November 17, 2019

ザッツ・ニッポン・キネマソング

V.A.: That's Nippon: Cinema Songs 1931-1940 (2018)

This is the kind of compilation that made me appreciate old music from Japan again, proving it had something original to offer in the 30s which was worth as a scene on its own to check out, with roots fro...

September 1, 2019

MIS 我等のテナー◎藤原義江 Warera No Tenor Fujiwara Yoshi (2CD 18-12-2013 B00G5JCF8U)

When I was listening to Japanese music recordings from the 30s I noticed that most tracks showed how much musicians were regarded as low life entertainment folks who themselves did often act like...

October 1, 2016

Farside Records:  "Special collaboration box set of 2 double CDs (4 discs) and DVD.

The CDs are 'Natsukashi no Eiga Daizenshu -Shochiku Eiga Hen' Volumes 1 and 2. They are compilation albums of hit songs from hit films performed by film stars and musicians fro...

September 30, 2016

青春歌年鑑 50年代総集編 [Disc 1]

"The Youth Song diary of the 50s"

(Vintage and Showa Kayo Popular Music, the very best of the 50s)

To a degree, I love Japan’s early 50s more than the earliest 30s/40s stuff. These (always) charming songs are more expressively sung, with voices show...

September 30, 2016

Meta Comp.           大東京ジャズ (Jazz in the Great Tokyo 1925-1940) (2014)***°

There are a few compilations in this series. Another one is dedicated to jazz in Osaka (1924-1941), and a last one to Jazz in the Central City - Great Nagoya's Tsuru-Asahi Jazz Son...

June 25, 2016

Akuphone Rec.        Chiemi Eri (2016)****'

​I needt to mention this wonderful release, which shows a mixture of perfectly recorded ballroom jazz with Korean traditions in singing mixed with the more mambo-era related jazzy ballroom styled...

June 25, 2016

I was very curious to hear the popular music of Japan from the 30s to have a good idea what was made there to compare also with the recorded music of the 30s in Korea, simply because something does not feel right in the complaints from the Koreans that they were only p...

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