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Japanese — In Stock — LPs

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

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Maki AsakawaSome Years Past ... LP
Universal (Japan), 1985. New Copy (reissue)... $49.99 54.99
Maki Asakawa looks as dark and moody as ever on the cover, but there's actually a few moments here that seem to have a spark of positivity – although maybe one that's just in the instrumentation and production, which seem to borrow a bit from some of the darker side of the UK spectrum at the ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Great 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 ... $19.99 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 Hirota with Billy TaylorNewyork No Miko/Miko In New York (2021 Japan Record Day Release) ... LP
Columbia (Japan), 1966. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99
A very groovy session from Japanese singer Miko – recording here in the US with hip grooves from the Billy Taylor Trio! The style is almost even cooler than some of Billy's own records of the time – as the rhythms are open and flowing, which makes for a really sparkling feel to the set ... (Vocalists, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful heavy gatefold pressing – with obi!)

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Joe HisaishiKids Return ... LP
Universal (Japan), 1996. New Copy ... $28.99
Beautiful work from Joe Hisaishi, a film composer who's best known work was done for a series of animated features by director Hayao Miyazaki – but who serves up some equally wonderful music for this film directed by Takeshi Kitano, aka Beat Takeshi! The story has a gently sentimental vibe ... (Soundtracks, Japanese) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Kimiko ItohTouch Of Love ... LP
Sony (Japan), 1985. Very Good ... $14.99
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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ITSRainbow ... LP
JVC (Japan), 1980. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Jazzy vocals from the Japanese trio of Izumi Kimoto, Teruhisa Tohgoh, and Sumie Shima – with backings from Masahiko Satoh on Fender Rhodes and Hammond, and Kazumi Watanabe on guitar! (Vocalists, Japanese) LP, Vinyl record album

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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)... $29.99 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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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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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 ... 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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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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Carlos Toshiki & Omega DriveBe Yourself (colored vinyl pressing) (2021 Japan Record Day Release) ... LP
Warner (Japan), 1988. New Copy (reissue)... $49.99
We're not sure we've ever heard Carlos Toshiki and Omega Drive before – but the album's a great entry in the Japanese scene of the 80s – a soulful set that really marks a moment when warmer sounds were coming back to the music! The instrumentation is definitely 80s-styled, but used ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing, with obi!)

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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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VariousIkebukuru West Gate Park ... LP
East World/Universal (Japan), 2000. New Copy ... $26.99
A cool collection of sounds from the Japanese show of the same name – based around a park in Tokyo that's full of young kids and gangs – and presented here with a mixture of hip hop beats and more intense musical modes! Think of the record maybe as the score for some Tokyo-set video ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing – with obi and insert!)

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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 ... $29.99 32.99
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 1967 to 1969 (coloured vinyl) ... LP
Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... $22.99 26.99
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 LP, Vinyl record album

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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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