Over the last two years, Light in the Attic Records has been releasing albums in their Japan Archival Series, running the gamut from new age and ambient to city pop and boogie. It’s made for an astounding series of additions to an already fantastic catalog of reissues – including the likes of Rodriguez, Shin Joong Hyun, Jane Birkin, and other vintage cult stars.
New to the series is 1972 release Misora, the only album thus far from singer-songwriter Sachiko Kanenobu – and possibly the best Japan Archival Series discovery to date.
From the June 19, 2019 online edition of The Japan Times: “
If she had to sum up the past couple of years, Sachiko Kanenobu would probably opt for a simple “OMG!”
“That’s what I’ve said so many times, repeating over and over and over: ‘Oh my God!’” she says, speaking by phone from her home in California’s Sonoma Valley. “Things are just coming to me and happening, and I’m just overwhelmed.”
It’s an understandable reaction. At 71, the singer-songwriter is finally enjoying the acclaim she should have received when her debut LP was released back in 1972. For years, “Misora” was the kind of album you heard about through word of mouth: A singer-songwriter record of translucent beauty, redolent of early Joni Mitchell and Sandy Denny, whose creator disappeared from view before it was even released.
Light In The Attic’s Japan Archival Series continues withSachiko Kanenobu’s Misora, a timeless classic of intricate finger-picking, gently soaring melodies and rustic Laurel Canyon mysticism, produced by Haruomi Hosono
and originally released in 1972 on URC (Underground Record Club), one
of Japan’s first independent record labels. One of the most beloved
works to come out of Japan’s 1960s-70s folk and rock scene, Light In The
Attic’s forthcoming reissue marks the first time that Misora will be
available physically in the United States.
Available June 20th, the LP and CD packages contain brand new liner notes, made in full cooperation with the artist. Online Deluxe LP Edition (available exclusively through LightInTheAttic.net) is pressed on “Misora Blue” vinyl and includes an 8×10 photo (limited to 250) signed by Kanenobu. Indie Retail Exclusive LP edition is pressed on “Kagero Gold” vinyl.
“Light In The Attic’s Japan Archival Series continues with Sachiko Kanenobu’s Misora, a timeless classic of intricate finger-picking, gently soaring melodies and rustic Laurel Canyon mysticism. Light In The Attic’s forthcoming reissue marks the first time that Misora will be available physically in the United States.” Read more
In this exclusive live set recorded for Surface Noise with Joe McGasko on 4/26/18 and broadcast on 5/14/18, Sachiko revisits several tracks from Misora for her first radio session in many years. Sachiko also plays two brand-new songs, one of which mentions WFMU by name! Listen to it now!
In 2017 Light In The Attic Records released “Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973”, an LP compilation of songs from the Japanese Folk-Rock scene of the 70’s. It features a song by Sachiko Kanenobu, as well as many other legendary Japanese musicians. Get it here.