Enka is a term that became used in the early 70s to describe a slow to medium kayokyoku (pop tune) heavily influenced by native Japanese elements. Enka is often called the heart of the Japanese. In the 50s, the dark pre-war songs were revived, merged with blues to form 'mood' kayo. This fascinating CD delves into the roots of modern day enka. Distinctly Japanese melodies merged with western string orchestras and some Japanese instruments such as shamisen.
1.Isao Hayashi / Dance Party no Yoru 2.Atsuro Okamoto / Shiroi Hana no Sakukoro 3.Hachiro Kasuga / Akai Ramp no Shu-ressha 4.Shigeko Orii / Kuroyuri no Uta 5.Tsuzuko Sugawara / Tsuki ga tottemo aoi kara 6.Yoshiko Ohtsu / Tokyo Annna 7.Hachiro Kasuga / Wakare no Ippon-sugi 8.Michiya Mihashi / Ringo-mura kara 9.Michiya Mihashi / Aishu Ressha 10.Hiroshi Mifune / Otoko no Blues 11.Yujiro Ishihara / Ore wa matteruze 12.Chiyoko Shimakura / Tokyo dayo Okka-san 13.Hibari Misora / Minatomachi Ju-san-banchi 14.Haruo Minami / Chamchiki Okesa 15.Kouichi Aoki / Kakinoki-zaka no Ie 16.Hideo Murata / Muhonmatsu no Issho 17.Peggy Hayama / Nangoku Tosa o Atonishite 18.Hiroshi Mizuhara / Kuroi Hanabira 19.Keiko Matsuyama / Owakare Koushu-denwa 20.Yukio Hashi / Itakogasa