Just before he properly got going with Japanese electronic innovators Yellow Magic Orchestra in 1978, Yukihiro Takahashi, released a solo album, Saravah! It is an album central to Japanese music of the ‘70s. It is a mix of disco Funk, synth Pop, ambient, French exotica and bossa nova, and as you can probably tell from the album cover, it’s pretty slick.
Vinyl LP £24.99 WWSLP26
Reissue LP on WEWANTSOUNDS. Includes 4-page insert and obi strip.
CD £13.49 WWSCD26
CD reissue on WEWANTSOUNDS.
Here’s another beautiful reissue, of a record from the late 70s, that you may not have realised it at the time but would definitely be a worthwhile addition to your vinyl or CD collection. Yukihiro Takahashi made this LP in 1978 having just joined the lineup of Yellow Magic Orchestra, and there are some pointers here as to that band’s jumping-off point... Sophisticated City Pop, complete with slinky synths and urbane disco-funk stylings being the order of the day.
The album was co-produced by one Ryuichi Sakamoto who, by the way, also played an array of keyboards and also contributed on vocals and arrangements. This record is so damn smooth and slick it’s a wonder it hasn’t spun off the turntable yet.
So many highlights here but there’s the title track for starters, with its slow-Bossa rhythm, swinging piano and lilting guitar and the most gorgeously airy strings topping it off perfectly. Track four, ‘La Rosa’ is French Exotica par excellence; Takahashi’s gentle croon complemented by fantastically swish percussion, Haruomi Hosono’s exemplary electric bass rhythm and Sakamoto’s gorgeous Hammond organ. Oh, and a really nice guitar solo from Shigeru Suzuki. Very, very nice indeed. Where are my slippers?
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