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!

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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


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

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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


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

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(Various Artists)/Techno Kayo: Alfa edition/Shinkuu Kiss (1999/1980-1985)

A compilation (16 tracks, P-VINE) which includes techno pop and new wave tracks released from the Alfa Records in the early 1980s, centering around the works of YMO family. Y.M.O.'s "Kimi Ni Mune Kyun" is a hit song (#2 on the Japanese Oricon). Apogee & Perigee's two tracks (vocals: Jun Togawa), "Getsusekai Ryoko (Trip to the Moon)" and "Shinkuu Kiss (Vacuum Kiss)" from YEN Label's all-star album "Chojiku Korodasutan Ryokoki", are good songs of nostalgic and peaceful techno pop. Danceable "Ma Ticarica" in the breakbeat style is a collaboration between Hajime Tachibara and Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh. Ex-Plastics vocalist Toshio Nakanishi's new wave band, Melon's single "P.J." is a commercial song for Shiseido's brand "Parky Jean". Snakeman Show's "Sakisaka to Momonai no Gokigen Ikaga 1, 2, 3 (Sakisaka and Momonai's What Cheer 1, 2, 3)" is a pioneering track of Japanese rap, composed and arranged by Haruomi Hosono. "Boshi Jusei (Mother-Child Fertilization)" is the B-side of Jun Togawa's single of the two covers of Halmens (A-side is "Radar Man"). Jim O'Rourke contributed liner notes to this album.

Techno Kayo: Alfa edition/Shinkuu Kiss


High Rise/High Rise II (1986/1993)

A rock band led by Asahito Nanjo (vocals, bass guitar) and Munehiro Narita (guitar) and formed in 1982 as "Psychedelic Speed Freaks". They released their first album in 1984 and changed the band name to "High Rise" after J. G. Ballard's novel at the same time. "II" is the first album released in 1986 under the name of "High Rise". A masterpiece of Japanese psychedelic heavy rock/noise rock, includeing the noisy distorted guitar of psychedelic garage rock, speedy feeling of punk, heaviness of hard rock/heavy metal, and guitar improvisation like blues rock. The lyrics are English and Japanese (but the vocals are buried in its noisy sounds and are hard to hear). The digitally remastered and remixed CD was released in 1993 with two previously unreleased bonus tracks. Recommended to those who like Jimi Hendrix, Blue Cheer, Hawkwind, Sonic Youth and Grunge bands.

High Rise II


Shojo Kakumei Utena Complete CD-Box (2008/1997-1999) *

A 10-CD set which consists of the remastered editions of all the nine soundtrack albums of the TV anime series "Revolutionary Girl Utena" released in 1997-1999, and a new album. You can enjoy all the music of "Revolutionary Girl Utena", J. A. Seazer's underground female chorus rock in the prog-rock style and Shinkichi Mitsumune's classical and beautiful incidental music. The discs I-III, "Zettai Shinka Kakumei Zen'ya (The Eve of Absolute Evolution Revolution)", "Virtual Star Hasseigaku (Virtual Star Embryology)" and "Tainai Dokei Toshi Orloj (Body Clock City Orloj)" are the original soundtracks of the TV series. The disc IV "Tenshi Souzou Sunawachi Hikari (Angel Creation Namely Light)" includes choruses used in the series with the arrangement by J. A. Seazer and the chorus by Experimental Laboratory of Theatre Banyu-Inryoku and the Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo. The disc V and VI "Saa, Watashi to Engage Shite... (Come on, Engage Me...)" include unreleased BGM, voice drama and songs for the 1997 musical. The discs VII and VIII are the CDs in commemoration of the movie release. The disc VII "Reijin Nirvana Raiga -Boku no Androgynous- (A Beauty Nirvana Comes -My Androgynous-)" is a best-of album. The disc VIII "Bararan Soseiroku Sophia -Chuusei yo Yomigaere! (Rose-Egg Resuscitation Minutes Sophia -Revive! the Middle Ages-)" is a collection of J. A. Seazer's choruses. The disc IX "Adolescence Rush" is the soundtrack of the movie "Adolescence of Utena". Note, however, that its ending theme "Fiancé ni Naritai (I Wanna be Your Fiancé)" is not the original version with Mitsuhiro Oikawa's vocals, but an instrumental version. The disc X "Zettai Unmei Butoukai -UTENA in the CLUB- (Absolute Destiny Ball -UTENA in the CLUB-)" is a new album of dance music remixing "Utena" songs, including the bossa nova version of "Zettai Unmei Mokushiroku (Absolute Destiny Apocalypse)".

Shojo Kakumei Utena Complete CD-Box


Schubert/String Quintet (Alban Berg Quartett/Schiff, 1982)

The Austrian composer of the late Classical and early Romantic eras, Franz Schubert's "String Quintet in C major" D.956 (EMI). His final chamber work composed in his last days. A long (around 50 minutes) and large-sized piece for string quintet plus the second cello, with well-developed bass oart, like a string orchestra. Featurng lots of flowing melodies filled with pathos and lyricism. The tranquil and sublime second movement, including intensely emotional central part, is famous. Performed by Alban Berg Quartett and Heinrich Schiff (cello).

String Quintet


Bob Dylan/Blood on the Tracks (1975)

An American singer-songwriter and poet who had worked in folk and rock genres since his debut in recording in 1962 and had a great influence on popular music in general, Bob Dylan's fifteenth studio album (#1 on the US album charts. #4 on the UK album charts). Noted as his greatest album in the 1970s, featuring acoustic-based band sound centering on Dylan's vocals, guitar and harmonica, and including piano, organ, mandolin, 12-string guitar and pedal steel guitar, explicitly confessional lyrics on the breakdown of his marriage, and lots of quiet and melodic songs. Includes the single "Tangled Up in Blue" (#31 on the US charts). All the songs written, composed and produced by Bob Dylan.

Blood on the Tracks

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