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Nanako Sato

Funny Walkin'

Beat Ball Music


LP Black $23 $32
  • 180gram HQ pressing at RTI
  • Housed in deluxe tip on jacket
  • Remastered from the 1st generation NIPPON COLUMBIA master tape
  • Lacquer cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
  • Faithfully restored artwork & insert from the original 1977 release


Tokyo-based singer-songwriter Nanako Sato(佐藤奈々子) teamed up with Motoharu Sano(佐野元春) during her time in school and submitted an entry into a collegiate women’s song contest, which made it to the finals. This led to her signing with Better Days/Nippon Columbia and the release of her debut album, . In charge of arrangements is ‘Master’ Yuji Ohno(大野雄二) of fame, who weaves a classy pop record with bold jazz vibes. Sato’s nonchalant, whispering, vocal style – which would go on to deeply influence the later Shibuya-kei style – comes together with Sano’s broad musical arsenal encompassing ragtime, good time rock n roll, and jazz to create one beauty of a record. The opening track ‘Subterranean Couple’ has been rediscovered to great acclaim amid the recent ‘city pop’ craze.

Preview Tracklist

  • 1 Subterranean Couple
  • 2 Twilight
  • 3 Midnight Rock and Roll Dance
  • 4 Tightrope Walk
  • 5 Funny Walkin' In Red Dress
  • 6 Ragtime Fever
  • 7 Street Corner Betty
  • 8 From Saturday Night To Sunday Morning
  • 9 Stardust Drive
  • 10 Pianist' Lover
  • 11 In Love
  • 12 Night Isadora