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3/27 矢野顕子『JAPANESE GIRL』輸入盤LP日本国内リリースです!


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矢野顕子によるソロ・デビュー作がアナログ輸入盤として日本国内でもリリース。
1976年、アメリカと日本でレコーディングされた衝撃のデビューアルバム。リトル・フィート、細野晴臣、ムーンライダース、あがた森魚が参加。

"American Side"と名付けられたA面は、Little Featのメンバーが参加。代表曲に数えられる「気球にのって」や「電話線」など変拍子を多用したジャズ・ロック調の楽曲や、アメリカン・ロックのグルーヴと日本人のアイデンティティを折衷した「津軽ツアー」「ふなまち唄PartII」など民謡をベースにした挑戦的アプローチも展開。対してB面"Japanese Side"は、ティン・パン・アレー、あがた森魚、ムーンライダーズのメンバーの参加に加えて、プロデュース陣には矢野誠、三浦光紀など、後に日本のポップス史の一翼を担っていく布陣が集結。ニューミュージック的趣向の「大いなる椎の木」と並列に、ストリングスや和楽器を用いた現代音楽的アプローチの「へりこぷたあ」「風太」も収録されており、若干21歳で録音されたデビュー作にして、奇矯と評されることもあった矢野のユニークな才能が存分に発揮されています。
フランスのWewantsoundsからオフィシャル・リイシューです。

 
●矢野顕子『JAPANESE GIRL』[LP](WWSLP17)

・日本国内(輸入盤)価格: オープン価格
・日本国外価格: EUR 17

収録曲

気球にのって
クマ
電話線
津軽ツアー
ふなまち唄 Part II
大いなる椎の木
へこりぷたあ
風太
丘を越えて
ふなまち唄 Part I

 

 


Wewantsounds is pursuing its ambitious Akiko Yano reissue program with the release of "Japanese Girl", her landmark debut album from 1976. Backed by Little Feat with Lowell George and by the cream of Japanese musicians (including Haruomi Hosono), Japanese Girl is one of the most important Japanese albums of the 70s, mixing pop, rock, Japanese folk together with Little Feat's superb classic sound. This is the very first time the album is released internationally. The deluxe LP edition includes remastered sound, tip-on LP sleeve, download card plus the original 4-page insert with lyrics and full line-up!


When Akiko Suzuki left her home town of Aomori for Tokyo in the early 70s aged just 15 to become a professional musician, she quickly started making waves on the local music scene performing at the jazz club Rob Roy. In 1973 she released a 7" with the group Zariba and caught the attention of A&R man Koki Miura. She then recorded one song, "Oinaru Shiino-ki" with Haruomi Hosono on bass and drummer Tatsuo Hayashi (who features on many Hosono albums and also Hiroshi Sato's 1979 album Orient) with a full album in mind.

After a marriage with musician/producer Makoto Yano and the birth of her son (named Fuuta), Yano and her team resumed the recording of the album and decided to pitch Little Feat for a collaboration as she loved the group. Against all odds they said yes and Yano left Tokyo for Los Angeles in March 1976 to record a full side with them. The legend has it they found it so difficult to keep up with Yano's compositions they returned some of their fee. The Session was nevertheless stunning and Lowell George even compared Yano to Stevie Wonder. The Little Feat blend of New Orleans groove matched Yano's melodies perfectly, as witnessed on "Funamachi-Uta Part 2." Originally a traditional song from The Nebuta Festival in her hometown of Aomori (part I on side 2 gives a good idea of what the original form sounds like), the Little Feat version is a formidable slow-funk workout not dissimilar to their classic, "Spanish Moon", serving Yano's beautiful vocals and sense of groove to perfection. The whole side is a match made in heaven, showcasing the classic Little Feat line up at their funkiest with Yano's unique Japanese twist.

The Japanese side on the album gives a great snapshot of the Tokyo music scene of the 70s with many musicians gravitating around Haruomi Hosono (and present on his 1973 classic album 'Hosono House' including sound engineer Kinji Yoshino) and also several musicians from Japanese band, The Moonriders.

Recorded at the legendary Onkio Haus studio in Tokyo, the sessions mix singer-songwriter sensitivity and pop with traditional Japanese sounds and instruments like the shinobue transverse flute, the koto string instrument or the Tsuzumi hand drum as played on "Hekoriputaa" by the legendary percussionist Kisaku Katada who was appointed Living National Treasure by the Japanese state in 1999; together they create a beautiful east-meets-west mix masterfully driven by Yano's creativity and unique talent.

A breathtaking debut album that made Akiko Yano one of the most important artists to emerge from the 70s, Japanese Girl has since become a milestone in Japanese music with a recent documentary on NHK TV telling the whole story behind this classic. Wewantsounds is now proud to present this essential album to the rest of the world.


 

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矢野顕子 - アーティスト - ミディレコードクラブ
http://midiinc.com/cgi/contents/commodity.php?a=240

JET SET ONLINE SHOP
https://www.jetsetrecords.net/%E7%9F%A2%E9%87%8E%E9%A1%95%E5%AD%90-japanese-girl/i/824005577319/

Wewantsounds
http://www.wewantsounds.com/

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