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 moreCD
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 moreCD
Osamu Kitajima —
Benzaiten ... CD Everland (Netherlands), 1976. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
Osamu Kitajima —
Osamu ... CD Everland (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
Produced by Don Costa – with Pete Jolly on piano and Fender Rhodes! CD
(2021 remastered edition with 3 bonus tracks – includes obi!)
Speed, Glue & Shinki —
Eve ... CD WEA (Japan), Early 70s. Used ...
An incredible album from the Japanese scene at the start of the 70s – served up by a group with a name that might be clunky, but which also belies one of that nation's heaviest combos of the time! The approach here is a bit like some of the tripped-out blues-influenced rock of the Led Zep ... (Rock, Japanese)read moreCD
(Out of print, 1998 Japanese pressing.)
Barroco ... CD Urban Discos (Japan), 2022. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
(From the Nippon Jazz Spirits series – includes obi!)
A record that's as beautiful as it's evocative title – sweetly gentle soul from Japan, done with a nice blend of acoustic touches that really expand the work! In a way, the album's got a feel that reminds us of some of Monday Michiru's best later work – the period when she started ... (New Grooves, Japanese)read moreCD
A very cool collection that opens up who new territory for digging into the wonderful world of Japanese underground music – a set that features titles that were only issued on CD at the time, which might make these cuts even more obscure for those vinyl-centric folks looking into the music! ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD