The reissue label is planning dozens of releases that survey the country's rock, city pop and ambient legacies.
The Seattle label, which has reissued everyone from Rodriguez to Betty Davis and This Heat, will start off its Japan series with a few collections—the folk and rock set mentioned above, as well Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1975-1985 and Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990. There are "dozens" more releases planned for the series, including a "special project involving one of the most respected and influential artists in Japan," the label says.
The Japan Archival Series comes in the midst of a wave of interest in Japanese music, evidenced by Chee Shimizu's recent More Better Days compilation, Palto Flats' Mariah and Midori Takada reissues as well as Rush Hour's recent focus on Japanese music from the '80s.
Check out Kazuhiko Kato's "Arthur Hakase No Jinriki Hikouki," off Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973.
01. Kenji Endo - Curry Rice
02. Kazuhiko Yamahira & The Sherman - Sotto Futari De
03. Sachiko Kanenobu - Anata Kara Toku E
04. Fluid - Rokudenashi
05. Kazuhiko Kato - Arthur Hakase No Jinriki Hikouki
06. Happy End - Natsu Nandesu
07. Takashi Nishioka - Man-in No Ki
08. Masato Minami - Yoru Wo Kugurinukeru Made
09. Maki Asakawa - Konna Fu Ni Sugite Iku No Nara
10. Fumio Nunoya - Mizu Tamari
11. Haruomi Hosono - Boku Wa Chotto
12. Takuro Yoshida - Aoi Natsu
13. Akai Tori - Takeda No Komori Uta
14. Gu - Marianne
15. Tetsuo Saito - Ware Ware Wa
16. Gypsy Blood - Sugishi Hi Wo Mitsumete
17. Hachimitsu Pie - Hei No Ue De
18. Ryo Kagawa - Zeni No Kouryouryoku Ni Tsuite
19. The Dylan II - Otokorashiitte Wakaru Kai
Light In The Attic will release Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973 on October 20th, 2017.