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Location: Japan
 

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Nippon Rock'n'roll ~ Masaaki Hirao
Nippon Rock'n'roll ~ Masaaki Hirao
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"Rokabirii"(Japanese pronunciation to "rockabilly") became the fist big rock music movement in Japan in the late-50's and along with Keijiro Yamashita and Mickey Curtis, Masaaki Hirao became one of the first R&R stars in Japan. This incredible compilation CD from Ace Records is the distinctive anthology of Masaaki Hirao and his band All Stars Wagon from their Rokabirii years.

The most raw and powerful rocker from them is "Rock Yuuyake Koyake". Originally this song was released as a flipside to "Hoshi Wa Nandemo Shitteiru" and they give us a real rockabilly-styled powerhouse performance featuring "slapping" bass and drum solos. Also unusual sounding is "Itsuki No Komoriuta… Read more
SHIMADA KAHO PERFECT BEST ~ Kaho Shimada With Ken Shima
SHIMADA KAHO PERFECT BEST ~ Kaho Shimada With Ken Shima
If you are a die-hard fan of Les Miserables the musical, you may heard of her name - Japan's own Kaho Shimada. Her legendary role of Eponine is one of the most remarkable successes in Japanese theatre history.

This "best of" album consists of her early to mid-90's recordings for King Records and most of them are cover versions of international hits in Japanese language. Three of them saw Oricon chart successes but their lyrics are written by Yasushi Akimoto, the notorious billionaire producer/lyricist who masterminds AKB48 and ends up letting Minami Minegishi shave her head like the very tragic and tearful film version of Fantine!

The Japanese lyrics of tracks #7, 9,… Read more
Kaga Version ~ Kaho Shimada
Kaga Version ~ Kaho Shimada
This Japanese cast album of "Les Miserables" was recorded live at the Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya on February 23rd,24th, 26th and 27th 1994. Worth noting is Kaho Shimada - The Japanese Eponine who was featured on "The Complete Symphonic Recording" album is singing live in Japanese language. Also featured is Takeshi Kaga, the Japanese Jean Valjean who appeared at the Royal Albert Hall for the 10th anniversary concert.

The novel "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo has been very popular in Japan since 1902. If you are looking for the worldwide cast releases of Les Miserables, this album is highly recommended.