Label: Death Is Not The End – DEATH043
Format: Cassette, Compilation, white tape shells, unmarked
Released: 25 Jun 2021
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
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.
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