I love records from Japan, im obsessed with them. Ever since I got turned onto early Japanese cinema I became infatuated with the style, the themes and concepts of what I believe to be some of the greatest films made and through these films I was instantly hypnotised by the music. It was especially the samurai and gangster flicks that drew my attention, I was a sucker for exploitative themes and violence.
Anime soundtracks grabbed my attention about 10 years ago, but I never really bothered with the actual shows and more recently the pink violence has captivated me. I have a bunch of Police and Anime OST's and a whole heap of various 60's and 70's Japanese artists.....Jun Mayuzumi, Meiko Kaji, Carmen Maki, Takeshi Inomata etc. Its not just the music but some also the beautiful packaging that some of these records come in, double gate fold covers, inserts, posters, booklets.
So here I am presenting the first of many.
Tatsuya Takahashi & Tokyo Union - Seibu Keisatsu/Police: Western Division Part I-II-III
Teichiku Records – GM-157
21 Nov 1983
I love the promotional obi strip advertising a newly released watch, I think its a vega watch, with the FM radio built in and headphones.
Insert booklet featuring the cars used in the show
The music is jazz-funk esque and uptempo disco stylings interspersed with dialogue and sound effects from the movie, mainly explosions and police sirens and the revving of a nissan RS-3 engine.
There were a number of records pressed with music from the series, this one is a compilation of all 3 volumes.