Nihon no Haha - Rakujo no Mai
Part of the King Archive series. Originally released on LP in 1971. Ichiro Mayama is one of the most important and acclaimed rokyoku singers from western Japan. Two tracks. 1. Nihon no Haha - the tragic story of of a mother who loses her son in a car accident. 2. Rakujo no Mai
Ganpeki no Haha - Toh-chan no Poh ha Kikoeru
Part of the King Archive series. Originally released on LP in 1972, two very famous rokyoku tracks. 1. Ganpeki no Haha. 2. To-chan no Ponga Kikoeru - a sad story of a father and his daughter.
MICHIYA MIHASHI & ISUZU YAMADA
Tsugaru Shamisen Nagare Bushi
Part of the King Archive series. Originally released on LP in 1977. Michiya Mihashi sings and plays tsugaru shamisen, while Isuzu Yamada provides the commentary on this tragic tale, the drama highlighted by the shamisen.
Azenbo Wa Ikiteiru
The greatest songwriters of the early and mid Showa period such as Shoichi Ozawa, Wataru Takada, Kenichi Enomoto and Kazuo Kumakura put melodies to the words of Azenbo Soeda (1872-1944) a legendary political street singer who was reduced to silence by the authorities after the 1920s. Orignally released on LP in 1973. 1. Dannoura 2. Strike Bushi 3. Shiki no Uta 4. Rappa Bushi 5. Ah Kane no Yo 6. Zouzei Bushi 7. Akirame Bushi 8. Miyako Bushi 9. Makkuro Bushi 10. Burabura Bushi 11. Shin Wakannai Bushi 12. Nonki Bushi 13. Shirami no Tabi 14. Kinkin Bushi
Uta to Uta de Tsuruzu Meiji (2 CDs)
Originally released as an LP in 1967, popular songs and street entertainment from the Meiji period (1868-1912) recorded by star singers from the 1930s and beyond including Rintaro Shoji, Rikizo Taya, Kenichi Enomoto, Hisaya Morishige, Toshie Kusunoki, Ganjiro Nakamura, Kyoko Kishida, Bonnie Jacks.
Disc 1: 1. Ishin March 2. Miya-san Miya-san 3. Nooe Bushi 4. Shosei Bushi 5. Koujo Shiragiku 6. Dynamite Don 7. Kazoe Uta 8. Normanton no Uta 9. Chonko Bushi 10. Yattsukero Bushi 11. Kurenkan 12. Houkai Bushi 13. Shin Houkai Bushi 14. Kinbu Bushi 15. Kyokotsu Bushi 16. Yacchoro Makase 17. Shiki no Uta 18. Shiki no Uta 19. Oppeke Pe no Uta 20. Temariuta 21. Ogawa Shoi no Uta 22. Kintaro 23. Don Don Bushi 24. Strike Bushi (Toun Bushi)
Disc 2: 1. Dekansho Bushi 2. Tetsudo Shoka 3. Gunkan March 4. Senyu (Fujin Jugunka) 5. Rappa Bushi 6. Gaisen 7. Kojo no Tsuki 8. Fuji no Koe 9. Ah Kane no Yo 10. Ah Wakaranai 11. Haikara Bushi 12. Shichirigahama no Aika 13. Konjiki Yasha no Uta 14. Zouzei Bushi(Zei Zei Bushi) 15. Tennen no Bi 16. Yahan no Tsuioku 17. Sode Shigure 18. Scholoer Song 19. Omoigusa 20. Magai Song 21. Murasaki Bushi 22. Miyako zo Yayoi 23.Chidori Bushi 24. Shin Ton Ton Bushi
Taisho no Hayariuta (2 CDs)
During the Taisho period (1912-1926) more western music was introduced to Japan than ever before. There was a general feeling of freedom with a shift of power to the democratically elected Diet of Japan which found expression in the music scene. Japanese music was mixed with western music creating a new style around which various music movements were created. The Taisho period might have been short but its influence had reverberations that would be felt for many decades. Artists include Rintaro Shoji, Hachiro Kasuga, Toshie Kusunoki, Kazuo Kumakura, Utako Matsushima, Hiroshi Mifune, Michiya Mihashi, Kenichi Enomoto, Ichiro Wakahara, Ichiro Mayama, Shinji Maki, Bonnie Jacks, Chieko Baisho. Originally released on LP in 1968.
Disc 1: 1. Asakusa Opera Medley-Tengoku to Jigoku, Coroqque no Uta 2. Sendo Kouta 3. Shucho no Musume 4. Kago no Tori 5. Nonki Bushi, Nonki na Tosan 6.Omoidashita 7. Tokyo Bushi, Pai no Pai Bushi 8. Hitsujikai no Uta 9.Ouryokkou Bushi 10. Konjiki Yasha no Uta 11. Kachyusha no Uta 12. Dokoito Ysenu 13. Utaremono 14. Naramaru Kuzushi 15. Gendai Bushi 16. Shin Kurebushi, Gunko Bushi 17. Hanako Tsukioka no Uta 18. Hottoite Bushi 19. Kazoeuta, Hanako-san yo 20. Yakkora Yanoyaa 21. Kokaji
Disc 2: 1. Jojouka Medley-Yoimachigusa, Jogashima no Ame 2. Haru no Nagori 3. Tsuki wa Mujo 4. Chosen Hokkai Keibi no Uta 5. Bazoku no Uta 6. Makkuro Bushi 7. Heart Song 8. Hourou no Uta 9. Yosahoi Bushi 10. Venice no Funauta 11. Sutoton Bushi 12. Chintao Bushi, Nacchoran Bushi 13. Renbo Kouta 14. Bura Bura Bushi 15. Ah Fumikiriban 16. Shinbaka no Uta 17. Mizukusa no Hana 18. Shin Ariake Bushi 19. Daishinsai no Uta 20. Fukko Bushi 21. Gondora no Uta
Natsukashi no Asakusa Opera (2 CDs)
During the Meiji period, to the turn of the last century, into the 1920s until the end of the war, Tokyo's Asakusa district was the main entertainment district of Japan. The area became known for its kabuki troupes who were considered outlandish at the time to dance halls and theatres. From around 1917 until the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, Asakusa Opera (teriha kyogen) was one of the most popular forms of entertainment. Operas (or operettas) by Offenbach and Bizet were performed and became instant hits. What followed to become known as Asakusa Opera was a potpourri of influences combining elements of noh and kabuki, popular songs, foreign opera, chorus line revues and more into an entertaining musical. On this CD, originally released on LPs in 1964 and 65, classics of Asakusa Opera are performed by star artists such as Kenichi Enomoto (Enoken) Rikizo Taya, Utako Matsushima,Toshie Kusunoki, Masanori Tomotake, Bonnie Jacks.
Disc 1: 1. 'Tengoku to Jigoku' Fanfare, 2. Beatri Neichan 3. Koi wa Yasahi 4. Washa Kizoku dayo 5. Otekusan to Kizano 6. Coroqque no Uta 7. Midera no Kabe niwa 8. Kowaizo Obakejanai 9. Nami o Keri 10. Ringo no Uta 11. Boon Boon 12. Tsurugi no Uta 13. Guru Guru Bee 14. 'Tengoku to Jigoku' Finale
Disc 2: 1. Iwa ni Motareta 2. Isha no Uta 3. Koi no Tameni 4. Okeya no Uta 5. Toscana no Nijuso 6. Kaigun Daijin no Uta 7. Rentai no Uta 8. Daishori no Uta 9. Normandi no Kane no Yurai 10. Doke no Uta 11. Umi no Uta 12. Watasha Koshaku no 13. Yatoinin-ichiba no Gassho 14. Oni no Geboku no Uta 15. Kari no Uta, Jusan-banme no Uta, Uma no Gallop
Moulin Rouge no Akari wa Kiezu (2 CDs)
If you thought the Moulin Rouge was only in Paris, think again. The Moulin Rouge Shinjuku-za opened in 1931 and quickly established itself as the place to be seen, especially popular for staging witty musicals. Originally released as an LP in 1974, this CD features recordings of the hits by the big stars of the day such as Keeton Masuda, Hisaya Morishige, Ichiro Arishima, Hachiro Kasuga, Toshie Kusunoki, Bonnie Jacks and Toru Yuri.
Disc 1 (Pre-War): 1. Prorogue 2. Kazaguruma no Uta 3. Muutetsu 4. Maajan no Uta (China Rumba) 5. Tsuitenai Otoko 6. Tanima no Akari no Tomosukoro 7.Neko to Zeikin 8. Hogaraka Kumosuke-san 9. Okyo no Gassho 10. Shihainin to Waitress no Gassho, Meitantei no Uta (from 'Hotel Cuaracha') 11. Baghdad no Hanamukosama 12. Lamur Rhythme
Disc 2 (Post War): 1. Nanpo-hen Jokyoku (Tokyo no Hanauri Musume), Minami no Shima (Rasasayan), Nankai no Funauta (Korekore),Patachinke, Kawaii Anoko (Nonanimasu) 2. Ieide Musume to Hanayome-san 3. Sojanai Sojanai Wakaranai, Nanfu no Romance 4. Saimatsu Gossip, Kiyoshi Konoyoru, Saimatsu Boogie, Jingle Bells, Soviet Version Moscow no Yube, Sarabei (Furoji no Uta), Kozac Dance 5. Nishin-jo no Shi 6. Sagashite Nanimo Nainda, Watashi wa Kono Machi o Aishiteiru (from 'Taiyo o Iru Mono')
Enoken Geido Ichidai
Re-release of a 1970 LP, a greatest hits from the Japanese King of Comedy. Kenichi Enomoto (1904-1970) was a comedy genius, innovating styles and paving the way for the comedy revival in the post war years. This CD features recordings of his comic songs, Asakusa Opera, and output for film and TV.
Part 1: 1. Tengoku to Jigoku 2. Beatri Neichan 3. Washa Kizoku dayo 4. Okeya no Uta 5. Boom Boom 6. Kaigun Daijin no Uta 6. Jusan-banme no Uta Part 2: 1. Shibai no Makuaki 2. Shin Dondon Bushi 3. Scholer Song 4. Pai no Pai Bushi 5. Share Otoko 6. Enoken no Dina 7. Gekko Atai Senkin 8. Watashi no Aozora Part 3: 1. Daido Yakusha, Buyuden, Koi no Naresome, Datte Awazunya Irarenai, Horeta Otko ga Oyagoroshi from 'Donguri Tonbei' 2. Namai Dabutsu, Okumi-chan tono Duet, Yurei no Uta from 'Houkaibou' 3. Karakuri no Kojo, Yoriki tono Yaritori from 'Chakkichi Kinta' Part 4: 1. Muchabou Benkei 2. Chombo Mambo 3. Pin Pon Pan