Various Artists / Very Best of Japanese
Album: Very Best of Japanese   Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists   Added:May 2004
Label:Arc Music Inc.  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-11-01 Pull Date: 2005-01-03 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Jan 2 Dec 26 Dec 12 Nov 28 Nov 21 Nov 14 Nov 7
Airplays: 3 1 1 1 1 3 4

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 30, 2004: Sun in Libra, Moon in Pisces
4. Dec 23, 2004: Sun in Libra, Moon in Pisces
Kabuki Gomen-Jyo!
2. Dec 29, 2004: UK
Kabuki Gomen-Jyo!
5. Dec 08, 2004: The Dog and Pony Show
3. Dec 28, 2004: At the Cafe Bohemian
6. Nov 24, 2004: the Dog and Pony Show
Kabuki Gomen-Jyo!

Album Review
Reviewed 2004-07-08
A solid collection. Traditional instruments throughout include koto, shakuhachi (flute), taiko drums, jushichigen (zither), and shamisen (“a long-necked, fretless banjo). All expertly played. Compositions are a mix of traditional and more recently-composed in a traditional style. Read the very informative notes.

*1. Spare, peaceful duet of koto and shakuhachi that lyrically flows into passages of drama and passages of peace.
*2. Excellent drum composition. A blend of tempos and sounds make it a fascinating percussive journey. Some shouts/chants.
3. Solo flute on a traditional folk song. Slow, lyrical. Lovely.
4. Slow & haunting pastoral song w/wonderful emotion.
*5. Another great percussion piece that varys from quiet to busy. More metallic than #2, w/fun vocal help from the band.
6. Flute solo. Slow & hypnotic.
7. Koto/shakuhachi duet that varies from slow & dramatic to faster & more lively. Sweetly melodic throughout w/great playing.
8. Solo koto piece. Varying tempos & moods keep it unpredictable and create a sense of dramatic unsettledness.
*9. Lively & varied taiko composition w/lots of energy.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Yamato Ensemble Yamaji
2. Wadaiko Matsuriza Kabuki Gomen-Jyo!
3. Bell, Clive Komoro Bushi
4. Yamato Ensemble Futatsu no Den-En-Shi I
5. Wadaiko Matsuriza Gaku
6. Stagg, Richard Kumoi Jishi
7. Yamato Ensemble Hoshun
8. Hotta-Lister, Ayako Midare
9. Nihon Daiko Dzauku