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Michel Legrand

La Piscine (OST) (RSD21 EDITION)

    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

    IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


    Michel Legrand's cult soundtrack for Jacques Deray's 1969 classic 'La Piscine' gets reissued with three bonus tracks making their vinyl debut. Featuring newly remastered audio, gatefold sleeve designed by Eric Adrian Lee and Liner notes by Jeremy Allen (The Guardian, The Quietus). The RSD Edition will also include Michel Legrand's super rare and funky 7" OST for Deray's 1972 film 'Un Homme Est Mort'.

    Frank Foster

    The Loud Minority (RSD21 EDITION)

      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

      IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


      First official vinyl reissue of Frank Foster's seminal 1972 protest jazz funk classic reissued in a deluxe format. Including newly remastered audio, original gatefold artwork plus a 20 page booklet full of beautiful unseen session photos, an interview with Dee Dee and Cecil Bridgewater by Paul Bowler and a new essay by Kevin Le Gendre (Echoes, BBC Radio 3, Jazzwise.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1 Brain Telephone
      A2 Learnings Of The Light
      A3 Primitive Delight
      A4 Sunshine Earthquake
      A5 Microscope
      B6 Doomed
      B7 Sinister Poison
      B8 Owsley
      B9 Let Love Be Love
      B10 Mother's Mirror

      A major exploration of Tokyo's cutting edge 80s sound through the music of cult Japanese label Nippon Columbia and its Better Days imprint. For the occasion, Wewantsounds have teamed up with journalist and Japanese music expert Nick Luscombe who was granted rare access to the much-guarded Nippon Columbia's vaults for a masterful selection encapsulating the fascinating sound of Tokyo in the late 70s and 80s. The selection mixes electro, synth-pop, funk and ambient and features such artists as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Mariah, Shigeo Sekito, Juicy Fruits, Hitomi "Penny" Tohyama and Yumi Murata. The tracklist includes many sought-after rarities and hidden gems which have never been released outside of Japan and the set has been newly remastered by Nippon Columbia. The album has been designed by famed London-based designer Optigram and is annotated by Nick.

      TRACK LISTING

      Disc 1
      1. Ryuichi Sakamoto - The End Of Asia
      2. Mariah - Shinzo No Tobira
      3. Chika Asamoto - Self Control
      4. Jun Fukamachi - Treasure Hunter
      5. Yumi Murata - Watashi No Bus
      6. Hitomi Penny Tohyama - Rainy Driver
      7. Yumi Seino - La Maison Est En Ruine
      8. Kyoko Furuya – Tokyo

      Disc 2
      1. Kazue Itoh - Chinatown Rose
      2. Kazumi Watanabe - Tokyo Joe
      3. Juicy Fruits - (Jenie Gets Angry)
      4. Haruo Chikada & Vibra-Tones - Soul Life
      5. Colored Music - Heartbeat
      6. Akira Sakata - Room
      7. Yasuaki Shimizu - Semi Tori No Hi
      8. Shigeo Sekito - The Word II

      Ryuichi Sakamoto's first solo album originally released in 1978 on the sought-after Better Days label. Sakamoto was a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra at the time but the group hadn't released their first album yet. Featuring Sakamoto on a wide range of synthesizers and keyboards programmed by Hideki Matsutake, and accompanied by a few musicians including Haruomi Hosono and Pecker, "Thousand Knives" was a blueprint for the YMO sound and includes cult classics that were to become live favourites. Save for a small-scale release in 1982, this is the first time the album is being released on vinyl outside of Japan. Remastered from the original tapes by renowned producer and engineer Seigen Ono, the LP edition comes with original artwork including OBI and 4p insert with a new introduction by Paul Bowler.

      1978 was a key year for Japanese music. Haruomi Hosono, one of the country's most innovative musicians had just formed Yellow Magic Orchestra pursuing the sonic experimentation he had started with his solo album "Paraiso." The album, credited to "Harry Hosono and The Yellow Magic Band," had been recorded between December 77 and January 78 and featured both Ryuichi Sakamoto and Yukihiro Takahashi. Hosono quickly invited both musicians to form YMO but before the group could release their first album, Sakamoto entered the Nippon Columbia studios in April 1978 with a plan. Sakamoto had become an in-demand session musician after studying composition at the Tokyo University of Art and had played in many key albums of the time: Taeko Ohnuki's "Sunshower" and Tatsuro Yamashita "Spacy" to name just two famous albums. This led to an invitation by Hosono to feature on "Paraiso". A penchant for avant-garde and improvisation had gotten Sakamoto interested in Electronic Music early on and with “Thousand Knives”, he decided to get Hideki Matsutake on board as he had mastered the art of synth programming following a stint with Electronic Music pioneer Isao Tomita. “Thousand Knives” took several months to record as Sakamoto would be busy during the day with his session work and would only record at night. Named after Belgian-born poet Henri Michaux’s description of a mescaline experience, the album is a reflection on how synthesizer technology might come to change the face of music. 


      TRACK LISTING

      SIDE A
      1. Thousand Knives
      2. Island Of Woods
      3. Grasshoppers
      SIDE B
      1. Das Neue Japanische Elektronische Volkslied
      2. Plastic Bamboo
      3. The End Of Asia

      One of the key Japanese albums of the 70s, Yukihiro Takahashi's debut solo album 'Saravah!' was released in 1978 at a key time when, following his tenure with Sadistic Mika Band, Takahashi had just joined the nascent line up of Yellow Magic Orchestra. A sophisticated mix of Disco Funk, synth Pop, Ambient, French Exotica and Bossa Nova, the album has the stylish feel of a night out clubbing in Paris circa 1978. It’s the missing link between the City Pop scene of the late 70s and the synth sound of YMO which was about to revolutionise the world.

      The month before recording the YMO debut album that would help alter the course of music, Yukihiro Takahashi entered the studio with his fellow band-members Ryuichi Sakamoto and HaruomiHosono to record 'Saravah!' together with the cream of the Japanese scene. He drew his inspiration from globe-trotting French musician Pierre Barouh who had introduced Bossa Nova in France in 1966 with "Samba Saravah" (featured in soundtrack the Oscar Winner A Man And A Woman which he co-wrote) and subsequently launched Saravah Records.

      'Saravah' starts off with a couple of French and Italian exotica classics ('Volare' and 'C'est Si Bon') with delicious touches of synth while 'Saravah!' a nod to Pierre Barouh, is a languid Bossa Nova with beautiful soulful strings arranged by Ryuichi Sakamoto. The album gets hotter with 'La Rosa' a superb mid-tempo ambient funk featuring Takahashi's beat backed by HaruomiHosono's bumping bassline, Sakamoto's Hammond Organ and Shigeru Suzuki's fluid guitar. The first side ends with an amazing exotica-synth version of the standard 'Mood Indigo', announcing the midi revolution that was to come before things get funkier on Side Two starting with Ryuichi Sakamoto's superb up-tempo Disco instrumental ‘Elastic Dummy’ featuring soulful strings and horns with solos by Sakamoto and guitarist TsunehideMatsuki. The album then moves on to the ambient synth-pop of ‘Sunset’ before switching back to Disco Funk with 'Back Street Midnight Queen’ which. like 'Elastic Dummy' has become a dancefloor cult classic over the years.' Saravah! ends on a perfect note with the beautiful 'Present' a perfectly crafted pop song which Takahashi wanted to do in a City Pop mode, featuring a superb melody and high-class production.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Volare (NelBluDipinto Di Blu)
      2. Saravah!
      3. C'est Si Bon
      4. La Rosa
      5. Mood Indigo
      6. Elastic Dummy
      7. Sunset
      8. Back Street Midnight Queen
      9. Present

      Various Artists

      Bossanova

        Bossa Nova revolutionised the world in the 60s but the revolution was already bubbling from the late 50s. Chronicling the birth of the movement. Featuring key artists like João Gilberto, Vinicius de Moraes, Elis Regina, Elza Soares, who is making a highly-acclaimed come-back and Vinicius de Moraes, as well as more cult musicians like Orlann Divo, Johnny Alf and Celso Murilo. 'Bossanova' is the perfect mix of early bossa and samba Canção (with its more relaxed samba singing). Tune up to the cool Brazilian sounds of the 'Bossanova'. Compiled by the Wewantsounds clique the 2CD set features 40 tracks with an essay with track by track analysis from French journalist Jacques Denis (Liberation). 


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