April 8, 2017

PSI     Osamu Kitajma : Benzaiten (1974 ; re.2017)****'

Osamu Kitajima under influence of Western rock progressions started to record under he name of Justin Heathcliff. After that he changed back to his own name, releasing his debut album, Benzaiten (Island Record...

November 1, 2016

Hoy Hoy Rec.              V.A.: 思ひ直して頂戴な 昭和エロ歌謡外伝 あゝ哀歌 (JAP,1929-1934)***°

“Give me once more the Omoi of Showa erotic songs Gaiden(?) Oh Lamentations”

review soon !!!

1 中村慶子 / Keiko Nakamura: 夕月 / Yudzuki    2:42...

October 11, 2016

二村定一 / Teiichi Futamura : 帰ってきた街のSOS! 二村定一コレクション1926-1934 / Kaette Kita Machi no SOS! Teiichi Futamura Collection 1926-1934 ***°

The first CD contains at times more or elsewhere less grotesque playing and singing with banjo/brass, and shows amusement and cabaret related...

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 26, 2016

Erebus Rec.    Tokedashita Garasu Bako (="Melting Glass Box") (JAP,1970)****

A really great example of original creative songwriting and music on the interesting, early URC label, that was launched after a first folk boom influence from America, this mean...

June 26, 2016

Noble Label    Motoomi Doi : The Illuminated Nightingale (JP,2013)***/****

Long time ago since I have heard any folktronic related release. The Japanese one-man band Motoomi Doi delivers us a CD that has aspects of bedroom lullabies with a slightly odd, a...