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