Various Artists - Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986 (Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl)

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When Light In The Attic released Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986 in 2019, it was the first collection of its kind to be released outside Japan. It proved to be just what music fans had been waiting for—a compilation of sought-after tracks that had been nearly impossible to obtain unless you were well-connected with dealers and collectors, or traveled regularly to the countless record stores in Japan. Pacific Breeze included Minako Yoshida, Taeko Ohnuki, Hiroshi Sato and Haruomi Hosono among other key players of ‘70s-’80s Japanese City Pop, the nebulous genre that encompassed an “amalgam of AOR, R&B, jazz fusion, funk, boogie and disco, all a touch dizzy with tropical euphoria,” as we described it the first time around.

With Pacific Breeze 2: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1972-1986 we dig deeper into those sounds of bubble-era Japan. From the proto-City Pop funk of Bread & Butter and Eiichi Ohtaki to the crate-digger favorites Eri Ohno and Piper, the latest entry in Light In The Attic’s Japan Archival Series brings another set of sought-after tunes, most of which have never before been available outside of Japan. Tomoko Aran and Anri, also included in this compilation, are just a few of the artists who have gained popularity in recent years thanks to Vaporwave, the meme-genre that heavily samples Japanese City Pop to create its particular aesthetic.

Pacific Breeze 2 once again feature the artwork of renowned Tokyo-based illustrator Hiroshi Nagai, whose iconic images of resort living have become synonymous with City Pop. Nagai’s urban tropical imagery is a perfect match for the expertly curated tunes, evoking a certain sense of nostalgia for the leisure lifestyles of ‘70s-’80s Tokyo, while simultaneously being perfectly in tune with the current zeitgeist.


N/A - Brand New Release

A1 Tomoko Soryo– I Say Who 3:11
A2 Taeko Ohnuki– Kusuri Wo Takusan 4:10
A3 Minako Yoshida– Midnight Driver 7:42
A4 Nanako Sato*– Subterranean Futari Bocci 3:17

B1 Haruomi Hosono– Sports Men 4:04
B2 Izumi Kobayashi*– Coffee Rumba 5:28
B3 Friends Of Earth (F.O.E.)*– In My Jungle 6:43
B4 Akira Inoue, Hiroshi Sato, Masataka Matsutoya– Sun Bathing 3:41

C1 Hiroshi Sato– Say Goodbye 3:37
C2 Yukihiro Takahashi– Drip Dry Eyes 5:32
C3 Masayoshi Takanaka– Bamboo Vender 3:27
C4 Shigeru Suzuki– Lady Pink Panther 2:57

D1 Haruomi Hosono, Takahiko Ishikawa, Masataka Matsutoya– Mykonos No Hanayome 4:02
D2 Yasuko Agawa– L.A. Night 5:30
D3 Hitomi Tohyama*– Exotic YokoGao 4:35
D4 Tazumi Toyoshima– Machibouke 2:45

Label: Light In The Attic – LITA163
Series: Japan Archival Series, Pacific Breeze
2 x Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Limited Edition, Pink
Country: US
Released: May 3, 2019
Genre: Rock, Pop

Style: AORFollow up to LITA’s critically acclaimed and best selling 2019 release Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986
New artwork by renowned illustrator Hiroshi Nagai
2xLP housed in a deluxe wide spine jacket with full color inner sleeves
Remastered audio
Extensive artist bios in oversized fold-out booklet
Vinyl orders include Pacific Breeze Koozie (free while supplies last)
Digital mockups are not an exact representation of colours.

US Indie Retail Colour Vinyl Edition: Pink.

Packaged in a single sleeve; includes printed inner sleeves, 6-page insert and an Obi.

Some copies have an additional barcode sticker.