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Tokyo Dreaming (Nippon Columbia) Vinyl 2LP

WewantsoundsSKU lp-11698

serendipitously varied tracks from Japan's cult Better Days label; synthpop, mutant disco, ambient + more
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"Tokyo Dreaming is a superb selection picked from the highly collectible Nippon Columbia label and its Better Days sub-label. Wewantsounds have teamed up with journalist and Japanese music expert Nick Luscombe. The selection mixes electro, synth-pop, funk, and ambient and includes many sought-after rarities and hidden gems which have never been released outside of Japan and the set has been newly remastered. Nippon Columbia, one of Japan's oldest music labels is also one of its most collectible thanks to its sub-label Better Days which, in the late '70s, became a hotbed for Tokyo's new generation of pop artists eager to experiment with ambient, electro, and funk. Armed with a string of new Japanese-made synthesizers and drum machines that would soon take the world by storm, they made cutting-edge music, which has since become highly sought-after by a new generation of Japanese music lovers. Nick Luscombe, who has long been a leading advocate of Japanese music from this era, has handpicked a selection of some of the sharpest music released on these labels at the time. Tokyo Dreaming showcases the groundbreaking sounds of a city turned giant sonic lab which was restlessly inventing the music of the future, featuring Ryuichi Sakamoto, Mariah, Chika Asamoto, Jun Fukamachi, Yumi Murata, Kazumi Watanabe, Akira Sakata, Yasuaki Shimizu, Shigeo Sekito, Hitomi 'Penny' TohyamaYumi Seino, Kyoko Furuya, Kazue Itoh, Haruo Chikada and Colored Music." - Wewantsounds

  • collection of rare tracks released on Japan's Nippon Columbia + Better Days labels in the 1980s
  • black double vinyl pressing
  • compiled by Nick Luscombe
  • remastered sound
  • housed in gatefold sleeve w/ obi strip
  • includes extensive liner notes, song credits + original album art
  • music label: Wewantsounds 2020
UPC: 3700604729020


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