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Is It Really Goodbye? More Ryūkōka Recordings, 1929-1938
Death Is Not The End
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December 10, 2021

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Press Release

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.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Let's Dance the Tango Fumiko Yotsuya 3:07
  2. 2 A Wandering Journey Kiyoshi Utsumi & Asami Kuji 3:22
  3. 3 White Camellia Song Kusunoki Shigeo 3:19
  4. 4 Oh, That's It Michiyakko 2:52
  5. 5 Kazuhisa Yamadera Nakano Rhythm Boys 3:13
  6. 6 Blues for Farewell Noriko Awaya 3:26
  7. 7 Kanaka's Daughter Kouta Katsutaro 3:12
  8. 8 Tokyo March Sato Chiyako 2:37
  9. 9 I'll Forget It Wantanabe Hamako 3:12
  10. 10 Yukari's Song Dick Mine 3:21
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