Various – Longing For The Shadow: Ryūkōka Recordings, 1921-1939
Label: Death Is Not The End – DEATH043 Format: Cassette, Compilation, white tape shells, unmarked Country: UK Released: 25 Jun 2021 Genre: Folk, World, & Country Style: Ryukoka
A further volume of ryūkōka recordings, covering the end of the 1920s though to the late 1930s, supplementing the recent Longing for the Shadow collection...
Emerging during the early stages of the recording industry in Japan, the ryūkōka style adopted western classical, blues & jazz elements into traditional and classical Japanese music.
Is It Really Goodbye? further collects pre-war ryūkōka records which capture the hauntingly unique sound of a cultural merging that was starting to reflect itself via popular song, ahead of the widespread influence of western pop music during post-war US occupation.
Tracklist A1 関種子– Akemi's Poems A2 Shigeo Kusunoki*– Longing For The Shadow A3 Yayoi Tanaka– Sad Gull A4 赤坂小梅– Please Forgive Me A5 Ichimaru– If You Go Down The Tenryū A6 Mitsuko Nemoto– Cosmos Elegy A7 藤山一郎– Tokyo Daughter A8 佐藤千夜子– Skyscraper B1 Yayoi Tanaka– The Dream Is Short Lived B2 藤山一郎, Masao Koga– Is Sake Tears Or Sighs? B3 音丸– Yoneyama Sanri B4 渡辺はま子– I Don't Forget B5 赤坂小梅– Asama Smoke B6 Yoshio Tabata– Farewell Ship B7 藤山一郎– Farewell Youth B8 小唄勝太郎– Stand Up Tomorrow