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Hawaii Champroo

by Makoto Kubota & The Sunset Gang

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Stuart Edwards
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Stuart Edwards The intersection between Little Feat, Ry Cooder and the Japanese 70s scene. Listening to it now on a sunny Majorcan afternoon. Just gorgeous.
Robert Bloemkolk
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Robert Bloemkolk This will knock you off your feet. These cats from Japan play the hell out of Hawaiien and American rootsmusic like they own it. As a matter of fact they do and give it their very own twist. A real find. Favorite track: Moonlight Hula.
Tristan Louth-Robins
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Tristan Louth-Robins Absolutely adoring this album. That gorgeous cover artwork sums it up perfectly: where does the torii lead? Hawiian dream vibes? Western Swing? Dixieland? God, it's all so good. Amazing musicianship all round. Makoto Kubota is the Japanese Ry Cooder. Favorite track: Kokkyo no Minami (South of the Border).
Julien Gracq
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Julien Gracq Given the genres covered here and the sound of the singer's voice, one could be forgiven for believing this was a lost Hosono treasure. Because either way, it truly is a treasure. Favorite track: Walk Right In.
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    MAJOR REISSUE OF MAKOTO KUBOTA'S SUNSET GANG ALBUMS RECORDED IN THE 70S WITH HARUOMI HOSONO FOR THE SHOWBOAT LABEL AND FEATURING HIS BLEND OF JAPANESE FOLK, BLUES AND R&B WITH HAWAIIAN, OKINAWAN AND NEW ORLEANS INFLUENCES. THE ALBUMS ARE RELEASED IN COLLABORATION WITH MAKOTO KUBOTA AND COME WITH ORIGINAL ARTWORK, REMASTERED BY MAKOTO KUBOTA HIMSELF.

    Starting with the reissue of 'Hawaii Champroo' recorded in Honolulu in 1975 and co-produced by Haruomi Hosono, Wewantsounds will then release 'Sunset Gang' from 1973 followed by Dixie Fever from 1977. All albums have been newly remastered by Makoto Kubota and they each come with original artwork, OBI and the original 4 page japanese insert. This is the first time the album is released outside of Japan.

    Side 1
    1. Steel Guitar Rag
    2. Moonlight Hula
    3. Walk Right In
    4. Shoka No Kaori
    5. Hi Sai Ozisan
    6. Itsu No Hi Omae Wa (I Love You So)

    Side 2
    1. San Francisco Bay Blues
    2. Shanghai Gaeri
    3. Kokkyo No Minami (South Of The Border)
    4. Bye Bye Baby
    5. Oh Senorita

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Oh Senorita 03:52

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Wewantsounds is delighted to announce an ambitious Makoto Kubota reissue program with his three albums recorded with The Sunset Gang between 1973 and 1977. Makoto Kubota has been one of Japan’s true musical innovators and following his involvement with Les Rallizes Dénudés in the early 70s. the classic album 'Hawaii Champroo' from 1975 developes a unique sound bringing American, Hawaiian and Okinawan music influences to his own Japanese folk music mix. It was recorded in Honolulu in 1975 and co-produced by Haruomi Hosono, The album has been newly remastered by Makoto Kubota and this is the first time it is released outside of Japan.

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released August 27, 2021

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