Repressed; LP version. Obi; includes four-page insert. Wewantsounds present the first official release outside of Japan for The Mystery Kindaichi Band’s The Adventures of Kindaichi Kosuke, originally released in 1977. The “imaginary” soundtrack to the cult detective book series by writer Seishi Yokomizo is on many DJ want-lists. Arranged by soundtrack master Kentaro Haneda and featuring a mysterious group of the best ’70s Japanese Funk musicians, the album is pure undiluted disco funk. Writer Seishi Yokomizo is an institution in Japan. He could be compared to Agatha Christie with his series of novels based on the adventures of detective Kosuke Kindaichi. The fictional character was born in 1946 with Yokomizo’s first novel in the series and solved mysteries until the late ’70s under Yokomizo’s pen before the death of the writer in 1981. Yokomizo’s novels have been a prime source for film and TV scenarios, so when, in 1977, Japanese label King Records decided to record a concept album based on the Kindaichi novels, it made complete sense. The writer was slightly surprised though. The concept album was arranged by pianist Kentaro Haneda, a key TV and film composer who has worked on many anime films and is also famous outside of Japan for composing the music for the video game Wizardry. For the album, he assembled a supergroup of some of the best Tokyo funk and city pop musicians. The long list includes jazz pianist Hideo Ichikawa who played on the 1971 Joe Henderson In Japan album, drummer Jun Moriya, who is on Joe Hisaichi’s cult Wonder City Orchestra album (1982), percussionist Tadaomi Anai who played with disco singer Eri Ohno, trumpeter Koji Hadori who’s featured on Haruomi Hosono’s Pacific album (1978). Also present on the album are saxophonist Takeru Muraoka who plays on many Tatsuro Yamashita cult albums including For You (1982) and Spacy (1977), Kimiko Yamauchi (koto) who’s on Akiko Yano’s landmark 1976 album Japanese Girl (WWSCD 017CD/WWSLP 017LP), and last but not least, French hornist Koji Yamaguchi who plays on Yazuaki Shimizu’s Kakashi (1982). Together they lay the funk on ten instrumentals filled with pure disco and funk breakbeats, making the album one of the highly-coveted Japanese LPs on international cratedigger scene. Remastered from the original tapes. Faithfully reproduced original artwork; Artwork by renowned illustrator Ichibun Sugimoto. New introduction by Anton Spice.
Double LP version. Wewantsounds present a 40th anniversary reissue of Akiko Yano’s Gohan Ga Dekitayo, originally released in 1980. This superb double-album was recorded with Yellow Magic Orchestra at a time when she was part of the group’s touring line-up between 1979 and 1980. The album is pure Akiko Yano featuring her superb singing and piano playing, enhanced by touches of YMO’s synth-pop sound (check her cult version of YMO’s classic, “Tong-Poo”). First album release outside of Japan. When Gohan Ga Dekitayo came out in 1980, Akiko Yano had been touring with Yellow Magic Orchestra for more than a year. She’d play keyboards alongside the three founding members — Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Yukihiro Takahashi — plus guitarist Kenji Omura and synth wizard programmer Hideki Matsutake (as part of the 1980 North American tour, she’d also feature in the group’s cult TV appearance on Soul Train for a memorable rendition of “Tighten Up”) and they are all present on Gohan Ga Dekitayo. The double-LP, whose title could be translated by “Dinner Is Ready”, was co-produced with Ryuichi Sakamoto and recorded at two legendary studios: Tokyo’s Alfa Studio “A” and Los Angeles’s Sound City. It was Akiko’s first shift towards a fuller synth sound following four studio albums mixing pop and jazz funk, including her landmark debut from 1976, Japanese Girl (WWSCD 017CD/WWSLP 017LP). A shift that would continue with the release of Tadaima in 1981 (WWSCD 016CD/WWSLP 016LP_, also featuring the YMO musicians. The fourteen tracks on Gohan Ga Dekitayo find Akiko in top form mixing her singer-songwriter’s sensitivity with the electro-pop sound of YMO. It’s interesting to note though that it is very much an Akiko Yano album even if the group is present on the album (interestingly they do also play analog instruments on the album). Akiko is clearly the one in charge with a string of beautiful compositions and the rendition of one of the group’s classics, “Tong Poo” which she reinvents as a slower, less metronomic-paced song adding her own lyrics. Other highlights on the album include “Dogs Awaiting…”, a hypnotic composition featuring fascinating electro arrangements or “Coloured Water” sung in English by Akiko accompanying herself on Fender Rhodes with subtle percussion by Tatsuo Hayashi and electronics by Ryuichi Sakamoto. There are many more great moments on this superb album which announces the further experiments of Tadaima. Remastered audio by Mitsuo Koike.
Wewantsounds present a reissue of Donna McGhee’s Make It Last Forever, originally released in 1978. Donna McGhee has been one of the key female singers of the New York disco scene, gracing several cult albums with her superb singing. The Brooklyn native began her career singing gospel in her grandmother’s choir from an early age. Her first break in the industry came when she was spotted by bass player Johnny Flippin, who invited her to join his band. The group was none other than The Fatback Band led by drummer Bill Curtis. This was 1975 and the album was Raising Hell. McGhee’s vocals can be heard throughout the album, including the dancefloor classic “(Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop”. She stayed with the group for another few years recording Night Fever in 1976 and touring across country. Following an encounter with producer Greg Carmichael, Donna McGhee jumped ship and started working with the prolific producer and his partner Patrick Adams. A string of collaborations followed with singles and albums: Donna can indeed be heard singing with Bumblebee Unlimited, Universal Robot Band, and on Phreek’s classic self-titled album from 1978, singing on the track “May My Love Be With You”. In 1978, After Greg Carmichael set up his own label, Red Greg Records, he and Adams decided to get McGhee in the recording studio and produce her first solo album. With the pair playing most of the instruments, they got five tracks out of the session. The result, Make It Last Forever is an all-time Adams/Carmichael classic: funky disco arrangements with a touch of synths over a pulsating groove magnified by McGhee’s superb sexy singing. All five tracks have become classics in their own right. “I’m A Love Bug” was a remake of Bumblebee Unlimited’s cult favourite from 1976, “Love Bug” (also released on Carmichael’s Red Greg label) while “Make It Last Forever” was later re-recorded by Inner Life (featuring Jocelyn Brown). “Do As I Do” and “Mr. Blindman” keep the groove going and finally, we have “It Ain’t No Big Thing”. The remake of a 1976 single by Personal Touch, produced by Adams for his PAP label and arranged by Leroy Burgess, it is one of the highlights of the album and is a superb catchy composition which has now become a true underground disco standard. An essential disco album. Newly remastered audio.
Wewantsounds present a reissue of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s first solo album Thousand Knives Of, originally released in 1978 on the sought-after Better Days label. Save for a small-scale release in 1982, this is the first time the album is being released on vinyl outside of Japan. 1978 was a key year for Japanese music. Haruomi Hosono, one of the country’s most innovative musicians had just formed Yellow Magic Orchestra pursuing the sonic experimentation he had started with his solo album Paraiso. The album, recorded between December ’77 and January ’78, featured both Ryuichi Sakamoto and Yukihiro Takahashi. Hosono quickly invited both musicians to form YMO but before the group could release their first album, Sakamoto entered the Nippon Columbia studios in April 1978 with a plan. Sakamoto had become an in-demand session musician after studying composition at the Tokyo University of Art and had played on many key albums of the time, such as Taeko Ohnuki’s Sunshower (1977) and Tatsuro Yamashita Spacy (1977). This led to an invitation by Hosono to feature on Paraiso. A penchant for avant-garde and improvisation had gotten Sakamoto interested in electronic music early on, and with Thousand Knives he decided to get Hideki Matsutake on board as he had mastered the art of synth programming following a stint with Electronic Music pioneer Isao Tomita. Thousand Knives took several months to record as Sakamoto would be busy during the day with his session work and would only record at night. Named after Belgian-born poet Henri Michaux’s description of a mescaline experience, the album is a reflection on how synthesizer technology might come to change the face of music. The first side conceived as a long suite opens with the title track and a recitation of the Mao Zedong poem “Jinggang Mountain” filtered through a vocoder, before morphing into a mid-tempo synthpop instrumental. It is followed by “Island Of Woods”, a ten-minute track buzzing with insect-like synth sounds. Side one ends with “Grasshoppers”, a beautiful acoustic piano melody underlined by a subtle synthesizer soundscape. Side two opens with “Das Neue Japanische Elektronische Volkslied”, acknowledging the influence of the German sound spearheaded by Kraftwerk. The track features a mid-tempo metronomic beat skillfully intertwined with a Japanese folk sounding melody. The album ends with two catchy up-tempo synthpop tunes in the form of “Plastic Bamboo” and “The End Of Asia”, which both became staples of YMO’s and Sakamoto’s live shows. YMO’s sound included various influences from its three members but there is no denying Thousand Knives paved the way for the group’s Computer Music sound. Remastered from the original tapes by renowned producer and engineer Seigen Ono.
Wewantsounds present a reissue of Yukihiro Takahashi’s debut solo album Saravah!, originally released in 1978. One of the key Japanese albums of the ’70s, it was released at a key time when, following his tenure with Sadistic Mika Band, Takahashi had just joined the nascent line up of Yellow Magic Orchestra. A sophisticated mix of disco funk, synth pop, ambient, French exotica, and bossa nova, the album has the stylish feel of a night out clubbing in Paris circa 1978. It’s the missing link between the city pop scene of the late ’70s and the synth sound of YMO which was about to revolutionize the world. The month before recording the YMO debut album that would help alter the course of music, Yukihiro Takahashi entered the studio with his fellow band-members Ryuichi Sakamoto and Haruomi Hosono to record Saravah! together with the cream of the Japanese scene. He drew his inspiration from globe-trotting French musician Pierre Barouh who had introduced Bossa Nova in France in 1966 with “Samba Saravah” (featured in soundtrack the Oscar winner A Man And A Woman which he co-wrote) and subsequently launched Saravah Records. Saravah! starts off with a couple of French and Italian exotica classics (“Volare” and “C’est Si Bon”) with delicious touches of synth while “Saravah!” is a nod to Pierre Barouh, a languid bossa nova with beautiful soulful strings arranged by Ryuichi Sakamoto. The album gets hotter with “La Rosa”, a superb mid-tempo ambient funk featuring Shigeru Suzuki’s fluid guitar. Next is an amazing exotica-synth version of the standard “Mood Indigo”, announcing the midi revolution that was to come before things get funkier shortly after with Ryuichi Sakamoto’s superb up-tempo disco instrumental “Elastic Dummy” featuring soulful strings and horns with solos by Sakamoto and guitarist Tsunehide Matsuki. The album then moves on to the ambient synth pop of “Sunset” before switching back to disco funk with “Back Street Midnight Queen” which, like “Elastic Dummy”, has become a dancefloor cult classic. Saravah! ends on a perfect note with the beautiful “Present” a perfectly crafted pop song which Takahashi wanted to do in a city pop mode, featuring a superb melody and high-class arrangements.. Newly remastered by renowned engineer Mitsuo Koike. Features original artwork with photos by Masayoshi Sukita (David Bowie’s Heroes (1977)); includes four-page insert and a new Introduction by Benjamin Barouh (of Saravah Records).
Following the success of Wewantsounds’ Alice Clark RSD edition featuring an extra 20-page booklet, the label reissues the standard version of Alice Clark’s highly sought-after soul jazz classic produced by Mainstream Records’ Bob Shad in 1972. Featuring original artwork, remastered sound making this reissue is the first official reissue of Alice Clark’s original album for decades, a long overdue release of one of the best Soul albums ever recorded. When it comes to legendary albums, very few can match the cult status achieved on the international jazz and funk scene, by Alice Clark’s eponymous album, recorded for Mainstream Records in 1972. The record which went unnoticed when it first came out has become one of the most sought-after albums ever since it became cult on the London jazz and funk scene in the late ’80s. It is now being acknowledged as one of the best soul albums of all-times. Recorded live over two days at the Record Plant studios in New York City, the album was produced by Bob Shad and arranged by jazz veteran Ernie Wilkins with a big band setting. The music is a superb mix of jazz and soul blessed by Clark’s superb singing and including two all-time favorites, “Don’t You Care” and “Never Did I Stop Loving You” plus a selection of heart-wrenching songs beautifully sung by Clark. Hailed as a soul masterpiece alongside Aretha Franklin or Roberta Flack’s best albums, Alice Clark’s LP took almost fifty years to achieve classic status and Alice Clark is now finally getting the recognition she deserves.
Tip-on sleeve; includes download card and original four-page insert with lyrics and line-up. Wewantsounds continues their Akiko Yano reissue program with the release of Japanese Girl, her landmark debut album from 1976. Backed by Little Feat with Lowell George and by top Japanese musicians (including Haruomi Hosono), Japanese Girl is one of the most important Japanese albums of the ’70s, mixing pop, rock, and Japanese folk together with Little Feat’s superb classic sound. After a marriage with musician/producer Makoto Yano and the birth of her son (Fuuta), Yano and her team resumed the recording of the album and decided to pitch Little Feat for a collaboration as she loved the group. Against all odds they said yes and Yano left Tokyo for Los Angeles in March 1976 to record a full side with them. The legend has it they found it so difficult to keep up with Yano’s compositions they returned some of their fee. The session was nevertheless stunning and Lowell George even compared Yano to Stevie Wonder. The Little Feat blend of New Orleans groove matched Yano’s melodies perfectly, as witnessed on “Funamachi-Uta Part “. Originally a traditional song from The Nebuta Festival in her hometown of Aomori, the Little Feat version is a formidable slow-funk workout not dissimilar to their classic, “Spanish Moon”, serving Yano’s beautiful vocals and sense of groove to perfection. The whole side is a match made in heaven, showcasing the classic Little Feat line up at their funkiest with Yano’s unique Japanese twist. The Japanese side on the album gives a great snapshot of the Tokyo music scene of the ’70s with many musicians gravitating around Haruomi Hosono and also several musicians from Japanese band, The Moonriders. Recorded at the legendary Onkyo Haus studio in Tokyo, the sessions mix singer-songwriter sensitivity and pop with traditional Japanese sounds and instruments like the shinobue transverse flute, the koto string instrument, or the Tsuzumi hand drum as played on “Hekoriputaa” by the legendary percussionist Kisaku Katada who was appointed Living National Treasure by the Japanese state in 1999; together they create a beautiful east-meets-west mix masterfully driven by Yano’s creativity and unique talent. First international release. Remastered sound.
Obi strip; Includes two-page insert. Wewantsounds present a reissue of Akiko Yano’s Tadaima., originally released in 1981. The first release Wewantsounds’ ambitious program to release Akiko Yano’s albums outside of Japan Tadaima. (“I’m home” in Japanese) is Yano’s fifth studio album and a synth-pop masterpiece, co-produced by her then husband Ryuichi Sakamoto and featuring all the musicians from Yellow Magic Orchestra (Haruomi Hosono, Yukihiro Takahashi, and Sakamoto), the group she was touring with at the time. Japan’s best kept secret, Akiko Yano is one of the most ground-breaking artists to come out of the ’70s Japanese music scene along with Haruomi Hosono and Ryuichi Sakamoto. A piano child prodigy, Yano started her solo recording career in 1976 at just 21, recording her debut album Japanese Girl with no less than Little Feat as the backing band. This album created a stir on the Japanese scene and Yano was on the map. She went on to record a series of superb albums mixing funk, electro, and city pop featuring the cream of Japanese (and sometimes American and English) musicians; The fact she was producing, writing and composing herself made her a true maverick in a very male-dominated industry. These albums, incredibly, have never been released outside of Japan to this day. Tadaima. is Yano’s first attempt to leave the acoustic piano aside and delve into the synth sounds of the early ’80s. The result is a fascinating electro pop masterpiece showcasing her talent as a writer, musician, and singer, creating her own unique universe. Mixing Japanese and English lyrics, Yano crafts perfect pop songs such as “Tadaima.”, “I Sing”, “Harusaki Kobeni” (which became one of her most famous songs after its use in a Japanese cosmetics ad), while “Taiyo No Onara” is a suite composed of nine short stories written by children. Contributors on Tadaima. also include Shigesato Itoi, one of Japan’s most famous copywriters (for Studio Ghibli among others) who wrote two tracks on the album and his friend legendary illustrator Teruhiko Yumura — aka King Terry — who revolutionized underground manga in the ’70s with his “heta-uma” (bad-good) style, as showcased on the album’s striking artwork. Tadaima.is the perfect entry point to Akiko Yano’s unique body or work. This reissue includes original artwork by cult illustrator King Terry and a new introduction by renowned DJ Joakim.
Wewantsounds present the first ever reissue Jack Wilkins’s highly sought-after Mainstream Records album Windows, originally released in 1973. Produced by Bob Shad, the album, which is on many want-lists, is especially cult for his rendition of Freddie Hubbard’s classic “Red Clay”, notably sampled by A Tribe Called Quest (on “Sucka Nigga”) and Chance The Rapper. Recorded in 1973 at New York’s Record Plant, this superb session sees guitarist Jack Wilkins in a trio setting accompanied by Mike Moore on bass and young seasoned west coast drummer Bill Goodwin (Gabor Szabo, Gary Burton, Paul Horn, Tom Waits). Together, the trio plays mix of classics including John Coltrane’s “Naima”, Wayne Shorter’s “Pinocchio”, and Chick Corea’s “Windows”, showcasing their instant rapport. Jack Wilkins is an underrated guitarist; he’s accompanied such stars as Stanley Turrentine, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, and Sammy Davis Jr. but he has remained more of a musician’s musician. Windows has reached cult status for the fact that its slow funk version of Freddie Hubbard’s “Red Clay” has been sampled by A Tribe Called Quest for “Sucka Nigga” from their masterpiece Midnight Marauders (1993). ATCQ’s jazz samples have always garnered a huge amount of attention from DJs and hip-hop fans and this one has had an instant effect on Windows’s popularity, making it one of the most sought-after albums released on Mainstream. Chance the Rapper has also sampled “Red Clay”, in the song “Nana” which featured on his second mixtape, Acid Rap (2013). This reissue is thus a great opportunity to (re)discover a great guitarist. Comes in gatefold sleeve featuring never-seen session photos and new liner notes by leading UK journalist, Kevin Le Gendre (Jazzwise, Echoes, BBC’s Jazz Line Up).
Wewantsounds present a reissue of Serge Gainsbourg’s cult score for the 1968 French film Le Pacha. These tracks were composed by Serge Gainsbourg at the height of his ’60s cool when he was briefly going out with Brigitte Bardot and the couple was on the verge of recording the infamous first version of “Je T’aime… Moi Non Plus” (1969). All the tracks here are arranged by famed arranger Michel Colombier, who had been responsible for some of Gainsbourg’s best songs (“Bonnie & Clyde” and “Harley Davidson”) and had also arranged Pierre Henry’s classic Psyche-Rock around the same time — note the similarity between Psyche-Rock and “Un Noel 67” from this set. Many of these nuggets blend ’60s pop and psychedelia — pure undiluted Gainsbourg with his classic psyche-pop sound of the late ’60s. The original soundtrack features his classic “Requiem Pour Un Con” together with a previously unreleased instrumental mix, along with two bonus tracks from William Klein’s 1968 film Mister Freedom. Digitally remastered from the original tapes, this is the first time the full soundtrack is released on vinyl in its entirety. Includes two bonus tracks. Includes liner notes featuring interview by cult French bass player Francis Darizcuren. Artwork by famed poster designer Maxime Pecourt.
Wewantsounds present a reissue and the first international release of Hiroshi Sato’s ultra-rare synth masterpiece, Orient, originally released in 1979 on Kitty Records in Japan only. This highly sought-after album is a superb breezy mix of Japanese synth-pop with a subtle touch of mid-70s Herbie Hancock-style funk and AOR. Originally released in 1979, at a fruitful time when Hiroshi Sato, Haruomi Hosono, and Shigeru Suzuki were fresh from playing in the group Tin Pan Alley and Haruomi Hosono had just formed Yellow Magic Orchestra, Orient is a unique balance of various styles. It has become one of the most sought-after Japanese LPs on the global Balearic scene and is now exchanging hands for astronomical prices. The album includes such cult tracks as “Son Go Kuw” and “Do-Jo” popular on the international DJ scene. It features the best Japanese musicians at the time, including Shigeru Suzuki on guitar, Haruomi Hosono on bass, Pecker on percussion, and Sato himself on keyboards and synthesizers. The album also features on Gilles Peterson’s “Significant Album” List. Fully remastered from the original Kitty Records tapes by Universal Japan. Includes original four-page color insert, including English translations of the original liner notes by leading Japanese journalist Yasufumi Amatatsu, plus the full track-by-track musician line up.
Various: Inner Peace Rare Spiritual Funk And Jazz Gems “The Supreme Sound Of Producer Bob Shad” (WEWANTSOUNDS)
Double LP version. Wewantsounds are back with a superb selection of spiritual jazz and funk grooves from legendary producer Bob Shad’s Mainstream Records catalogue. Bob Shad was one of the greatest music producers of the 20th century, having worked with all the music giants, from Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to Sarah Vaughan, Lightnin’ Hopkins, The Platters, and Janis Joplin to name just a few. “Bobby Shad was a legend in our family” says his grandson Judd Apatow who, together with his sister Mia, looks after Shad’s back catalogue, Mainstream Records. Like his peers, jazz producers Creed Taylor and Bob Thiele, Shad went independent in the ’60s, and by the early ’70s, he was producing a string of superb albums mixing spiritual jazz with funk and soul. These albums are now being rediscovered by new generation of soul and jazz lovers hooked on the music of Kamasi Washington and Shabaka Hutchings. Recorded between 1971 and ’73, the Fender-Rhodes-drenched tracks on Inner Peace showcase Shad’s unique deep jazz sound. They feature such revered musicians as Harold Land, Roy Haynes, and Frank Foster, together with a younger generation of talented musicians led by Buddy Terry, Dave Hubbard, and LaMont Johnson. Here they are accompanied by the cream of ’70s jazz session musicians including Bernard Purdie, Buster Williams, Eddie Henderson, James Mtume, Stanley Clarke, and Cecil Bridgewater. The Mainstream catalogue has been sampled by a long list of revered DJs and hip hop producers over the years. Roy Haynes’s “Senyah” was sampled by De La Soul on “Pony Ride” and Shelly Manne’s short outro “Infinity” forms the unmissable backbone of Jeru The Damaja’s all-time hip hop classic, “Come Clean”. A fitting tribute to the supreme sound of producer Bob Shad. Wewantsounds will start a reissue program of original Mainstream albums with bonus material and rare photos from the vaults. Also features: Charles Williams, Hadley Caliman, Pete Yellin, and Sonny Red.