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Japanese — In Stock

XA special section of Japanese language records -- city pop, J-pop, and other styles unique to the culture of Japan!

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All That JazzGhibli Jazz 2 ... LP
P-Vine (Japan), 2010. New Copy ... $27.99 39.99
A really great take on the music of Studio Ghibli – one that presents the sounds with very much the jazz promised in the title! The sound is very lean and stripped-down, with a small combo style on most numbers – all instruments handled by Tomoo Nogami, who mixes piano, bass, and drums ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing!)

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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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Toru Arima & Noche CubanaDance Dance Dance Part IV ... LP
Yupiteru (Japan), 1982. Near Mint- ... $19.99
(Jazz, Japanese) LP, Vinyl record album
(With insert.)

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CagnetHere We Are Again – Long Vacation 3 ... LP
Universal/Lawson (Japan), 1996. New Copy ... $24.99 48.99
A sweetly soulful soundtrack from Cagnet – music for the extremely popular Long Vacation series in the 90s, done in that Japanese style from the time that was very heavy on influences from American soul! There's English language lyrics on most tracks – sung by Natalie and Anna, with a ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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CagnetLong Vacation ... CD
EMI, 1996. Used ... $6.99
A well-done batch of music for the initial season of Japanese TV show Long Vacation – served up with a sense of variety and depth that's a great change from American television music for a program of this nature! Cagnet put the whole thing together, but they've got a good sense of variety ... read more CD
Also available Long Vacation ... LP 24.99

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CagnetLong Vacation ... LP
Universal/Lawson (Japan), 1996. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 42.99
A well-done batch of music for the initial season of Japanese TV show Long Vacation – served up with a sense of variety and depth that's a great change from American television music for a program of this nature! Cagnet put the whole thing together, but they've got a good sense of variety ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Long Vacation ... CD 6.99

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Count Buffalo & His Rock Band (Akira Ishikawa)Exciting Drums – African Rock Party ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99 54.99
The drums are definitely exciting here – really tight rhythms that drive most of these cuts into a funky frenzy – even if the groove is more based on American soul of the late 60s than the African rock promised in the title! Most of the tunes are covers, but remade here as really hip ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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DJ KawasakiBridge Into The Future – DJ Kawasaki Recreated Tracks ... LP
Lawson (Japan), 2023. New Copy ... $28.99 49.99
DJ Kawasaki has given the world plenty of great club tracks over the years – but here, he reworks his music in a variety of different styles – sometimes funk, sometimes soul, sometimes a bit of jazz – all with a level of expression that really takes us back to that moment when the ... (New Grooves, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Flower Travellin BandMade In Japan ... LP
Atlantic/Life Goes On (Italy), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 29.99
A classic record by this important Japanese band, and one that was actually made in Canada, despite the title – at a time when the group were visiting, and managed to create this wonderful record with a very relaxed, organic vibe! Vocals are in English, and lead singer Joe Yamanaka has a ... (Rock, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Minoru FushimiThanatos Of Funk ... LP
MFX/180g, 1985. New Copy (reissue)... $27.99 29.99
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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Grey October SoundsLo-Fi Anime ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2023. New Copy ... $18.99 23.99
One of the coolest projects so far from Grey October Sounds – a set that has all the crispy beats and laidback vibe of previous records, but which also focuses on themes from anime as well! There's plenty of tunes from the world of Studio Ghibli, but they're nicely changed up with the ... read more CD
Also available Lo-Fi Anime ... LP 29.99

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Grey October SoundsLo-Fi Anime ... LP
P-Vine (Japan), 2023. New Copy ... $29.99 36.99
One of the coolest projects so far from Grey October Sounds – a set that has all the crispy beats and laidback vibe of previous records, but which also focuses on themes from anime as well! There's plenty of tunes from the world of Studio Ghibli, but they're nicely changed up with the ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)
Also available Lo-Fi Anime ... CD 18.99

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Grey October SoundsLo-Fi City Pop ... LP
P-Vine (Japan), 2023. New Copy ... $29.99 39.99
A sweet little record that definitely offers up what it promises in the title – a lower-fi version of the Japanese city pop sound from years back, yet one that's also nicely inflected with some of the hip hop elements that Grey October Sounds use in their music! The image on the cover is ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Grey October SoundsLo-Fi Ghibli ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2022. New Copy ... $14.99 24.99
A really cool take on the sounds of Studio Ghibli – one that brings classic melodies from the famous animated features into play with the production talents of Grey October Sounds – who delivers the goods with all the low-fi elements promised by the title! The approach is instrumental ... read more CD

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✨✧ Kim Sang HeeKim Sang Hee Sings Tom Jones & Burt Bacharach ... LP
All Art/Solid (Japan), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $40.99 49.99
The lovely Kim Sang Hee takes on the music of both Tom Jones and Burt Bacharach – in a setting that has her working with nicely different backings for each of the different sources! The Burt Bacharach material is maybe our favorite – as Kim's sweet voice works wonderfully with the ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese 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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Haruomi HosonoHosono House ... LP
King (Japan), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $40.99 49.99
A completely wonderful album from Haruomi Hosono – a real watershed not just in his own career, but in the development of mainstream Japanese music too! The set's got the sophistication of the best of the singer/songwriter underground in the US – not just in the lyrical presentation, ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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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 ... $41.99 49.99
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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Akira InoueOphelia ... CD
Polystar (Japan), 2001. Used ... $9.99 11.99
... CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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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

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✨✧ Kimiko Kasai with Herbie HancockButterfly ... LP
Columbia/Be With (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $36.99 39.99
A legendary pairing of talents – as Japanese jazz singer Kimiko Kasai works alongside Herbie Hancock – in a setting that's very much on the soul side of the spectrum! Both Herbie and Kimiko started out with a straighter jazz sound in their early years – but by the end of the 70s, ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Kahoru Kohiruimaki with PrinceTime The Motion ... LP
TDK/Lawson (Japan), 1989. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 48.99
A great bit of Japanese soul from the end of the 80s – and one that's got a surprising connection to Prince as well – given the man himself wrote some of the tracks, and also appears on the record himself! Apart from Kahoru's Japanese vocals, the Prince tracks are totally Prince ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Hiroko KokubuBridge (XRCD pressing) ... CD
JVC (Japan), 1997. Used ... $6.99 16.99
Includes the songs "Catalina Island", "Rudy's Dream", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Lullaby Of Takeda", "Essence", "Lettin's Go", "Keep Hope Alive", "Baked Potato Man", "Innocence Of Spring", "Our ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more CD
(Out of print XRCD pressing in a nice hardcover book.)

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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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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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LoudnessLaw Of Devil's Land ... LP
Megaton (Holland), 1983. Near Mint- ... $24.99
(Rock, Japanese) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has lightly bent corners.)

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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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Carmen MakiBlues Creation ... LP
Denon/Lawson (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $42.99 59.99
Japanese singer Carmen Maki works here with Blues Creation – on a set that's headier and heavier than just about anything she ever recorded! The group themselves are amazing – searing with guitar work that rivals the best of the Anglo blues-inspired hard rock combos of the period ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Masato Matsumura & Tsutomu Noda90s Disc Guide – Japan Edition ... Book
Ele-King (Japan), 2021. New Copy ... $22.99 29.99
A really deep dig into the Japanese scene of the 90s – a unique discography that brings together key records in a variety of different styles – from tuneful to noisy, soulful to electronic! The book's a more contemporary variation of the sort of Japanese discographies we normally stock ... (Books, Japanese) read more Book

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Keiko MatsuokaSomething – Keiko Matsuoka Sings The Beatles Vol 3 ... LP
Express (Japan), 1971. Very Good+ ... $24.99
A very unusual Japanese take on the music of The Beatles – with inventive arrangements from Jack Alman! 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 Mountain ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 49.99
Really cool work on shakuhachi – and a set that's way more than just the ballads you might expect from the title! Japanese reed player Kifu Mitsuhashi definitely uses some older modes here, and begins the set as such – but as the record moves on, more contemporary instrumentation comes ... 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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Mamoru MiyagiJapan Revisited ... LP
Capitol, 1960s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing. Cover has light wear, some aging, half split top seam, and a small name in pen in back.)

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Jun MiyakeEspecially Sexy (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
TDK/P-Vine (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $21.99 26.99
A set that's especially sexy, and especially jazzy too – as Jun Miyake works here with a whole host of American fusion players – a really great lineup who make the record soar! Jun's definitely in the more fusion-oriented side of his music here – blowing trumpet and flugelhorn, ... read more CD

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Takeru Muraoka & Takao UematsuRide & Tie ... LP
Express/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $41.99 49.99
Funky, fuzzy, and outta site – a really wonderful set of extended psychedelic jazz numbers from twin tenorists Takeru Muraoka and Takao Uematsu! The set's billed as a live tenor "battle" on the cover – but it's hardly the sort of record that you'd hear from American players ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Mystery Kindaichi BandAdventures Of Kindaichi Kosuke (Kindaichikosuke No Boken) ... LP
King/We Want Sounds (France), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $31.99 34.99
There's a vampire with a flute on the cover – and that image alone is more than enough to make us drop the needle on this rare Japanese gem from the 70s! And fortunately, the sound of the music is equally cool – funky fusion with some nicely spacey currents – almost a Mizell ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Hachidai NakamuraMemories Of Lyllyan ... LP
Toshiba/Universal (Japan), 1960. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 49.99
A great piano trio set from the start of the 60s – performed by a Japanese player we know little about! Hachidai Nakamura isn't a name that we remember from many other records, but on this beautifully-titled record he steps forth with a command of the keys that's really wonderful – a ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Noriki (Soichi Noriki)Noriki ... LP
East World/Lawson (Japan), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 49.99
Keyboardist Soichi Noriki is at the top of his game here – combining warmer fusion modes from a few years before with some of the city pop styles on the Japanese scene of the early 80s – an approach that's topped with vocals from Yurie Kokubu on a few of the album's key cuts! Most of ... (Jazz, Japanese) 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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Ryozo OkudaCollection Of Famous Songs By Ryozo Okuda Vol 2 ... LP
Polydor (Japan), 1960s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
Performances of Italian serenades and pieces by Schubert, Mozart, and Godard by the Japanese tenor. LP, Vinyl record album
(Promo. Includes insert. Cover has a small piece of clear tape in front, some aging, and clear tape holding the bottom seam.)

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Akira Ozawa with Jiro Inagaki & Soul MediaGreece Ni Tsuite Kakareta Hon ... LP
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 48.99
Bassist Akira Okazawa works here with a leaner version of the Soul Media group of reedman Jiro Inagaki – a sweet little set that has Jiro on tenor, soprano, and flute – and some mighty nice work on organ from Norio Maeda! Akira sings on many numbers, in both English and Japanese, in ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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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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✨✧ Masahiko Sato with Toshiyuki Miyama & His New HerdYamataifu ... LP
Toshiba/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $40.99 49.99
Stunning sounds from the Japanese jazz scene of the 70s – one of those key records that show how the scene was really moving forward with older jazz formats, and definitely finding new voices and styles in the process! The New Herd group here has nothing to do with older American big bands ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing, with obi!)

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Yumi SeinoNatural Woman ... LP
Blow Up/Lawson (Japan), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 49.99
It's easy for Yumi Seino to be a natural woman with backings this great – really jazzy instrumentation that helps set a style that keeps things moving throughout – and which definitely has the record on the more soulful R&B side of the city pop spectrum! Yumi's voice is great ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Shonen KnifePretty Little Baka Guy ... LP
Subversive, 1986. Near Mint- ... $39.99
(Rock, Japanese) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some ringwear.)

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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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Speed, Glue & ShinkiSpeed, Glue & Shinki ... LP
Warner/Lawson (Japan), 1972. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $49.99 69.99
A hell of a record from a Japanese band who answered to nobody else – a combo who could come on with the ferocity of James Gang or some of their contemporaries, but also hit some even wilder, more experimental moments too – something they definitely do here in the space of the double-len ... (Rock, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great 2LP reissue – with the paper wraparound image of the original!)

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Sunaga T ExperienceCrouka ... LP
Cutting Edge/Lawson (Japan), 2001. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99 59.99
The jazzy genius of Tatsuo Sunaga gets turned in a cool direction here – as the set's an imagined soundtrack for the voyage of Crouka – the dog who disappeared from the launch of the Soviet rocket Soyuz2! That story hardly needs to be part of the description, though – as the ... (New Grooves, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Towa TeiTouch ... LP
Columbia (Japan), 2023. New Copy ... $41.99 49.99
Really wonderful work from Towa Tei – an artist who's lost none of the charms that first made us fall in love with him when he was a member of Deee Lite! As with his earlier solo material, this set's got a wonderful combination of sounds, samples, and styles – that quality that has ... (New Grooves, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Takeshi TerauchiEleki Bushi – 1966 to 1974 ... LP
180g, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $30.99 35.99
Really wild work from this hip Japanese guitarist of the 60s – music that still echoes some of the American instrumental guitar styles of the decade, but which often opens up with all these weird and wonderful touches too! There are some moments that seem to evoke older Japanese melodies, ... 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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Kei Wakakusa/Yuichiro OdaRokushingattai Goddomazu Ongaku-shu ... LP
Starchild (Japan), 1982. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $24.99
A cool anime soundtrack from the 80s! LP, Vinyl record album
(In a heavy gatefold cover, with obi, poster, and booklet! A few spots of the cover inside show light aging – but overall this is a great copy.)

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Hozan Yamamoto/Nobuo HaraNew Dimension Of Bamboo Flute – Hozan Yamamoto Meets Nobuo Hara's Sharps & Flats ... LP
CBS (Japan), 1969. Very Good Gatefold ... $19.99 24.99
Very groovy! Japanese flute meets funky big band arrangements – on cuts that include "Sound Of Silence", "Hey Jude", "Fool On The Hill", "Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay", and "Sunny". (Jazz, Japanese) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has edge wear and minor seam splits.)

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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)... $45.99 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 YamashitaGreatest Hits Of Tatsuro Yamashita ... LP
RCA/BMG (Japan), Late 70s. New Copy ... $45.99 52.99
A great collection of work from this soulful Japanese singer - all of his best for RCA and Ariola, collected here in one sweet set! There were few cats on the Japanese scene of the time who could match the approach of US soul singers as well as Yamashita – and you'll definitely hear proof of ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Tatsuro YamashitaIt's A Poppin Time ... LP
RCA/BMG (Japan), 1978. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $54.99 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 YamashitaRide On Time ... LP
RCA/BMG (Japan), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $40.99 52.99
The Japanese scene had plenty of great artists in the 70s, but few were as fantastic as Tatsuro Yamashita – a singer who effortlessly captures some of the more soulful currents of the American scene at the time, has a way of forging a really universal groove! The production, instrumentation, ... 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 YanoAi Ga Nakucha Ne ... LP
Midi (Japan), 1986. Near Mint- ... $59.99
A really fantastic album from the great Akiko Yano – a set recorded in London with help from a whole host of great talents, all of whom make for a record that's even catchier and groovier than some of her work in Japan! Ryuichi Sakamoto co-produced and arranged the record, and really helped ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy gatefold pressing, with separate sleeve for record, and very cool and big inner booklet! Cover has light wear, and booklet is loose in the middle – but overall this is a very nice copy.)

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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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Toshiko Yonekawa, Kiyoshi Yamaya, & Contemporary Sound OrchestraTapestry – Koto & The Occident Country ... LP
Columbia/Cinedelic (Italy), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
An incredibly cool use of the koto – that stringed Japanese instrument that got some great reworking in the 70s, thanks to hip records like this! The instrument is set up here amidst some sophisticated larger arrangements – in a way that almost takes off from some of the Dorothy Ashby ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition pressing, with obi!)

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Toshiko Yonekawa, Kiyoshi Yamaya, & Contemporary Sound OrchestraTapestry – Koto & The Occident Hillside ... LP
Columbia/Cinedelic (Italy), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
A deceptively groovy record – one that, like the other two in this hip series, hides some very cool sounds behind a relatively unassuming cover! Toshiko Yonekawa plays the Japanese koto, but the setting here is very different than the spare, folksy mode of earlier koto records – as ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Toshiko Yonekawa, Kiyoshi Yamaya, & Contemporary Sound OrchestraTapestry – Koto & The Occident Sea ... LP
Columbia/Cinedelic (Italy), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
One of the coolest Japanese albums of the 70s to blend classic instrumentation and contemporary elements – a record that's got plenty of the koto promised in the title, but which also serves up the music with a wonderfully rich vibe throughout! The style is more in sophisticated soundtrack ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Hiroshi YoshimuraGreen (green vinyl pressing) ... LP
Air/Light In The Attic, 1986. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 33.99
A great mixture of organic ideas and electric sounds from Japanese pioneer Hiroshi Yoshimura – a set that follows the cycle of "green" through a progression of really lovely little instrumentals – somewhere between the minimalist experiments of Brian Eno in the late 70s, and ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Green vinyl pressing.)

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Hiroshi YoshimuraSurround ... CD
Misawa Home/Temporal Drift, 1986. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
A beautiful Japanese ambient session from the 80s – one of a rare breed of records issued by the Misawa Home Institute Of Research – partly as a project to integrate music and sound into everyday residential life! Hiroshi Yoshimura begins the set with one long track, the moves into ... read more CD
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Surround ... LP 29.99
Surround (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP 32.99

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Hiroshi YoshimuraSurround ... LP
Misawa Home/Temporal Drift, 1986. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 33.99
A beautiful Japanese ambient session from the 80s – one of a rare breed of records issued by the Misawa Home Institute Of Research – partly as a project to integrate music and sound into everyday residential life! Hiroshi Yoshimura begins the set with one long track, the moves into ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available
Surround ... CD 15.99
Surround (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP 32.99

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Hiroshi YoshimuraSurround (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Misawa Home/Temporal Drift, 1986. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99 36.99
A beautiful Japanese ambient session from the 80s – one of a rare breed of records issued by the Misawa Home Institute Of Research – partly as a project to integrate music and sound into everyday residential life! Hiroshi Yoshimura begins the set with one long track, the moves into ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available
Surround ... CD 15.99
Surround ... LP 29.99

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Johnny Young & Sun PopsMood In Drum – Mood Music Library No 20 ... LP
Sun (Japan), Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $19.99 23.99
A set that's way groovier than you'd guess from the "mood music library" on the cover – as the album features drum-heavy instrumental takes on popular tunes of the 60s! (Jazz, Japanese) LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing – with a very cool book, too – filled with full color images of American and British 60s stars!)

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✨✧ Kaoru YumiKaoru Yumi New Album (red vinyl pressing – with bonus poster) ... LP
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $51.99 58.99
A very groovy album from 70s Japan – one that makes all the best use of the sexy vocal style of Kaoru Yumi, set to a warm mix of funky and easygoing backings! Yumi's as famous for her appearances on screen as she is on record – a role that was unified here through the scandalous album ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(A beautiful pressing – with a peek-a-boo outer sleeve, inside obi, and bonus poster too!)

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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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VariousKaruizawa Music Inn Vol 2 – Modern Jazz Meeting ... LP
Toshiba/Universal (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $24.99 49.99
A key showcase of some of the fantastic groups who were starting to shape the sound of jazz on the Japanese jazz scene at the start of the 60s –a set that's a nice contrast to the first volume in this series, which featured all of the different musicians jamming together! Here, leadership is ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousPacific Breeze – Japanese City Pop, AOR, & Boogie 1976 to 1986 (pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
Light In The Attic, Late 1970s/Early 1980s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $32.99 36.99
Warm, soulful sounds from a crucial time in the Japanese music scene – a 70s moment when the nation was finding a special groove of its own – but one that also drew heavily from American soul and jazz as well! It's no secret that the Japanese have always had a great love of American ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousPacific Breeze 2 – Japanese City Pop, AOR, & Boogie 1972 to 1986 ... LP
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... $32.99 38.99
Sweet sounds from a real golden age in Japanese music – a time when the scene had picked up plenty of influences from the US scene, but was carefully crafting some great styles of their own! The music here has touches of jazz, fusion, soul, and AOR – but there's a special balance that's ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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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 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- ... $11.99 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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