Tokyo Dance: Soul and Disco from Japan


I was in Tokyo last week for the very first time. What a city! Massive, pulsing, hilarious and sophisticated. Not to mention well run and disciplined.  The taxi doors open automatically. The drivers wear white gloves. Everyone bows deeply as soon as you enter or leave a shop.


I was there for business but did manage to get out one evening in search of a good music store.  What music collector hasn’t eyed off all those Japanese imports of jazz, rock, blues and R&B? With the curious script all over the album sleeves (or CD cases) and their colourful banners along the left side?


I was searching for a shop with more than just J-pop and after a couple false starts discovered Disk Union, on the 3rd (and) 6th floor of bland-looking office tower in bustling wintry Shinjuku.


imagesDisk Union is on several levels because like everything else in the country, record shops are very categorised. On Floor 6 there are racks upon racks of classical music, sheet music, DVDs and books (95% in Japanese) on Western classical music.  Down three floors is the branch I was searching for.  Jazz, Soul, Rock, World etc.


Within no time at all I had my arms full and asked one of the staff something about a local jazz saxophonist I had heard of.  He grabbed one CD and then pointed out that because there was a green tag on it I could knock off 300 yen.  On the wall was a poster with color-coded charts showing how much each CD was discounted.  Overall, I was pretty pleased with the prices…about $10 each, less for used ones, slightly more (but not too much) for new issues.


I could only justify 6 (given my constrained situation) and here is one (Japanese Disco and Soul) that I love tremendously already.



jdiscofront jdiscoback

Track Listing:

01 Dr.ドラゴンのテーマ

02 センチメンタル

03 未来

04 熟れた果実

05 私は忘れない

06 胸さわぎ


08 君は特別

09 恋の弱味

10 セクシー・バスストップ

11 ムーンライト・タクシー

12 恋のハッスル・ジェット

13 カリブの夢

14 太陽は泣いている センセーション ’78

15 恋のインディアン人形

16 人さわがせ

17 夏八景

18 日曜日はストレンジャー

19 ハッスル・ジェット

20 セクシー・バスストップ



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