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Morio AgataWorld History B Vol 3 – Seventh Toei Hour ... CD
Super Fuji Discs (Japan), 1996. Used ... $14.99
A fictitious soundtrack inspired by the likes of Francois de Roubaix and Phil Spector! CD
(Sealed copy – includes obi!)

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✨✧ Morio AgataWorld History B Vol 5 – Souvenir Set – 2001 to 2005 ... CD
Super Fuji Discs, Early 2000s. Used ... $11.99
Previously unreleased material including soundtack work and live recordings. CD
(Sealed copy!)

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✨✧ Morio AgataWorld History B Vol 6 – Red Elegy/Ringo Senfutai Goes to the South/Digging the Darkness ... CD
Super Fuji Discs (Japan), Late 1990s/Early 2000s. Used ... $13.99
Three film soundtracks from Morio Agata, including the animated film Red Elegy. CD
(2013 Japanese pressing – still sealed!)

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✨✧ Morio Agata & OthersWorld History B Vol 4 – Eternal Confectionary Hour/Sumi Futurism Boys Exhibition ... CD
Super Fuji Discs (Japan), 1980s. Used ... $13.99
Includes singles and both episodes of the Futuristic Youth Exhibition! CD
(2013 pressing – still sealed!)

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All That JazzKaze To Mori No Jazz – Ghibli Jazz 3 (Jazz With The Wind & The Woods) ... LP
P-Vine (Japan), 2014. New Copy ... $29.99 39.99
All That Jazz expand their sound here, as you might guess from the winds and wood hinted in the title – using saxes and a bit of strings in a great way over their surprisingly dynamic grooves – almost at a level that seeks to link the club jazz modes of the Tokyo scene with some of the ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Disco BeatsFavoritism – Japan Edition 7-inch Disco – B-Side Disc ... Book
Disco Beats (Japan), 2023. New Copy ... $14.99 23.99
One of the coolest, most unusual books we've ever had on rare records – a set that's shaped like a pic sleeve 7" single, and which offers up page after page of listings of rare Japanese disco singles! As the title promises, the book has a strong focus on the b-sides – cuts that ... (Books, Japanese) read more Book

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✨✧ Minoru FushimiThanatos Of Funk ... LP
MFX/180g, 1985. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A wonderfully home-grown take on 80s funk – served up here by Japanese guitarist Minoru Fushimi, who brings all sorts of instruments into the mix as well! The style is maybe a bit like some of the electro funk from the east coast scene at the time – beats, basslines, and keyboards ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Happy EndKazemachi Roman ... LP
Pony Canyon (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $39.99 48.99
A seminal bit of Japanese rock from the early 70s – performed by a group that included Haruomi Hosono, and who has a style that borrows from the best of the LA scene of the late 60s! The tunes are extremely catchy – done in a folksy style that has compressed guitars and spacious ... (Rock, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy gatefold pressing, with obi!)

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Kim Sang Hee with Masahiko Sato Trio & Freedom UnityWorld Pops & Love Story ... LP
All Art/Solid (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... $41.99 49.99
A really groovy little record from singer Kim Sang Hee – a vocalist who works here in English throughout, but gets backing from a few different forces on the Japanese jazz scene! Things change up nicely throughout the record – so that some tracks have Fender Rhodes backings from the ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Masaaki HiraoNippon Rock N Roll – The Birth Of Japanese Rokabirii 1958 to 1960 (10 inch vinyl) ... LP
Big Beat (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $22.99 24.99
Rare rock from the Japanese scene of the postwar years – but sounds that definitely have a universal appeal overall! Masaaki Hirao is way more than just a novelty remake of American rockers of the time – as he's got a sharp-edged sound that easily rivals the best we had to offer here ... (Rock, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Mieko HirotaIn My Feeling ... LP
Columbia (Japan), 1977. Near Mint- ... $79.99
One of the more soulful albums ever cut by Japanese vocalist Mieko Hirota – a set that mixes her warmly raspy style with some equally warm electric backings – all with a vibe that's a bit like Esther Phillips' albums for Kudu Records! Arrangements are by Hiromasa Suzuki and Kiyoshi ... (Vocalists, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Japanese pressing – SP-7009 – with insert. Cover has minimal surface wear, with some wear at the bottom right corner and a wide center split in the bottom seam.)

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Haruomi Hosono, Takahiko Ishikawa, & Masataka MatsutoyaAegean Sea ... LP
CBS/Victory (Italy), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $27.99 29.99
A sweet little record from this Japanese trio – all instrumental, and put together in a style that blends elements of electro pop, electric fusion, and maybe a bit of sound library funk! The tunes are all pretty vivid – maybe evoking the scene in the title – but they also have ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Mu IchizokuMu (purple vinyl pressing) ... LP
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $40.99 48.99
An album with a very striking cover, but which features music done for the more warm-tinged program Mu – a 70s drama represented here by a really great range of different themes! The mix of modes is great – one tune might have a playful Fender Rhodes solo, another a more serious koto ... (Soundtracks, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – nice and heavy, with obi!)

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Jiro InagakiWaJazz Legends – Jiro Inagaki (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
180g, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
The first-ever western collection of work from Japanese jazz giant Jiro Inagaki – a great saxophonist in his own right, and a real master of the groove with his Soul Media band! The double-length set is overflowing with gems from the golden age of Jiro and that group – tunes that ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ InoyamalandCommissions – 1977 to 2000 ... LP
Empire Of Signs, Late 1970s/1980s/1990s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
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(Black vinyl pressing, with obi. Obi is lightly bent and partially split at the perforation.)

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✨✧ Ginji ItoDeadly Drive (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Asylum/Lawson (Japan), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 49.99
Soulful city pop from the end of the 70s – a record that features the unique vocal stylings of Ginji Ito next to these really groovy, surprisingly jazzy arrangements – which also include some work from Ryuichi Sakamoto! The instrumentation alone is worth the price of admission – ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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✨✧ Juni & Too MuchToo Much ... LP
Atlantic/Lawson (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $49.99 58.99
One of the rarest Japanese hard rock albums of the 70s – and one of the heaviest too – a record that's definitely got plenty of the "too much" promised by the title and group! Juni Rush handles lead vocals, but the guitar work of Tutomu Ogawa may well be the equally strong ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Meiko KajiGincho Wataridori ... LP
Teichiku/We Want Sounds (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $31.99 34.99
The debut album from Meiko Kaji – an artist most folks knew first as an actress, but whose voice finds a wonderful setting in this record! There's a gentle current of funk to most tracks – stepping electric bass next to soaring strings, a bit of horns, and great use of koto from time ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Meiko KajiHajiki Uta ... CD
Teichiku/We Want Sounds (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
Really wonderful sounds from Meiko Kaji – an actress as well as a singer, one who was famous for her Nikkatsu work at the start of the 70s – and who delivers the songs here with a similar sense of darkly moody drama! The music often mixes rock touches with larger arrangements – ... read more CD
Also available Hajiki Uta ... LP 31.99

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Meiko KajiHajiki Uta ... LP
Teichiku/We Want Sounds (UK), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $31.99 36.99
Really wonderful sounds from Meiko Kaji – an actress as well as a singer, one who was famous for her Nikkatsu work at the start of the 70s – and who delivers the songs here with a similar sense of darkly moody drama! The music often mixes rock touches with larger arrangements – ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Hajiki Uta ... CD 16.99

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Kuni Kawachi & His Group (Flower Traveling Band)Love Suki Daikirai ... LP
Cosmic Rock (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 28.99
Japanese keyboardist Kuni Kawachi works here on a variety of cool keys while also singing – serving up work on Hammond, celeste, harpsichord, and even rocksichord – while also getting strong support from the legendary Flower Travelling Band! The record's leaner than that group's music, ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Koharu KisaragiTokai No Seikatsu ... LP
Wave/Lawson (Japan), 1986. New Copy (reissue)... $46.99 54.99
A really cool album from the Japanese scene of the 80s – one that's much more experimental and creative than some of the city pop material of the time – with a shifting style of music that really keeps things interesting! Ryuichi Sakamoto helped with the first track on the set, which ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Akira KushidaSoulful Akira Kushida – First Album/Bakuhatsu Suru Soul ... LP
Express/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $41.99
The very first album from long-running Japanese singer Akira Kushida – a set that bursts out with the word "soulful" on the cover, and definitely follows through with its promise! Given that Akira sings in Japanese on many cuts, the sound isn't exactly the same as James Brown on ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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✨✧ Monica Lassen & The SoundsLa Jouissance ... LP
Sony/Lawson (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $42.99 53.99
A totally wonderful little record that's every bit as sexy as you might guess from the cover – and which also has some of the groovy French elements you might expect from the title! The set's got this slinky, erotic vibe that's almost in Serge Gainsbourg territory – save for the fact ... (Vocalists, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Monica Lassen & The SoundsWoman ... LP
Sony/Lawson (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $42.99 53.99
A set that's definitely all woman – thanks to the sexy sounds of Monica Lassen on vocals! The singer works at a wordless level here – breezily scatting alongside these slinky, jazzy lines from The Sounds – a Japanese group who've clearly drunk deep from the well of bossa nova and ... (Vocalists, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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LightmellowObscure City Pop CD Disc Guide – 1986 to 2006 ... Book
Du Books (Japan), 2023. New Copy ... $24.99 34.99
A great guide for digging into the world of Japanese music from the mid 80s onward – and a book that's different than some of the more vinyl-centric disc guide, in that it focuses strongly on city pop titles that were only issued on CD! The Japanese city pop movement really got going at the ... (Books, Japanese) read more Book

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Logic SystemVenus ... LP
EMI/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $41.99 48.99
A really beautiful record from the Japanese electro scene at the start of the 80s – a record that's got some of the catchy synth modes of the period, but which also has a fair bit of other elements going on too! Logic System features keyboards from Hideki Matsutake – best known for his ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Norio MaedaSoul Samba – Holiday In Brazil ... LP
Pan Am/Lawson (Japan), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $42.99 49.99
A funky 70s killer from Japanese arranger Norio Maeda – very different than his 60s material, and also different than you might guess from both the image on the cover, and the "samba" in the title! There's some Brazilian influence in the rhythms, but the approach is fuller, richer, ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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✨✧ Yoko MaenoTwilight (2024 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $39.99 49.99
A jazzy bit of city soul from Yoko Maeno – a singer who's got a style that's partly like some of her Japanese contemporaries, and partly in a breathier mode – maybe a bit in territory that's like Jane Birkin and some other French singers of the 70s! The tunes have a nicely slinky vibe ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Mantle As MandrillMoment Of The Sexorcist – Mantleslash ... LP
Mad 13 (Japan), 2023. New Copy 2LP ... $44.99 54.99
The album's great cover image is an homage to the Death Wish soundtrack by Herbie Hancock, and Mantle references 70s funk group Mandrill in his name – but the sound here is very different than either of those two references might make you expect, more in a contemporary hip hop vein, but ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Hideki Matsutake, Masashi Komatsubara, & KOnae ImatoEdo ... LP
Columbia/Soave (Italy), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 32.99
Back in the 70s, there were plenty of records that mixed together the Japanese shamisen with more contemporary sounds – but of them all, this set might well be one of the wildest – as it features two side-long tracks that mix the acoustic strings of the ancient instrument with a mix of ... (Out Sound, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Kifu Mitsuhashi with Yamaya KiyoshiShakuhachi – Ballads Of The Village ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 49.99
A great blend of funky jazz and wooden flute – the Japanese shakuhachi reed instrument, blown by Kifu Mitsuhashi here – then mixed with some larger backings that almost have a CTI Records sort of groove! The approach is similar to some of the best 70s projects from Hozan Yamamoto ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Special Japan Record Day Release – with obi!)

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Akira MitakeHimawari ... LP
Pony Canyon/Lawson (Japan), 1987. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 46.99
Sweet instrumentals from the Japanese minimal scene of the 80s, but work that's sometimes got some warmer touches than other material of the time – maybe a slight new age sensibility at points, but touched with a sentimental sense of melody that almost prefaces some of the later Ghibli modes! ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi!)

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Toshio Mori & Blue CoatsSwing Up!! – Blue Coats Plays Billy Strayhorn ... CD
Jroom (Japan), 1976. Used ... $14.99 18.99
Ellington numbers all around, played by a great Japanese 70s big band, headed up by Toshio Mori! The sound here would make the late Duke proud – as Mori and the group perform 8 Billy Strayhorn numbers all with just the right mix of ensemble soul and modern touches that made the later ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Akio NiitsuI/O ... LP
Philips/Lawson (Japan), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 48.99
A totally cool record from Akio Niitsu – a late 70s effort that's a bit before some of the more electronic work of the 80s scene in Japan – and a set that almost feels like a bridge between earlier prog and later electro pop! The tunes are short, but instrumental – and have a ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Eri OhnoEri My Dear ... CD
Denon (Japan), 1982. Used ... $9.99
Great vocal work from this hip Japanese singer – with small combo backing that includes keyboards from Toshiyuki Daitoku, bass from Cecil McBee, and drums from Billy Hart – plus tenor on one track from Yasuaki Shimizu! Titles include "Freedom Jazz Dance", "Slow Hot ... (Vocalists, Japanese) read more CD
(Out of print.)

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Eri OhnoGood Question ... LP
Columbia/Mondo Groove (Italy), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 29.99
Lovely work from Eri Ohno – one of the deeper voiced singers in the city pop generation, and an artist who's able to work here with a nice mix of soulful styles! The record's got some leaner backings than other projects of this nature – really just a small combo, pictured with Eri on ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Yuji Ohno & OthersTouch – The Sublime Sound Of Yuji Ohno ... CD
We Want Sounds (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Japanese pianist Yuji Ohno started out in jazz, but soon had a role in so many different styles on his scene during the 70s – arranging for singers, doing soundtrack material, and serving up work in a whole host of different contexts – many of which are included in this mighty nice set! ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more CD
Also available Touch – The Sublime Sound Of Yuji Ohno ... LP 31.99

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Yuji Ohno & OthersTouch – The Sublime Sound Of Yuji Ohno ... LP
We Want Sounds (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $31.99 34.99
Japanese pianist Yuji Ohno started out in jazz, but soon had a role in so many different styles on his scene during the 70s – arranging for singers, doing soundtrack material, and serving up work in a whole host of different contexts – many of which are included in this mighty nice set! ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Touch – The Sublime Sound Of Yuji Ohno ... CD 16.99

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Jin OnoLight ... LP
Kakuba Rhythm (Japan), 2024. New Copy ... $27.99 38.99
A record with an AOR-styled cover, but a groove that's much more stripped-down overall – lean and soulful, and with a mixture of Fender Rhodes, other keyboards, and spare Maestro Rhythm King grooves – all topped with these easygoing vocals from Jin Ono! Given the use of the drum ... (Deep Funk, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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PeopleCeremony – Buddah Meet Rock ... LP
Teichiku/Lawson (Japan), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $43.99 49.99
Quite a weird little record – part psychedelia, but with some really rootsy elements – and also some odd use of recorded music as well! The sound here is really mindblowing – experimental and trippy, but never too free or over the top – and the core instrumentation includes ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Ryuichi SakamotoEsperanto ... LP
Midi/We Want Sounds (UK), 1985. New Copy (reissue)... $30.99 34.99
A masterpiece of electronic work from Ryuichi Sakamoto – and a record that may well be reaching for the universal language promised in the title! The set's not nearly as pop-oriented as some of Sakamoto's other work from the time – mostly instrumental, and with a spirit that's like ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Ryuichi SakamotoOngaku Zukan (Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia) (with bonus 7" single) ... LP
Midi/We Want Sounds (UK), 1984. New Copy (reissue)... $36.99 39.99
A pivotal album in the career of Ryuichi Sakamoto – a set that got wide global circulation right at a time when he was a rising star on the screen as much as a surprising international music star as well – of the sort who became a key global representative for all the changes that had ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Ongaku Zukan (Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia) (with bonus tracks) ... CD 16.99

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Ryuichi SakamotoOngaku Zukan (Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Midi/We Want Sounds (UK), 1984. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A pivotal album in the career of Ryuichi Sakamoto – a set that got wide global circulation right at a time when he was a rising star on the screen as much as a surprising international music star as well – of the sort who became a key global representative for all the changes that had ... read more CD
Also available Ongaku Zukan (Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia) (with bonus 7" single) ... LP 36.99

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Masahiko SatoPalladium ... LP
Express/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $42.99 49.99
The debut album of the legendary pianist Masahiko Sato – a musician who's got a way with a piano that's unlike anyone else we can think of – almost creating these sinister moments at times, which are balanced by occasional moments of warmth, amidst a very groundbreaking sense of freedom! ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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✨✧ Yazuaki ShimizuKiren ... LP
Palto Flats, 1984. New Copy ... $20.99 23.99
A really unusual album from the Japanese scene of the 80s – a set that was unissued at the time, but which is right in line with the other groundbreaking music of Yazuaki Shimizu! At some level, there's echoes of the instrumental experiments of Ryuichi Sakamoto going on here – but at ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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ShoodyTomorrow's Child ... LP
Invitation/Lawson (Japan), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $42.99 54.99
A wicked bit of Japanese soul, and a rare album done by an American singer who was working on the scene at the time! Shoody sings in English throughout, with a soulful style that's wonderful – mixing her own great vocals with jazzy backings in a level that's a bit like some of the Japanese ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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ShrieksIruka No Uta ... LP
Express/Universal (Japan), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $40.99 48.99
There's no shrieking going on here, as the music's got this gently groovy style that's warm and wonderful – post-folk, maybe a bit sunshine pop influenced – and coming across as almost like a Japanese attempt to hit some Carpenters territory! The songs are often more sophisticated than ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Southern All StarsTiny Bubbles ... CD
Invitation (Japan), 1980. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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Thiiird PlaceThis Is Thiiird Place ... LP
Toyokasei (Japan), 2024. New Copy ... $36.99 44.99
An excellent funk group from Japan – one who pick up some of the fuller horns of the Stax Records or Afro Funk generations, mix it with some leaner rhythms at times – and also make a strong nod towards contemporary funk modes as well – but all without sounding like anyone else at ... (Deep Funk, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Masahiko TogashiIsolation ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $42.99 52.99
A brilliant set of spare duets between Japanese percussionist Masahiko Togashi and saxophonist Mototeru Takagi – both stretching out on an album-length performance that stands up to anything the European Free jazz scene was offering at the time! Togashi is amazing on the kit – very ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Toi Et MoiSorayo ... LP
Liberty/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $40.99 48.99
A record with a really special sound – Japanese pop moving past some of the more emotive modes used a few years before, and working with a gentle, breezy style that sometimes echoes the best A&M Records styles from the Cali scene of the late 60s! Both singers intertwine in a wonderful ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Toi Et MoiUtopia ... LP
Liberty/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $40.99 48.99
A really great record from the Japanese scene of the 70s – one that seems to borrow a lot from the French pop styles of the late 60s – as you might guess from the group's name! Toi Et Moi are one guy singer, one gal – blending their Japanese vocals beautifully, with elements that ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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TranzamFunky Steps ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
There's plenty of funky steps here, thanks to a lean 70s fusion groove – served up by a Japanese combo who are heavy on keyboards and guitar! There's almost a CTI-like vibe to the record at times, especially as the rhythms are nice and spacious, and avoid any of the full-on fusion modes that ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Vodka CollinsTokyo New York ... LP
Express/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $40.99 48.99
A very hip Japanese group from the 70s – one based in Tokyo, but a combo who also featured Japanese/American members too – and who soar out nicely here on one of their best-remembered albums! The set's got this cool, compressed style that's a bit like glam – but it's also never ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Hozan Yamamoto/Masabumi KikuchiGinkai (SHMCD pressing) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $18.99 23.99
A brilliant album by Hozan Yamamoto – a flute player with a great ear for mixing traditional sounds and modern jazz! The set's a suite of sorts – performed by a cool quartet with Yamamoto on bamboo flute, plus Masabumi Kikuchi on piano, Gary Peacock on bass, and Hiroshi Murakami on ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more CD
(Part of the Japanese Jazz Revisited series – SHM-CD pressing!)

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Hako YamasakiTobimasu ... LP
Elec/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $35.99 39.99
The debut album from Hako Yamasaki, and a set that really bridges a few different eras of music on the Japanese scene! At some level, Hako's got the richly expressive style of female singers of the late 60s – but she works here with more acoustic guitar, and some more down-to-earth touches ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Tatsuro YamashitaCircus Town ... LP
RCA/BMG (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $40.99 52.99
Wicked soul from 70s Japanese singer Tatsuro Yamashita – recorded in New York and LA, and done with some excellent backings that rank with the best American soul from the time! The New York side was produced and arranged by Charlie Calello – who brings in some great jazzy moments to ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Tatsuro YamashitaGo Ahead ... LP
RCA/BMG (Japan), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $40.99 52.99
One of the key records that really helped cement the strong reputation of Tatsuro Yamashita in the 70s – served up with the kind of standout material that easily made him one of the most soulful Japanese singers of his time! Yamashita arranged and produced the whole set, which has these warm ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing, with obi! Cover has a tiny bump in the corner, but is great overall.)

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Tatsuro YamashitaIt's A Poppin Time ... LP
RCA/BMG (Japan), 1978. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $49.99 64.99
There's plenty of popping here – great little grooves, recorded with the jazzy finish that makes the 70s material of Tatsuro Yamashita so great! The vibe here has all the warmth and sophisticated groove of Fantasy Records in the late 70s – maybe a bit of Wayne Henderson/At Home ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese heavy pressing, with obi!)

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Tatsuro YamashitaMoonglow ... LP
Ariola/Sony (Japan), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $40.99 52.99
A sweet masterpiece of 70s AOR from Japan – served up by Tatsuro Yamashita, who was easily one of the most soulful male singers on the scene in the years before city pop! The record's got a jazzy vibe that's great, and which really fits the R&B-inspired midtempo rhythms – almost as ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Kiyoshi YamayaKyo ... LP
Denon/Lawson (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 49.99
A really cool record from the Japanese scene of the 70s – one that mixes traditional instrumentation with some high fidelity recording styles – then adds in just the right dash of contemporary elements too! The set's not as all-out funky as others like it from the time, but does rise ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Akiko YanoTadaima ... LP
Midi/We Want Sounds (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $31.99 34.99
A Japanese electro pop masterpiece from Akiko Yano – done with lots of help on production from Ryuichi Sakamoto, and lots of musical help from other members of YMO too! Yet the set's got a very different vibe than Sakmoto's music and that of his group – maybe more tuneful, at a level ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Akiko YanoTo Ki Me Ki ... CD
Midi/We Want Sounds (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
An early album from Japanese genius Akiko Yano, and one that features some key contributions from American jazz and fusion players – in a lineup that brings some surprisingly funky touches to the record too! Akiko's vocals and unique song structures still have all the charms you'll know from ... read more CD
Also available To Ki Me Ki ... LP 31.99

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Akiko YanoTo Ki Me Ki ... LP
Midi/We Want Sounds (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $31.99 34.99
An early album from Japanese genius Akiko Yano, and one that features some key contributions from American jazz and fusion players – in a lineup that brings some surprisingly funky touches to the record too! Akiko's vocals and unique song structures still have all the charms you'll know from ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available To Ki Me Ki ... CD 16.99

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Kazumi YasuiYasui Kazumi No Eru – Pi Zu Zu ... LP
Polydor/Lawson (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $42.99 58.99
A really lovely little record from Japan – one that's got some slight elements of bossa nova in the backings, but also some European elements too – with a moody vibe that's really wonderful, and very much in keeping from the image on the cover! There's a strong current of melancholy ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – heavy cover and obi!)

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Toshiaki YokotaPrimitive Community – Genshi Kyodo Tai ... LP
Toshiba/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $40.99 49.99
Not nearly as primitive as you might guess from the title – and instead, a heady batch of electric funk from the Japanese scene at the start of the 70s! The album's got a heavy dose of percussion at the bottom – drums and more, interwoven with lots of electric guitar in the rhythms ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Daisaku YoshinoChildren Jump Out ... CD
DIW (Japan), 1974/2021. New Copy ... $8.99 28.99
Unreleased live material from this legendary Japanese artist from the 70s – working here with his Lamp Manufacturing Factory group, which also includes lead guitar from Takashi Asayama! The recording is nice and intimate – a laidback set that shows the way that Daisaku Yoshino could ... read more CD

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VariousAlfa/Yen Records 1980 to 1987 ... LP
Alfa/Sony (Japan), 1980s. New Copy 2LP ... $48.99 54.99
A totally cool look at a totally cool label – the early home of YMO, and an imprint that was host to some of the coolest Japanese music in the 80s! Some of the artists on the Alpha label were already rising stars by the time the company launched in 1980 – but they found a new outlet ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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VariousCity Music Tokyo – Multiple ... CD
Gearbox (UK), 1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 18.99
A really great dive into the city pop years of Japanese music – and a collection that's a bit different than some others, in that it not only presents gems from the 80s, but also follows the evolution of city pop modes into later decades as well! There's a nice variety of styles here – ... read more CD

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VariousGravy – Soul Jazz Guitar Set ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Early 1970s. New Copy ... $18.99 23.99
Killer guitar work from a legendary label – tracks that were all recorded for the Groove Merchant imprint in the 70s – a company that really valued the sound that a hip guitarist could bring to the funky side of jazz! Some of the tracks here feature a Hammond player in the lead, but ... (Funky Compilations, Japanese) read more CD

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VariousKaruizawa Music Inn Vol 1 – Modern Jazz Meeting ... LP
Toshiba/Universal (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $44.99 49.99
All-star jazz from the Japanese scene of the early 60s – a record that's almost in the Verve Records jam session or JATP style – as it features some of the greatest players on the Japanese scene of the time, coming together on some really long tracks that take off in a beautiful way! ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousLovin Mighty Fire – Nippon Funk Soul Disco 1973 to 1983 ... LP
Ace/BGP (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 34.99
Disco grooves from a source you might not expect – the Japanese scene of the 70s, which was home to a surprisingly strong array of records that were perfect for the clubs! In retrospect, maybe the music's not such a surprise – given that 70s Japan was also a hotbed of electric fusion, ... (Funky Compilations, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousNippon Girls – Japanese Pop, Beat, & Bossa Nova 1966 to 1970 ... CD
Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Groovy, moddish, magnificent and sunny girl pop from The Land Of The Rising Sun – pummeling drums, jumping arrangements and groovy vocals from the mid-to-late 60s Japanese scene! This is fantastic stuff, any kitch or novelty appeal you might be expecting is kind of muted by the exceptional ... read more CD

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VariousNippon Girls Vol 2 – Japanese Pop, Beat, & Rock & Roll 1965 to 1970 ... CD
Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Mad sounds from the late 60s world of Japanese pop – a mindblowing, ear-opening batch of singles we never would have gotten our hands on otherwise! The music here feels like sounds coming out of some backroom jukebox in a Nikkatsu "new action" film – or maybe the kind of ... read more CD

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VariousNippon Girls Vol 2 – Japanese Pop, Beat, & Rock & Roll 1966 to 1970 (colored vinyl) ... LP
Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... $24.99 26.99
Mad sounds from the late 60s world of Japanese pop – a mindblowing, ear-opening batch of singles we never would have gotten our hands on otherwise! The music here feels like sounds coming out of some backroom jukebox in a Nikkatsu "new action" film – or maybe the kind of ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousNippon Psychedelic Soul 1970 to 1979 ... LP
Time Capsule (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $39.99 44.99
A record that picks up on a very particular strand of Japanese music in the 70s – and one that's maybe not even fully described with all the evocative words in the title! The sounds here are leaner and more open than work you'd know from the city pop years – but also not like Japanese ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousPunch The Monkey 3 – Lupin The 3rd Remixes & Covers ... LP
Readymade (Japan), 2000. Very Good 2LP ... $28.99
The best of both worlds from the Japanese scene – a set that features the classic 70s anime soundtrack work of the 70s, remixed by artists from the cool club scene of the late 90s – with work from DJ Muro, DJ Yoshio, Arai Toshiya, Crazy Ken Band, Konishi Yasuharu, Tajima Takao, and ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousUkulele From The North Country ... CD
Geneon, 1980s/1990s. Used ... $9.99
Ukulele players and groups featuring Ukulele such as IWAO, Kuricorder Quartet, and Laura performing music from the Japanese TV drama "From the North Country." (Now Sound, Japanese) CD
(2007 pressing. Includes obi!)

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VariousWaJazz – Japanese Jazz Spectacle Vol 1 – Deep, Heavy, & Beautiful Jazz From Japan 1968 to 1984 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
180g (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $40.99 45.99
An essential collection of work from the Japanese scene of the 70s – as set that really gets at the "something special" that made jazz from this generation so unique! Japanese musicians were early adopters of American modes – and the scene had great bop recordings from the ... (Funky Compilations, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousWamono A to Z Vol 2 – Japanese Jazz Funk & Rare Groove 1970 to 1977 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
180g (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $29.99 34.98
A fantastic document of the lost funk legacy of 70s Japan – music that's often different than the jazz and pop work of the decade that sees greater reissue, and which shows a very strong influence from the American scene! The rhythms here are wonderful – sometimes in the best funky ... (Funky Compilations, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousWamono Disco – Nippon Columbia Disco & Boogie Hits 1978 to 1982 ... LP
180g (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $29.99 34.99
Japanese club music from the disco years onward – but a set that's got a very universal appeal in the rhythms! The vocals are mostly in Japanese, but the arrangements, production, and instrumentation here resonate strongly with the best that New York or Philly had to offer during the disco ... (Funky Compilations, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousWinners Of The Swing Journal Critics Poll – 1958 ... LP
King (Japan), 1958. Near Mint- ... $2.99 19.99
Poll winners from the Japanese scene of the late 50s – stepping out in a special live performance from the time! The album's almost got a Verve Records sort of feel – especially from the all-star tip – and tunes are more swing than bop, although there's definitely a few modern ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Japanese pressing, with insert – SKK 3019. Cover has some light wear, but vinyl is great!)
 
 



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