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Osharaku is a traditional Japanese form of musical entertainment, featuring mainly voice, shamisen and percussion, with a repertoire of folk and popular songs, performed by farmers and fishermen for local audiences. This compilation, 28 tracks compiled by Riyo Mountains, is the fourth release in the EM Records/Riyo Mountains Japanese folk series. These recordings feature legendary osharaku masters, recorded in their homes, brilliantly capturing the casual warmth of vitality characteristic of the style. Osharaku is unique in its use of shamisen, originally an “uptown” urban instrument, in a “downtown” non-urban setting. These joyous tracks, all recorded in the 1960s and 70s, are available as a 2-CD set or a single 12” vinyl LP, with English translations and rare photos.

Direction and liner notes: Riyo Mountains
Cover art: Shinsuke Takagi/Soi48
A/D transferring from original analog tapes: SUGAI KEN
Mastering: Takuto Kuratai (Ruv Bytes)


Side A
1. "Takasago (Soudai Bushi)" - Vocal: Masagorō Yoshino
2. "Kisarazu (Soudai Bushi)" - Vocal: Hachigorō Takahashi
3. "Shiramasu Konaya" - Vocal: Yonekichi Hasegawa
4. "Shinkawa Jibiki" - Vocal: Sakichi Minezaki =LP only track=

Side B
1. "Nichirenki" - Vocal: Harukicji Izumisawa =LP only track=
2. "Nen-nen Komori" - Vocal: Kinzō Ogawa
3. "Tekka Bushi" - Vocal: Denpachi Fujishiro

Riyo Mountains:
Japanese folk song research team formed by Mood Yama and Takumi Saito. They are resident DJs at the renowned party "Soi48" at Be-Wave, Tokyo, featuring music from all over the world. They produce the Japanese folk song mix-CD series entitled "Riyo Mountains Mix" and also direct the reissue series of Japanese folk music on EM Records, including the releases "Yumi-kagura", "Sakai Ishinage Odori”, and "Kizaki Ondo”. Riyo Mountains have appeared as DJs at many events/programs including NTS (London) and Japanese Bon-Odori traditional dance festivals. Their articles about Japanese folk music are now published serially in the Japanese web magazine “boid".

This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 27 June, 2019.

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