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Resident Advisor: "Howard Williams has assembled a compilation of Japanese funk, soul and disco for Ace Records offshoot BGP International. A devotee of Japanese music. He's released occasional productions as Japan Blues and also hosts a popular NTS Radio show under that name. Titled Lovin' Mighty Fire: Nippon Funk, Soul & Disco 1973-1983, this is Williams' third compilation of Japanese music for the Ace Records group of labels. He also oversaw last year's Maki Asakawa retrospective on Honest Jon's Records." From mavericks like Haruomi Hosono of the Yellow Magic Orchestra, with his low-down proto-disco groove, to soul singer Minako Yoshida belting it out on the epic title track; jazz vocalist Yasuko Agawa (of LA Nights fame) sweetly covers Roberta Flack, while Memphis soul group Ebonee Webb, funk up a Japanese folk tune, and that's just for starters. This compilation shows that Japan not only voraciously consumed soul and its offshoot genres, but - unknown to the rest of the world - it carved out its own sound too. With original sleeves and label artwork, and voluminous sleeve notes.
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