2017/09/20

B12/Electro-Soma (1993) *

A British electronic music duo of Mike Golding (mixing) and Steve Rutter (mixing), B12's first album released from Warp Records as a part of the "Artificial Intelligence" series. A compilation including their previously released tracks with their pseudonyms, Musicology, Redcell, and Cmetric, in 1991-1993. A classic of intelligent dance music and ambient techno influenced by Detroit techno. Techno with using synths such as Roland's digital synthesizer JD-800, and its rhythm tracks are in the Detroit techno style, but it has emotional and melodic compositions featuring beautiful synths strings. Suitable for home listening rather than club listening. Imaginative world-view inspired by science fiction and associated with space and future. The 2-CD remastered edition with "Electro-Soma II", a compilation of rare tracks, was released from Warp in 2017.

Electro-Soma

| Music: B |

2017/09/15

Led Zeppelin/Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

An English rock band formed in London in 1968, Led Zeppelin's fourth studio album (#1 on the UK album charts. #2 on the US). Its album jacket had no title and artist name, so it is generally called as "Led Zeppelin IV" for convenience. The biggest-selling Led Zeppelin album. An album which fused acoustic sound like British traditional folk with heavy metal, and had a great influence on the 1970s hard rock. Produced by Jimmy Page. "Black Dog" (#15 on the US charts) is a heavy metal song with a complex guitar riff. "The Battle of Evermore" is a folk ballad featuring mandolin and folk singer and ex-Fairport Convention member Sandy Denny on vocals. "Stairway to Heaven" is a famous song. it has a construction like the variation form, gradually escalating from its quiet part with acoustic guitar and recorder to its stormy part including Jimmy Page's impressive guitar solo and Robert Plant's shouting vocals. The remastered version was reissued in 2014.

Led Zeppelin IV

| Music: L |

2017/09/08

Moonriders/Nouvelles Vagues (1978)

The third album by Moonriders, the rock band led by Keiichi Suzuki (vocals, guitar, keyboards) formed in 1975. A dreamy, modern and European style pop album based on fusion/adult contemporary style, and influenced by prog-rock and British pop, such as Sailor and Cafe Jacques among others. Regarded as a masterpiece of the early days before the band moved into the new wave style totally. "Itoko Doushi (Les Cousins)" is a pioneering song of the early days of techno, consisting of only Keiichi Suzuki's vocals, steal drums by Haruomi Hosono and synthesizer (Roland MC-8) programmed by Hideki Matsutake. "My Name is Jack" is a cover with Japanese lyrics of the song written by John Simon. "Travessia" is a cover with Japanese lyrics of the song by Milton Nascimento.

Nouvelles Vagues

2017/09/01

Brian Eno/Ambient 1: Music for Airports (1978) *

An English musician, composer and record producer known as a pioneer of ambient music, Brian Eno's sixth album. The first of Eno's "Ambient" series pioneering ambient music under the influence of Erik Satie's "furniture music". A tranquil and comfortable electroacoustic work created by the methods of minimal music (repetition and gradation). It was created for actual use as background music in airports. Can be piped as background music, and can be appreciated as pure music, and can be experienced as a sound installation. It consists of four tracks created by layering tape loops of differing lengths: "1/1" (piano, electric piano, synthesizer), "2/1" (female vocals, synthesizer), "1/2" (female vocals, piano) and "2/2" (synthesizer only). The personnel are the former Soft Machine member Robert Wyatt (piano, composition). Rhett Davies (composition, engineering), Conny Plank (engineering) and others.

Ambient 1: Music for Airports

| Music: E |

2017/08/25

Chopin/Nocturnes No.1-16 & 19 (Pollini, 2005)

A Polish composer/pianist of the Romantic era, Frédéric Chopin's nocturnes (Deutsche Grammophon). The excerpted version which includes 17 pieces (Nos.1-16 and No.19) except Nos.17 and 18, selected from the complete recording (19 pieces) by Maurizio Pollini. Piano solo pieces filled with mellow and sentimental melodies. In this pieces, Chopin succeeded the style (song-like melodies with accompaniment in an arpeggio) of Irish composer John Field, considered as the founder of nocturne, and created his distinctive poetic world of piano music with wide range of emotional expressions. The No.2 (Op.9-2) is his best-known nocturne. The No.13 (Op.48-1) is a sublime and gorgeous piece regarded as one of Chopin's greatest works.

Nocturnes No.1-16 & 19

2017/08/18

Etta James/At Last! (1960)

An American blues and R&B singer born in 1938 in Los Angeles, California, Etta James's debut album. Released from Argo, the label under the Chess Records. Pop-oriented album with orchestra arrangements. You can enjoy the variety of songs, from blues to pop R&B ballads and jazz standards, featuring her powerful and shouting vocals. Includes four hit singles on the US R&B and pop charts, "All I Could Do Was Cry" (#2 on the US R&B charts), "My Dearest Darling" (#5 on the US R&B charts), "At Last" (#2 on the US R&B charts. Her famous song covering Glenn Miller and His Orchestra's 1942 hit), and "Trust in Me" (#4 on the US R&B charts. A cover of Mildred Bailey's 1937 hit). "I Just Want to Make Love to You" is a cover of Muddy Waters's blues song (written by Willie Dixon). The original 12-inch LP includes ten tracks. The digitally remastered CD was released in 1999 with four additional bonus tracks (duets with Harvey Fuqua).

At Last!

| Music: J |

2017/08/10

Haydn/Symphonies No.101 "The Clock", No.103 "Drum Roll" (Brüggen, 1987)

The Austrian composer of the Classical period, Franz Joseph Haydn's Symphony No.101 in D major "The Clock" and Symphony No.103 in E flat major "Drum Roll" (Philips). They are both graceful, magnificent and humorous masterpieces of the Classical symphony. The No.101 is nicknamed "The Clock" after its regular accompaniment rhythm of the second movement like a pendulum clock. The No.103 is nicknamed "Drum Roll" after its drom roll on the timpani in the opening of the first movement. Frans Brüggen conducts Orchestra of the 18th Century. Fresh and vivid performances on period instruments.

No.101 The Clock, No.103 Drum Roll

2017/08/05

The Byrds/Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968)

The sixth album by American rock band the Byrds. Country rock-oriented sound featuring acoustic guitar, banjo and mandolin. Led by Gram Parsons (acoustic guitar, piano, organ, vocals) and Chris Hillman (electric bass, mandolin, acoustic guitar, vocals) more than Roger McGuinn (acoustic guitar, banjo, vocals). Noted as the first major country rock album. It consists of nine classical covers of country & western, traditional, folk and others, and two original songs by Gram Parsons. Includes singles, "You Ain't Going Nowhere" (a cover of Bob Dylan's song) and "I Am a Pilgrim" (traditional). After recording this album, Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman left the band and formed the country rock band The Flying Burrito Brothers.

Sweetheart of the Rodeo

| Music: B |

2017/07/31

Peter Brötzmann Octet/The Complete Machine Gun Sessions (1968/2007) *

The second album by Peter Brötzmann, a German free jazz saxophonist born in 1941. An important work of the early European free music/avant-garde jazz, including the elements of free jazz pioneered by Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler, the influence of contemporary music, and aggression like garage rock. Noisy and destructive free improvisations by the octet featuring Brötzmann's freaky tenor and baritone saxophones, and consisting of three saxophones, two basses, two drums and piano. The original LP (three tracks) was self-released by Brötzmann's own BRO label in 1968. The German label FMP released it on CD, adding two previously unreleased alternate takes. In 2007, Atavistic Records reissued it as "The Complete Machine Gun Sessions" adding the live version of the title track "Machine Gun".

The Complete Machine Gun Sessions

2017/07/21

Brian Eno/Music for Films (1978)

An English musician, composer and record producer known as a pioneer of ambient music, Brian Eno's seventh solo album (#55 on the UK album charts). Originally released as a promotional LP (five hundred copies) for filmmakers in 1976, including music can be used as soundtrack in their films. E.G. Records released the commercial LP (18 tracks) as the revised edition in 1978. A collection of short (from one-and-a-half minutes to about four minutes) instrumental pieces. Experimental electronic music featuring Eno's synthesizers and studio instrumentation by other musicians, but it includes lots of pieces with lyrical and beautiful melodies. "Alternative 3" was composed for the 1977 TV drama of the same name. The personnel are John Cale (viola), Phil Collins (percussion), Robert Fripp (electric guitar), Fred Frith (electric guitar), Percy Jones (bass guitar) and others.

Music for Films

| Music: E |