Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
A second danceries?
E. Canoura | florida | 06/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Traditional Japanies and Medieval music with a touch of Riuchi Sakamoto. Those who already own (End of Asia) will be pleasantly suprised. I bought my copy elsewhere in a min-sleeved format but is unclear wether the copies offered here at amazon are the same. There are six new pieces here leaning more in favor of traditonal japanies the other five can be found in (End of Asia). This is a must for Riuchi Sakamoto fans and medievalists alike."
PAO 1807 | England | 09/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I stumbled across the original '81 release of 'The End of Asia' as a teenager knowing it was Sakamoto but not much else.. I was enthralled from the first moment.
This new release contains 50% previoulsy released & 50% new material. The mastering is very impressive. The presentation in an LP style sleeve [mentioning sides 1 & 2] with insheets, and a plastic vinyl bag for the CD is a nice touch. This new release was never issued on vinyl - the packaging is a reference that anyone who bought old Sakamoto or YMO vinyl will appreciate [they were all packed this way].
The title track alone is worth the price, listen and you'll long for a fair maiden's hand to guide through a medieval court dance.
Cherished highlights from the original CD are here too, including some sympathically & knowledgably composed Sakamoto tunes like 'Dance' which show that the man has a true appreciation of period music.
Istampitta Isabella has been, and always will be, a favourite of mine.. and 2 Rondes is a wonderful end to the album.
If you like this CD then check out the album 'Beauty' - also by Ryuichi Sakamoto - for it's wonderful interpretations of 2 Okinawan folk songs 'Asadoya Yunta' and the beautifully emotive 'Chinsagu no hana'."