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Nippon Girls: Japanese, Pop, Beat & Bossa Nova 1966-70 Import

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After our acclaimed GS I Love You volumes, it's the girls turn, as we examine the distaff side of the country's remarkable GS pop scene with Nippon Girls. The likes of Shonen Knife and The 5-6-7-8s have given more face to women in Japanese pop, but they draw on a tradition that stretches back to the wild 1960s 'Group Sounds' era, when the Land Of the Rising Sun was smitten with westernized rock 'n' roll, yet came to develop its own distinctive brand of the same. Like in the west, female artistes tended to be solo, though their accompaniment often came from some of the top GS acts like the Bunnies. Major female stars of the period represented here include Miki Obata, Linda Yamamoto and Mie Nakao, the latter with the fuzztoned classic Sharock No 1. The sound was eclectic, drawing upon not only the full smorgasbord of 60s styles like groovy go-go, lounge-y bossa nova and wobbly pop-psych, but also traditional Japanese songwriting and themes. There's dance floor fillers such as Ye-Ye and the usual fascinating interpretations of western material, such as Nana Kanomi's take on the Zombies' I Love You.

1. Black Room - Jun Mayuzumi
2. Sharock No. 1 - Mie Nakao
3. Peacock Baby - Reiko Ohara
4. Suki Sa Suki Sa Suki Sa - Nana Kinomi & Leo Beats
5. Taiyou Wa Naite Iru - Ayumi Ishida
6. Yé-Yé - Eiko Shuri
7. Nagisa No Tenshi - Mieko Hirota
8. Koi No Ban Ban - Linda Yamamoto
9. Kiiro No Sekai - J. Girls
10. Suki Yo Ai Shite - Mari Atsumi
11. Watashi No Inori - Rumi Koyama
12. Komacchau Na - Linda Yamamoto
13. Bazazz Tengoku - The Cupids
14. Doyou No Yoru Nanika Ga Okiru - Jun Mayuzumi
15. Hatsu Koi No Letter - Miki Obata
16. Ame Agari No Samba - Ryoko Moriyama
17. Taiyou Ga Kowai No - Kaoru Hibiki
18. Uwasa No Futari - Mie Nakao
19. Koi Wa Heart De - Aki Izumi
20. Tenshi No Itazura - Emy Jackson
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 22, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Big Beat International
  • ASIN: B002S1VQJ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David Smay on July 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best sixties girl singer compilations I've ever heard, (and I own a lot) hand picked by Cha Cha Charming's own Sheila Burgel. This stuff is super groovy though it covers a wide range of styles. Only a couple tracks are in the Bossa Nova vein, most of them are uptempo and very mod girl singer raveups. There's fuzz guitar, there's a track by Emy Jackson "Tenshi No Itazura" that even has a bit of Les Yper Sound to it. My favorite is probably "Black Room" by Jun Mayuzumi" which is absolutely electric. "Sharock No. 1" by Mie Nakao contrasts heavy fuzz guitars against sassy girl vocals (drenched in reverb). If you're a fan of the recent spate of Pinky Violence movies (Japanese early 70s exploitation) "Taiyou Na Waite Iru" sounds very similar to the haunting theme songs of films like "Stray Cat Rock." Some tracks emulate bouncy French Ye-Ye, others are more in the style of sixties soul, some play like some go-go interlude from Shindig. But every song has something distinctive and interesting to recommend it.

Great pictures and notes in the interior by Sheila.

This is what a great compilation should do: introduce you to an entirely new world of fantastic music.

Highest recommendation.

David Smay, co-editor of Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth and Lost in the Grooves: Scram's Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sarah M. Ingram on December 15, 2010
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This CD is a rock-out party music CD that pretty much everyone I know loves. The lyrics, all in Japanese, all pretty much say that they love whomever. The important aspect is how great the beat, instrumentation, melodies, and cheesy pep sound together. This will put a skip in your step and blow away all those sad stereotypes about Japanese music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Timothy Lukeman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 4, 2012
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Nope, it's already reached deliriously cheerful levels of grooviness!

What can I really add to the previous reviews? From first track to last, this collection is a sunny, charming, upbeat delight. The girls sing their bubbly hearts out, the production is wonderful, and there's simply no place for unhappiness or drab reality here. Adding to the delight is the reproduction of so many original LP jacket pictures in the leaflet, which provides a quick & enjoyable history of this aspect of Japanese pop. It's a pity Amazon doesn't offer samples of the songs ... but if the B-52s collaborated with Stereolab, you might get something not entirely dissimilar. It may not be music for the ages, but I doubt you'll find many other CDs that are this much sheer fun -- happily recommended!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nor'easter on February 15, 2011
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Wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but have been pleasantly surprised by the tunes on this compilation. If you have an interest in Asian pop from this era, pick it up.
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I was looking for something a bit different and took a chance on this CD. It turned out to be a real winner. These girls can really sing their hearts out, and the backing tracks are crack. I recognized a clever cover of the Zombies song "I Love You," which was made a hit in the U.S.A. by People in Summer 1968. At the end, a froggy male voice croaks, "I Love You," and the charming girl gurgles "Thank you!" Japanese sounds pretty sexy when these miniskirted moptops are singing. Also included is a well-done booklet explaining all about the girl stars and the times, with lots of colorful photos. Play this CD at your next party, everyone should dig it.
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By Jacob King on October 15, 2013
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I bought this album knowing nothing about 60s J-Pop thinking it would be a bit of fun. I was pleasantly suprised by the quality of the music and the recordings. This is definitely not a case of the compiler having to load up a lot of filler in order to justify a few hit singles all of these songs are insanley catchy and and the record as a whole has a reall cool vibe. The liner notes a very well done and have inspired me to do some digging. It is a parfect party album for your next retro futrisitic dance party with a short skirt/tight suit dress code.
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