eYeGeNeYe productions proudly presents: Nippon Covers, pt. Two - 60s (mostly) uncomped — LiveJournal
eYeGeNeYe productions proudly presents: Nippon Covers, pt. Two|Welcome to the second volume of Japanese Covers from Flexis. Again, these versions deliver a fresh breeze on famous (and maybe too-much-heard) staples, and what really surprises me once again is the fact that it’s the obvious or slight differences of interpretation that make me understand the Genius of the original songs. Probably it’s because you learn better from faults than from perfectly done. I ’m aware none of the versions I collected can reach or even top the originals which, admittedly, would be a hard challenge. First of all, groups have to win the different cultural background, so results will probably be like asking a punk group to do Waterloo Sunset… Secondly, these covers were recorded harshly in no time, mostly with ad-hoc bands (you probably won’t find any info on), and published on Flexi-discs to give away as sweepstakes with mags, hairsprays and whatever more Japanese pop products. So be patient with bad quality of recording and production. Finally, Japanese musicians had to face the language barrier and they did this by opting for the "short cut"-strategy. Although they would hardly understand the words they sang, the message comes through anyway. I’m sure you will dig the funky dada-English which add extra fun to this set. I must say it was not easy to transliterate the Japanese writing into the Western alphabet, and some names of groups and artists are best guess, read Google translations. Moreover, I had to sort out youtube posts that actually are 80s karaoke amateur singer voicing over backing tracks from the 60s, and coming 99% close to the originals. Last but not least, huge thanks go out to youtube channel カヴァー天国 who posted mostly all of the ultra rare discs and sure is doin’ a unique job over there in Japan. But now, let’s all go to the Honda-Ship… 01/ Chrystal Echoes - 55 days of Peking02/ Casey Asanuma - Little Honda03/ Casey Asanuma - Please Mr. Postman04/ Casey Asanuma - Rock'n'Roll music05/ Casey Asanuma - Eight days a week06/ Casey Asanuma - No reply07/ Casey Asanuma - A hard day's night08/ Chrystal Echoes - Please please me09/ Chrystal Echoes - I want to hold your hand10/ Cutie Q - Over and over11/ Cutie Q - Written in the sky12/ Cutie Q - Shippin' n' Chippin'13/ Five Brothers - Eight days a week14/ Five Brothers - No reply15/ Highways - Suspicion16/ Highways - Dynamite17/ Highways - Do Wah Diddy Diddy18/ Highways - I feel fine19/ Highways - Game of love20/ Highways - Catch us if you can21/ Highways - I get around22/ Highways - We've gotta get out of this place23/ Highways - Bus stop24/ Highways - Last train to Clarksville25/ Highways - Mother's little Helper26/ Highways - Paint it black27/ Jyoji Tagawa - Movin'28/ Hit Pearls - Little Honda29/ Hit Pearls - Keep searchin'30/ Hit Pearls - Slow down31/ Hit Pearls - Kansas City32/ Hit Pearls - Rock'n'Roll music33/ Hit Pearls - Long Tall Sally34/ Hit Pearls - This Diamond ring35/ Hit Pearls - Eight days a week36/ Koichi Kashiwagi - (Marie's thename) His latest flame37/ Spiders - Bumble Bee38/ Spiders - Catch us if you can39/ Spiders - Mr. Tamourine man40/ Spiders - Set me free41/ Spiders - We've gotta get out of this place42/ Jyoji Tagawa - Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood43/ Tokyo Beatles - All Day And All Of The Night44/ Tokyo Beatles - I can't stop45/ Tokyo Beatles - Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood46/ Tokyo Beatles - The last time47/ Tokyo Beatles - Any way you want me48/ Isao Odo - Don't let me be missunderstood49/ Ike Hisashi - Paperback Writer50/ Ike Hisashi - Stop the music
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Thanks! I always like hearing interpretations of western songs from Asia! It's always a unique take.
as I wrote in the introduction: like you tell a punk band to do Waterloo Sunset (which can always end up in good listening fun, right?) (:-)