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    Default Japan Edition:Breaks, Beats, Blues,and the style of a lost era.

    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
    Japan
    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.



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    Nice. I've lived in Japan for over 10 years and I still get a little thrill when I find something really unusual here. You really never know what's going to turn up (like 6 Meiko Kaji LPs at a flea market, super cheap). Let me know if you're looking for something in particular and I'll keep my eye out. I'm always digging. PM me if you prefer.

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    Yep keep it going styles very cool thread, there's a lot of very interesting Japanese prog and fusion etc I've found interesting over the years but wouldn't know where to start.

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    Do I update the original post with each record or do I post subsequent posts with each record?

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    Yagi Masao - Tomorrow's Joe

    King Records
    Japan
    1978


    Originally a manga that was later adapted into an anime series and movie.

    This is the soundtrack of the animated film I think which is a mixture of dialogue and music from said film/series whichever it is. Quality pressing.










    Again the packaging here is superb, the pictures don't really do it justice but the gate fold sleeve is a thing of beauty and the poster is awesome.

    This is the one track on it that stands out

    https://soundcloud.com/rackmode/sachis-theme

    Some kind of orchestral jazz-funk big band stylings. Heavy.

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    Keep going as your'e going mate, new post for each record!

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