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Various – Lovin' Mighty Fire (Nippon Funk • Soul • Disco 1973-1983)
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Various – Lovin' Mighty Fire (Nippon Funk • Soul • Disco 1973-1983)

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Double vinyl LP pressing. UK collection. Lovin' Mighty Fire is Howard Williams' third Japanese music compilation for the Ace Records house of labels - this time, for BGP International. Assembled in between his job as a record distributor and his monthly Japan Blues show for NTS radio, the first two have taken a look at the late '50s for a blast of Japanese rockabilly (Nippon Rock 'n' Roll), then the '60s and '70s for a romp in Japanese surf music (Nippon Guitars). This new outing searches for the soul music of Japan, from the early '70s to the early '80s. Japan has long been known as the final destination for many a collectible soul record. Yet, who suspected that some fine soul grooves were recorded for the domestic market, from ballads, to funk and disco? Strangely enough, some of the busiest writers and producers in this field came from a late '60s rock band, Happy End, but on listening to their collaborations, their rhythmic, soulful feel is immediately apparent. This album finally plants a Japanese flag firmly on the global map of soul.


Bye Bye Session Band - Lily
Sentimental Hotel - Rie Nakahara
Bara To Yajyu - Haruomi Hosono
Why Don't You Move In With Me - Yasuko Agawa
Jiken Ga Okitara Beru Ga Neru - Pink Lady
Summer Champion - Yuko Asano
Dancin' - Junko Ohashi
Rainbow Paradise - Masayoshi Takanaka
Uragiri - Mari Natsuki
Maboroshi No Hito - Miyako Chaki
Tornado - Minako Yoshida
Banana - Kay Ishiguro
Funky Miyo-Chan - Masaaki Hirao
Yashow Macashow - Ebonee Webb
Lovin' Mighty Fire - Naoya Matsuoka & Minako Yoshida
Release Date: 24 February 2017

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