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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.
Fleetwood Mac - Future Games (1971) [Warner Music Japan, WPCR-14581] Repost

Fleetwood Mac - Future Games (1971)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2013 | Warner Music Japan, WPCR-14581 | ~ 274 or 102 Mb | Scans(png) -> 146 Mb
Blues Rock, Classic Rock

By the time of this album's release, Jeremy Spencer had been replaced by Bob Welch and Christine McVie had begun to assert herself more as a singer and songwriter. The result is a distinct move toward folk-rock and pop; Future Games sounds almost nothing like Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. Bob Welch's eight-minute title track, featuring lead guitar from Danny Kirwan, has one of Welch's characteristic haunting melodies, and with pruning and better editing, it could have been a hit…
Paul Simon - There Goes Rhymin' Simon (1973) [Sony Music Japan, SICP-20343] Repost

Paul Simon - There Goes Rhymin' Simon (1973)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Sony Music Japan, SICP-20343 | ~ 296 or 121 Mb | Scans(png) -> 115 Mb
Folk Rock, Pop Rock

Retaining the buoyant musical feel of Paul Simon, but employing a more produced sound, There Goes Rhymin' Simon found Paul Simon writing and performing with assurance and venturing into soulful and R&B-oriented music. Simon returned to the kind of vocal pyrotechnics heard on the Simon & Garfunkel records by using gospel singers…
Greg Lake - From The Underground Vol.II: Deeper Into The Mine (2003) [Columbia Music Japan, VQCD-10177] Repost

Greg Lake - From The Underground Vol.II: Deeper Into The Mine: An Official Greg Lake Bootleg (2003)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2011 | Columbia Music Japan, VQCD-10177 | ~ 391 or 141 Mb | Scans(png) -> 314 Mb
Progressive Rock, Art Rock

Like the first volume of this series, this gathers rare recordings from throughout the bulk of Greg Lake's career, spanning the late '60s to the mid-'90s. Lake might be one of the most famous musicians associated with progressive rock, but you'd have a hard time taking that impression away from this CD if it was the first or only sampling of his music you heard. Rarities collections can't serve as a fair career retrospective, of course…
Fleetwood Mac - Kiln House (1970) [Warner Music Japan, WPCR-14580] Repost

Fleetwood Mac - Kiln House (1970)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2013 | Warner Music Japan, WPCR-14580 | ~ 199 or 83 Mb | Scans(png) -> 219 Mb
Blues Rock, Classic Rock

Fleetwood Mac was still primarily a blues band on this, their first album after the departure of founder/nominal leader Peter Green. But the remaining members, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Jeremy Spencer, and Danny Kirwan (plus McVie's wife, Christine, not yet officially part of the group) started broadening the band's use of blues into other contexts, and adding new influences in the absence of Green's laser-like focus…
Wes Montgomery With Strings - Fusion! (1963) {Riverside Japan VDJ-1671, Early Press, rel 1989}

Wes Montgomery With Strings - Fusion! (1963) {Riverside Japan VDJ-1671, Early Press, rel 1989}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 233 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 100 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 108 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1963, 1989 Riverside / Victor Japan | VDJ-1671 | Early Press
Jazz / Hard Bop / Guitar

Although most Wes Montgomery fans associate his playing with strings with his later A&M and Verve recordings, the influential guitarist actually fronted a string section for the first time on this Riverside date from 1963, which had the ironic name of Fusion. As with his later albums, Montgomery's guitar solos here are brief and melodic but the jazz content is fairly high even if the emphasis is (with the exception of "Tune Up") on ballads.
Fleetwood Mac - Then Play On (1969) [Warner Music Japan, WPCR-14579] Repost

Fleetwood Mac - Then Play On (1969)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2013 | Warner Music Japan, WPCR-14579 | ~ 314 or 131 Mb | Scans(png) -> 241 Mb
Blues Rock, Classic Rock

This Peter Green-led edition of the Mac isn't just an important transition between their initial blues-based incarnation and the mega-pop band they became, it's also their most vital, exciting version. The addition of Danny Kirwan as second guitarist and songwriter foreshadows not only the soft-rock terrain of "Bare Trees" and "Kiln House" with Christine Perfect-McVie, but also predicts Rumours…
Paul Simon - Paul Simon (1972) [Sony Music Japan, SICP-20342] Repost

Paul Simon - Paul Simon (1972)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Sony Music Japan, SICP-20342 | ~ 261 or 104 Mb | Scans(png) -> 141 Mb
Folk Rock, Pop Rock

If any musical justification were needed for the breakup of Simon & Garfunkel, it could be found on this striking collection, Paul Simon's post-split debut. From the opening cut, "Mother and Child Reunion" (a Top Ten hit), Simon, who had snuck several subtle musical explorations into the generally conservative S&G sound, broke free, heralding the rise of reggae with an exuberant track recorded in Jamaica for a song about death…
Paul Simon - Songwriter (2011) [Sony Music Japan, SICP-20340~41] Repost

Paul Simon - Songwriter (2011)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2CD | Sony Music Japan, SICP-20340~41 | ~ 855 or 335 Mb | Scans(png) -> 396 Mb
Folk Rock, Pop Rock

The title makes plain the intention of Paul Simon on this 2011 double-disc set: the focus is not on the hits but the songs, to the extent that his most famous song is not performed either by him solo or with Art Garfunkel, it is sung by Aretha Franklin, a selection that suggests this compilation will be more idiosyncratic than it is…

Narada Michael Walden - Awakening (1979) {Warner Japan}  Music

Posted by tiburon at May 19, 2018
Narada Michael Walden - Awakening (1979) {Warner Japan}

Narada Michael Walden - Awakening (1979) {Warner Japan}
EAC 1.3 | FLAC Image level 8 | Cue+Log | Full Scans 300dpi | 303MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 92MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Funk, Soul

On Awakening, Narada Michael Walden placed aside the jazz fusion leanings of his early albums in favor of a more radio-friendly sound. The strategy worked, with Walden having his first Top Ten R&B single, "I Don't Want Nobody Else (To Dance With You)," which also charted number 47 on the pop charts in early 1979 and Awakening breaking into the R&B Top 15. The follow-up single, the mid-tempo groover "Give Your Love a Chance" featured grand arrangements by Patrick Adams. Walden displays his hyperkinetic drumming skills on "They Want the Feeling." Other standouts are "Love Me Only," the beautiful radio-aired album track "Listen to Me," and the tender "Will You Ever Know."