SOUL FLOWER UNION/ MONONOKE SUMMIT/TAKASHI NAKAGAWA

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Underground Railroad

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Underground Railroad

Ref: FSD6605


Price: 23.99

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)



The Best of Soul Flower Union 1993-2013 (3 CDs)

SOUL FLOWER UNION

The Best of Soul Flower Union 1993-2013 (3 CDs)

Ref: FSD6439


Price: 33.99

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.

CD 1

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

CD2

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

CD3

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



Odore! Odorasarerumae Ni

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Odore! Odorasarerumae Ni

Ref: FSD6313


Price: 17.99

Mini album featuring three versions of the title track, (original, Stand Against Racism Dub Mix and instrumental) a version of Anpanman no March with vocals and accordion by Charan Po Rantan and seven live recordings from between 2009 and 2013. 11 tracks.



Ginga no Hotori, Rojo no Hana

TAKASHI NAKAGAWA

Ginga no Hotori, Rojo no Hana

Ref: FSD6162


Price: 26.99

Second solo album from Takashi Nakagawa of Soul Flower Union. Nakagawa plays mostly acoustic guitar, plus Okinawan sanshin and bouzouki, with some help from long time collaborators such as Keisuke Ota (violin), Wataru Ohkuma (clarinet) and Shinya Okuno (accordion). New songs and some of his older songs too, plus covers and a traditional Japanese tune. Doesn't break any new ground, but carries on in similar vain to his solo album from 2011. Listen to samples of all tracks.

1. Soredemo Watashi Wa Umi Ga Suki (I Love The Sea For All That) 2. Sekai Wa Omae Wo Matteiru (The World Is Still Waiting For You) 3. Sora -this Sky Is Linked With That Sky 4. Umi E Yuku (Go To The Sea) 5. Meiki Seyo.sono Kodou Wo (Remember The Heartbeats) 6. Onna Wa Tsuraiyo (Harder Ways For A Woman) 7. Ginga No Hotori (On The Mikly Way`s Shore) 8. Kobore Bana (A Dropped-out Flower) 9. El Derecho De Vivir En Paz 10. Seikatsu No Gara (Life Style Of Mine) 11. Mogura To Matsuri (Moles And A Festival) 12. Hore Hore Bushi 13. El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido 14. Shio No Michi (A Tracks Across The Tide)



Kaidosuji no Chakuchi Shinai Blues (At The Roadside, No Touchdown Blues)

TAKASHI NAKAGAWA

Kaidosuji no Chakuchi Shinai Blues (At The Roadside, No Touchdown Blues)

Ref: FSD5805


Price: 25.99

Stripped down solo album from Takashi Nakagawa of Soul Flower Union. Mostly solo acoustic guitar, plus occasional Okinawan sanshin, bouzouki, and perucssion. New songs, some previously recorded by Soul Flower, including Mangetsu no Yube, and starts with a new version of an Irish traditional tune.

1. Fuurai Renka (The Pretty Young Girl) 2. Yoru ni Kansha o (Thanks Giving To The Night) 3. Kaidosuji no Chakuchi Shinai Blues (At The Roadside, No Touchdown Blues) 4. Shonen (A Boy) 5. Hikari (The Light) 6. Mangetsu no Yube (A Full Moon Evening) 7. Hitakami 8. Ichiban Boshi (The First Star) 9. Shippo no Marui Koinu (The Puppy With A Round Tail) 10. Higurashi (Cicada) 11. Shinda Anoko (Someone Who Died) 12. Nozura wa Hoshiakari (Starlight Field) 13. Negao o Misete (Let Me See Your Sleeping Face) 14. Otoko wa Tsuraiyo no Theme (Thene From The Fillm 'It's Tough Being A Man')



Camp Pangaea

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Camp Pangaea

Ref: FSD5586


Price: 27.99

First full album for two years from SFU, that includes the title song for their tour (held in September) 'Dance wa Kikai Kinto', recent popular songs showcased live such as 'Hop Step Nikubanare', 'Shinda Anoko' and a new mix of the latest single 'Shinumade Ikiro!'.

1. Pamsa Rassa 2. Hop Step Nikubanare 3. Dance wa Kikai Kinto 4. Shinumade Ikiro! 5. Shinda Anoko 6. Saisei no Kane ga Naru 7. Aqua Vite 8. Michimichi no Mono 9. Taiyo ga Ippai 10. Pangaea 11. Sen no Na o Motsu Onna 12. Smog no Soko 13. Lucy no Kodomotachi 14. Zoku Shinumade Ikiro 15. Ido Yuenchi no Yoru



Live Until You Die !

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Live Until You Die !

Ref: FSD5487


Price: 17.99

Another single from SFU. Mix of new studio tracks, including the main title single, new studio versions of old tracks plus six live tracks. The title tune is great, although the rest sound a bit like 'fillers' of the 45 minutes or so on offer here.



Aqua Vite

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Aqua Vite

Ref: FSD5219


Price: 15.99

Maxi single from one of Japan's best rock bands. Nine tracks including tributes to recently deceased musicians Kiyoshiro Imawano and Michael Jackson, a dub mix by Keiichi Sogabe (Sunnyday Service) and songs from the old Newest Model and Soul-cialist Escape days.

1. Aqua Vite 2. Boku no Sukina Sensei 3. Human Nature -instrumental 4. Senkou Hanabi - Keiichi Sogabe's Senjo Dub Bon-Uta Version 5. Shio no Michi 6. Mottomo souna Futari No Futten 7. Nisshoku no Machi 8. Aqua Vite - Alternate Mono MIX 9. Aqua Vite - Instrumental


Exile on Main Beach

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Exile on Main Beach

Ref: FSD5111


Price: 26.99

Kansai's Soul Flower Union pride themselves on their energetic live performances. They perform just about every year at Japan's top music festivals. This is their 'best of the best' of their live shows.

1. Intro : Levelers no Nyujo 2. La Vie Belle - Jinsei wa Subarashii 3. Gekko Fanfare 4. Horizen March 5. Sora (Kono Sora wa Ano Sora ni Tsunagatteiru) 6. Matsubazue no Otoko 7. Uta wa Jiyu o Mezasu! 8. Negao o Misete 9. Palestina 10. Kyokuto Sensen Ijo nashi!? 11. Mangetsu no Yube 12. Arechi nite 13. Kaze no Ichi 14. Kamidanomi yori Yasuagari 15. Surviver's Banquet 16. Umi Ikaba Yama Ikaba Odoru Shikabane 17. Outro : Ai no Soudouin


Lucy's Children

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Lucy's Children

Ref: FSD4958


Price: 14.99

Eight track maxi-single of new recordings plus three live tracks (3-6). Soul Flower add a Latin flavour with additional guests including Black Bottom Brass Band plus percussion, flute and piano.

1. Lucy no Kodomotachi (Lucy's Children) 2. Akita Ondo (A Dance Song of Akita) 3. Mississippi Goddam 4. Ubaguruma to Kan-Oke (Buggy and Coffin) 5. Kotatsu nai Funso (Struggling in the Kotatsu) 6. Ponkotsu Guruma (Immortal Old Banger) 7. <09 Free Gaza Mix> Palestine 8. Lucy no Kodomotachi (Lucy's Children) <Instrumental>


Cante Diaspora

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Cante Diaspora

Ref: FSD4347


Price: 26.99

First full album for 3 years from Kansai's finest rock band. Swirling psychedelic Celtic soulful swinging rock with attitude.

1. Moonlight Fanfare 2. Ai no Sodoin (The Mobilization of Love) 3. Umi e Yuku (Go to the Sea) 4. La Vie est Belle (Life is Beautiful) 5. Michikusa Bushi (Stopover Song) 6. Senko Hanabi (Flashing Fireworks) 7. Swimming Pool 8. Palestine 9. Carnival on the Borderline 10. Hikoshi Na Yoru (Unofficial Night) 11. Nimonaki Wakusei (The Unnwed Planet) 12. Henoko Bushi 13. Asaborake (The Dawn) 14. Motto Oppai (More Breasts) 15. Negao Wo Misete (Let me See you Sleeping Face)


Mangetsu no Yube - 90's Singles

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Mangetsu no Yube - 90's Singles

Ref: FSD4000


Price: 30.99

All singles by one of Japan's best rock groups from their Ki/oon Sony period (1993-1999). 2 CDs with English lyric transalations including rare and unreleased tracks. Disc 1 : 1. Sekai Shimin wa Subete no Hata o Orosu 2. Tell Mama 3. Mangetsu no Yube (Single Version) 4. Lepun Kamui (Single Mix) 5. Mukaikaze (Single Mix) 6. Gaiko Funosho (Sutakora Version) 7. Eejanaika 8. Eejanaika - Takkyu no Gokudo Denshi Bonuta Version 9. Soul Flower no Yume wa Hiraku (Live Version)10. Jungle Boogie 11. Uchu Futen Swing 12. Sayonara dake no Rojiura 13. Chicchana Toki kara 14. Mogura to Matsuri (Live Version)15. Tankyori Sosha no Kodoku (Respectable Single Mix) / Soul-Cialist Escape 16. Onboro no Yoake / Soul-Cialist Escape 17. Denshoku no Machi (Demo Version) / Takashi Nakagawa

Disc 2 : 1. Mangetsu no Yube / Soul Flower Union with Donal Lunny Band 2. Shio no Michi / Soul Flower Union with Donal Lunny Band 3. Takeda no Komoriuta / Soul Flower Union with Donal Lunny Band 4.Ariran / Soul Flower Union with Donal Lunny Band 5. Yoru ni Kansha o (Japanese Gospel Version) / Soul-Cialist Escape 6. Shio no Michi (Live Version) / Soul Flower Union with Donal Lunny Band 7. Mangetsu no Yube (Live Version) / Soul Flower Union with Donal Lunny Band 8. Each Little Thing (Featuring Altan) 9. Alabama Song (Featuring Sam Bennett) 10. Heiwa ni Ikiru Kenri (TV Live Version) 11. Aotenjo no Crown 12. Jinriki Hikoki (Accoustic Mix) 13. Shintenou (Accoustic Mix) 14. Sasurai no Kappa (Demo Version) 15. Umi Yukaba Yama Yukaba Odoru Kabane (TV Live Version) 16. Mangetsu no Yube (Demo Version)



Live Henoko

SOUL FLOWER UNION & SOUL FLOWER MONONOKE SUMMIT

Live Henoko

Ref: FSV3970


Price: 31.99

Soul Flower Union and Mononoke Summit perform live at the 'Peace Music Fest' in February 2007 on Henoko Beach in Okinawa. Includes a short documantary film 'America no Senso to Nihon' and promotion videos. Comes with maxi single cd of their new song 'Henoko Bushi' (with 4 different versions).



La Vie Est Belle

SOUL FLOWER UNION

La Vie Est Belle

Ref: FSD3507


Price: 17.99

Soul Flower Union are back with a new 7 track maxi CD single. 3 new songs, 3 live tracks recorded June and December 2006 and instrumental version of the title track. 1. La Vie est Belle - Jinsei wa Subarashii. 2. Fuwaku no Asaborake 3. Bella Chao 4. Blue Monday Parade 5. Uchu Futen Swing 6. Minna Shinja 7. La Vie est Belle - Jinsei wa Subarashii (instrumental)



Deracine Chin-Dong

SOUL FLOWER MONONOKE SUMMIT

Deracine Chin-Dong

Ref: FSD3041


Price: 26.99

First album from Osaka's highly rated Soul Flower Mononoke Summit for nine years., the acoustic version of a rock band who got together to cheer up the victims of the Kobe earthquake in 1995. A lot of water has passed under the bridge, probably most notably for this album that the group's leader Hideko Itami has moved to Okinawa with Irish producer and bouzouki player Donal Lunny. The group have maintained their basic sound and original members, Okinawan sanshin, the characteristic chindon drum (also the name of the music, a kind of early form of street advertising) plus accordion, clarinet (the wonderful Wataru Ohkuma) guitars, hayashi backing vocals and Takashi Nakagawa's rasping vocals. They still play Japanese soshi enka (political street songs) dating back up to 100 years, but there's a definite Okinawan leaning to this album. Most of it was recorded in Okinawa and there are four local tunes including Kunjyan Jintoyo and Chon Chon Kijimuna, while Natsuki Nakamura, one of Okinawa's best young musicians (in the UK recently with Ryukyudisko) plays Okinawan shima daiko drum and is among the hayashi chorus. Donal Luuny adds his considerable skills and experience as bouzouki player and co-producer. Elsewhere is a great version of the Korean classic Toraji, old sing-along party tunes and the Kawachi ondo flavored Kamagasaki Ninjyo. Probably the album's highlight though is Takeda Koi Koi Bushi, their version taken from a buraku (former outcast) community in Kyoto. This may be SFMS third album, but seeing as the first two included mostly live tracks, this feels almost like the first. And highly recommended it is too.

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Asyl Ching-Dong

SOUL FLOWER MONONOKE SUMMIT

Asyl Ching-Dong

Ref: FSD989a


Price: 26.99

Brilliant album of acoustic unit of Soul Flower, playing mainly old Japanese songs, in a chindon/folk mixture. Mainly live, with two studio recorded songs. Essential album.



Levelers Ching-Dong

SOUL FLOWER MONONOKE SUMMIT

Levelers Ching-Dong

Ref: FSD1093a


Price: 25.99

Second album from the acoustic unit of Soul Flower, recorded live in Tokyo. Just as brilliant as the last one, but a bit longer.



Lorosae Mon Amour

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Lorosae Mon Amour

Ref: FSD2718


Price: 24.99

First studio album for four years. Soul Flower Union are back with their radical rock, soul and swing funk mix with a social conscience. Past their heyday maybe. but still knocks the socks of most Japanese rock bands. 14 tracks, 70 minutes.



Shalom! Sharam!

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Shalom! Sharam!

Ref: FSD2147


Price: 20.99

Perhaps not their best, but nevertheless, enjoyable, thought provoking album 'dedicated to the solidarity of souls demanding peace in the world'. Includes 'All Songs Go Forward to Freedom', some inspired by Iraq, East Timor and Northern Ireland. Mainly straight rock, without the Japanese elements of Mononoke Summit, and covers of the Clash's Bankrobber and Van Morrision's 'Moondance'.



Love Plus Minus Zero

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Love Plus Minus Zero

Ref: FSD1835


Price: 25.99

The releases come thick and fast from Osaka's greatest rock group. Perhaps in the case of this one a bit too fast. Mostly straight ahead rock and covers which after the creativity of their last few albums, can sound like a backward step. Versions, all sung in Japanese of Van Morison's 'Crazy Love', Bob Dylan's 'Shelter from the Storm', the Clash's 'Charlie Don't Surf', the Irish song 'On Raglan Road', Gram Parson's 'She' demonstrate where their influences came from, but Soul Flower Union are too good to be a rock tribute band.



Ghost Hits 00-06

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Ghost Hits 00-06

Ref: FSD3127


Price: 34.99

Soul Flower Union have been one of Japan's best band's for the last 13 years or so. This is their third volume of 'Ghost Hits' from the last six years. 17 tracks includes 5 new remixes and comes with 40 page booklet. Initial pressing includes a live DVD featuring rare tracks.



Ghost Hits 95-99

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Ghost Hits 95-99

Ref: FSD3193


Price: 27.99

Brilliant compilation from probably the best years of Osaka's finest rock group. Includes many Soul Flower classics. 1.Umi Ikaba, Yama Ikaba, Odoru Kabane 2.Horizen March 3.Blue Monday Parade 4.Eejanaika 5.Yamiyo no Taiyo 6.Amanogawa 7.Uchu Futen Swing 8.Sayonara dakeno Rojiura 9.International 10.Fukko Bushi 11.Mangetsu no Yube 12.Shio no Michi 13.Onboro Yoake 14.Oyasumi 15.Yoru ni Kansha o 16.Each Little Thing 17.Kaze no Ichi 18.Senka no Kanata



Screwball Comedy

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Screwball Comedy

Ref: FSD1559a


Price: 25.99

New Soul Flower Union studio album is one of their best ever.Their usual powerful mix of punk, soul, funk, ska, celtic, rock, psychedelic, blues and yes,Japanese music. Great songs overflowing with energy, politically insightful lyrics (booklet comes with English translation). One of the Japanese albums of the year in 2001.



Unchain

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Unchain

Ref: FSD1390


Price: 21.99

Soundtrack mini-album. Includes cover of Curtis Mayfield's 'People Get Ready', and of Bo Gumbos, 'Tonneru Nukute' plus the instrumental title track. For Soul Flower completists.



Hightide And Moonlight Bash

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Hightide And Moonlight Bash

Ref: FSD1274


Price: 25.99

Live album of music from all Soul Flower's career, with emphasis on rock side. Featuring Donal Lunny.



Winds Fairground

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Winds Fairground

Ref: FSD1275


Price: 25.99

Big project featuring one of Japan's best rock groups recorded with Donal Lunny Band, Altan and Kila from Ireland. Japanese rock / Celtic mixture that works brilliantly.



Electro-Asyl Bop

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Electro-Asyl Bop

Ref: FSD1092a


Price: 25.99

Glorious album by a band who play their brand of electric rock and roots with more gusto than any other. Japanese and Korean roots with a psychedelic twist.



Ghost Hits 93-96

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Ghost Hits 93-96

Ref: FSD990


Price: 25.99

Retrospect of Soul Flower's songs remixed and recorded, including in Mononoke style. Features the original single version of the brilliant Mangetsu no Yube from 1995.



Kamuy Ipirma

SOUL FLOWER UNION

Kamuy Ipirma

Ref: FSD659


Price: 25.99

First album of mainly rock material, although some roots influences. The better albums would come later.



[azadi]!?

JAPONESIAN BALLS FOUNDATION

[azadi]!?

Ref: FSD1836


Price: 25.99

Winners of the best band name in Japan, Takashi Nakagawa(Soul Flower Union) & Hiroshi Yamaguchi(Heat Wave) join forces on a rock album playing the music of their heroes, Lou Reed, The Ramones, The Only Ones, John Cale, Bob Dylan, (all sung to new Japanese lyrics) plus their own Bored with the USA, (inspired by the Clash) Uncle Sam Kills You, Mass Communication Enfolds you Gently and other politically inspired songs. Can't argue with that. Good time rock 'n' roll from two of the only musicians in Japan with genuine talent and non-pretentious passion.



Marginal Moon

SOUL FLOWER WITH DONAL LUNNY BAND

Marginal Moon

Ref: FSD1170


Price: 23.99

Mini album of more Soul Flower / Donal Lunny sessions. Includes the wonderful Mangetsu no Yube.



Lost Homeland

SOUL-CIALIST ESCAPE

Lost Homeland

Ref: FSD1169


Price: 25.99

Brilliant solo album by Takashi Nakagawa of Soul Flower Union, partly recorded with Donal Lunny and band. Includes another version of Mangetsu no Yube, Ching-Dong, and more Irish/Japanese collaborations.



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