Still the best of Hiroshima after many years
Larry H. Burdoin | Spanish Springs, Nevada | 11/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was the album that introduced me to Hiroshima back in 1989. It is very easy to listen to and can take the edge off the traffic jams on your way to or from work.East offers a relaxing mix of great instrumentals (especially Daydreamer and Streetcorner Paradise) and soothing and moving vocals (especially Come to Me, Tabo, and Thousand Cranes). Each song transitions smoothly into the song following. By this, I mean that the ordering of the tracks was done right and makes for an enjoyable listening experience.Most of the Hiroshima CDs are good to listen to - it's just that East's sounds are a little smoother and a bit more refreshing than the rest. Highly recommended!"
Inexpensive Way to Japan
Sayant Sullivan | FLL Airport | 06/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fab CD. I remember when I got it as a new release in 1989. The music is a delightful combination of old world Nihongo, and spicy and "get your attention" notes in other selections. I remember when listening with my eyes closed, I can visualize the busy Tokyo, or Shinjuku District with "Midtown Higashi", or simply admiring Mt. Fujisan in the distance while seeing the crystal blue skies with the spring cherry blossoms, listening to
"Street Corner Paradise" or "Daydreamer". But beautiful lyrics of a fine and attractive singer Machun, tells many stories about the culture clashes of "Living In America". As part Asian and Native American, their lyrics I can relate all too well. Finally an emotional ending is about the terrible toll war exacts and what one little girls wish was "A Thousand Cranes". I still find it hard to listen to this even today, and more so with the wrongness of the Iraq war. (regardless of your opinion on the situation in the middle East, its still has meaning) Nevertheless the CD is very special as you can see, and its my personal "747" to transport me to a land with so much richness and history that only music can impart. If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine what a mind's eye can see! "EAST" is a must buy."
Another great Hiroshima CD
Joseph Park | Portland, OR | 05/09/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The instrumental, "Daydreamer," is exactly how I feel when my mind wanders off somewhere! "East" has that busy urbanite feel to it, and "Streetcorner Paradise" is so delightful. A fine addition to your Hiroshima collection!"