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Pacific Breeze 3: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1975-1987

Pacific Breeze 3: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1975-1987

Light in the Attic Records | CAT #: LITA 202

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  • The latest chapter in the acclaimed Pacific Breeze series!
  • Artwork by renowned illustrator Hiroshi Nagai
  • Compiled by Yosuke Kitazawa and Mark “Frosty” McNeill (dublab)
  • Newly remastered audio
  • 2xLP housed in a deluxe wide-spine jacket with full-color inner sleeves and custom die-cut OBI
  • Extensive artist bios by Yosuke Kitazawa
  • Available in three different color variants: Seafoam Green Vinyl, Sunset Pink Vinyl, and Classic Black Vinyl
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ARTIST: Various Artists
LABEL: Light in the Attic Records

  • City Pop
  • J-Pop
  • Pop
  • Funk / Soul
  • Jazz Fusion


Light in the Attic’s Pacific Breeze Series has supplied the world’s growing legions of Japanese music fans with an expertly curated selection of the most sought-after City Pop recordings—the mesmerizing and nebulous genre of Japanese bubble-era music of the ‘70s-’80s that encompasses AOR, R&B, jazz fusion, funk, boogie, and disco. These familiar sounds are spun through the unique lens of optimistic, cosmopolitan fantasy colored by Japan’s affluence at the time. Much of the music has previously been nearly impossible to acquire outside of Japan and continues to captivate listeners with its unique blend of groove-laden escapism, even birthing wholly new genres such as Vaporwave.

Pacific Breeze 3: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1975-1987 marks the latest chapter in the famed series and features holy grails plus under-the-radar rarities. The collection bursts at the seams to reveal some of the greatest Japanese tracks ever laid to tape, pushing towards the edge of City Pop to reveal glimmers of the next waves of styles to spring forth from the country’s creative minds. The appearance of Pizzicato Five hints at the emergence of Shibuya-kei while the influence of hip hop and electro as an emerging global trend is also evident here through the prevalence of heavier programmed drum beats on tracks such as “Heartbeat” by Miho Fujiwara.

This volume of Pacific Breeze, like its predecessors, is a female-forward offering with many tracks being voiced by women who would become household names in Japan as actresses and pop idols. Their songs here subvert the norm and brim with an innovative spirit that shatters gender roles in favor of sonic transcendence. Techno-pop classics from Susan, Miharu Koshi, and Chiemi Manabe sit alongside sublime funk from Atsuko Nina and Naomi Akimoto while Teresa Noda slides into the mix with a sultry reggae jam. The genre span is stretched wider with hypnotic jazz fusion by Parachute and Hiroyuki Namba, a synthesizer fantasy from Osamu Shoji, and magnetic pop by Makoto Matsushita and Chu Kosaka.

Although not front and center, the visionary members of Yellow Magic Orchestra are still very present on Pacific Breeze 3, with Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Yukihiro Takahashi taking up producer and musician roles on many of these tracks. Pacific Breeze 3 serves up a captivating musical journey that adds an essential chapter to the iconic compilation series.


1. Naomi Akimoto - Bewitched (Are You Leaving Soon)
2. Atsuko Nina - Tonkachi
3. Miho Fujiwara - Heartbeat
4. Miharu Koshi - Scandal Night
5. Chu Kosaka - Shirakechimauze
6. Teresa Noda - Tropical Love
7. Makoto Matsushita - Business Man Pt. 1
8. Susan - Ah! Soka
9. Yukako Hayase - Suiyoubi Madeni Shinitaino
10. Parachute - Kowloon Daily
11. Hiroyuki Namba - Tropical Exposition (Who Done It? Version)
12. Pizzicato Five - Boy Meets Girl
13. Mari Iijima - Love Sick
14. 1986 Omega Tribe - Cosmic Love
15. Osamu Shoji - Pub Casablanca
16. Chiemi Manabe - Untotooku



Compiled By, Compilation Producer – Mark "Frosty" McNeill*
Compiled By, Compilation Producer, Liner Notes – Yosuke Kitazawa
Cover, Artwork – Hiroshi Nagai
Design, Layout – Darryl Norsen
Executive-Producer – Josh Wright, Matt Sullivan
Legal [Licensing] – Greg Gouty
Proofreader – Lydia Hyslop
Remastered By – Dave Cooley


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