However,this warts and all portrait of Japanese music is full of surprises and there's plenty to enjoy. I used to borrow this Cd regularly from the Cairns library. It either got lost or more likely stolen. This Cd got me started on Okinawan music and I,m due to visit there soon. Compilations can never be perfect but this a wonderful introduction to Japanese music. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. This sampler CD of various different kinds of Japanese music is more than listenable, it actually boasts some fairly decent songs.
Chief among these is probably 'Hiyami Kachi Bushi', by the Ayame Band, which has a fairly jolly, upbeat sound. Most of this album contains fairly traditional Japanese music, so don't expect too much pop. However, the song: 'Takio'l Soran Bushi' by Takio Ito is pretty much iconic-sounding, boasting shimmering Japanese strings, hypnotic, repetitive drums and one of the most astoundingly beautiful vocal performances I have ever heard.
The song, which roughly translated means 'Communist loving' is all about the pitfalls of capitalism and the beauty of hard work. The overall effect is an entrancing one, with Takio and his backing singers creating a truly unforgettable sense of togetherness, belonging and solidarity. With astounding beauty, the singer speaks fondly of the beauty he finds in the Japanese forests, and contrasts the beauty of this with the ugliness he finds in buildings and roads, particularly in the West, which he sees as full of sin.
All of this is moving and poignant. To conclude, this sampler CD is by no means exhaustive, but as an interesting and informative introduction to traditional and some contemporary Japanese music, it is a charismatic and beautiful little album. Report abuse.
I have been exploring alternative music as I find a lot of the present music uninteresting. I enjoy Japanese films so tried this cd. I have played it through several times along with another cd with a wider range of Japanese music. They are different but very enjoyable and well worth a listen if your ears have become jaded by "popular" music. One person found this helpful. If you're a seller, Fulfillment by Amazon can help you grow your business. Learn more about the program.
If you know what a koto is, you're in luck with this Madacy-label release. Despite the cover blurb promising "Popular Kyoto Melodies," this appealing collection delivers traditional tunes performed on the Japanese plucked zither rather than songs from the city of Kyoto. Stately and slow, the performances are strong on melody, and the recording does a good job of capturing the complexity of the timbres and harmonics of the vibrating strings. Beginning with "The Cherry Blossoms," whose tune is instantly recognizable, you may find you know far more traditional Japanese songs than you ever suspected.
This charming repertoire is populated with motifs popularized by American films, commercials, and even pop music borrowings.
The arrangements are uncluttered to the point of starkness, though a bit of sweetening is provided by a shakuhachi flute in the background of "Four Seasons in Kyoto" there's the city that we love as well as several other songs. Skip to main content. FREE Shipping on your first order. Used: Like New Details.
Sold by Julia's Book Store. Fulfilled by Amazon. No need to fret, though. There are ways around this, but first - for those of you who want to buy your CD's easily and aren't too bothered about a chart position, here are a couple websites I recommend for easy and affordable transactions:. Now, moving on to the main part of the article - buying your CD from overseas and still having it count on the oricon charts! It is a little bit more expensive than just buying it from a regular website, but I'd say only 2 to 3 US dollars more - which is honestly nothing to a die-hard idol fan like me.
Just keep that in mind - it is not the cheapest option if you're only buying one CD, but if you're buying multiple editions, it will definitely pay off in the end. It's quite unfortunate that we as international fans have to struggle so hard just to support our favourite artists, but a lot of large distributors of Japanese Music are fighting to make the difference for us. Until then, though - we gotta do what we gotta do. Slop generally doesn't have a market there, and especially not enthusiast items.
Vincent3 , Jul 9, Location: Germany. Japanese CDs are even more often brickwalled than american and european CDs. Many japanese releases in the 80s and early 90s were very good but even for those you have to be careful because they often did not have access to the original master tapes. Endymion , Jul 9, Dennis Metz likes this. Location: USA. For sound quality, every CD is on a case-by-case basis, regardless of country of origin. That said, Japanese CDs are usually of unmatched quality.
The pressing, the artwork, and even the jewel case is usually better, especially the ones from the '80s. Built like a tank. Holy Diver , Jul 9, When I was in Japan last fall, one of the only reasons Japan was expensive was that I spent so much damn money! With the exchange rate from Yen to Dollars, it was about the same as buying stuff here, except you get OBIs and extra tracks.
The used stuff in Japan is amazing - all of the discs are in top notch condition, and I didn't find a used store I didn't like. Hello RecoFan and Disk Union! The limited in many cases is true. The Towers and HMVs mainly had in print items, but oh what a selection! The selection of jazz especially was to die for. I plan on going back hopefully next year - it's an amazing place to visit for reasons other than the CDs, but let me tell you, outside of the three Amoeba stores and I've been to London, Leeds, Toronto, and many places around around the USA due to work , I have never found better record and CD shopping.
StyxCollector , Aug 23, Location: United States Of America. Michael , Aug 23, Location: virginia beach. This is a great thread to ask this dumb question Why is a OBI strip so important? I now get them on russian Cds as well but they seem to be a big selling point! I do get some CDS from Japan but only in the used bin.CDJapan is the best place to order your Japanese CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and collectibles. We offer the widest variety of major and independent JPop, japanese anime, music, movies, and game music releases at great prices straight from Japan.