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Joyama no Narazumono

Joyama no Narazumono

First & Last Records


LP Black $28
LP Brown $29
  • Originally self released in only 100 copies in 1979
  • Stoughton “tip-on” jacket
  • Vinyl pressed at Cascade Record Pressing
  • Available on two color editions: Black Vinyl and Translucent “Root Beer” Vinyl
  • New liner notes


Experience the captivating and hypnotic sounds of Joyama no Narazumono – a rare gem of Japan’s 70’s folk scene!

A genre-bending album by duo Shigeki Kobayashi and Yasuo Yamada, who drew inspiration from songs by local boatmen and British folk like Fairport Convention and The Albion Band to craft a minimalist, intimate approach to both traditional and original compositions.

Locally released in 1979 in an edition of just 100 copies, this highly sought-after album is now available worldwide for the first time.

Printed on Stoughton “tip-on” jackets. 300 copies on black vinyl, and 200 on Translucent “Root beer” vinyl.

Preview Tracklist

  • 1 Kagura Song (神楽の唄)
  • 2 Joyama Song (城山唄)
  • 3 Tarodon and Jirodon’s Dog (太郎どんと次郎どんの犬)
  • 4 Jarigachi Song (じゃりがち唄)
  • 5 Over the Mountain (山越えて)
  • 6 Boatman’s Song (船頭唄)
  • 7 Tenjinko Song (天神講の唄)
  • 8 Shimiwatari (しみわたり)
  • 9 Bon Odori Part 1 (盆踊りパート1)
  • 10 Ginkgo (いちょう)