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

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June ChikumaMidas Touch ... LP
Star Creature, Early 90s. New Copy ... $18.99 21.99
A really cool album from June Chikuma – an artist best known for video game work, most famously the score for Bomberman Hero – heard here in a host of great cuts pulled from her archives! There's a nice mix of electric and acoustic elements going on in the music – keyboards, drum ... (Sound Library, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 copies!)

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Flower Travellin BandMade In Japan ... LP
Atlantic/Life Goes On (Italy), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $27.99 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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Justin Heathcliff (Osamu Kitajima)Justin Heathcliff ... CD
Everland (Netherlands), 1971. New Copy ... $7.99 16.99
A weird little album from early 70s Japan – an obscure project from Osamu Kitajima – who'd later be known for his jazz and fusion work! This set's completely different from those recordings – and is an Anglo rock project with lyrics in English, and a very groovy sound throughout! ... (Rock, Japanese) read more CD

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Masaaki HiraoNippon Rock N Roll – The Birth Of Japanese Rokabirii 1958 to 1960 ... CD
Big Beat (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
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 CD

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Joe HisaishiKikujiro No Natsu (2021 Japan Record Day Release) ... LP
Universal (Japan), 1999. New Copy ... $52.99
Beautiful soundtrack work from Joe Hisaishi – done for a 1999 Takeshi Kitano film, and served up in a mix of some of the warmer sentiment he brought to his work for Miyazaki, and some more interesting modes that provide a nice juxtaposition – and which clearly seem right for the madder ... (Soundtracks, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy vinyl pressing – with obi!)

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Haruomi HosonoHosono House ... CD
Light In The Attic, 1973. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
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 CD

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InteriorInterior ... LP
Yen/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 33.99
A sweet set of Japanese instrumental work from the 80s – and a record that maybe got a bit more global circulation than some of its contemporaries, given a later American release on the Windham Hill label! Yet the sound here is hardly the new age that reference might make you expect – ... (Rock, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kimiko ItohTouch Of Love ... LP
Sony (Japan), 1985. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Sweet vocals and some warmly jazzy backings – a nice little collaboration between Japanese singer Kimiko Itoh and keyboardist Masahiko Satoh, who also handles the arrangements on the set! Satoh shifts between Fender Rhodes and Steinway, and the rest of the instrumentation has a mixed ... (Vocalists, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Rinsyoe Kida with Akira Ishikawa & His Count BuffalosTsugaru Jongara Bushi Drum & Tusgaru Jamisen ... LP
Teichiku/Cinedelic (Italy), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 39.99
Shamisen never sounded so groovy before – thanks to excellent work from Akira Ishikawa & His Count Buffalos – who are working here at their funky 70s best! The album mixes great sounds from Count Buffalos with the solo talents of Rinsoye Kida on shamisen – the traditional ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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Osamu KitajimaBenzaiten ... CD
Everland (Netherlands), 1976. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
A really unique project from guitarist Osamu Kitajima – a player you might know from his smoother fusion sets at the end of the 70s – but who works here in a very trippy blend of Japanese instrumentation and electric jazz! Kitajima handles a heck of a lot of strings – both ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more CD

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Osamu KitajimaMasterless Samurai ... CD
Everland (Netherlands), 1980. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
Evocative fusion work from Japanese guitarist Osamu Kitajima – a record that mixes together LA electric with some folksier elements, in the continuing exploration of cross cultural patterns that drifted across Kitajima's work from this time. The album's got a compelling blend of electric and ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more CD

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Osamu KitajimaOsamu ... CD
Everland (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
A great mix of modes from Osamu Kitajima – a set that's still got some of the exotic elements of his other material, but which also brings in a stronger fusion component too – mixing Kitajima's work on guitar and koto with plenty of Fender Rhodes and other great electric touches! The ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more CD

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✨✧ Makoto Kubota & The Sunset GangDixie Fever ... LP
Show Boat/We Want Sounds (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 33.99
Imagine an album of New Orleans roots, recorded in Hawaii by a Japanese group in the 70s – and that will give you a pretty clear picture of the unique vibe of this third album by Makoto Kubota and his Sunset Gang! The record is a nice refinement of the sound that the group was going for on ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Carmen MakiBlues Creation ... LP
Denon/Sony (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $49.99 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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Minoru Muraoka & New Dimension GroupBamboo ... LP
King/Mr Bongo (UK), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $30.99 33.98
60s jazz meets Japanese bamboo flute – all in a session with a great mix of groovy and exotic touches! The record's a unique meeting of jazz and folkloric elements – done in a style that's a bit like some of the late 60s sessions of this nature on MPS, but a fair bit groovier overall ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Cantas Murata & Samba MachinesOpa! ... CD
Happiness (Japan), 2014. Used ... $4.99
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Yoko NagisaYoko Elegance ... LP
Tokuma/P-Vine (Japan), 2002. New Copy ... $34.99 39.99
A great little record from Japanese singer Yoko Nagisa – an artist who's clearly got a 70s look on the cover, and who really brings that to the record too – mixing in bits of jazz and bits of soul, at a level that maybe makes the whole thing feel like some blend between vintage work by ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Junko OhashiTea For Tears ... LP
Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $49.99 54.99
A really beautiful record from Junko Ohashi – a set recorded right in that very soulful moment of Japanese pop, with a strong influence from American fusion and R&B! Arrangements are by Mitsuo Hagita, and most of the lyrics are by Yoshiko Miura – and in many ways, the album feels ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Classic-styled pressing, with obi!)

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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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PeasantsMemories ... LP
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $48.99 54.99
A beautiful bit of soft rock from 70s Japan – served up by a group with two guys and two gals, who trade placement in the lead vocals, and deliver plenty of warm harmonies too! There's a vibe here that's in the best sort of Carpenters mode – well-produced, but very down to earth and ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Yoshiko SaiTakla Makan ... LP
P-Vine (Japan), 2008. New Copy ... $39.99
Beautiful later work from Japanese singer Yoshiko Sai – but tracks that are every bit as sublime as her classics! Sai has this vocal range that's incredible – an ability to slide up and down the scale that's somewhere in the territory of Minnie Riperton or Kate Bush – even though ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Nanako SatoFunny Walkin ... LP
Blow Up/Sony (Japan), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $49.99 54.99
A 70s classic from Nanako Sato – a singer with a great mix of sweet, sultry styles – and one who often brought a bit of jazz into her work as well, even though the record's not exactly a jazz album overall! Arrangements and keyboards are by Yuji Ohno, an artist who always knew how to ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing, with obi!)

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Yazuaki ShimizuKiren ... CD
Palto Flats, 1984. New Copy ... $11.99 13.99
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 CD

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Eiko ShuriNice To Be Singing (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Reprise/Warner (Japan), 1978. Used ... $19.99 29.99
Produced by Don Costa – with Pete Jolly on piano and Fender Rhodes! CD
(2021 remastered edition with 3 bonus tracks – includes obi!)

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Sketch Show (Yukihiro Takahasi & Haruomi Hosono)Audio Sponge (cream vinyl pressing) ... LP
Cutting Edge (Japan), 2002. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $59.99
Pretty nice work from the Japanese duo of Yukihiro Takahasi & Haruomi Hosono – a mixture of quirky electronics that has a fresh sound we wouldn't expect from these two older talents! The album's got a really nice feel overall – abstract one minute, but sweet and catchy the other ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Sketch Show (Yukihiro Takahasi & Haruomi Hosono)Tronika (white vinyl pressing) ... LP
Cutting Edge (Japan), 2003. New Copy ... $48.99
Japanese musicians Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi had a big impact on the scound of their scene in the 70s and 80s – and here, they continue to amaze the ears with a whole new range of sounds for the 21st century – modes that are maybe more stripped-down and understated than ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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SuzkenBarroco ... CD
Urban Discos (Japan), 2022. New Copy ... $19.99
A mix of jazzy and soulful styles from Japanese artist Suzken – sometimes instrumental, sometimes vocal – often with some warmer touches that evoke a vintage mode as well! Yet the record's not the usual retro funk outing – as Suzken really has an ear that's all his own – a ... read more CD

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Takeshi TerauchiNippon Guitars – Instrumental Surf, Eleki, & Tsugaru Rock 1966 to 1974 ... CD
Big Beat (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
Blazing 60s & 70s string-shredding mastery from Japan's great guitar instrumentals guru Takeshi Terauchi – whose playing matches the greatest 50s & 60s rock guitar gurus in both dexterous ability and pulpy mood setting! Takeshi put his own unique spin on the chugging styles of the ... (Rock, Japanese) read more CD
Also available Nippon Guitars – Instrumental Surf, Eleki, & Tsugaru Rock 1966 to 1974 ... LP 16.99

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Takeshi TerauchiNippon Guitars – Instrumental Surf, Eleki, & Tsugaru Rock 1966 to 1974 ... LP
Big Beat (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $16.99 22.99
Blazing 60s & 70s string-shredding mastery from Japan's great guitar instrumentals guru Takeshi Terauchi – whose playing matches the greatest 50s & 60s rock guitar gurus in both dexterous ability and pulpy mood setting! Takeshi put his own unique spin on the chugging styles of the ... (Rock, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Nippon Guitars – Instrumental Surf, Eleki, & Tsugaru Rock 1966 to 1974 ... CD 9.99

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Shuji Terayama/Makoto WadaHatsukoi Jigoku Hen (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Show Boat (Japan), 1970. Used Gatefold ... $19.99
(Soundtracks, Japanese) CD
(Out of print. Comes in a gatefold sleeve with a cool foldout booklet inside the gatefold – with obi!)

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Chisato Yamada/Takeshi TerauchiSuite Nihonkai ... LP
Teichiku/Cinedelic (Italy), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 39.99
A totally cool little record from Japan – one that mixes old school acoustic instrumentation on shamisen with these larger arrangements that have a much more contemporary vibe – partly 70s funk, partly soundtrack in scope, and a very cool backdrop for the spare sound of the unique three- ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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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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Kiyoshi Yamaya, Toshiko Yonekawa, & Kifu MitsuhashiWamono Groove – Shakuhachi & Koto Jazz Funk 76 ... LP
180g (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $26.99 31.99
Really cool cuts from a moment in Japanese music when previous experiments started to really take off – when a 60s-originated blend of jazz with traditional instrumentation turned into a wealth of fantastic fusion records from the 70s! This set focuses on work by a very special trio of ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Akiko YanoOngaku Wa Okurimono ... LP
JVC (Japan), 2021. New Copy ... $54.99
A record with a title that translates as "music is a gift" – and a set that certainly feels like one from the great Akiko Yano! You might know Yano's beautiful work of the 80s, and think that she's only the subject of reissue campaigns over the years – but she still sounds ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Akiko YanoTadaima ... LP
Midi/We Want Sounds (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 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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Kazuo YashiroHow To Love How To Play How To – Ohashi Kyosen's Playboy Lecture ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. Used ... $4.99 6.99
Advice on life, love, and all things important – a series of readings by 60s Japanese celebrity Kazuo Yagi that will set your life straight – used as bridges to link together a set of swinging jazz music bits, some of which continue with speaking, others which groove on instrumentally. ... (Jazz, Japanese) read more CD
(From the Nippon Jazz Spirits series – includes obi!)

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✨✧ VariousNippon Girls – Japanese Pop, Beat, & Bossa Nova 1966 to 1970 ... CD
Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
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 – Japanese Pop, Beat, & Bossa Nova 1967 to 1969 (coloured vinyl) ... LP
Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... 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 LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousNippon Girls Vol 2 – Japanese Pop, Beat, & Rock & Roll 1965 to 1970 ... CD
Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $9.99 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 ... $19.99 24.99
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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VariousPacific Breeze – Japanese City Pop, AOR, & Boogie 1976 to 1986 ... CD
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
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 CD

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✨✧ VariousTokyo Glow – Japanese City Pop, Funk, & Boogie Selected By DJ Notoya ... CD
We Want Sounds (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Beautiful grooves from the Japanese scene – most of them from a time when its singers and musicians were leaning heavily on influences from American funk and soul, and turning out some wonderful music of their own! Lyrics on most tracks are in Japanese, but there's a really universal vibe to ... read more CD

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VariousTokyo Nights – Female J-Pop Boogie Funk 1981 to 1988 ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, 1980s. New Copy ... $6.99 16.99
A great look at the bright world of female soul in Japan during the 80s – a time when the nation was hitting some of its greatest heights of the postwar years – and was coming up with a magical musical groove to follow! While disco reigned in American clubs in the late 70s, the style ... read more CD
Also available Tokyo Nights – Female J-Pop Boogie Funk 1981 to 1988 ... CD 5.99

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VariousTokyo Nights – Female J-Pop Boogie Funk 1981 to 1988 ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, 1980s. Used ... $5.99
A great look at the bright world of female soul in Japan during the 80s – a time when the nation was hitting some of its greatest heights of the postwar years – and was coming up with a magical musical groove to follow! While disco reigned in American clubs in the late 70s, the style ... read more CD
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Also available Tokyo Nights – Female J-Pop Boogie Funk 1981 to 1988 ... CD 6.99

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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 1 – Japanese Jazz Funk & Rare Groove 1968 to 1980 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
180g (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A fantastic dip into the world of Japanese funk during the 70s – a great place to start if you don't want to slap down big money for expensive imports – and a set that's also got a fair bit of obscure numbers in the lineup, even if you have some of the material from this time! 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 ... $26.99 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 A to Z Vol 3 – Japanese Light Mellow Funk, Disco, & Boogie 1978 to 1988 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
180g (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy ... $27.99 34.99
A really fantastic entry in this really great series – one that shows just how strongly the spirit of invention continued in the world of Japanese music as it moved into the 80s! As with previous volumes, the work here is a unique hybrid of influences from American and Japanese sources ... (Funky Compilations, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
 
 



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