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Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986

Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986

Light in the Attic Records | CAT #: LITA 163

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  • Available in four colored vinyl variants
  1. "Beach Umbrella" Blue Vinyl (Limited Edition)
  2. "Summer of Fun" Tricolor Vinyl
  3. Pink Vinyl
  4. Classic Black Vinyl
  • Remastered audio
  • Cover art by famed artist Hiroshi Nagai
  • Extensive liner notes and bios
  • Compiled by Andy Cabic (Vetiver), Zach Cowie (DJ / music supervisor), and Mark “Frosty” McNeill (dublab)
  • 2xLP housed in a deluxe wide spine jacket with oversized fold-out booklet, full color printed inner sleeves, and custom die-cut obi card


ARTIST: Various Artists
LABEL: Light in the Attic Records

  • City Pop
  • J-Pop
  • Pop


Pacific Breezedocuments Japan’s blast into the stratosphere. By the 1960s, the nation had achieved a postwar miracle, soaring to become the world’s second-largest economy. Thriving tech exports sent The Rising Sun over the moon. Its pocket cassette players, bleeping video games, and gleaming cars boomed worldwide, wooing pleasure points and pumping Japanese pockets full of yen.

Japan’s financial buoyancy also permeated its popular culture, birthing an audio analog calledCity Pop. This new sound arose in the mid-’70s and ruled through the ’80s, channeling the country’s contemporary psyche. It was sophisticated music mirroring Japan’s punch-drunk prosperity. City Pop epitomized the era, providing a soundtrack for emerging urbanites. An optimistic spirit buzzed through the music in neon-bathed, gauzy tableaus coated with groove-heavy strokes.

Pacific Breezeis an expertly compiled collection of choice cuts that range from silky smooth grooves to innovative techno-pop bangers and everything in between. Long-revered by crate diggers and adventurous music heads, this music has never been released outside of Japan until now. Including key artists likeTaeko OnukiandMinako Yoshida, as well as cult favoritesHitomi TohyamaandHiroshi Sato, the long-awaited release also features a newly commissioned cover painting by Tokyo-based artistHiroshi Nagai, whose iconic images of resort living have graced the covers of many classic City Pop albums of the 1980s.

Many of the key City Pop players evolved from the Japanese New Music scene of the early ’70s, as heard on Light In The Attic’s acclaimedEven a Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk / Rock 1969-1973, the first release of the ongoingJapan Archival Series. In fact, you could say City Pop set sail with a champagne smash from Happy End, the freakishly talented subversives who included amongst their ranks Haruomi Hosono and Shigeru Suzuki, both featured on this compilation. As Michael K. Bourdaghs noted in his book, Sayonara Amerika, Sayonara Nippon, this music was, “Deconstructing the line between imitation and authenticity.” Some of the best City Pop teeters in this zone—easy listening with mutant exotica, tilted techno-pop, and steamy boogie bubbling beneath the gloss.


1. I Say Who - Tomoko Soryo
2. Kusuri Wo Takusan - Taeko Onuki
3. Midnight Driver - Minako Yoshida
4. Subterranean Futari Bocci - Nanako Sato
5. Sports Men - Haruomi Hosono
6. Coffee Rumba - Izumi Kobayashi
7. In My Jungle - F.O.E.
8. Sun Bathing - Akira Inoue, Hiroshi Sato, Masataka Matsutoya
9. Say Goodbye - Hiroshi Satoh
10. Drip Dry Eyes - Yukihiro Takahashi
11. Bamboo Vendor - Masayoshi Takanaka
12. Lady Pink Panther - Shigeru Suzuki
13. Bride Of Mykonos - Haruomi Hosono, Takahiko Ishikawa, Masataka Matsutoya
14. L.A. Night - Yasuko Agawa
15. Exotic Yokogao - Hitomi Tohyama
16. Machibouke - Tazumi Toyoshima




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LITA 163 - Various Artists - Pacific Breeze City Pop AOR 1976-1986
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