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Hirota, Joji / Japanese Folk Songs
Album:Japanese Folk Songs Collection:World
Artist:Hirota, Joji Added:09/2007
Label:Arc Music Inc. 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2007-09-30 Pull Date:2007-12-02 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:2 Dec18 Nov11 Nov4 Nov28 Oct21 Oct14 Oct7 Oct

 Recent Airplay
1.Dec 31, 2011:Music Casserole
Solan Bushi
4.Dec 02, 2007:Transmission Overload
Haru No Umi
2.May 08, 2009:The Professor Barnaby J. Finkerton Variety Hour -- Music of Classical Japan
Jawa Kai No Shima Jima, Sakura Variations
5.Nov 27, 2007:At the Cafe Bohemian
Solan Bushi
3.Dec 04, 2007:At the Cafe Bohemian
Solan Bushi
6.Nov 16, 2007:No Cover, No Minimum
Solan Bushi

Album Review
Reviewed 2007-09-25 
Hirota, a taiko drummer, shakuhachi (flute) player, singer, and composer performs traditional folk songs ranging from fishermen’s work songs to lullabies. They feature a traditional, classical Japanese sound and everything is elegantly performed. Good notes on each track. All tracks slow & stately, joined by violin, harp, other strings.

*1. Slow, lyrical w/a beautiful melody & stately vocals/flute.
2. 4 variations on a cherry blossom song. Slow & emotional.
3. Medley of kids’ songs. Slow but delicate and hopeful. Kids chorus.
*4. Lovely, evocative song of the sea. Slow and sweeping.
*5. A heartbreaking, homesick song. Slow and sad, but pretty.
6. Starts VERY quietly. Then a sweet, gentle lullaby.
7. Slow and moving w/soaring vocals & fluid strings.
*8. An original comp w/flute & strings. So pretty & haunting.
9. Relaxed and peaceful w/big vocals & a sweeping epic sound.
10. Another sad track, full of longing. Lyrical & melodic.

Track Listing
1.Solan Bushi 6.Komori Uta
2.Sakura Variations 7.Kokiriko Bushi
3.Kodomo No Uta Medorei 8.Jawa Kai No Shima Jima
4.Haru No Umi 9.Komoro Mago Uta
5.Esashi Oiwake 10.Takena No Komori Uta