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Joyama no Narazumono by Joyama no Narazumono

Joyama no Narazumono

Joyama no Narazumono


Release Date: September 15th, 2023

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Experience the captivating and hypnotic sounds of Joyama no Narazumono – a rare gem of Japan’s 70’s folk scene!⁣ A genre-bending album by duo Shigeki Kobayashi and Yasuo Yamada, who drew inspiration from songs by local boatmen and British folk like Fairport Convention and The Albion Band to craft a minimalist, intimate approach to both traditional and original compositions.⁣ Locally released in 1979 in an edition of just 100 copies, this highly sought-after album is now available worldwide for the first time.⁣

Printed on Stoughton “tip-on” jackets, with new liner notes. 300 copies on black vinyl, and 200 on Translucent “Root beer” vinyl.


Shigeki Kobayashi: Vocals, guitar, bass, percussion and transverse flute
Yasuo Yamada: Vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica, vertical and transverse flute
Recorded at Yamayasu Industries: April 5 – July 7, 1979
Created with the help of Shigeo Kobayashi, Masao Shimazu, Tatsuo Kurashina and Sadakazu Machii

⁣⁣Reissue produced by Tyler Craft, Johan Nilsson and Shinsaku Ikeshita⁣⁣
Mastered for vinyl by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Mastering.
Translation and language assistance by Ian Masters⁣
Special thanks to Pontus Madsen

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