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Piper - Summer Breeze Blue Vinyl Edition
Piper
Summer Breeze Blue Vinyl Edition
LP | 1983 | US | Reissue (Ship To Shore)
26,99 €*
Release:1983 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Hard-to-find on vinyl since its original pressing in Japan, 1983, Ship to Shore PhonoCo. is proud to present our release of Piper’s much-loved LP SUMMER BREEZE.

Lie back and allow the smooth warming embrace of the music take you to a care-free land of grooves and synth-pop funk, where the sand is soft and the sea gently laps at your toes. Lick your lips and you’ll swear you can taste the salty sea air!
Piper - Sunshine Kiz Blue Vinyl Edition
Piper
Sunshine Kiz Blue Vinyl Edition
LP | 1984 | US | Reissue (Ship To Shore)
26,99 €*
Release:1984 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Riding high on the success of Gentle Breeze, PIPER was eager to put out more new material. Keeping the same members and guest musicians, the band used its excitement and forward momentum – aided no doubt by its ever-growing experience and taste for experimentation – to produce its next album, Sunshine Kiz, within the tiny span of six months. And despite seeing no change in personnel for these latest efforts, PIPER’s musicality was constantly evolving.

Perhaps most obviously, Sunshine Kiz showed the band beginning to break away from its signature style. Instrumentals were no longer the focus as more vocal-centric tracks made their way to the fore. Sunshine Kiz turned out to be a “song album,” and its lyric sheet saw a substantial increase in the number of words. A Drumulator replaced the LinnDrums, and the programmed percussion suddenly sounded more natural. Some songs actually featured live drumming, abandoning programmed beats altogether.

It could be said that this all amounted to, at least partially, a return to PIPER’s roots. Or, maybe more accurately, it was something like PIPER circa 1981 filtered through the signature sound the band had forged with their two Breeze albums of 1983. The title track on Sunshine Kiz was released as their second-ever single – their first since “Far Away” from their debut album. And with this new single there even came a music video.
Piper - Gentle Breeze Splatter Vinyl Edition
Piper
Gentle Breeze Splatter Vinyl Edition
LP | 1983 | US | Reissue (Ship To Shore)
28,99 €*
Release:1983 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder available from 26.02.2021
Piper continues their blend of groove-laden synth-pop funk with an LP so cool that the album cover itself depicts snow-covered scenery, yet is so warm to listen to you’ll believe that you’re at an 80’s themed pool party: Gentle Breeze!

Ship to Shore PhonoCo. is proud to present our release of Piper’s LP GENTLE BREEZE, the first time it has been available on vinyl since its original 1983 pressing in Japan! Pressed on ice clear vinyl with white “snow” splatter and packaged with a collectible 24''x24'' poster, Piper invite you to the party with this smooth slice of J-Pop.
Piper - Summer Breeze / Gentle Breeze / Sunshine Kiz
Piper
Summer Breeze / Gentle Breeze / Sunshine Kiz
3CD | 2020 | US | Original (Ship To Shore)
35,99 €*
Release:2020 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Pop
3xCD Box Set featuring Piper's "Summer Breeze", "Gentle Breeze", & "Sunshine Kiz"
Newly remastered audio
Housed in a deluxe boxShip to Shore PhonoCo. is proud to present a 3CD box set featuring three of Japanese City Pop trio Piper’s most beloved albums.

Summer Breeze

Gentle Breeze

Sunshine Kiz

Featuring newly remastered audio and housed in a deluxe box, each album is packed in a replica LP sleeve. The collection also includes a new booklet featuring newly translated interviews with the band about the making of each of these albums. It’s a collection City Pop fans will not want to miss out on!
Piper - Summer Breeze
Piper
Summer Breeze
Tape | 1983 | US | Reissue (Ship To Shore)
16,99 €*
Release:1983 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves, Pop
Led by guitarist/vocalist Keisuke Yamamoto, Piper was formed in Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture. A move to Tokyo was followed by the release of their first single on Yupiteru Records, thanks to original guitarist Yuji Suzuki who had became an A&R man for the label. Citing British bands like Wishbone Ash and Camel as influences, Yamamoto and Piper nevertheless conjured up classic American sounds on Piper’s recordings, utilizing unusual recording techniques and new technologies like Linn drums to effortlessly blend styles of funk, soul and fusion and simultaneously evoking summer vibes, autumnal breezes, and wintery shimmer.
Summer Breeze is Piper’s second album, originally released in 1984 on Yupiteru. Inspired by the sounds of Masayoshi Takanaka and Tatsuro Yamashita, as well as the concept of “BGM” (background music) championed by YMO, Summer Breeze was a conscious about face from their debut to create a new signature sound and become masters of summery resort vibes. Its smooth sounds belie the bevy of experimentation utilized on the recording, from vocoders and drum programming to recording guitars direct through the board. Even the iconic cover art, with the surfer wearing an impossibly short crop top, is deceiving in its simplicity – it was one of the most expensive jackets produced by the label at the time, due to its use of special spot colors and custom handlettering. The original album featured the marketing copy “Good Weather! Good Sounds!” which perfectly encapsulates the sounds contained on the album.
Piper - Sunshine Kiz
Piper
Sunshine Kiz
Tape | 1984 | US | Reissue (Ship To Shore)
14,99 €*
Release:1984 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Riding high on the success of Gentle Breeze, PIPER was eager to put out more new material. Keeping the same members and guest musicians, the band used its excitement and forward momentum – aided no doubt by its ever-growing experience and taste for experimentation – to produce its next album, Sunshine Kiz, within the tiny span of six months. And despite seeing no change in personnel for these latest efforts, PIPER’s musicality was constantly evolving.

Perhaps most obviously, Sunshine Kiz showed the band beginning to break away from its signature style. Instrumentals were no longer the focus as more vocal-centric tracks made their way to the fore. Sunshine Kiz turned out to be a “song album,” and its lyric sheet saw a substantial increase in the number of words. A Drumulator replaced the LinnDrums, and the programmed percussion suddenly sounded more natural. Some songs actually featured live drumming, abandoning programmed beats altogether.

It could be said that this all amounted to, at least partially, a return to PIPER’s roots. Or, maybe more accurately, it was something like PIPER circa 1981 filtered through the signature sound the band had forged with their two Breeze albums of 1983. The title track on Sunshine Kiz was released as their second-ever single – their first since “Far Away” from their debut album. And with this new single there even came a music video.
Piper - Gentle Breeze
Piper - Gentle Breeze Red Vinyl Edition
Piper - Summer Breeze Pink Vinyl Edition
Piper
Summer Breeze Pink Vinyl Edition
LP | 1983 | US | Reissue (Ship To Shore)
41,99 €*
Release:1983 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves, Pop
First ever vinyl reissue of the 1983 Japanese City Pop Classic
Newly Remastered for Vinyl
LP Includes Huge 24’’x 24’’ Fold Out Poster

First of three in the Piper reissue series Led by guitarist/vocalist Keisuke Yamamoto, Piper was formed in Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture. A move to Tokyo was followed by the release of their first single on Yupiteru Records, thanks to original guitarist Yuji Suzuki who had became an A&R man for the label. Citing British bands like Wishbone Ash and Camel as influences, Yamamoto and Piper nevertheless conjured up classic American sounds on Piper’s recordings, utilizing unusual recording techniques and new technologies like Linn drums to effortlessly blend styles of funk, soul and fusion and simultaneously evoking summer vibes, autumnal breezes, and wintery shimmer.
Summer Breeze is Piper’s second album, originally released in 1984 on Yupiteru. Inspired by the sounds of Masayoshi Takanaka and Tatsuro Yamashita, as well as the concept of “BGM” (background music) championed by YMO, Summer Breeze was a conscious about face from their debut to create a new signature sound and become masters of summery resort vibes. Its smooth sounds belie the bevy of experimentation utilized on the recording, from vocoders and drum programming to recording guitars direct through the board. Even the iconic cover art, with the surfer wearing an impossibly short crop top, is deceiving in its simplicity – it was one of the most expensive jackets produced by the label at the time, due to its use of special spot colors and custom handlettering. The original album featured the marketing copy “Good Weather! Good Sounds!” which perfectly encapsulates the sounds contained on the album.
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