Living Colour/Vivid (1988)

An American rock band led by Vernon Reid (guitar) and formed in New York City in 1984, Living Colour's debut studio album (#6 on the US album charts). A blockbuster of alternative metal/funk metal fusing different styles such as hard rock like Led Zeppelin, heavy metal, funk, jazz, hip hop, punk, and alternative rock. Includes singles, "Cult of Personality" (#13 on thd US charts. Won the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance), "Middle Man", "Glamour Boys", "Open Letter (To a Landlord)", and "Funny Vibe". "Memories Can’t Wait" is a cover of Talking Heads.


| Music: L |


Bad Brains/I Against I (1986)

An American rock band formed in Washington, D.C. in the late 1970s, Bad Brains' third studio album. In the early days, the band was regarded as one of the pioneers of hardcore punk, and known for their music heavily influenced by reggae and the Rastafari movement, but this album is known as a masterpiece of alternative rock/alternative metal mixing hardcore punk with funk, soul, and heavy metal, and also including melodic songs.

I Against I

| Music: B |


Funkadelic/Maggot Brain (1971)

An American funk rock band formed in the late 1960s by George Clinton as an alias band of his funk band Parliament, Funkadelic's third studio album. Psychedelic rock-oriented funk rock featuring Eddie Hazel's effect guitar heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix. I suppose the 1978 "One Nation Under a Groove" is regarded as their greatest work, but this album is pretty good too.

Maggot Brain

| Music: F |


Peter Frampton/Frampton Comes Alive! (1976)

A rock musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist from England, who was a former member of The Herd and Humble Pie, Peter Frampton's live album (#1 on the US album charts. #6 UK). Recorded during the 1975 US tour. A best-selling album that sold over 8 million copies in the US. Featuring Peter Frampton's comfortable guitar with use of the talk box and pop and catchy songs. Includes hit singles, "Baby, I Love Your Way" (#12 on the US charts), "Show Me the Way" (#6 on the US charts. #10 UK) and "Do You Feel Like We Do" (#10 on the US charts). "Jumpin' Jack Flash" is a cover of the Rolling Stones.

Frampton Comes Alive!

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Sun Ra/Space Is the Place (1972) *

An American avant-garde jazz musician, Sun Ra's 1972 recording (Blue Thumb Records). Avant-garde jazz by his big band including his piano, space organ (electronic organ) and Mini-Moog synth, African percussion and "Space Ethnic Voices". Sometimes recommended as the introduction to Sun Ra's overwhelming amount of recordings, because it includes the elements of both free jazz such as collective improvisation and traditional jazz such as swing and bop, and it is relatively accessible compared to other albums.

Space Is the Place


The Kinks/Come Dancing with the Kinks: The Best of the Kinks 1977-1986 (1977-1986)

The Kinks is an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. A compilation album (18 tracks) that contains major tracks of their revival period in Arista Records, during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Pop British rock including the elements of hard rock and arena rock. Includes singles, "Sleepwalker", "Father Christmas", "A Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy", "(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman" (disco edit), "A Gallon of Gas", "Lola" (Live), "Better Things", "Destroyer", "Come Dancing" (#12 on the UK charts. #6 US), "Don't Forget to Dance", "Do It Again", and "Living On a Thin Line". Also includes the live version of "You Really Got Me". The remastered hybrid SACD was released in 2005.

Come Dancing with the Kinks: The Best of the Kinks 1977-1986

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Seigen Ono/COMME des GARÇONS (1987)

"Comme des Garçons" is a Japanese fashion label founded by Rei Kawakubo in 1969. This album (2 CDs) contains the original music produced for the fashion shows of Comme des Garçons by a Japanese recording engineer Seigen Ono. The CD 1 contains the music used in the 1988 spring-summer collection shows of Comme des Garçons and Homme Plus, and the CD 2 contains the music used in the 1989 autumn/winter collection show of Comme des Garçons. A collection of background music with sophisticated and beautiful sounds produced at the dawn of digital recording. Includes the elements of jazz, rock, funk, Latin, avant-garde, electronica, ambient and others. The guest musicians are Arto Lindsay and Peter Scherer from Ambitious Lovers, Bill Frisell, John Zorn, John Lurie from The Lounge Lizards, and others. The remastered editions are released on SACD (two-layer structure of CD and super audio CD) and LP record in 2019.



Red Hot Chili Peppers/Californication (1999)

An American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983, Red Hot Chili Peppers' seventh album (#3 on the US album charts). Recorded after the guitarist John Frusciante returned to the band. Features lots of melodic and song-oriented tracks at mid tempo, in addition to the tracks in the band's original style mixing hard rock, funk and hip hop. A blockbuster album that sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Includes hit singles, the Grammy Award-winning "Scar Tissue" (#9 on the US charts), "Otherside", and "Californication". Produced by Rick Rubin.


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Sibelius/Symphonies Nos.1 & 6 (Berglund, 1986)

A Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods, Jean Sibelius's Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6 (EMI). The Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39 is an ethnic and fantastic piece in the symphonic poem style with a tendency to the late Romantic. The Symphony No.6 in D minor, Op.104 is an introspective piece with the use of Gregorian mode (Dorian mode) and counterpoint under the influence of sacred music in the Renaissance. A Finnish conductor Paavo Berglund conducts Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. From his second complete Sibelius symphonies recording.

Symphonies Nos.1 & 6


Canis Lupus/I (1988) *

The first album by Canis Lupus, a three-piece rock band formed by Masashi Kitamura (vocals, bass) of YBO2 with Masahiro Minowa (drums), who had worked in Machizo Machida's Jinmin Olympic Show and Ill Bone, and Keijiro Kawakami (guitar), who had worked in Jinmin Olympic Show. Released from the independent label Trans Records. Melodic and ensemble-oriented prog-rock with lots of winding riffs, heavily influenced by King Crimson. Also including the elements of traditional folk and ethnic music. Remastered and released on CD in 2018 for the first time.