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It's Hard for Me to Say I'm Sorry

CHRISTIAN FENNESZ & JIM O'ROURKE

It's Hard for Me to Say I'm Sorry

Ref: FSD6993


Price: 18.99

Collaboration album, recorded in Japan, between two leaders of experimental music, Christian Fennesz and Jim O'Rourke. Released with Japan only bonus track on Sakamoto's Commmons label. Described as containing 'gurgling harmonies' and 'shimmering frequencies'.

1. I Just Want You to Stay 2. Wouldn't Want to Be Swept Away 3. Encores (Bonus Track)



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Raymond Scott Songbook (Limited Edition 2 CDs box set + 100 page book)

RAYMOND SCOTT + VARIOUS ARTISTS

Raymond Scott Songbook (Limited Edition 2 CDs box set + 100 page book)

Ref: FSD6964


Price: 59.99

Sumptuous, lavish box set that pays tribute to one of America's greatest composers. CD1 is of original recordings. including some previously unreleased , of his 30s quintette era, 40s orchestra era and 50s jingle workshop era. CD2 is of new covers by including Miharu Koshi, Haruomi Hosono, Cabo San Rosque, Koji Ueno ensemble and many others. The 100 page booklet comes with photos, info, (some English), replica reprints of classic sheet music, posters etc and is packaged in a retro inspired Capitol Records 45 box. Watch the videos!

CD-1: Vintage Raymond Scott Recordings

* Previously unreleased track

1. The Toy Trumpet * 2. Twilight in Turkey * 3. The Penguin * 4. Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals * 5. Siberian Sleigh Ride * 6. New Year’s Eve in a Haunted House (session outtake) * 7. Suicide Cliff * 8. Manhattan Minuet * 9. Boy Scout in Switzerland * 10. Powerhouse * 11. Huckleberry Duck * 12. Birdseed Special * 13. The Bullfighter and His Piccolo * 14. War Dance for Wooden Indians * 15. At an Arabian House Party * 16. Christmas Night in Harlem * 17. Rococo * 18. Stiff Lace and Old Charcoal, D.M.A.T....D.M.A.T....D.M.A.T. * 19. 37th Secret (Singing Down the Road) * 20. Be Happy Go Lucky * 21. Lucky Strike * 22. Russell’s Sunshine Ice Cream * 23. RCA Victor TV * 24. Look RCA Victor TV * 25. Song of the Milk Bottle Moppets * 26. City of New York * 27. Waltz of the Diddles (unreleased vocal version) * 28. Twilight Zone (introducing The Scott Clavivox) 29. Serenade to a Lonesome Railroad Station 30. African Ear Bender * 31. Sleepwalker * 32. Never Going to Swing No More *

CD2: New Covers

1. Huckleberry Duck - The Toy Trumpet / Jean-Jacques Perrey & Dana Countryman 2. Powerhouse / Cabo San Roque & the Mechanical Orchestra of França Xica 3. The Toy Trumpet / Miharu Koshi 4. Suicide Cliff / Benoît Charest featuring Kid Koala 5. Manhattan Minuet / VAGABOND cpa 6. At an Arabian House Party / Hirofumi Tokutake 7. Lucky Strike / Gen Hoshino 8. Boy Scout in Switzerland / Ego Plum 9. The Penguin / Haruomi Hosono 10. See The Monkey / Tomoko Kataoka Octet + Beth Sorrentino

11. The Bass-Line Generator / Benoît Charest 12. Bird Life in the Bronx / Midori Okamura (a.k.a. Mint-Lee) 13. And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon / Optiganally Yours 14. War Dance for Wooden Indians / Noahlewis’ Mahlon Taits 15. Twilight in Turkey / Harmonica Liners 16. Happy Whistler / The American Icons of Rebellion 17. Desire / Koji Ueno Ensemble 18. Nightfall in Venice / VAGABOND cpa + Gak Sato

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John Cage Shock Vol. 1

DAVID TUDOR, JOHN CAGE, YUJI TAKAHASHI, KENJI KOBAYASHI

John Cage Shock Vol. 1

Ref: FSD6973


Price: 19.99

In October 1962 John Cage and his great interpreter/co-visionary David Tudor visited Japan, performing seven concerts and exposing listeners to new musical worlds. This legendary "John Cage Shock", as it was dubbed by the critic Hidekazu Yoshida, is the source of this series of releases. Recorded primarily at the Sogetsu Art Center in Tokyo on October 24, 1962 (with two performances from October 17 at Mido-Kaikan in Osaka), all recordings in this series are previously unreleased. A major historical trove, unearthed.

The performances on this tour featured Cage and Tudor with some noteworthy Japanese musicians playing pieces by Cage and a number of other composers. Volume 1 begins with Toru Takemitsu's "Corona for Pianists" (1962), played by Tudor and Yuji Takahashi, an indeterminate piece scored using transparencies, a sign of Cage's influence on younger Japanese composers of the era. Following this is "Duo for Violinist and Pianist" (1961) by Christian Wolff, written specifically for David Tudor and violinist Kenji Kobayashi. The final piece, a near-twenty-minute realization of "Variations II" (1961), is a rare example of the rougher side of Cage, work that presaged much of the live electronic music and noise of the following decades, an aspect of his oeuvre which is woefully under-represented on CD. Cage and Tudor, using well-amplified contact microphones on a piano, deliver an electrifying performance, alternating distorted stretches of harsh 60s reality with bountiful silences.

All tracks are previously unissued. Tribute to the John Cage centenary and the 50th anniversary for his first Japan tour. Many rare photos, Japanese and English liner notes including commentary by Toshi Ichiyanagi. Cardboard/gatefold paper sleeve + obi + liner.

1. Toru Takemitsu - Corona for Pianists (9:34)

Performer: David Tudor (pf) + Yuji Takahashi (pf)

2. Christian Wolff - Duo For Pianist & Violinist (12:09)

Performer: David Tudor (pf) + Kenji Kobayashi (vn)

3. John Cage - Variations II (19:16)

Performer: David Tudor (pf) + John Cage (pf)



John Cage Shock Vol. 2

DAVID TUDOR, YOKO ONO, JOHN CAGE

John Cage Shock Vol. 2

Ref: FSD6974


Price: 19.99

Volume 2 lifts off with a fiery example of Tudor's piano virtuosity, his mastery of dynamics well evident in a performance of "Klavierstück X" (1961) by Karlheinz Stockhausen. The titular shock of this series is delivered even more forcefully with the next piece, Cage's "Aria and Solo for Piano with Fontana Mix" (1957-58/62), which was first performed the year before in Darmstadt by Tudor and Kobayashi, a combination of two of Cage's solo pieces. The performance here, from Osaka, has a slightly altered title and the composition becomes a seismic quartet with the addition of Toshi Ichiyanagi and Yoko Ono, with the four performers providing acutely-angled blasts of sound.

All tracks are previously unissued. Tribute to the John Cage centenary and the 50th anniversary for his first Japan tour. Many rare photos, Japanese and English liner notes including commentary by Toshi Ichiyanagi. Cardboard/gatefold paper sleeve + obi + liner.

1. Karlheinz Stockhausen - Klavierstück X (19:39)

Performer: David Tudor (pf)

2. John Cage - Aria and Solo for Piano with Fontana Mix (22:41)

Performer: Yoko Ono (vo) + David Tudor (pf) + John Cage (assistant performer)


John Cage Shock Vol.3

JOHN CAGE, DAVID TUDOR, TOSHI ICHIYANAGI

John Cage Shock Vol.3

Ref: FSD6975


Price: 19.99

The Third CD of the series features Cage's "0'00"" (1962), also referred to as "4'33" No.2", performed by the composer, with daily activities such as writing and drinking coffee amplified by contact microphones into sonic abstraction, following the score's directions: "with maximum amplification (no feedback), perform a disciplined action". Next is "Composition II for 2 Pianos" (1960/61) by Michael von Biel, lovely and sparse, performed by Tudor and Ichiyanagi. The disc closes with Ichiyanagi's "Piano Music #7" (1961), performed also by Tudor and Ichiyanagi, beds of silence disrupted by pianistic stabs, music box madness, traffic recordings, percussive thumps, tape manipulations and more.

All tracks are previously unissued. Tribute to the John Cage centenary and the 50th anniversary for his first Japan tour. Many rare photos, Japanese and English liner notes including commentary by Toshi Ichiyanagi. Cardboard/gatefold paper sleeve + obi + liner.

1. John Cage - 0'00" (18:09)

Performer: John Cage

2. Michael von Biel - Composition II for 2 Pianos (6:12)

Performer: Toshi Ichiyanagi (pf) + David Tudor (pf)

3. Toshi Ichiyanagi - Music for Piano #7 (14:59)

Performer: Toshi Ichiyanagi (pf) + David Tudor (pf)



American Music In The Beginning

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American Music In The Beginning

Ref: RRS004


Price: 19.99

The beginning of the 20th century produced some of America's most innovative and pioneering recording stars. Name such as Billy Murray, Peerless Quartet and Harry Macdonough were the revered idols of their day. Nevertheless, their talents and important contribution have largely remained ignored by the popular media and mainstream record companies, and therefore unjustly unnoticed by the record buying public. This 2 CD set, compiled by and with extensive liner notes written by Toyo Nakamura, Japan's foremost music journalist, sets the record straight, paying tribute to these forgotten heroes of American popular music.

Behind these 50 tracks, lay the roots of many American styles of music. The earliest forms of gospel, jazz, ragtime, blues and country; recordings of the music brought to America by its early immigrants from Ireland, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. Alongside the forgotten names are legendary performers including Jimmie Rodgers, Jelly Roll Morton, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Duke Ellington, Pine Top Smith and the Memphis Jug Band. With extensive liner notes and two and a half hours of music, American Music; In the Beginning is a much needed document on the most important story of American music that was never told.

Disc 1

1 BILLY MURRAY AND HAYDEN QUARTET - Yankee Doodle

2 HARLAN & STANLEY Marching - Through Georgia

3 HAYDEN QUARTET - We Gather At The River

4 CRITERION QUARTET - The Unclouded Day

5 NORFOLK JUBILEE QUARTET - Wonder Where Is The Gamblin' Man

6 VICTOR MINSTREL COMPANY - Virginia Minstrels

7 LEN SPENCER AND ADA JONES - Heinie

8 SHANNON QUARTET - Let Me Call You Sweet Heart

9 PEERLESS QUARTET - Sweet Adeline

10 HARRY MACDONOUG - Home, Sweet Home

11 CORINNE MORGAN - Old Kentucky Home

12 BURT SHEPARD - Laughing Song

13 BILLY MURRAY AND THE GREAT WHITE WAY ORCHESTRA - Yes! We Have No Bananas

14 AL JOLSON - The Spaniard That Blighted My Life

15 BERT WILLIAMS - Nobody

16 MAMIE SMITH - Crazy Blues

17 FRANK STOKES - Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do

18 JIMMIE RODGERS - Blue Yodel No.4

19 EMMETT MILLER - Ain't Got Nobody

20 CLIFF EDWARDS - Fascinatin' Rhythm

21 FIVE HARMONICAS - Sadie Green, Vamp Of New Orleans

22 RUTH ETTING - Sam, The Old Accordion Man

23 BILLY COSTELLO - The Original Popeye the Sailor

24 GENE AUSTIN - Ramona

25 HELEN MORGAN - Bill

Disc 2

1 VESS L. OSSMAN - Turkey In The Straw medley

2 ‘BLACK FACE’ EDDIE ROSS' - Ross' Reel

3 MICHAEL COLMAN - Bag Of Potatoes

4 WILL EZEL - West Coast Rag

5 FRANK E. BANTA AND HOWRD - Calico Rag

6 VICTOR MILITARY BAND - Alexander's Ragtime Band

7 HANDY’S ORCHESTRA OF MEMPHIS - Fuzzy Wuzzy Rag

8 DALLAS STRING BAND - Dallas Rag

9 SOUZA’S BAND - La Paloma

10 JELLY ROLL MORTON - Tia Juana

11 SIX BROWN BROTHERS - Smiles And Chuckles

12 ORIGINAL DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND - Palestina

13 NAFTULE BRANDWEIN - Heiser Bulgar

14 WARSAW THEATRE ORCHESTRA - Polka Karasinskiego

15 BENNIE MOTEN - Rumba Negro

16 DUKE ELLINGTON - The Peanut Vendor

17 PINE TOP SMITH - Pine Top's Boogie Woogie

18 MOUND CITY BLUE BLOWES - Red Hot!

19 MEMPHIS JUG BAND - Jug Band Waltz

20 PIETRO DEIRO - Estudiantina Waltz

21 PRINCE’S DANCE ORCHESTRA - Three O'clock In The Morning

22 BEN SELVIN - Dardanella

23 THE BENSON ORCH OF CHICAGO - My Little Bimbo

24 PAUL WHITEMAN - Side By Side

25 RINDING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY’ BAND – High Ridin' - Jungle Queen - Roses Of Memory - Stop It!



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