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Talking About Japan: Q and A  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by DZ123 at April 29, 2016
Talking About Japan: Q and A

Kodansha International, "Talking About Japan: Q and A (Kodansha Bilingual Books)"
English | 1999 | ISBN: 4770020260 | PDF | pages: 326 | 45,8 mb
Harold Mabern Trio - Straight Street (1989) {1991, Japan 1st Press}

Harold Mabern Trio - Straight Street (1989) {1991, Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 337 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 145 Mb
Scans Included (JPG, 300 dpi) | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz | DIW Records #DIW-608

For a time in the early 1990s, some of the CDs from the Japanese DIW label were made available domestically through Columbia. This trio date by pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Jack DeJohnette has Mabern originals dedicated to Sonny Stitt and Wayne Shorter, plus some offbeat standards and a pair of rarely performed John Coltrane tunes ("Straight Street" and "Crescent"). The interplay between the musicians is impressive and Mabern is heard throughout in excellent form. He closes the set with a piano solo that he titled "Apab and Others," after Art Tatum, Phineas Newborn, Ahmad Jamal and Bud Powell. This will be a difficult CD to find.
Heart - Ballads: The Greatest Hits (1996) [Capitol TOCP-8945, Japan]

Heart - Ballads: The Greatest Hits (1996)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Capitol, TOCP-8945 | ~ 341 or 123 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 35 Mb
Pop Rock, Classic Rock, Soft Rock

Heart has been responsible for some of classic rock's most instantly recognizable and enduring ballads, especially such '70s-era cuts as "Dog and Butterfly," "Dream Boat Annie," and "Love Alive." But it was their '80s pop makeover period in which they scored their highest charting hit ballads, which is precisely what the 2001 compilation, Ballads: Greatest Hits, focuses on…

Camel - Rain Dances (1977) {1991, Japan 1st Press}  Music

Posted by popsakov at July 17, 2017
Camel - Rain Dances (1977) {1991, Japan 1st Press}

Camel - Rain Dances (1977) {1991, Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | WV (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 243 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 104 Mb
Scans Included (JPG, 300 dpi) | RAR 5% Recovery
Progressive Rock, Art Rock, Jazz Fusion | DERAM / Polydor K.K. #POCD-1824

The band's fifth release, Rain Dances is Camel at its best, offering the most consistent and representative package in their saga. The addition of Caravan-cofounder Richard Sinclair proves profitable, as do a few colorist touches by Brian Eno on "Elke." Mel Collins' woodwinds are among the highlights, especially on "Tell Me" and the title track. From beginning to end, this project flows gracefully.
Jethro Tull - Nightcap: The Unreleased Masters 1973–1991 (1993) {1996, Japan 1st Press}

Jethro Tull - Nightcap: The Unreleased Masters 1973–1991 (1993) {1996, Japan 1st Press}
2CD | EAC Rip | WV (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 850 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 304 Mb
Scans Included (JPG, 300 dpi) | RAR 5% Recovery
Folk Rock, Art Rock, Progressive Rock | Chrysalis / Toshiba-EMI #TOCP-8163-4

This double CD is a true gift to hardcore fans, offering previously unseen glimpses of Jethro Tull when the group was at its absolute peak. Anyone else, however, may find the album rough going, for while the group was never tighter or more productive, the material isn't even second-rate. Essentially, Nightcap is Jethro Tull's version of the Beatles' Anthology releases. The first disc consists of tracks that the band started to record during 1973 – the best parts of this material ended up being rewritten and incorporated into what became A Passion Play. These outtakes are pretty at times, but also unformed and distinctly unfinished – Anderson takes a gorgeous classical guitar solo on "First Post"…
Gamma Ray - Blast From The Past (2000) [Victor VICP-61042-3, Japan]

Gamma Ray - Blast From The Past (2000)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2CD | Victor, VICP-61042-3 | ~ 931 or 299 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 91 Mb
Heavy Metal / Power Metal

Blast from the Past is a two CD compilation album that contains re-recordings of older Gamma Ray material from the Ralf Scheepers era, with Kai Hansen singing the vocals, and remasters of more recent tracks…

James Taylor - One Man Dog (1972) [WPCR-12510, Japan]  Music

Posted by v3122 at July 11, 2017
James Taylor - One Man Dog (1972) [WPCR-12510, Japan]

James Taylor - One Man Dog (1972)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Warner Music Japan, WPCR-12510 | ~ 198 or 89 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 44 Mb
Soft Rock, Folk Rock, Country Rock

A lot was riding on this album, James Taylor's followup to his two big hits, Sweet Baby James and Mud Slide Slim and The Blue Horizon, which was released 21 months after the latter, a long time between records in those days…
Gamma Ray - The Karaoke Album (1997) [Victor VICP-60135, Japan]

Gamma Ray - The Karaoke Album (1997)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Victor Entertainment, VICP-60135 | ~ 466 or 148 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 22 Mb
Heavy Metal / Power Metal

~ Japanese Exclusive Release featuring Instrumental Versions of More Than 10 Original Gamma Ray Tracks for Sing Along Karaoke Purposes. ~

Sarah Brightman - Harem (2003) [Limited Edition, Japan]  Music

Posted by v3122 at July 9, 2017
Sarah Brightman - Harem (2003) [Limited Edition, Japan]

Sarah Brightman - Harem (2003)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Angel Records, TOCP-67270 | ~ 477 or 166 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 10 Mb
DVD5: NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Dolby AC3, 2ch, 448kbps / LPCM, 2 ch -> 3.06 Gb
Neo-Classical, Vocal, Classical, Ballad

Adopting a Middle Eastern flavor to enhance her blend of classical and new age pop, Sarah Brightman's Harem continues her experimentation with thematic discs that began with 1993's oceanic Dive. These themes, while never dominant or original, are simply meant to enhance her brand of crossover just enough to keep listeners interested in hearing her next project. Harem accomplishes that feat by shrouding new age pop songs in a thin Middle Eastern veil that disguises, but never completely covers, Brightman's true musical identity…
Arabesque - The Best of Arabesque (1996) [5CD, Victor VICG-58196-58200, Japan]

Arabesque - The Best of Arabesque (1996)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Victor, VICG-58196-58200 | ~ 1869 or 632 Mb | Covers(jpg) -> 84 Mb
Europop, Synth-pop, Disco

The trio Arabesque was created by two Frankfurt-based German producers at the height of the disco era in 1977. After one album and a few singles that found surprising success in Japan, the producers changed the lineup, keeping Michaela Rose and replacing the two other members with Jasmin Vetter and Sandra Lauer…