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  • Audio CD (31 Aug. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arc Music
  • ASIN: B0002VBSA8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,607 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Thundering, powerful, dramatic drumming
Recorded and performed with Pete Lockett on "Taiko To Tabla" Special slipcase packaging
Booklet text in English, German, French and Spanish.

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If you have been lucky enough to see Joji perform live, you will know that, for a man small in stature, an enormous amount of energy, passion and power comes from his hands, aptly demonstrated with this CD which rightly proves that percussion is more than the 20 minute solo indulgence given to the mainly anonymous drummers of 70's rock bands.

An aural treat, do give it a go.
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I was privelidged to see this group perform live a few moths ago. Just superb - controlled anarchy. I've rated the CD 4 stars only because no recording could match the excitement of a live performance, though this one comes close on the right equipment. Plenty of bass required.
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An album full of drums, played with great skill, power and some incredible stamina.

The cd is extremely well recorded and features some interesting notes in the booklet.

A worthy purchase for any percussionist or someone wanting something different.
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HASH(0x8db7d7a4) out of 5 stars One of the best Taiko collections I've heard 4 Sept. 2004
By Joanna Daneman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is without a doubt one of the BEST taiko CD's ever. We put this on (to test a new subwoofer) and the sound of the drums was clear, the contrasting sticks and bells came through sharp and defined. The rhythms are surprisingly jazzy and modern.

There are nine cuts on this CD: the first seems VERY long but it's actually shy of 8 minutes--some are longer, 9:31 and 10:46 . The first cut Harvest is by far the best, though I like the almost 11 minute Heart Beat a lot as well.

The thundering big drums have traditional rhythms, but merge into melodic "songs" of a more modern nature. The drums are of varying sizes and tuned to different tones, and there is auxiliary percussion (sticks on the drum frame and some other percussion as well) but the Taiko dominate.

I find Taiko very energizing and I play this CD to lift my mood, especially if doing household tasks. If you like percussion, this is absolutely a must-have cd. We were VERY impressed.
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HASH(0x8db7d7f8) out of 5 stars Amazing Japanese drumming...! 27 Sept. 2004
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Another fine album by one of the major stars of the modern taiko drumming scene... Hirota's innovative compositions are audacious and ambitious; the skill and precision with which his ensemble perform them is nothing short of amazing. There are modernizations and meter shifts that may be questionable -- depending on your personal tastes or inclinations -- but for taiko fans, even those who prefer a more traditional style, this disc is a must. This is the music being played at its highest and most challenging level... Recommended!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8db7dc30) out of 5 stars Japanese Taiko 10 Jan. 2007
By J. Nicholas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was first introduced to this throught a PBS program about taiko in America. Taiko is nothing but pure hardcore drumming. These aren't a bunch of guys sitting on their --- tapping out rhythms. They're beating the crap out of these drums. I'm sure there are youtube videos out there, it's a must if you've never seen how they play them.

This is my first taiko cd. As the other reviews said, the first song is the best, it is absolutly intense. The whole cd is great though. If you work out, this is a perfect cd to listen to while doing so. If you can sit still while listening to this, I'd be very surprised. Buy it, you won't regret it!
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HASH(0x8db7f018) out of 5 stars Great CD 24 Oct. 2007
By D. Gibson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have heard several live Taiko drum performances and this CD has a nice varity of tracks. You will also find this CD a bit like sound scapes were listing in my car the CD is very relaxing during rush hour driving, bumper to bumper. I highly recommend this CD. I have other Taiko Drum CD and this one ranks up with the best.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8db7f0fc) out of 5 stars not well produced 18 Feb. 2008
By GlaNee Tikulewu - Published on Amazon.com
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Not a great recording. we have another taiko drumming CD from a show we saw and it is much better, though still rather poorly produced. I don't think these shows translate well to CDs.
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