V.A. WaJazz Volume II The King RCDS Masters Black Vinyl Edition

180g | Item No: 926044
Vinyl 2LP | 2023 / EU – Original | New
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Following the highly acclaimed first volume in the series, Japanese jazz expert Yusuke Ogawa continues the WaJazz exploration with another essential collection of music that contains something uniquely Japanese — focusing this time on the King Records catalog. Featuring timeless music by Isao Suzuki, Toshiaki Yokota, Akira Miyazawa, Takeru Muraoka, Yasuaki Shimizu, Masahiko Togashi, George Otsuka, and more!

Gatefold 180g heavy double vinyl LP, reverse board print. Comes with extensive track-by-track liner notes by Yusuke Ogawa.
All tracks licensed by King Record Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan.
Mastering and lacquer cut by Jukka Sarapää at Timmion Cutting Lab, Helsinki, Finland.
Artwork by Nker.


“It is my great pleasure to introduce you to the second volume of the “Japanese Jazz Spectacle” series. Following the first compilation which focused on recordings from the Nippon Columbia catalog, this time we are digging into the King Records archives. It is almost impossible to capture the whole picture of Wa-Jazz in a couple of compilation albums since it is such a broad and deep genre, however, by extracting tracks from the Nippon Columbia and King Records collections - both labels having an extensive archive of jazz music - we may be able to glimpse a part of its allure and essence. This time again, I have made the music selection with this idea in mind. The music in this compilation was recorded between 1962 and 1985 and is a brief history of Japanese jazz on King Records. Listening is believing, so I hope these tracks will capture your heart and that you will enjoy the charms of Japanese jazz.” - Yusuke Ogawa

Yusuke Ogawa has been running the Universounds store in Tokyo since 2001, specializing in jazz and second-hand, rare, and collector records. He is also a reissue supervisor, label manager, DJ, and music writer. Known for his vast musical knowledge, eye for detail, and archival skills, Ogawa has worked on more than 250 reissues and compilations – including the highly praised Deep Jazz Reality and Project Re:Vinyl series. He is the co-author of the Wa-Jazz Disc Guide and the Independent Black Jazz of America books.
Item Details
Item No: 926044
Artist: V.A.
Title: WaJazz Volume II The King RCDS Masters Black Vinyl Edition
Label: 180g
Catalog No: 180GHMVLP02
Format: Vinyl 2LP, Vinyl, LP
Pressing: EU – Original
Release Date: 2023
Genre: Organic Grooves
Style: Jazz | Fusion
Available since: 2022-12-19
Condition: New
Price: 38,99 €
Weight: 500g (plus 250g Packaging)
A1 Toshiaki Yokota Clair Deluge
A2 Hozan Yamamoto, Katsuya Yokoyama, Etc. Constant Rain
A3 Akira Miyazawa Yamame
A4 V.A. Ma Mère L'oye
B1 Masao Yagi Blossom In The Water
B2 Masahiko Togashi / Isao Suzuki A Day Of The Sun
B3 Yasuko Nagamine, Yasuaki Shimizu Etc. Summer Wind
C1 Hideo Shiraki Sayonara Blues
C2 Masahiko Togashi Desireless
D1 Takeru Muraoka Lady Boogie
D2 Yoshio Ikeda Down To The Sea
D3 George Otsuka Loving You (Live)
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