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The Best of Golden Best - Folk (Blu-spec CD2)

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The Best of Golden Best - Folk (Blu-spec CD2)

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Folk doesn't mean Japanese folk songs (minyo) but new songs influenced by US modern folk music in the 1960s, such as Peter, Paul & Mary and Kingston Trio. In the late 1960s, folk singers began to sing more serious protest songs influenced by Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger. The folk boom laid the foundations of 'new music' and to a lesser degree rock in the 1970s.

1. Namida wo Koete / Sing Out (1969) 2. Sora ni Hoshigaruyoni / Ichiro Araki (1969 re-recording) 3. Aki Demo Nainoni / Rutsuko Honda (1970) 4. Tsubasa wo Kudasai/ Akai Tori (1971) 5. Kyo Made Soshiteasukara/ Takurou Yoshida (1971) 06. Koibito mo Inainoni/ Simons (1971) 7. Sayonara o Suru Tame Ni/ Billy BanBan (1972) 8. Kaze to Rakuyo to Tabi Ito/ Chewing Gum (1972) 9. Gakuseigai no Kissaten/ Garo (1972) 10. Shojo/ Mayumi Itsuwa (1972) 11. Shiroi Fuyu/ Fuki no To (1974) 12. Ichigo Hakusho' o Moichido / Ban-ban (1975) 13. Satokibi Batake/ Ryoko Moriyama (1991 re-recording) 14. Shiretoko Ryojo/ Tokiko Kato (1991 re-recording) 15. Senso wo Shiranai Kodomotachi/ Jiro Sugita (1994) 16. Aruhito tsuzen/ Towa e Mowa (1998 re-recording)

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The Best of Golden Best - Popular Song (Kayoukyoku)  (Blu-spec CD2)

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The Best of Golden Best - Popular Song (Kayoukyoku) (Blu-spec CD2)

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Price: 15.99

Kayoukyoku is a general term for 'popular songs' that originated in the 1930s, but came into common usage after World War II. Although somewhat vague, it generally refers to the middle ground between 'pops' which have strong western characteristics and enka, which has strong Japanese characteristics. From the late 1960s until the 1980s, borrowing from all types of foreign musics, such as soul, disco etc. these styles blended together and the boundaries of kayoukyoku became more difficult to define.

1. Yoru to Asa no Aidani / Peter (1969) 2. Yogakete/ Sumiko Sakamoto (1971) 3. Futari no Sekai/ Teruhiko Aoi (1971) 4. Amairo no Kami no otome/ Village Singers (1968) 5. Sora ni Taiyo ga Aru Kagiri/ Akira Nishikino (1971) 6. Manatsu no Dekigoto/ Miki Hirayama (1975) 7. Seishun Jidai/ Koichi Morita and Top Gallants(1976) 8. Ame ga Yandara/ Yukiji Asaoka (1970) 9. Moshimo Piano ga Hiketanara/ Toshiyuki Nishida (1981) 10. Kono Sora wo Tobetara/ Tokiko Kato (1991) 11. Kizu Darake no Lola / Hideki Saijo (1974) 12. Miserarete - Ege umi no theme/ Judy Ongg (1979) 13. Yakusoku/ Toru Watanabe (1982) 14. Namida wo Fuite/ Tessei Miyoshi (1982) 15. Cha Cha Cha/ Akemi Ishii (1986) 16. Show Me/ Yukari Morikawa (1987)

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The Best of Golden Best - Enka (Blu-spec CD2)

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The Best of Golden Best - Enka (Blu-spec CD2)

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Enka came to be used in the early 1970s to describe a type of kayoukyoku, usually a slow to medium ballad heavily influenced by elements of indigenous Japanese music. The three main elements of the lyrics are harbours, tears and rain. The theme usually centres around dark stories such as seperation of lovers, loss of hope, despair and cherished memories. Enka is sometimes called 'the heart of the Japanese'.

1. Ude ni Niji Dake/ Akira Kobayashi 2. Kiri jo no Blues/ Ryo Kamon 3. Omoide Maigo/ Cho Yong-Pil 4. Pusanko he Kaere/ Jiro Atsumi 5. Tokyo Sabaku/ Hiroshi Uchiyamada and Cool Five 6. Ashita Kara Anata Wa/ Masayoshi Tsuruoka and Tokyo Romantica 7. Sachiko / Nyc Nusa 8. San Nen-me no Uwaki/ Hiroshi & Kibo 9. Ame no Tokyo/ Hideto Maki 10. Kyoto Kara Hakata made/ Keiko Fuji 11. Uso/ Kiyoshi Nakajo 12. Watashi ga Umarete Sodatta Tokoro/ Yukiko Noji 13. Sukimakaze/ Ryotaro Sugi 14. Mukashi no Namae de Dete Imasu/ Akira Kobayashi 15. Nagasaki wa Kyo mo Amedatta/ Hiroshi Uchiyamada and Cool Five 16. Keiko no Yume wa Yoru Hiraku/ Keiko Fuji

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The Best of Golden Best - Idol (Blu-spec CD2)

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The Best of Golden Best - Idol (Blu-spec CD2)

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In the 1950s and 60s, good looking young singers of kayoukyoku became popular among young audiences. In the 1970s, kayokyoku singers became younger and younger and the term 'idol', meaning young, good looking singers became widely used. By the late 70s, young teen singers debuted one after another. Magazines became very important to spread information about them. Usually 'idols' don't have to be well trained musically, image is everything, and great studio musicians, composers, producers etc..are brought in. Therefore they are more artificial than conventional 'pop stars'.

1. Ju-nana Sai/ Saori Minami 2. Seto no Hanayome/ Rumiko Koyanagi 3. Amachi Mari/ Hitori Janai No 4. Akai Fusen/ Miyoko Asada 5. Sexy Bus Stop / Yuko Asano 6. Yokosuka Story/ Momoe Yamaguchi 7. Hohoe Migaeshi/ Candys 8. Kakete Kita Shojo/ Hiroko Mita 9. Yu Re Te Shonan/ Hidemi Ishikawa 10. Shunshoku no Airmail / Noriko Matsumoto 11. Valentine Kiss / Sayuri Kokusho with Onyanko Club 12. Aoi Stasion/ Sonoko Kawai 13. Ajisai Bashi/ Sanae Jyounouchi 14. Hitomi ni Yakusoku/ Minayo Watanabe 15. Marina no Natsu/ Marina Watanabe 16. Toikidenetto/ Yoko Minamino

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The Best of Golden Best - New Music (Blu-spec CD2)

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The Best of Golden Best - New Music (Blu-spec CD2)

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New Music emerged in the early 1970s under the influence of US singer/songwriters. Solo or group vocals with a guitar accompaniment is one of the basic instrumentations. It created an alternative scene. Young people preferred westernized sounds, although the boundary between kayoukyoku and new music became blurred by the 1980s.

1. Fuyu ga Kurumaeni/ Kami Fusen 2. Sexual Violet No. 1/ Masahiro Kuwana 3. Momen no Handkerchief / Hiromi Ota 4. Kimi no Asa/ Satoshi Kishada 5. Mr. Summertime / Circus 6. Pegasasu no Asa/ Hiroaki Igarashi 7. Sotsugyo Shashin/ Hi-Fi Set 8. Slow na Boogie ni Shite Kure (I Want You)/ Yoshitaka Minami 9. Kotokunibito/ Saki Kubota 10. Hatsukoi/ Kozo Murashita 11. Tonde Istanbul / Mayo Shono (1992 re-recording) 12. Kamome Ga Tonda Hi/ Machiko Watanabe 13. Memory Glass / Jun Horie 14. Peter Rabbit to Watashi/ Taeko Onuki 15. Den'en/ Koji Tamaki 16. Koibitoyo / Mayumi Itsuwa

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The Best of Golden Best - 80s (Blu-spec CD2)

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The Best of Golden Best - 80s (Blu-spec CD2)

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The 1980s saw the rise in popularity of rock bands, idol singers gained much popularity, while some singers built upon the 'new music' genre, with the term itself falling from usage. It was a decade of change with the gradual transformation of kayoukyoku into J-pop.

1. Friends / Rebecca 2. Runner/ Bakufu Slump 3. Soshite Boku wa Tohonikureru (Special Mixed Blend)/ Yoshiyuki Osawa 4. Real / Senri Oe 5.U, Fu, Fu, Fu, / EPO 6. Anata Dake I Love You / Kaoru Sudo 7. Koi ni Ochite - Fall in Love / Akiko Kobayashi 8. Lonely Chaplin / Kiyomi Suzuki with Rats & Star 9. Ne / Shuji Kuniyasu 10. Tameiki no Minor Code / The Ton-Nan-Sha-Pei 11. Kiss Kiss / Hideaki Matsuoka 12. Egao De aishiteru/ Tomoko Tane 13. Miracle Girl / Mariko Nagai 14. Lemon no Yuki / PSYS 15. One Step / PEAL 16. Zoo / Echoes

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The Best of Golden Best - J-Pop (Blu-spec CD2)

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The Best of Golden Best - J-Pop (Blu-spec CD2)

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The term J-Pop became a popular term at the beginning of the 1990s, eventually replacing what was called kayoukyoku. It encompassed many of the previous genres such as new music, idol, etc..although enka has always remained seperate. It was a term that brought incredible marketing success, with many rock bands, singers, groups riding the crest of the J-Pop wave and selling millions of records. Producers such as Tetsuro Komuro dominated the charts at certain periods, as did acts associated with talent agencies such as Johnny & Associates, and big selling rock bands. As an all encompassing term, it is still by far the most popular genre of music in Japan. This compilation even includes acts that emerged during the world music boom in the 1990s, perhaps not normally associated with J-Pop.

1. Zurui Onna/ Sharam Q 2. Da. Yo. Ne / East End × Yuri 3. Won’t Be Long/ Da Bubble Gum Brothers 4. You' re the Only / Masatoshi Ono 5. Kimi Dake o Miteita/ To Be Continued 6. Aozora no Hate/ Miwako Okuda 7. Kitakaze to Taiyo/ Yellow Generation 8. Hottokenai yo - Album version / Seishiro Kusunose 9. Ashita no Yukue/ Smile 10. Fuyu no Fantasy / Kazun 11. Koishi-sa to Setsuna-sa to Kokorodzuyo-sa to/ Ryoko Shinohara with T. Komuro 12. Natsu Matsuri/ Whiteberry 13. Ai Yori Aoi Umi/ Shang Shang Typhoon 14. Eien no Puzzle/ Izumi Tachibana 15. Henshin/ Rolly 16. Kogane no Hana/ Nenes

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