1983 ambient / avant-garde pop masterpiece from Japan reissued! Utakata No Hibi is a cult classic among the digger elite and also the final release on the legendary Better Days label (who also released Ryuichi Sakamoto's 1st solo LP). The music itself is absolutely stunning, sitting at the crossroads of experimental synth music, traditional Japanese folk, new wave, and pop. Anyone who appreciates the deeper side of 80's Japanese synth music or the work of YMO, Haruomi Hosono, etc. owe it to themselves to check this out. Original copies are next to impossible to find stateside making this official reissue all the more crucial. Pressed in its original double LP format at 45 RPM with full artwork reproduction featuring original art by Ira Okudaira, obi strip, giant poster and insert with English translations of the Japanese and Armenian lyrics. Recommended.
- features viral hit 'Shinzo No Tobira'
- black double vinyl pressing
- remastered sound
- plays at 45 RPM
- housed in deluxe gatefold sleeve w/ printed insert, obi strip + giant foldout poster
- original release year: 1983
- music label: Everland Psych 2020
reviewed by Konbini 10/2015