うたかたの日々 (Utakata No Hibi)
Better Days 2LP, 1983
Brilliant Japanese fourth-world pop, sung in Armenian and Japanese. My 320 rip w/scans and lyric translation.
check 2015 reissue here.
was some of this featured on the fairlights, etc. mix months back? because if so, i’m going to love this. thanks, i think.
yeah there’s one track on that, plus tracks from a bunch of the people involved…really this album was the impetus for that mix. a taste:
supersweet! thank you spencer
Many thanks – this has been a great listen.
Speaking of people involved, wondering if you also have a rip of the Seigen Ono “Seigen” LP from which you used “Mallets” for the “Fairlights…” mix. I’d love to hear the whole record.
Top notch! Thank you Spencer.
Also I want to say thank you for the great Rootmix you did, Fairlights, Mallets and Bamboo. Heavy rotation!
seconding palmer’s request and espen’s gratitude!
This is fantastic. Thanks so much! I come back to your mix quite often, this is bonus now. Track 3 is so good.
Awesome! Been looking for this for a while. Thanks so much!
thanks, never heard of this before… very much looking forward to it.
i’ll try to rip “Seigen” when i have a chance. except for one snoozy smooth jazz song it’s a great LP…also it’s worth noting that Seigen Ono recorded/produced this Mariah album, among other things…
the source sounded great and yet i have to say this 320k sounds so good – i am enjoying this record –
Big big thanks, Ive been also looking for this along time. So far its not disappointing. “Shinzo No Tobira” is indeed one of my favourite songs ever.
Oh just so you know the running order is name right but numbered wrong ie what is named “01 そこから・・・・” is right but it’s numbered as 6 or something.
Tracklist in English character are
A1 Soko Kara… 5:20
A2 Shisen 3:06
B1 Hana Ga Saitara 8:05
C1 Fujiyu No Nezumi 4:30
C2 Sora Ni Mau Maboroshi 5:15
D3 Shinzo No Tobira 4:40
D4 Shonen 5:03
Thank you! This has been in heavy heavy rotation… I grabbed this a few weeks ago and just had to come back to say thanks!!
Same comment as Morgan. This is fucking tight. Reminds of a more playful Phew. Excellent, excellent rip, as well. Commendable. Thanks!
[…] This record, Utakata No Hibi, from Japan’s Mariah is proof that you definitely can’t judge a book by its cover. I’m not even sure what I thought this would sound like after looking at the cover. Maybe some traditional Japanese folk songs? I don’t know….but this record, which was released in 1983 and later re-released in 2003 is really really good. It’s mostly 80′s-tinged, instrumental new wave, and very fitting for its time. This record is also a hot commodity for collectors, often fetching upwards of $150 for an original vinyl pressing. I stumbled on this record over at the always-awesome Root Blog. […]
A little request :)
Pecker – Pecker Power (LP 1980 Better days)
Thank you so much for posting this! Its unfortunate that it is such a rare and expensive record to find nowadays. Such gorgeous sounds!!
[…] Spencer posted this exquisite album on the Root Strata blog, and in the six months since it’s become one of the most-played […]
stoked on this
I love this album, but I was just wondering, how did you find this?
So glad you posted this, it’s a real gem! We’re actually working out a cover of Shinzo No Tobira, it’s such a wonderful song.
Excellent stuff thanks for the post, I love the glassy synths and rigid funky beats. Great pan global fourth world melange.
thank you so much for uploading this.
wow man, thanks a lot.
this is fantastic, thank you! it’s a total gem.
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