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Japan Pop!: Inside the World of Japanese Popular Culture  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by step778 at Jan. 6, 2010
Japan Pop!: Inside the World of Japanese Popular Culture

Japan Pop!: Inside the World of Japanese Popular Culture
Publisher: East Gate Book | pages: 348 | 2000 | ISBN: 0765605600 | PDF | 10,8 mb

Examines various forms of Japanese popular culture: pop music, jazz, enka (a form of ballad music), karaoke, manga and more. As pop culture not only entertains but also reflects society, this study is also about Japan - comparing it with the rest of the world and exploring the Japanese way of life.

Manfred Mann - Soul Of Mann (1967) {1993, Japan 1st Press}  Music

Posted by popsakov at Oct. 18, 2017
Manfred Mann - Soul Of Mann (1967) {1993, Japan 1st Press}

Manfred Mann - Soul Of Mann (1967) {1993, Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 181 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 94 Mb
Full Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 39 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Soul Jazz / Jazz Rock / Beat / Rhythm & Blues
Groovin' Move / Toshiba-EMI #TOCP-7943

Amidst their pop/rock, blues, and folk-rock, Manfred Mann peppered their early recordings with jazzy instrumentals that faintly suggested a jazz-rock direction. Soul of Mann, never issued in the U.S., is a compilation of most of these early instrumental efforts, which originally appeared on various singles, EPs, and LPs between 1963 and 1966 (though one song, "L.S.D.," and is actually a blues-rocker with a Paul Jones vocal). Instrumentals were not the band's forte, but this collection is more interesting than you might think. No one would put Manfred Mann on the level of a jazz artist like Oscar Peterson, but these cuts are executed with a surprising amount of style and wit…
The Duke Pearson Nonet - Honeybuns (1965) {2012 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27121}

The Duke Pearson Nonet - Honeybuns (1965) {2012 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27121}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 191 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 72 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 18 Mb | 5% repair rar | 24bit remaster
© 1965, 2012 Warner Japan / Atlantic / Rhino | WPCR-27121 | Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series
Jazz / Hard Bop / Post Bop / Piano

Features 24 bit digital remastering. Comes with a description. Other than "Our Love" (a familiar classical theme adapted to American pop music by Larry Clinton), all six selections are originals by the pianist. Utilizing a nonet that includes trumpeter Johnny Coles (who does his best to be soulful on "Honeybuns"), trombonist Garnett Brown, flutist Les Spann, altoist James Spaulding, tenor saxophonist George Coleman, baritonist Pepper Adams, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Mickey Roker, Pearson performs music in a style that would have fit in quite well on Blue Note. Most memorable among his originals is "Is That So." This is not an essential date, but it is nice to have this rarity back in print again.

Mariah Carey - #1's (1998) {Japan 1st Press}  Music

Posted by popsakov at Oct. 15, 2017
Mariah Carey - #1's (1998) {Japan 1st Press}

Mariah Carey - #1's (1998) {Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 571 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 192 Mb
Full Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 104 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
R&B, Soul, Dance, Pop | SME Records #SRCS 8820

Protest as she may – and she does, claiming in the liner notes that #1's is "not a greatest hits album! It's too soon, I haven't been recording long enough for that!" – it's hard to view #1's, Mariah Carey's first compilation, as anything other than a greatest-hits album. Carey was fortunate enough to have nearly every single she released top the pop charts. Between 1990's "Vision of Love" and 1998's "My All," all but four commercially released singles ("Anytime You Need a Friend," "Can't Let Go," "Make It Happen," "Without You") hit number one, with only a handful of radio-only singles ("Butterfly," "Breakdown") making the airwaves, not the charts. That leaves 12 big hits on #1's, all number ones…

Billy Joel - Greatest Hits: Volume III (1997) {Japan 1st Press}  Music

Posted by popsakov at Oct. 15, 2017
Billy Joel - Greatest Hits: Volume III (1997) {Japan 1st Press}

Billy Joel - Greatest Hits: Volume III (1997) {Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 516 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 182 Mb
Full Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 40 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Soft Rock, Pop Rock | Sony Records #SRCS 8410

The Greatest Hits Volume III album includes hits from 1983 to 1997. Two previously unreleased studio tracks are included, "To Make You Feel My Love" and "Hey Girl", while the third new track, "Light as the Breeze", was originally recorded for a Leonard Cohen tribute album known as Tower of Song in 1995. All three tracks are newly recorded covers (a rare occurrence in his catalogue). Chronologically, Greatest Hits Volume III overlaps slightly with Volume II, as the first two tracks, "Keeping the Faith" and "An Innocent Man", first appeared on his album An Innocent Man.

Sarah Brightman - Symphony (2008) [Limited Edition, Japan]  Music

Posted by v3122 at Oct. 13, 2017
Sarah Brightman - Symphony (2008) [Limited Edition, Japan]

Sarah Brightman - Symphony (2008
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
EMI, TOCP-70460 | ~ 410 or 149 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 3.96 Mb
Pop, Classical, Contemporary, Vocal

Sarah Brightman took five years between 2003's pop exotica outing Harem and Symphony. The over-the-top gothic excess in the artwork here seems like a cousin to Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell II, so much so that it feels like legendary theatrical rock excess king Jim Steinman – a former associate of Brightman's longtime producer Frank Peterson (who wrote or co-wrote five of these tunes) – is haunting the recording…

Japan and the Shackles of the Past (Repost)  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by insetes at Oct. 10, 2017
Japan and the Shackles of the Past (Repost)

Japan and the Shackles of the Past By R. Taggart Murphy
2015 | 464 Pages | ISBN: 0199845980 | PDF | 5 MB

Cyndi Lauper - A Night To Remember (1989) {Japan 1st Press}  Music

Posted by popsakov at Oct. 9, 2017
Cyndi Lauper - A Night To Remember (1989) {Japan 1st Press}

Cyndi Lauper - A Night To Remember (1989) {Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 286 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 105 Mb
Full Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 61 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Pop Rock, New Wave, Adult Contemporary | Epic / Sony #25-8P-5230

On True Colors, Cyndi Lauper began to edge her way into adult contemporary territory, but it was on her third album, A Night to Remember, that she concentrated all of her attention on becoming a self-consciously "mature" singer/songwriter. A Night to Remember doesn't always work, but not because she's incapable of performing polished, well-crafted middle-of-the-road material – "Time After Time" and "True Colors" prove that she could convincingly deliver ballads. Instead, the album bogs down because it assumes that labored arrangements and precisely detailed production are tantamount to musical sophistication…

Sandra - The Long Play (1985) [1988, Japan, 1st press]  Music

Posted by BlondStyle at Oct. 8, 2017
Sandra - The Long Play (1985) [1988, Japan, 1st press]

Sandra - The Long Play (1985) [1988, Japan, 1st press]
Pop/Rock, Electronic, Dance-Pop | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 36:44 Min | 348,47 Mb
Label: Virgin Japan Ltd. (Japan) | Cat.# VJD-121 | Released: 1988-04-21 (1985-12-09)

"The Long Play" is the debut studio album by German pop singer Sandra, released on 9 December 1985. The album was a great commercial success. The lead single "(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena" was released in March 1985 and went on to top the charts in 21 countries worldwide. It stayed in the German top 20 for 16 weeks, remaining her Sandra's only chart-topper in her home country, and is now considered her signature song.

Gerry Beckley - Van Go Gan (1995) {2001, Reissue, Japan}  Music

Posted by popsakov at Oct. 3, 2017
Gerry Beckley - Van Go Gan (1995) {2001, Reissue, Japan}

Gerry Beckley - Van Go Gan (1995) {2001, Reissue, Japan}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 303 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 116 Mb
Full Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 80 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Soft Rock, Pop Rock, Folk Rock | Polystar #PSCR-6022

Gerry Beckley is a founding member of the rock band America. The title of Gerry's first solo work is a very clever play on the names of two impressionist painters. The first is, of course, Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch painter who painted in the south of France. He was a very troubled, but colorful, individual who at one stage of his life cut off part of one of his ears as an act of self torture. His painting style was to use heavy brush strokes with thick paint and he used predominantly, primary colors, creating a style not used before his time. The "Gan" part of the title originates from the French painter Paul Gauguin. He left France and moved to Polynesia to paint Polynesian women. His name is pronounced "Go Gan" with the accent on the second syllable…