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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 2Dec 26Dec 12Nov 28Nov 21Nov 14Nov 7

 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 EnsembleYamaji
2.Wadaiko MatsurizaKabuki Gomen-Jyo!
3.Bell, CliveKomoro Bushi
4.Yamato EnsembleFutatsu no Den-En-Shi I
5.Wadaiko MatsurizaGaku
6.Stagg, RichardKumoi Jishi
7.Yamato EnsembleHoshun
8.Hotta-Lister, AyakoMidare
9.Nihon DaikoDzauku