi 20. Uogashi
Traditional Entertainment Best Selection - Hauta (2 CDs)
Hauta is another form of short song, and the origin of Kouta, popular around the end of the Edo period and beginning of Meiji.Features Eishiba, Ichimaru, Fumikichi Fujimoto and Katsutaro Kouta.
1. Yakkosan 2. Fukagawa Bushi 3. Yarisabi 4. Ume Ha Saitaka 5. En Kaina 6. Rokudan Kuzushi 7. Hatsuharu.sansagari 8. Samidare 9. Nurete Shippori.saka Ha Teruteru 10. Pin To Suneteha.hara No Tatsutokya.hazakura Ya 11. Mushi No Ne.miyakodori 12. Yanagi No Ame 13. Itako Dejima 14. Harusame 15. Niagari Shinnai 16. Bin No Hotsure 17. Aki No Yo 18. Dodoitsu 19. Dodoitsu
1. Sanosa 2. Karakasa 3. Koumori 4. Yuugure 5. Kuwana No Tonosama 6. Kiyari Kuzushi 7. Kappore 8. Nasu To Kabocha 9. Gomangoku 10. Oedo Nihonbashi 11. Hatsuharu 12. Wagamono 13. Goshoguruma (Ka Ni Mayou) 14. Ariake 15. Gionkouta 16. Kii No Kuni 17. Uso To Makoto 18. Fukagawa Kuzushi
Traditional Entertainment Best Selection - Biwa (2 CDs)
The biwa is the short necked lute often used in storytelling traditions. This CD features the biwa of various types on different styles played by some of the greatest players. These include Koji Inogawa, Koushin Ogawa, Ryuyou Hagiwara, Kyokukin Yamamoto, Kinshi Tsuruta, Mari Uehara and Yukio Tanaka.
1. Nasunoyoichi 2. Jijinkyou 3. Kizakibaru Gassen 4. Awazugahara
1. Dannoura 2. Gionshouja 3. Kosuinokkiri 4. Sanshisuimei
Traditional Entertainment Best Selection - Jiuta (2 CDs)
Jiuta means 'Songs of the Country' which are accompanied by shamisen and later koto, from the Kansai region of western Japan. Featured musicians are Hatsuko Kikuhara, Eika Fukuda, Kodo Araki, Keiko Abe, Kunie Fujii. Kiyoko Miyagi and Eisho Koshino
1. Hosori 2. Yuki 3. Sode No Tsuyu 4. Sodekouro 5. Kiku No Tsuyu 6. Suribachi(Uchiawase) 7. Kurokami 8. Kageboushi 9. Arenezumi
1. Onoe No Matsu 2. Shouchikubai 3. Yaegoromo 4. Mama No Kawa
Traditional Entertainment Best Selection - Soukyoku (2 CDs)
Soukyoku is a generic term for koto music, either played solo or as an ensemble of koto, shamisen and shakuhachi. Artists on this varied CD include Eisho Koshino, Michio Miyagi, Masaki Uehara, Toshiko Yonekawa, Fumiko Yonekawa and Chiyoga Fujii.
1. Shiki No Kyoku 2. Roku Dan No Shirabe 3. Hachi Dan No Shirabe 4. Midare 5. Go Dan Ginuta 6. Akikaze No Kyoku 7. Shinsetsugekka
1. Kaede No Hana 2. Yuya 3. Ishiyama Genji 4. Miyako No Haru
Traditional Entertainment Best Selection - Shakuhachi (2 CDs)
Another of the major traditional instruments, the bamboo flute. Masters and legends from the past and present play the most important repertoire. Artists include Goro Yamaguchi, Reibo Aoki, Jin Nyodo, Chikugai Okamoto, Teishin Sakaguchi and Kodo Araki III.
1. Myouankei Shakuhachi Honkyoku <Actinic:Variable Name = 'Choushi'/> 2. Kinpuuryuu Shakuhachi Honkyoku <Actinic:Variable Name = 'Shirabe'/> 3. Kinpuuryuu Shakuhachi Honkyoku <Actinic:Variable Name = 'Kokuu'/> 4. Kinkoryuu Shakuhachi Honkyoku <Actinic:Variable Name = 'Hachigaeshi'/> 5. Kinkoryuu Shakuhachi Honkyoku [Akita Sugagaki] 6. Kinkoryuu Shakuhachi Honkyoku <Actinic:Variable Name = 'Soukakureibo'/> 7. Kinkoryuu Shakuhachi Honkyoku [Shika No Toone] 8. Tozanryuu Shakuhachi Honkyoku <Actinic:Variable Name = 'Kogarashi'/>
1. Doukyoku <Actinic:Variable Name = 'Sanan'/> 2. Wadatsumi No Iroko No Miya 3. Shakuhachi Nijuusoukyoku <Actinic:Variable Name = 'Take'/> 04. [Chikurai 5 Shou] -shakuhachi Honkyoku- (1)bunda (2)souchiku (3)kyorai (4)hachiku (5)meian 05. Eclipse(Shoku) 06. Fuudou 07. Shikyoku 2ban
Traditional Entertainment Best Selection - Haru no Umi (2 CDs)
Versions of the classic Haru no Umi (Sea in Spring) composed in 1929 by Michio Miyagi for koto and shakuhachi. Musicians include Michio Miyagi, Masateru Ando, Masao Yoshida, Tomoko Sunazaki and French violinist Rene Chemet.
Tracks 1-9 Haru no Umi
Tracks 1-8 Haru no Umi
Traditional Entertainment Best Selection - Kokyu (2 CDs)
Kokyu is a bowed lute. It originally had three strings and is played upright. It lost popularity as part of a traditional ensemble, although a four stringed version developed in Okinawa has helped to bring it back into traditional music. Artists include Seikin Tomiyama, Koji Inogawa, Masayasu Mishina, Keiko Abe, Hatsuko Kikuhara and Mitsue Yokoi.
1. Tsuru No Sugomori 2. Chidori No Kyoku 3. Tsuru No Sugomori 4. Karakogaku
1. Roku Dan Sugagaki 2. Hinaburi 3. Shouchikubai 4. Akoya Kotozeme No Dan 5. Tsuru No Sugomori
Traditional Entertainment Best Selection - Taiko (2 CDs)
Traditional and not so traditional taiko drumming. Although the style of a team of drummers playing different taiko drums is characterised as an ancient Japanese tradition, in fact it can be traced back to the 1950s. This CD features that original taiko drummer Daihichi Oguchi, the first popular taiko drumming group Ondekoza formed in 1969, plus Nousokai and Noboru Kurosaka.
1. Suwa Ikazuchi 2. Hanshin 3. Jokyoku(Nouso) 4. Ama No Iwato 5. Yumigahama 6. Mikuni Gensoukyoku
1. Monochrome 2. Shirabe 3. Nayuta 4. Yon Gun No Tame No Keishou 5. Sattou
Traditional Entertainment Best Selection - Minyo (2 CDs)
Minyo are folk songs, born out of everyday life such as working songs and music to dance to after a hard days work. Thousands of different types of minyo exist, with even the smallest village having their own version of minyo. Many of these have either died out or are in danger of disappearing. Nevertheless many songs remain and this CD compiles some of the most famous from all regions of Japan. Artists include Miki Asari, Kumoe Sudo, Yoshiaki Noro and Etchu Gokayama.
1. Hokkai Bon Uta 2. Esashi Oiwake 3.Soran Bushi 4. Tsugaru Jonkara Bushi 5. Tsugaru Aiya Bushi 6. Tsugaru Yama Uta 7. Nanbu Ushioi Uta 8. Akita Ondo 9. Akita Obako 10. Okosa Bushi 11. Tairyou Utaikomi 12. Sansa Shigure 13. Mamurogawa Ondo 14. Hanagasa Ondo 15. Shin Soma Bushi 16. Soma Bon Uta 17. Aizu Bandaisan 18. Kusatsu Bushi 19. Yagi Bushi 20. Iso Bushi 21. Kiso Bushi 22. Chakkiri Bushi
1. Sado Okesa 2. Ecchuu Owara Bushi 3. Kokiriko Bushi 4. Yamanaka Bushi 5. Gujo Bushi<Actinic:Variable Name = 'Kawasaki'/> 6. Owase Bushi 7. Kushimoto Bushi 8. Kawachi Ondo 9. Kaigara Bushi 10. Seki No Gohonmatsu 11. Shigesa Bushi 12. Yasugi Bushi [Otoko Odori Uta] 13. Awa Odori 14. Konpira Funefune 15. Yosakoi Bushi 16. Tanko Bushi 17. Kuroda Bushi 18. Itsuki No Komori Uta 19. Hietsuki Bushi 20. Kariboshikiri Uta 21. Kagoshima Ohara Bushi 22. Asadoya Yunta 23. Tanchame Bushi
Traditional Entertainment Best Selection - Tsugaru Shamisen (2 CDs)
Tsugaru Shamisen, from the Aomori region of Japan, has become popular in the last 15 years as younger players have got cool haircuts and played with musicans from other genres and countries. This is the original, traditional style played by the greatest players such as Chikuzan Takahashi, Yujiro Takahashi, Katsuaki Sawada, Kikue Kudo and Shigeo Goto.
1. Tsugaru Jonkara Bushi 2. Tsugaru Jonkara Bushi 3. Tsugaru Jonkara Bushi 4. Tsugaru Jonkara Bushi 5. Tsugaru Jonkara Bushi 6. Tsugaru Yosare Bushi 7. Tsugaru Aiya Bushi 8. Tsugaru Ondo 9. Tsugaru Sansagari 10. Tsugaru Jinku(Dodarebachi) 11. Tsugaru Jamisen Kyokubiki [Yamata No Orochi] 12. Akita Nikata Bushi
1. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi 2. Tsugaru Aiya Bushi 3. Tsugaru Yosare Bushi 4. Tsugaru Waiha Bushi 5. Tsugaru Shiogama Jinku 6. Tsugaru Jinku(Dodarebachi) 7. Yasaburou Bushi 8. Tsugaru Ohara Bushi 9. Tsugaru Bayashi 10. Ajigasawa Jinku 11. Tsugaru Sansagari 12. Ringo Bushi 13. Tosa No Sunayama 14. Naohai Bushi 15. Goshogawara Jinku 16. Kochou Aiya Bushi 17. Shirogane Korobashi 18. Nanbu Umakata Sansagari
YUKIHIRO TAKAHASHI & METAFIVE
Live album of a special one night only techno live concert by Yukihiro Takahashi & MetaFive (Keigo Oyamada, Yoshinori Sunahara, Towa Tei, Tomohiko Gondo, Leo Imai)
1. Meta 2. Cue 3. Ballet 4. Now and Then 5. Lay My Love 6. Radio 7. Radioactivist 8. Don't Think Twice It's Alright 9. I Need You 10. Everybody Had a Hard Year 11. Turn Turn 12. Still Waling to the Beat 13. La Femme Chinoise 14. Disposable Love 15. Drip Drip Eyes 16. Something in the Air
YUKIHIRO TAKAHASHI WITH IN PHASE
Phase (2 CDs + DVD + Blu-ray)
Live DVD and 2 CD set of the final concert of Yukihiro Takahashi's tour 'Yukihiro Takahashi with In Phase Tour 2013'. In Phase was the name given to the band that recorded Takahashi's album Life Anew released in summer 2013. The musicians were Yukihiro Takahashi (vocals, drums), James Iha (guitar), Kei Takakuwa (bass), Hirohisa Horie (keyboards) and Tomohiko Gondo (euphonium). They later commenced this tour performing five concerts in four cities in Japan, with guests Shunji Suzuki (guitar) and Leo Imai for the two Tokyo concerts.
Blu-ray plus DVD plus 2 CDs with booklet (60 pages including interview with Yukihiro Takahashi, musicians comments, notes for each track and on the live concerts). Comes packaged in special case.
1. Another Door 2. Looking For Words 3. Time To Go 4. Last Summer 5. That's Alright (It Will Be Alright) 6. The Old Friends Cottage 7. Ghost Behind My Back 8. The Price To Pay 9. Blue Moon Blue 10. Where Are You Heading To? 11. To Who Knows Where 12. End Of An Error 13. Shadow 14. All That We Know 15. World In A Maze 16. Follow You Down 17. Something In The Air
First new album since 2008. Akiko Yano sings a mix of old, new, covers and songs she has written for other artists and not recorded before.
1. Denwa Sen 2. Tobashite Ikuyo 3. Yes-Yes-Yes 4. Rillakuma no Watashi 5. Zai Kanton Shonen 6. Gohan to Okazu 8. Ai no Tsutaikyu Test 9. 10. Kata Omoi 11. Never Give Up on You
Remastered version of 1987 album, with extra tracks. Co-producer and arranger Ryuichi Sakamoto, includes cover of Happy End's Kaze o Atsumete, and a duet with Motoharu Sano.
1. Watashi Tachi 2. Kaze O Atsumete 3. Yagate Hitori 4. Un Jour 5. Mufujotai 6.Hana no Yoni 7. Furimukeba Kaeru 8. Levee Break 9. Roselein Auf Der Heiden 10. Jitensha de Oide 11. Ookiiai
First new album since 2009 by the singer of Yukihiro Takahashi's group Pupa, produced by Goro Ito, guitarist with Bossa Nova duo Naomi & Goro. Well known author/poet Natsuki Ikegami wrote lyrics to the track Namaie ga Shiritai. Acoustic, nostalgic album with catchy melodies, retro 80s pop sound while reflecting today's music scene as well.
1. Aozora no Tsuki 2. Utakata no Koi 3. Double Rainbow 4. A Moment of Clarity 5. Hashiru Hito 6. My Dear 7. Love 8. Lemon 9. Namae ga Shiritai 10. Brand New Day
SHEENA & THE ROKKETS
Rokket Ride (CD + DVD) (Limited Edition)
New album celebrating the 35 year anniversary of Sheena & The Rokkets. This is the band's eighteenth album and first for over six years. Features the lyrics of Chris Mosdell (YMO, Ryuichi Sakamoto), and the previously unreleased track Rock 'n' Roll no Yoru, with lyrics by Yu Aku who died in 2007. Limited edition DVD has some live footage from guitarist Makoto Ayukawa's 66th birthday live concert, 'Golden 66' in May 2014. The musicians are the original members Sheena (vocals), Makoto Ayukawa (guitar) Kazuhide Kawashima (drums) and Toshihiro Nara (bass) who has gone on to produce many artists such as Yusaku Matsuda, The Blue Hearts, Siam Shade, Shazna and Buck-Tick.
1. Rokket Ride 2. RIde the Lightning 3. Taiyo no Vacance 4. Baby Love 5. Rock Fox 6. Dengeki Bop 7. Madness City 8. I'm So Glad 9. Yume nishika Detekonai Machi 10. Suteki na Nakama 11. Kaze o Mikata ni 12. Rock 'n' Roll no Yoru
YASUAKI SHIMIZU, HIDEO YAMAKI, GEN OGIMI
Collaboration album between Yasuaki Shimizu (saxophone, keyboards), Hideo Yamaki (drums, balaphone) and Gen Ogimi (percussion), the name SYO combining the first letters of their names. Blend of acoustic and electronic music. Quirky, subtle, unrestrained and playful. From improvisational passages, with wild interplay of sounds, matsuri taiko drumbeats, vocal collages, a varied body of work. Listen to sound samples.
1. Monsieur Coulmier 2. Sokokara Ima 3. Body Percussion 4. Gaze 5.Tsubo Saxo 6. Sasame Yuki 7. Shortwave 8. Tanada 9. SYO Vox 10. Mabataki
Japanese traditional spirit and music meets contemporay electric dance and Asian traditions and instruments in a kind of pop psychedelic swirl of sounds.. Features Konno (electronics and Thai instruments) Saito (analogue synthesizer) Torimasa (vocals, electric guitar, kalimba.) YMO for the 2010s. Messages from fans around the world are inserted between the tracks. Includes remixes by Neil Campbell (Astral Social Cub)
1. Dai-Haku-Ryoku 2. Samgyeopsal 3. Traveller In Asia 4. Mrs. Lan 5. Hong Kong Yakisoba 6. Space Emperor Gingarider 7. Open Heart 8. Amigo 9. Tango Freedom 10. Desert Wood 11. Aggeborro 12. The Light 13. Tiramisu 14. Theme Of Ku 15. Theme Of Fu 16. Theme Of Ki 17. Lemon 18. I Love Sleep 19. Leron Leron Sinta 20. Dai-haku-ryoku (astral social club remix#1)
CONGUERO TRES HOOFERS
Selected Future is Love
Second album which topped various Jazz charts in Japan.
1. Alethic Blade 2. Untapped Capability 3. Departure 4. Japanese Music 5. Time 6. Mother 7. Selected Future is Love.
CONGUERO TRES HOOFERS
Classics from the Parallel World
Conguero Tres Hoofers is a tro of Yukihiro Atsumi (guitar), Hidero Nishioka (percussion) and Saro (tap dance). They combine the melody of an acoustic guitar, the energy of a tap dancer and the rhythm of a percussionist. Have played Fuji Rock and other festivals in Japan and increasingly perform overseas especially in France.
1. Akashic love 2. Transfer Ticket 3. A Kind of Nocturne 4. Parallel Shrine 5. Blue in Green 6. I Got You (I Feel Good) 7. Waltz for Debby 8. What a Wonderful World
FUCHIGAMI TO FUNATO
Fuchigami to Funato Live in Europe 2007-1013
Fuchigami to Funato is the duo of Junko Fuchigami (vocals) and Hiroshi Funato (double bass). Simple, western and eastern mix, with some improvisation, melodic passages and lyrics of everyday life. This is a compilation album of live performances in Europe from 2007 until 2013, compiled by the duo and produced by Hiroshi Funato.
1. Aisatsu (MC) 2. Rokugatsu no Uta 3. Les Champs-Elysees 4. Watashi ni Okoruto Omowanakatta Koto 5. Omiseya-san 6. Ushiromae 7. Ajisai 8. Aisazuni Irarenai 9. Naku Onna 10. Nichiyobi Hitori de Dekaketa 11. Kono Machi 12. Boshi ni Chui! 13. Office Haratori Shaka 14. Mimikuni Kokka 15. Lens 16. Heaven 17. Tanabata nite 18. Sono Yugure 19. Kane (SE)
FUCHIGAMI TO FUNATO
Fuchigami to Funato Live in Japan 1994-2011
Compilation album of live performances in Japan from 1994 to 2011, compiled by the duo and produced by Hiroshi Funato.
1. Rokudenashi 2. Track Yaro John 3. Mainichi ga Nichiyobi 4. Mostar no Bazaar nite 5. Sonnani Warukunai 6. Tadashii Taxi no Tsukamaekata 7. That's Love 8. Akai Mi no naru Ki 9. Kikasete yo Ai no Kotoba o 10. Reizoko 11. Yoshoku no Uta 12. Oka no Kuki 13. Chotto Otazune Shimasu 14. Bara ga Saita
Coco Musika is the instrumental duo of guitar player Jun Kajiwara and sanshin player Gerhen Oshima. Their music is inspired by music from Okinawa and Brasil, pop, rock, jazz and other styles. This is their second album and they are joined by Naomi Fuse from Bossa Nova duo, Naomi & Goro. Listen to samples of tracks.
1. Katabui - Sunny Side 2. You Will 3. Tsuki no Hama 4. A Letter From Cabo verde 5. Katabui - Rainy Side 6. Garota de Itoman 7. Sonho de Carnaval 8. Quiet Times 9. Ame nochi Hare (Special Bonus Track)
Visual-Kei style band plays Japanese traditional, minyo and rock. Musicians are Yuko Suzuhana (vocal), Seiji Ibukuro (koto), Daisuke Kaminaga (shakuhachi). Beni Ninagawa (Tsugaru shamisen), Kokuryu (wadaiko), Machiya (guitar), Asa (bass) and Wasabi (drums). Good at what they do, dynamic performances on a mix of Japanese traditional and western instruments. Have been receiving acclaim from around the world. Covers of vocaloid (digital vocalist) tracks such as Hatsune Miku. Sounds rather like J-pop meets Japanese traditional.
1. Tengaku 2. Setsuna Trip 3. Yoshiwara Lament 4. Kageroudays 5. Nijiro Chouchou 6. Iroha Uta 7. Rokucho Nen to Ichiya Monogatari 8. Tsuki Kage Mai Ka 9. Episode. 0 10. Shinkai Shoujou 11. Noushou Sakuretsu Girl 12. Senbon Zakura
From Shizuoka, Mikita Hase began playing taiko aged eight. After forming and playing in the Taiko ensemble Yo-Soro, he went on to join taiko pioneer Eitetsu Hayashi's ensemble in 2000 touring around the world. He has collaborated with various artists such as Kisei Okura (kyogen), Hiromitsu Agatsuma (Tsugaru shamisen), Masaki Hayashi (jazz piano) and others. On this album guests include Nobuto Yamanaka (shamisen), Akito Kohama (shakuhachi), Michiko Yamada (shinobue), Masaki Hayashi (piano) and Hiroyuki Okada from Yo-Soro (taiko).
1. Ruten 2. Tobiuo 3. Kizashi 4. Kaze o Yuku 5. Makurayama Uta - Interlude 6. Sora Ochite Michi Hiraku 7. Kaze Hashiru 8. Kiyome 9. Sai Bayashi
Old Japan's Entertainment District (2 CDs)
Collection of various songs associated with Asakusa in Tokyo, throughout the twentieth century the centre of Japanese entertainment. Songs are from the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods, with some of the recordings, such as Asakusa Opera, very rare. 2 CDs.
1. Teikoku Ongaku Dan (Imperial Music Band) / Yogaku Tennen no Bi 2. Umebozu Honensai / Osakusa Okuyama Kenbutsu 3. Bansho Tachibanaya / Mukashi no Asakusa Okuyama Onajimi Tamanori Ichiza 4. Shiun Goto / Tokyo Bushi 5. Tenge Shokyokusai / Yoko Gaeri (Eshigo Jishi Kaeuta) 6. Hachiro Otsuga / Hula Diaboro 7. Kintaro Shimizu, Shizuko Shimizu, Kikuko Inoue, Koichi Otani / Pinafore 8. Rikizo Tagaya / Kojo no Kane 9. Shinsei Kabu Gekidan & Fumiko Ando, Eijiro Toyama 10. Nihonbashi - Maruko / Coroque 11. Yoshinosuke Watanabe (violin), Heikichi Takeuchi (piano) / Kojo no Tsuki 12. Teiichi Yanagida, Tokuko Fujino / Ougon no Kuni 1, 2 13. Sumako Akashi / Ginza Suzume 14. Nobuko Hara / Seville no Rihatsushi 15. Kikuko Inoue, Shizuko Shimizu, Kintaro Shimizu, Koichi Otani / Bun Taisho 16. Tokyo Kagekiza-in / Jogun Shussei 17. Yumeji Maruyama, Goro Fujimura, Yoshiro Satomi / Carmen 1, 2 18. Goro Fujimura, Yumeji Maruyama / Hottokinasai (Asakusa version)
1. Shorakuten Nishimura, Ichiro Sugiura / Omoide no Asakusa (Yuki no Alps Chaplin no Kento) 2. Seiha Nakamura, Raiyu Ikoma, Atsuomi Miyagawa, Tenrin Morita, Bairyu Suzuki / Omoide no Asakusa (Sarutobi Sasuke Manyu-ki) 3. Saburo Somei, Rakuten Nishimura / Omoide no Asakusa (Meikin) 4. Seiha Nakamura, Teruyo Hama, Shoichi Kofujita / Omoide no Asakusa (Onore ga Tsumi) 5. Ryutaro Nakane, Tsuyako Fujita, Nijiko Kiyokawa / Hanayome Gakko (Jo, Ge) 6. Ryokuha Furukawa, Kikuyo Amano / Sannin Fu-san 7. Teiichi Nimura, Kenichi Enomoto / Soto na Mondane 8. Gokuro Sogashuka Ichiza / America wa Kinshu-koku (Jo, Ge) 9. Takiko Mizunoe / Camarado no Uta (Tomodachi wa Yoimono) 10. Yoshio Kawata & Milk Brothers / Chikyu no Ue ni Asa ga Kuru 11. Sanksho Yanagiya / Shinkon Hakone no Kibun 1, 2 12. Kingoro Yanagiya / Asakusa Kenbutsu (Jo, Ge) 13. Junsaburo Ban / Utau Nito-hei 14.Shunji Sakai / Santo Teishu 15. Yoshiwara Geiko Renchu / Yoru no Yoshiwara - Shinuchi Tsuji Nagashi 16. Sadaichi Nimura, Kikuyo Amano / Asakusa Koshin-kyoku 17. Ichiro Fujiyama / Asakusa no Uta
Jazz in the Great Tokyo - Great Tokyo's Jazz Song Collection 1925-1940 (2 CDs)
Fascinating 2 CD collection of jazz recordings from Tokyo between 1925 and 1940. Nearly all recordings are as rare as hen's teeth and show the development of jazz and swing in the pre-war years.
1. Yukio Suzuno / Marunouchi Melody 2. Carlos C. Show and his Orchestra / Hong Kong Dream Girl 3. Sihnichi Miwa / Tina Tina 4. Yutaka Kawasaki, Naoko Soga / Kamata Koshinkyoku 5. Teiichi Nimura / Kiso Bushi 6. Chiyako Sato / Ai no Shirabe 7. Ichiro Utsumi / Koshin-kyoku New York 8. Tsuyoshi Sakuma / Yume no Ningyo 9. Tsuyoshi Sakuma / Daigaku Seikatsu 10. Sadaichi Nimura, Kikuyo Amano / Riorita 11. Kikuyo Amano / My Angel 12. Sadaichi Yanagida, Kikuyo Amano / Akai Kuchibiru 13. Ichiro Utsumi / Tokyo Yakyoku 14. Noriko Awaya / Yoru no Tokyo 15. Naoko Sato / Odoru Tokyo 16. Kikuyo Amano / Shin Ginza Koshin-kyoku 17. Ichiro Utsumi / Ginza Koshin-kyoku 18. Sadaichi Nimura / Shibuya Koshin-kyoku 19. Haruko Aoki / Shinjuku Sayo-kyoku 20. Goro Fujimura, Yumeji Maruyama / Hottokinasai (Iija Arimasenka) 21. Hidemaro Konoe (conductor), Shin Kokyo Gakudan / Sanbun Opera Ongaku 22. Eiichi Uchida / Korega Jinsei no Uta (from Sanbun Opera)
1. Toru Sakai / Mura no Share Otoko 2. Ineko Tan, Junko Watase, Yoichiro Kadowaki, Yae-chan / Cafe kara Mita Otoko no Aji 3. Yoko & Sumiko Cafe Tiger / Kimi Koishi 4. Shinkichi Tamaki / Blues no Odorikata 5. Ren Tokuyama / Anoko 6. Helen Sumida / Nisenma no Koibito 7. Helen Sumida / Koi to Niji 8. Michio Yamada / Yume Utsustu 9. Paknaderu / Sayo nara! 10. Midge Williams / Paradice 11. Madelaine Fujita / Minna Anatani 12. Teichiku Jazz Orchestra / Tebyoshi Soroete 13. Girestar Maki / Gypsy no Kissaten 14. Kei Toyoda / Gekko Atai Senkin 15. Kei Toyoda / La Kukaracha 16. Joe Okumura / Dina 17. Bakey Shirahata & His Aloha Hawaiians / Without a World of Warning 18. Taeko Nose, Hisayuki Ogino / San Fransisco 19. Kiyoko Koyama / Niji no Uta 20. Aiko Saida / Kokkyo no Minami 21. Shizuko Kasagi / Saint Lewis Blues 22. Dick Mine / Tokyo Blues
Tokyo no Oto
Ever wondered what Tokyo sounded like 55 years ago? While the visual differences are obvious, the aural differences are all the more interesting. All recorded in 1959, the sounds of Tokyo train staion, music of a Geisha, bonfire festival, a festival at a shrine, a street festival, fish market, children playing on the streets, an early Jazz house in Asakusa. Many of these sounds have come to symbolise the sound of the Showa period. Originally released in 1959 as an LP record this CD is compiled from the original LP. Comes with a booklet including an essay by Asato Izumi and interesting photos of Tokyo in the Showa period taken by Takeo Akiyama.
1. Tokyo Station - Tokyo Yokosuka Line at 3 pm in the afternoon 2. Shoshun, Sawagi, Kappore - performed by a group of Geisha in Shibaura 3. Torino-ichi Market - at Otori Shirine in Asakusa 4. Kome Arai, Yon-chome, Nekojarashi - Yori performance at Suehiro-Tei in Asakusa 5. The bell of Kaneiji Temple - ring at 6 in the morinig at Kaneiji Temple in Ueno 6. Bonfire in Rogoku - Tokyo's biggest bonfire festival by the Sumida river in July 7. Matsuri Bayashi - from Kagura 8. Tsukiji Uo Ichiba - Selling tens of thousand of tuna at 5:50 in the morining at Tsukiji Fish Market 9. Shinuchi Nagashi - Street music played with shamisen traditionally late at night, this is recorded in a studio 10. Uchiwa Daiko - Taiko music from the festival at Ikegami Honganji Temple 11. The Orthodox Church in Tokyo - Sunday sevice and bell sound 12. Takesu - performed by Ching-dong 13. Komuso Shakuhachi - performed by Komuso 14. Ginza Clock Tower - At 5 in the afternoon, busiest time in Ginza 15. Yasuki Bushi - from Asakusa Mokuba-Kan, jazzy version of Yasuki Bushi 16. Charumela from Noodle Stand - Music played by shawm like instrument at noodle stands on the streets 17. Hyoshigi - Night street patrols play Hyoshigi to remind residents to turn off the gas before ging to bed 18. Fire at Midnight in Ginza - Accidentaly meet the fire in Ginza while recording this album in 1958 19. Tennen no Bi - Performed by Ginta band hired by a circus on the street of Asakusa 20. Nawa to Asobi, Momotaro-san, Oni Gokko - Children playing on the streets 21. Ochanomizu Station - The station used by largest number of students in Tokyo 22. Ichiban Daiko - Played to begin Sumon games in Ryogoku comes with cheering by audience when Yokozuna entered 23. Pop Pop Boat on The River Sumida - It started around 1880 24. Oedo Nihonbashi, Sakura Sakura - Played by a pipe organ at Mitsukoshi Department Store in Ginza
Shiba de Umarete
Second volume of self compiled best of by leading kouta and hauta singer. The most authentic geisha music.
1. Shiba de Umarete 2. Ume wa Saitaka 3. Hana wa Ueno 4. Asakusa Mairi 5. En Kaina 6. Yanagi no Ame 7. Shinobu Koiji 8. Fukagawa Zukushi 9. Tsuna wa Joi 10.Karakasa 11. Kakiokuru 12. Umenimo Haru 13. Fitosa Bushi 14. Matsu Zukushi 15. Kappore 16. Niagari Shinnai Sumo Jinku 17. Hagi Kikyo 18. Yoneyama Jinku 19. Washiga Zaisho 20. Kagoshima Sansagari 21. Koyo no Hashi
By Might and Main - Shakuhachi
Acclaimed shakuhachi player Toshimitsu Ishikawa, as well as playing the classic honkyoku repertoire, is also a contemporary composer of some note. On this album, five of his pieces are played by five different shakuhachi players. Ishikawa is himself a disciple of Tadashi Tajima and Katsuya Yokoyama.
1. Etsuo Kawasaki / Hiten - Shakuhachi Solo 2. Mariko Kosaka / 13th Night Suite for Shakuhachi Solo 3. Tatsuro Higashieda / Tamafuri 4. Jun Kobayashi / Siesta II 5. Keisuke Doi / Ryusa for Shakuhachi Solo
Tadao Sawai Anthology - Live - Rin
This is part of a rare set of six CDs called 'Tadao Sawai Anthology - Rin' originally released in 2001, but currently unavailable. The set consisted of five live recordings from concerts between 1976 and 1986. This version is a CD only with no CD cover or booklet. Performed by Tadao Sawai (koto, shamisen, vocal), Kazue Sawai and Hikaru Sawai (seventeen stirnged koto).
1. Fui 2. Mizu no Koe 3. Kareno Kinuta 4. Gosetsu no Mai 5. Fantasia for Koto
Tadao Sawai Anthology - Rin
Second of the CD only reissue of Tadao Sawai's Rin.
1. Mokuji 2. Nami 3. Futastu no So 4. Koto Nijuso Sonata
Tadao Sawai Anthology - Rin
The third CD has seven tracks from live concerts in 1969, 1971 and 1976. No CD cover or information included. Performed by Tadao Sawai (koto), Kazue Sawai (koto, seventeen stringed koto) and Sachiko Miyamoto (seventeen stringed koto).
1. Muttsu no Dansho 2. Nimen no Koto ni Tameno 'Kiyukyoku' 3. Mittsu no Shikyoku 4. Koto ni yoru Concerto 'shinsho' 5. Mittsu no Eskis 6. Mittsu no Hi 7. Duo
CHIKAKO KANEHISA, HOZAN YAMAMOTO
Koto Meets Shakuhachi - Tribute to Hozan Yamamoto
From Kyoto, Chikako Kanehisa began studying koto from the age of eight. She learnt from both Tadao and Kazue Sawai, and also from shakuhachi Living National Treaure Hozan Yamamoto who died in February 2014. This album features Kanehisa's koto in duo performances with Hozan Yamamoto on shakuhachi.
1. Kaze no Uta 2. Jogen no Kyoku 3. Shikyoku Ichiban 4. Boshun 5. Ichietsu 6. Zuisei 7. Koto to Shakuhachi no tameno Sonata 8. Harukana Chi yori
Koto Dream Melody
Koto group whose aim is to introduce koto music to a wide audience , cover popular songs from Disney and Studio Gibli films.
1. Princess Mononoke 2. When You Wish Apon A Star 3. Totoro 4. Some Day My Prince Will come 5. Itsumo Itsudemo 6. Istuka Yumede 7. Umi no Mieru Machi 8. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo 9. Kimi o Nosete 10. The Beauty And The Beast 11. Toi Hibi - Harukanaru Chi e 12. It's A Small World
Koto Sangen Koten / Gendai Meikyoku Shu (25)
Classic and modern koto pieces performed by Seiha Hogaku-Kai, an organisation under Yasuko Nakajima and various musicians who play koto, shamisen, seventeen stringed koto and vocals. Accompanied on shakuhachi by Shoji Aoki, Chikuzan Nanba and Shinzan Yamamoto.
1. Yaegoromo 2. Kumo no Mine 3. Aki no Yoru 4. Hana Katarazu 5. Kawase no Yado
EMIKO & KIRISUTE GOMEN
Based in France, four Japanese musicians, plus French musician Julien Omeyer and other French guests play traditional folk songs (minyo) with a psychedelic surf rock spirit. Great vocals from Emiko Ota plus shamisen, guitars, drums and other instruments combine to form a unique sound, identifiably Japanese, but unlike else. Traditional and folk songs from all over Japan (Kumamoto, Okinawa, Fukushima, Miyagi, Hokkaido) plus other types of Japanese music from 1950s-1970s. Listen to sound samples of all tracks.
1. Sho-ten 2. Otemoyan (part 4) 3. Koi 4. Nonnoko 5. Arashi 6. Natsu 7. Aizu 8. RokuRockubi 9. Pig 10. Saitara 11. ZuiZui 12. Warabi 13. Solan 14. Tonight 15. Lemon (Live)
Modern Shakuhachi Method
CDR-re-release of 1972 album, with shakuhachi accompanied by drums and piano on renditions of hit songs of the day.
1. El Condor Pasa 2. Melody Fair 3. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head 4. Hey Jude 5. Love Story 6. Born Free 7. Mamy Blue 8. Sound Of Silence The 9. More 10. Love Is Blue 11. Alfie 12. Du Soleil Plein Les Yeux
Miyagi Michio as Performed by Ando Masateru Vol. 4
Ando Masateru plays the music of his teacher the late and great Michio Miyagi.
1. Onoe no Matsu 2. Mizu no Tama 3. Konkai
Namino Torii Koto Kumiuta Vol. 4 (2 CDs)
Latest in the series of Kumiuta, a set of songs played solo. More important pieces from the Kumiuta repertory by Kengyo Yatsuhashi.
CD1. 1. Kokoro Tsukushi 2. Kumo no Ue 3. Sueno Matsu 4. Kumousai
CD2. 1. Hagoro Monokyoku 2. Akikaze no Kyoku 3. Toriyu Ushikigenji
Second album, following on from her highly regarded fist album 10 years ago. Chie Hanawa, born in 1982, is a Tsugaru Shamisen player, who was the youngest ever national women's champion aged 17. Tsugaru shamisen mixed with jazz, shakuhachi, marimba and other instruments and styles.
1. Opening 2. Yoru Omofu Kimi No Yume 3. Honey 4. Asian Blue 5. Pavilion 6. Waltz For Debbie 7. Ito 8. Senjou No Merry Christmas 9. Fuuka 10. Iso Bushi 11. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi 12. Xperiance 13. Kanata
Pictures at an Exhibition - Ultimate Edition (SACD Hybrid) (4.0ch Surround Sound)
Originally released in 1975, follow up to Snowflakes are Dancing. Versions of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Carefully and painstakingly constructed with a bigger sound than before. Comes with bonus track of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade and J.S. Bach's The Sea Named Solaris.
1- 11, Pictures at an Exhibition (Mussorgsky) Bonus tracks 12. Scheherazade (Rimsky Korsakov) 13. The Sea Named Solaris (JS Bach)
Ichiro Plays Soul Music Jazz Live
Long awaited live album by highly sought after soul jazz pianist Ichiro Ono, who has played with many artists down the years. Also features Naoki Furukawa (double bass) and Kan Totsuka (drums).
1. Isn't She Lovely 2. Soul Power 3. Lovin' You 4. What's Going On 5. Feel Like Makin' Love 6. Loving You Was Like A Party 7. Amazing Grace- Stand By Me 8. It's Too Late 9. When A Man Loves A Woman 10. He's Misstra Know-It-All 11. Ichiro's Ballads 12. Don't Know Why 13. Can't Heip Falling In Love
Koshi Miura started out in a breakbeat unit in 1998. In collaborating with various musicians, he shfted his music emphasis to a more rock and pop side with his own album in 2004 chosen as the best rock album of the year by Muisc Magazine. He signed to Ryuichi Sakamoto's label Commmons in 2006 and has performed at many music festivals such as Rising Sun and Count Down. Has contributed to cover and remix albums of Haruomi Hosono. Hiphop, soul, house, techno, jazz and more.
The Songs of the Civil Rights Movement of the Meiji Period (1868-1926) in Japan.
During the The Meiji Period (1868-1912) and following Taisho period (1912-1926), Japan moved from an isolated feudal society to a modern country. These fundamental changes of social structure, economy, military etc.also gave rise to a Civil Rights Movement in Japan for democracy, civil and other rights. The movement prompted the Meiji government to establish a constitution in 1889 and was partially a success. During this time, folk songs depicted this Civil Rights Movement, here interpreted by Toshiyuki Tsuchitori, a veteran percussion player who has played by Ryuichi Sakamoto and many others. He has previously interpreted ancient Japanese music, as well as the songs of the political activist Azenbo Soeda. Wonderful and fascinating.
1. Miyako Fu-ryu Tonyare Bushi 2. Shosei Bushi (Yosakoi Bushi) 3. Minken Kazoeuta 4. Taikyo Don Don Bushi 5. Dinamite Bushi 6. Oppeke Pee Bushi 7. Yattsukero Bushi 8. Kairyo Bushi 9. Giin (Kinbu Bushi) 10. Mucha Kucha Bushi 11. Hookai Bushi 12. Denkasho Bushi 13. Ashio Kozan Rappa Bushi 14. Ah Kakumei wa Chikazukeri
SOUL FLOWER UNION
The Best of Soul Flower Union 1993-2013 (3 CDs)
20 year anniversary album. 33 tracks from throughout their career on CDs 1 and 2 and dub versions on CD 3. One of Japan's best rock bands in recent history, always developing their sound, taking risks and supporting many good causes.
1. Mononoke To Asobu Niwa 2. Kagerou No Kuni.namari No Uta 3. Mangetsu No Yuube 4. Repun Kamuy 5. Higurashi 6. Umi Yukaba Yama Yukaba Odorukabane 7. Eejanaika 8. Heiwa Ni Ikiru Kenri 9. Cosmic Futen Swing 10. Shio No Michi 11. Kaze No Ichi 12. Horizon March 13. Senka No Kanata 14. Blue Monday Parade 15. Survivors` Banquet 16. Satsujinkyou Roulette 17. Arechi Nite
1. Seiki No Serenade 2. Free Balloon 3. Sora-this Sky Is Linked With That Sky 4. All Songs Go Forward To Freedom ! 5. All Quiet On The Far Eastern Front!? 6. Kamidanomi Yori Yasuagari 7. Matsubazue No Otoko 8. La Vie Est Belle- Life Is Beautiful 9. Negao Wo Misete 10. Umi He Yuku 11. Gekkou Fanfare 12. Lucy No Kodomotachi 13. Shinu Made Ikiro! 14. Dance Ha Kikai Kintou 15. Kiseki No Nagisa 16. Odore!odorasareru Mae Ni
1. Big Apple-c.r.a.c. Dub 2. Aqua Vite-dub`s Look Into The Reality Dub 3. Matsubazue No Otoko-naniwasuji Dub 4. Odore!odorasareru Mae Ni-stand Against Racism Dub 5. Dance Ha Kikai Kintou-uchida Naoyuki No Ekkyou Dub Bon Uta Hen 6. Senkou Hanabi-sokabe Keiichi No Senjou Dub Bon Uta Hen 7. Henoko Bushi 8. Eejanaika-takkyuu No Gokudou Denshi Bon Uta Hen