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Nippon Girls ~ Japanese Pop, Beat & Bossa Nova 1966-1970 CD


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  • Audio CD (30 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: BIG BEAT
  • ASIN: B002S1VQJ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,250 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4. Suki Sa Suki Sa Suki Sa - Nana Kinomi & Leo Beats
5. Taiyou Wa Naite Iru - Ayumi Ishida
6. Yé-Yé - Eiko Shuri
7. Nagisa No Tenshi - Mieko Hirota
8. Koi No Ban Ban - Linda Yamamoto
9. Kiiro No Sekai - J. Girls
10. Suki Yo Ai Shite - Mari Atsumi
11. Watashi No Inori - Rumi Koyama
12. Komacchau Na - Linda Yamamoto
13. Bazazz Tengoku - The Cupids
14. Doyou No Yoru Nanika Ga Okiru - Jun Mayuzumi
15. Hatsu Koi No Letter - Miki Obata
16. Ame Agari No Samba - Ryoko Moriyama
17. Taiyou Ga Kowai No - Kaoru Hibiki
18. Uwasa No Futari - Mie Nakao
19. Koi Wa Heart De - Aki Izumi
20. Tenshi No Itazura - Emy Jackson
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* The Big Beat International label returns with a bang and another celebration of the wonderful world of Japanese 60s pop. After the acclaimed "GS I Love You" volumes, it's the girls turn, as Big Beat examine the distaff side of the country's remarkable GS pop scene with "Nippon Girls".

* The likes of Shonen Knife and The 5-6-7-8s have given more face to women in Japanese pop, but they draw on a tradition that stretches back to the wild 1960s "Group Sounds" era, when the Land Of the Rising Sun was smitten with westernised rock'n'roll, yet came to develop its own distinctive brand of the same. Like in the west, female artistes tended to be solo, though their accompaniment often came from some of the top GS acts like the Bunnies. Major female stars of the period represented here include Miki Obata, Linda Yamamoto and Mie Nakao, the latter with the fuzztoned classic `Sharock No 1'.

* The sound was eclectic, drawing upon not only the full smorgasbord of 60s styles like groovy go-go, lounge-y bossa nova and wobbly pop-psych, but also traditional Japanese songwriting and themes. There's dance floor fillers such as `Ye-Ye' and the usual fascinating interpretations of western material, such as Nana Kanomi's take on the Zombies' `I Love You'.

* "Nippon Girls" is annotated by noted girl group expert and latter-day Japanese pop champion Sheila Burgel of Cha Cha Charming magazine, who provides a fascinating overview of this tremendous and compelling tributary of 60s pop. Highly recommended to girl group fanciers, GS groovers and any one else with a keen ear for eclectic 60s pop.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Levy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Dec 2009
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A welcome return for Big Beat's venture into Japanese sounds from the 60's. Nippon Girls is 25 tracks from 1966-70 and includes pop, bossa and beat and I think superior to Big Beat's 2 volume Group sound comps. Connoisseurs will be disappointed by the exclusion of Chiyo Okumura and Akiko Nakamura but Big Beat were unable to secure the rights. Nevertheless, this is an outstanding comp that compares to the multitude of girl comps released by other independant labels specialising in re-issues over the years. If you are searching for Japanese traditonal music, you should look elsewhere as the sounds are unapologetically borrowed from the girl sounds of the west and the bossa nova craze. It would, however, be a mistake to think of these tracks as mere karaoke: the production, musicianship and vocals are the equal of their western counterparts. The obvious drawback to any compilation featuring foreign artists is you'll have no idea what anyone is singing about but, as far as I am concerned, that is part of the fun and lure. The sleeve reproductions in the booklet will have you marvelling at the Japanese attention to design, especially the gatefold 7" for Reiko Ohara's 'Peacock Baby' which is exquisite. In short if, like me, you can't get enough of 60's girl comps and have exhausted the Brits, French and US girls, then Nippon Girls is your next port of call.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Kelly on 6 Jan 2010
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Bored of your music collection? Need it spicing up? Well you've come to the right place.'Nippon Girls'is why you love music in the first place.Sure,some of it sounds like Sandie Shaw or Lulu but with a massive twist.I think you know what the twist is...yep it's all in Japanese(obvious,really)apart from the odd English word.Some of it seems to sound like really bad eurovision entries but most of it sounds like pop music should sound.Groovy,some say cheesy,organ,check,high pitched young females,check,brass,check...well you get the idea.It's Japanese,it's groovy and it's got to be in your collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Anglos on 2 Dec 2010
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This has the sound of the British Swinging Sixties. If the vocals were not in Japanese, you couldn't tell them apart. This will make an ideal CD for those of us who dig the Sixties sound, love pop music, find the Japanese language enchanting and who are enamoured by the female singing voice. John Anglos.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christian Lundblad Thomsen on 15 Nov 2010
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When I saw this item and bought I had hoped it would be an obscoure little kitch kult compilation but it is actually a quite mainstream radio friendly almost typical collection of 60's pop songs. And maybe less memorable than the western world ones. But, it is ok. I might give to a girl I know, just because dig this kind of music more than me.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kaiser hornet on 16 Feb 2010
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I heard this on Radcliffe & Maconie one night and can see where the Shibuya sound of Pizzicato 5 came from
and being a big fan of j-pop love to listen to where it all started in copying Western pop.
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