Japanese Top 100 60’s / 70’s Titles
In the August 2010 issue of “Record Collectors magazine” from Japan, they name the “Top 100” Japanese artist 60’s & 70’s titles. I am only familiar with a small amount of titles in this list – in fact, I can’t even read what many of the titles are! The ones I recognized (and / or own) are:
Happy End – Happy End (Haruomi Hosono)
Haruomi Hosono – Bon Voyage Co.
Haruomi Hosono – Hosono House
Flower Travelin’ Band – Satori
Y.M.O. – Solid State Survivors
Carmen Maki & Oz – (self-titled)
Y.M.O. – Y.M.O. (debut)
Haruomi Hosono – Paraiso
Food Brain – Social Gathering
Pyg – (self titled) (Kenji Sawada)
Haruomi Hosono – Tropical Dandy
Yukihiro Takahashi – Saravah
Yuzo Kayama – Kayama Yuzo No Subete
Makoto Kubota – Second Line
There were a few other titles that I recognized, but the above 14 titles are the ones I actually own and / or am familiar with. They really seem to be very fond of the 70’s solo albums by Y.M.O.’s Haruomi Hosono!
I don’t actually own an LP of the Happy End title, but I think I have it on CD – a collection, perhaps? I do own all the Hosono titles mentioned here. I used to own a Japanese LP of the Flower Travelin’ Band – but it wasn’t to my taste. Of course I have the Y.M.O. material. I found a used LP of the Carmen Maki & Oz LP; I mail-ordered the Food Brain from Japan on CD; I bought the Pyg album on CD in Japan. I have both an LP & CD of the Yukihiro Takahashi album. I believe Makoto Kubota is from Sandii & The Sunsetz, which explains why I have a CD of this title.
It’s always interesting to me to see how the Japanese magazines rank genres. I knew that some of the titles listed above are ‘famous’ – but, for example, I would never have guessed about this Yukihiro Takahashi title over any other – did “Murdered By The Music” fall outside of the criteria because of it’s 1980 release date? Gee, I would love to see this same list for Japanese Rock 1980 – 2000!
I always saw this Yuzo Kayama album when I visited Tokyo – so when one turned up locally, I snapped it up. Mid-60’s guitar rock, a la The Ventures etc. I guess he was more of an actor than a musician? But he certainly seems to be highly regarded as a guitarist!