Vanity Records Box Sets

by Vanity Records

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    ALL 3 Vanity Records Box Sets - 19 CDs
    1. Vanity Box (11 CDs) / Limited Edition of 500 worldwide
    2. Vanity Tapes (6 CDs) / Limited Edition of 300 worldwide
    3. MUSIK (2 CDs) / Limited Edition of 400 worldwide

    The Vanity Records box sets present a comprehensive anthology of releases by legendary Japanese DIY label Vanity, active in the late 70s and early 80s. It was conceived by Studio Warp, in collaboration with Agi Yuzuru and the whole roster of artists involved with Vanity. Eight years in the making, the limited edition project is finally seeing the light of day on October 21st 2019, with distribution duties handled by Kyou Records ( studiowarp.jp/kyourecords/ ) in Japan and WRWTFWW Records ( wrwtfww.com ) in the rest of the world.

    CONTENT INFO BELOW:

    V.A. / VANITY BOX (VANITY RECORDS)
    release information
    Limited Edition of 500 worldwide

    VANITY BOX - Vanity Records / music is up and down is a 11 CD box set that compiles all full length albums and 7 inch singles that were originally released by Vanity Records from 1978 to 1981. All material included in this box set was sourced from the original master tapes and has been digitally remastered.

    PRODUCT DETAILS

    When discussing the history of the early days of the late ‘70s Japanese indie music scene, there is one label from Osaka that cannot be omitted. This influential label was called Vanity and was launched in 1978 by the late Yuzuru Agi (he passed away in 2018) who was then the editor in chief of an equally influential Japanese music magazine called Rock Magazine.

    In the late ‘70s, the enigmatic and forward-looking Agi was a maverick in Japan. Savvy enough to foresee the emerging UK/US punk movement and the sudden rise of a vast array of indie labels emerging from this scene around the world, he decided to start a label with a similar ethos. He established Vanity in parallel to his work at Rock Magazine and followed a creative direction reminiscent of his editorial policy, releasing alternative and cutting edge projects that included electronic and post punk styled experimental music. Until its hiatus in 1982, Vanity issued a total of eleven LPs, three 7 inch singles, twelve sonosheets (flexi discs) and six cassette tapes in the course of four years.

    Apart from the sonosheets that were supplements in Rock Magazine, all Vanity releases were extremely limited. Vinyls were pressed in quantities of 300 to 500 units, and cassette tapes editions were even smaller (always under 100), so arguably only a handful of people heard Vanity titles in their entirety. Compared with other labels active during the same era, the Vanity catalog showcases an astonishing array of radical and cutting-edge works, which has resulted in critical acclaim and full-on cult status. With the advent of the internet, a new audience has discovered the existence of Vanity Records, making it one of the most sought-after labels with a sky high demand for reissues.

    Text: Satoru Higashiseto

    Artist: V.A.
    Album Title: VANITY BOX
    Release Date: Oct. 21st, 2019
    Retail Price: 160 euros

    1. Digitally remastered from Original Master Tapes
    2. Contains 13 titles originally released on Vanity Records which are included in 11 CDs (paper sleeve)
    3. Limited edition of 500 sets (250 sets in pink box, 250 sets in yellow box)
    4. Each CD artwork is a replica of the original album jacket
    5. Original Box Size (195 mm x 140 mm x 43 mm)
    6. Includes Vanity Records logo sticker
    7. 32-page booklet full of never seen archival material
    8. Catalogue Number: remodel 05
    JAN: 4562293383421
    9. Distributor: Studio Warp, Ltd. (Japan), WRWTFWW Records (rest of the world)
    10. Record Label: Kyou records

    VANITY BOX CONTENT LIST

    CD-1: TOLERANCE - Anonym (Originally released in 1979)
    CD-2: TOLERANCE - Divin (Originally released in 1981)
    CD-3: NORMAL BRAIN - Lady Maid (Originally released in 1980)
    CD-4: SYMPATHY NERVOUS - Sympathy Nervous (Originally released in 1980)
    CD-5: V.A. - 7 Inch Single Compilation

    ・SYMPATHY NERVOUS - Polaroid (Originally released in 1980)
    ・MAD TEA PARTY - Hide & Seek (Originally released in 1980)
    ・Perfect Mother - You’ll no so wil (Originally released in 1980)

    CD-6: R.N.A.ORGANISM - R.N.A.O meets P.O.P.O. (Originally released in 1980)
    CD-7: BGM - Back Ground Music (Originally released in 1980)
    CD-8: AGATA MORIO - Norimonozukan (Originally released in 1980)
    CD-9: AUNT SALLY - Aunt Sally (Originally released in 1979)
    CD-10: SAB - Crystallization (Originally released in 1978)
    CD-11: DADA - Jyo (Originally released in 1978)

    VANITY BOX CATALOG - BREAKDOWN OF ALL TITLES AND LINER NOTES

    CD-1 TOLERANCE - Anonym (Originally released in 1979)
    VANITY 0004

    Personnel
    Synthesizer with electronic echo unit, piano & voice: Junko Tange
    Effective Guitar: Masami Yoshikawa
    Dedicated to the Quiet Men from a Tiny Girl
    Recorded & mixed at Studio Sounds Creation, Osaka, April 1979
    Engineered by Naoki Oku
    Assistant engineered by Yoshiteru Mimura
    Cover photo by Toshimi Kamiya
    Produced by Yuzuru Agi
    Vanity records
    502 Soraru-Kiyoka, 1-6-8, Shinmachi, Nishi-ku, Osaka
    phone 06 538 3644
    VANITY RECORDS 1979

    Tolerance is a solo alias of Junko Tange from Tokyo. Its sound is made of Tange’s electric piano, synthesizer, and simple electronics playing alongside the whispering of her poetry and the noisy slide guitar sounds of Masami Yoshikawa. The combination of of Yoshikawa’s slow guitar playing and Tange’s parts swirls into a haunting, monotone abstract sounding animus.

    The album cover was created by Toshimi Kamiya who published a photo book called Tokyo Kitan. Worth noting that the distinguished English experimental/collage music artist Steve Stapleton (NWW: Nurse With Wound) took the title of his 1980 album To The Quiet Men From A Tiny Girl from the credits of Anonym. Stapleton also had Tolerance’s name in a list of artists he was influenced by called the NWW List.

    CD-2 TOLERANCE - Divin (Originally released in 1981)
    VANITY 0012

    Recorded on 30/12/80
    2, 5, 6/1/81
    Mixed 8, 9, 12/81
    Mixer: Cimei (Bushman 19), Ylem
    Luminal: j-Tange
    Input: M-Yoshikawa, Hypersp+
    Cover concept: Fusifix, Gekko-U4
    Produced by AGI Yuzuru
    VANITY RECORDS 1981

    Divin is Junko Tange and Masami Yoshikawa’s second album as Tolerance. The title means God in French. For this album, the heavily featured guitar sound of their debut was toned down, while the vibrancy of the drum machine and the cadence of the electronics were emphasized, and a subtle color saturation was added to create a captivating sound atmosphere. In the track "T-5" they use a poem by Michio Kadotani (Kussata Telepathy’s) from his book Bokuwa Zurui Roboto (I am cunning robot). This album was mixed by Tomoaki Omari (Bushman-19). Between releasing their first and second album, they also produced a one-sided sonosheet, that was released as a supplement for Rock Magazine, and contained the unreleased track "Today’s Thrill", not included in either of their albums. Listening to the track now, it definitely stood the test of time. Unfortunately, TOLERANCE’s activities ceased after the release of this album.

    CD-3 NORMAL BRAIN - Lady Maid (Originally released in 1980)
    VANITY 0009

    Normal Brain are Fujimoto Yukio, Shimura Satoshi, Torii Ayumi
    Produced by AGI Yuzuru
    VANITY RECORDS 1981

    Normal Brain is a group formed by Yukio Fujimoto who, from a young age, started playing around with tape recorders, cameras and film projectors, and then went on to study electronic music at the Industrial Music Department of Osaka University Of Arts. By connecting analog synthesizers, rhythm machines, Speak & Spell study toys, and English language learning tapes, and using each instruments’ intuitive simplicity and quality, he conceived witty and intellectual music. The album title is a typical Marcel Duchamp inspired pun by Fujimoto.

    In the mid 80s, Fujimoto gave up making traditional electronic music and, as an contemporary artist, started producing various sound objects and installations that evoke auditory, visual, olfactory and tactile perception hidden in daily life. In 2001 and 2007, he exhibited his works at the Venice Biennale. He has also held simultaneous solo exhibitions at The National Museum Of Art in Osaka, Omani Memorial Art Museum in Nishinomiya City, and The Museum of Modern Art in Wakayama, received high acclaim both domestically and abroad.

    CD-4 SYMPATHY NERVOUS - Sympathy Nervous (Originally released in 1980)
    VANITY 0007

    Sympathy Nervous
    Yoshihumi Niinuma - UCG system with Korg synthesizers & voice
    Tatsuya Senzaki - some noises with his guitar, voice recorded and mixed at Niinuma's Private Studio
    Cover photo by Achim Duchow
    Produced by AGI Yuzuru
    VANITY RECORDS 1980

    Boasting a high quality programming technology and acoustic design capabilities, Sympathy Nervous is a proto-techno unit led by Yoshihumi Niinuma who made full use of a self-built computer system that he named U.C.G. On top of that, Tatsuya Chiba’s noise guitar worked as an effective accent to their overall countercurrent and industrial-influenced signature sound. Their album artwork was designed by German painter/photographer Achim Dechow, famed for his design of the La Düsseldorf logo. He was a regular contributor of Rock Magazine, designing their front cover images.

    After releasing his debut album, Niinuma left Tokyo and went back to his hometown. There, while working as a programmer, he steadily continued to record his own music. During the 1990s, he made forays into the techno scene, signing a deal with Belgian label K.K. and from then on, fully returned to his musical activities. In 2000, he established a domestic theremin atelier in Miyako-shi (Iwate Prefecture) but lost it, along with all his fortune, in the earthquake of March 2011. The U.S. label Minimal Wave produced 2 charity albums that compiled his past recordings to assist Niinuma financially. Niinuma passed away in 2014.

    CD-5 A compilation of 7 inch singles
    All 3 front cover photos were taken by Takayuki Shiraishi.
    SYMPATHY NERVOUS - Polaroid (1980) VA-S1
    System & sonic design by Niinuma Yoshihumi
    Sympathy Nervous
    Produced by AGI Yuzuru
    VANITY RECORDS 1980

    The vocoder-sung track on Side A is so catchy you can picture it being in a TV commercial jingle for Polaroid cameras. The three tracks from this 7 inch were not included in the self-titled Sympathy Nervous album.

    MAD TEA PARTY - Hide And Seek(1980) VA-S2

    Composed and performed by M.T.P.
    Engineering and all tapes operation - Tchimay ( Bushman 19)
    Cover photo - Takayuki Shiraishi
    Recorded at Theory Studio
    Remixed at YLEM Studio '80 Spring
    Contact - YLEM 03 460 8469
    Executive produced by AGI Yuzuru
    VANITY RECORDS 1980

    Mad Tea Party is a female trio lead by Kiyomi Shiraishi who was a regular at legendary clubs like Kichijoji Minor and Ylem. They created edgy and cute post-punk pop with a lot of dub effects and reverse tape playing.

    PERFECT MOTHER ‒ You’ ll No So Wit (1980)

    VA-S3
    water muzzy
    tecno-end
    fan
    Gancan - g, b, per., vo
    Summition - synthesized-vo, random-D-tuning -g, per
    Nono - tape, effect
    Atsko - vo
    Composed by Perfect Mother
    Cover photo - Takayuki Shiraishi
    Thanks to Tchimay ( Bushman 19 )
    all electronics & engineer
    Home recording by Sound Cookee 144 teac-30-4
    at YLEM Studio
    Executive produced by AGI Yuzuru
    VANITY RECORDS 1980

    PERFECT MOTHER ‒ You’ ll No So Wit (1980)

    A leftfield electronic pop group led by Masahiro Ueda, the organizer of the Tokyo based music / art group, Ylem. One member of this group was Fumihiro Nonomura who joined Harumi Yamazaki-led group Taco afterwards and once became a popular figure as one of the "new breed of Japanese” artists.

    CD-6 R.N.A.ORGANISM - R.N.A.O Meets P.O.P.O(1980 年)
    VANITY 0006

    All designed by R.N.A.O

    R.N.A.O. is 0123
    Chance
    Zero

    Thanks to Dudu *inorganic People
    Special thanx to Friend Jean-Jacques
    Produced by AGI Yuzuru
    VANITY RECORDS 1980

    This is the only album by the anonymous unit, R.N.A. Organism. This album is based on a cassette tape which was airmailed from London. It also happens to be the first group produced by Kaoru Sato of EP-4. R.N.A. Organism is a 3 piece unit formed in 1978 and featuring 0123, Chance and Tetsu who played around with home recordings as well as studio live recordings. Tetsu left in 1979 and was replaced by Zero. This album was produced at this time, showcasing super-cheap, alt-dub created with a range of instruments and gadgets such as a rhythm box, guitar, synths and voice. The minimal design of the album cover featuring standard lettering sheet also made an impact. Although uncredited, Kaoru Sato produced the music. Their live performances were unique, in the sense that they would perform "live" in the studio and then send a cassette recording of the resulting sound to the venue. R.N.A. Organism is also included in the compilation "Awa" (1981) and TACO’s first album, “Taco" (1983).

    CD-7 BGM - Back Ground Music (Originally released in 1980)
    VANITY 0008

    BGM
    Shiraishi Takayuki - g. v. sy
    Kawashima Harunobu - b.g.
    Hashimoto Syuichi - sy.
    Ebisawa Kenichi - d
    Recorded and mixed at Studio Sounds Creation on July, 1980
    Engineered by Oku Naoki
    Produced by AGI Yuzuru
    VANITY RECORDS 1980

    Back Ground Music is an album that Takayuki Shiraishi created when he was a 17 year old high school student. Wanting to realize his musical vision at the time, he invited his old friend, Harunobu Kawashima plus others, and travelled from Tokyo to Osaka to record this piece in just one day. BGM is a precocious, teenage experimental studio unit that mixed the essence of post punk, funk, disco beats, dub, and industrial music. The band never performed live. Kawashima whose bass lines were void of any futility later became a member of the group Der Zibet.

    After releasing this album, Shiraishi went on to learn the art of self-production and recording techniques, forming a duo with Jun Sonohara called MLD and Tristan Disco, and producing and releasing a few singles. Having discovered Detroit techno in the late 80s, he then shifted toward techno/ club music scene and released solo works from many labels, domestically and abroad. He is still currently active producing music with a flexible musical palettes ranging from techno to house, breakbeats and ambient music.

    CD-8 Agata Morio - Norimonozukan (Originally released in 1980)
    VANITY 0005

    Agata Morio - composer, piano, vocals
    Sab - synthesizer, strings, vocoder, clavinet, lead guitar, bass guitar, guitar synthesizer, bass synthesizer, rhythm box, echo, flanger, electronics & arrangement
    Fujimoto Yukio - electronics, special synthesizer programming, effect synthesizer
    Special thanks to:
    Phew + Idiot Girls - chorus
    Mukai Chie - ko kyu
    Yasuda Takashi - drums
    Taiqui - synthesized drums
    Punk Boys: Jun Shinoda & Kitada - side guitar
    Roland Corporation Osaka
    Recorded at Studio Sounds Creation on November 1979
    Engineered by Oku
    Produced by AGI Yuzuru
    VANITY RECORDS 1979

    After he had debuted as a folk singer with a smash hit single called "Akairo Elergy" in 1972, Norimonozukan (Encyclopedia of Automobiles) came as a landmark album for Agata, with a techno-pop that bridged into his following music endeavors as the lead singer of the group, Virgin VS. Sab, Yukio Fujimoto (Normal Brain), Phew, Masahiro Kitada (INU), Jun Shinoda (SS, Continental Kids), Daiki Tomiie (Ultra Bide, Ainsof), Chie Mukai (East Bionic Symphony, Che-Shitzu), Takashi Yasuda (Kigadoumei) are among the artists who contributed to this album. Consisting of a rough recording made in just two days, it captures the encounter between Agata’s singing and the post punk/techno pop sound - the retro-futuristic tin-toy-dream-world envisioned by a 20th century boy. "Koi No Radio City" and "Submarine" are respectively Telex and Joy Division inspired tracks with different arrangements. "Airplane" is a collage track for which Agata looped the voice of Taruho Inagaki, a writer that he respects dearly.

    CD-9 AUNT SALLY - Aunt Sally (Originally released in 1979)
    VANITY 0003

    All words by Phew

    Personnel
    Phew - vocals
    Bikke - guitar, vocals
    Mayu - keyboards
    Y. Nakaoka - bass
    T. Maruyama - drums
    Recorded & mixed at Studio Sounds Creation Osaka, February - March, 1979
    Engineered by Naoki Oku
    Assistant engineered by Toshiteru Mimura
    Cover art & photo by Masayoshi Sukita
    Produced by AGI Yuzuru
    VANITY RECORDS 1979

    Along with INU, Ultra Bide, SS, Aunt Sally is a legendary group that represented the Kansai punk scene in this era. They were formed in June, 1978 and disbanded in Oct., 1979. Featuring Phew’s literary lyrics and enchanting vocals intertwining with roughly cut but accurate playing, they projected an utterly inventive existence. This is a masterpiece that miraculously captures the splendor of a teenage band that were only active for a year. The front cover photo was taken by famed Japanese photographer, Masatoshi Sukita famous for taking iconic photos of Marc Bolan, David Bowie, YMO, etc. At the time, he was in charge of taking photos of front covers images of Rock Magazine as well.

    CD-10 SAB - Crystallization (Originally released in 1978)
    VANITY 0002

    Personnel:
    Sab - Sh-3A strings , SQ-10 ms-20, acoustic piano, e guitar, echo machine, equalizer, flaging machine, phase shifter, frying pan, distortion, comptesar, noise gate, line river
    Meg - strings ( Al ) with frying pan, SQ-10 MS-10 ( B4 again) , echo machine, frying pan, equalizer
    Ravi - sitar ( B4 ) , some flute (B4 )
    Recorded at Studio Sounds Creation, Osaka, July, 1978
    Engineered by Oku
    Cover illustration and art: Marino Lounie
    Produced by AGI Yuzuru
    VANITY RECORDS 1978

    Crystallization was produced by multi-instrumentalist SAB who was just 19 year old at the time. SAB created this album by overdubbing many synthesizers, electronics and guitar parts separately, for the most part by himself. There were a few guest musicians who added sitar and flute parts. Like its title suggest, the album projects how a mineral crystallizes, defined by a hard and transparent, crystal-oscillating sound. While an after scent of psychedelic and progressive rock vibes looms, this is an album that also has a hint of an ambiguous age that pre-dates the emergence of meditational, new age music afterwards. It also brilliantly links with the recent new age revival and the rediscovery of Japanese ambient music by overseas music fans that is happening now. The album artwork is designed by painter Lounie Marino (Kousakusha and wife of Seigo Matsuoka) who draws dreamy pastel art pieces for covers of Taruho Inagaki’s books and more. SAB also shined as the chief arranger for Agata Morio’s album Norimonozukan, but after an encounter with Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, he became his follower and moved to the US to become a disciple. His activities afterward remain unknown.

    CD-11 DADA - Jyo (Originally released in 1978)
    VANITY 0001

    Personnel:
    Mutsuhiko Izumi - guitar, Korg synthesizer
    Kenji Konishi - piano, Korg synthesizer
    Special thanks to Hiroshi Natori (percussive synth 1), Yasuhiko Horiuchi (water 4) , Jiro Yamada
    Recorded at Studio Sounds Creation, Osaka, 19th, April, 1978
    Engineered by Oku
    Produced by AGI Yuzuru
    *this record was inspired by “Gaki Zoshi” and dedicated to Eno
    VANITY RECORDS 1978

    DADA is an electronics and guitar duo formed in 1977 by Kenji Konishi of Kigadoumei (when Terutsugu Hirayama was a member) and guitarist Mutsuhiko Izumi of Karisma (when Kozo Suganuma was a member). Previously, they were both active in the Kansai hard rock/ progressive rock scene from the mid 70s. While their original pieces are constructed in a more colorful and meticulous manner, for this project, Vanity label head Agi requested them to record an album that placed an emphasis on a more lyrical and peaceful demeanor, backed with a touch of improvisation. The artwork is an extraction of a scene from a scroll painting called Gakisoshi, a Heian era narrative story depicting the salvation of a Preta. This album is dedicated to Brian Eno who, at the time, was starting to advocate his concept of ambient music. Later on, DADA made their major debut release with King Records / Nexus in 1981. After the duo split, Konishi went on to form 4-D and also became a member of P-Model from 1994 to 2000. After being a member of the jazz rock band Kennedy, Izumi started working for the video game company Konami. He remains active as a game music producer, notably doing the tracks for video game, Guitadora.

    V.A. / VANITY TAPES (VANITY RECORDS)
    release information
    Limited Edition of 300 worlwide

    Artist: V.A.
    Album Title: VANITY TAPES
    Release Date: Oct. 21st, 2019
    Retail Price: 80 euros

    Details:

    1. Digitally remastered from Originally Released Cassette Tapes
    2. 6 CDs (paper sleeve)
    3. Limited edition of 300 sets
    4. Each CD artwork is newly designed
    5. Original Box (135 mm x 135 mm x 22mm)
    6. Includes Vanity Records logo sticker
    7. Japanese liner notes
    8. Catalogue Number: remodel 04
    JAN: 4562293383438
    9. Distributor: Studio Warp, Ltd. (Japan), WRWTFWW Records (rest of the world)
    10. Record Label: Kyou records

    VANITY TAPES LIST

    CD-1 SALARIED MAN CLUB - Gray Cross
    CD-2 KIIRO RADICAL - Denki Noise Dance
    CD-3 DENSEI KWAN - Pocket Planetaria
    CD-4 INVIVO - B.B.B.
    CD-5 WIRELESS SIGHT - Endless Dark Dream
    CD-6 NISHIMURA ALIMOTI - Shibou

    Similar to the compilation Music, Vanity also released a limited edition, 6-cassette tape box set entitled Limited Edition Vanity Records Box Set in 1981. It compiled the music of six artists whose works were rigorously selected from many demo tapes that were sent to Vanity from all across Japan. Each album was also released separately but now Limited Edition Vanity Records Box Set is reissued on CD for the first time as Vanity Tapes Box Set, a 6-CD box set. Included in the original box set was a supplement postcard of Jean Cocteau’s poem, “Mon oreille est un coquillage Qui aime le bruit de la mer" ("My ear is a sea shell that loves the sound of the sea"). The box set was said to be released as a limited edition of 70 sets but in reality, only 30 copies were ever pressed. All albums included in this 6 CD set have been digitally remastered from all original cassette tapes.

    Text: Satoru Higashiseto

    RECORDING DETAILS

    CD-1 SALARIED MAN CLUB - Gray Cross

    Gray Cross features the signature sound of the trio Salaried Man Club who declare their white collar identity loudly with the industrial sound of an intellectual worker. They used to perform regularly at the club dee-Bee’s in Kyoto. They also appeared in Ylem’s compilation Awa (FOAM).

    CD-2 KIIRO RADICAL - Denki Noise Dance

    “Kiiro Radical (yellow radical)” is a group formed by Masaaki Mochida from Yonago City in Tottori Prefecture. The subtle, calculated, meticulous minimal electric noise ecstasy that Mochida presented was critically acclaimed by Agi as “the pinnacle of Japanese electronic music now” at the time of release. He also has 5 pieces included in the compilation Music.

    CD-3 DENSEI KWAN - Pocket Planetaria

    Densei Kwan is the group of Hidetsugu Saito from Fukushima. “Like a cause and effect interaction, the light bulb hidden in the boy’s trouser pocket, was actually a marble that was making some crashing sounds (pocket planetarium general statement)”. The original cassette release includes this Taruho Inagaki-esque quote attached to the quintessential electron (DENSEI KWAN) stirring up a miniature garden-like noise universe.

    CD-4 INVIVO - B.B.B.

    This is a project produced by Masao Tachibana from Zushi city. The first 6 tracks are called In Vivo: Inside The Living Organism and the remaining 6 tracks are entitled In Vitro: Inside a Test Tube. It is a biological term penned document of a bio-mutant generational experiment of atmospheric sounds. Invivo had one track included in the Music compilation.

    CD-5 WIRELESS SIGHT - Endless Dark Dream

    This is a project by Kunie Wakae who published the mini magazine called Musenongaku. Just playing piano, metronome, and radio noise, this artist created peaceful, post classical, spacious ambient sketches. He also did performances with visuals and dancers.

    CD-6 NISHIMURA ALIMOTI - Shibou

    Ami Nishimura’s ensemble’s album, Shibou. With a band consisting of guitar, bass, drums and voice, this unit plays quite a primitive sound that recalls early Amon Duul, Metabolist and such. It digs heavily into the alt psychedelic rock field.

    V.A. / MUSIK (VANITY RECORDS)
    release information
    Limited Edition of 400 worldwide

    Artist: V.A.
    Album Title: MUSIK
    Release Date: Oct. 21st, 2019
    Retail Price: 40 euros

    Details:

    1. Digitally remastered from Originally Master Tapes
    2. 2 CD Set (paper sleeve)
    3. Limited edition of 400 sets
    4. Each CD artwork is newly designed
    5. Original Box (135 mm x 135 mm x 17mm)
    6. Includes Vanity Records logo sticker
    7. Japanese liner notes
    8. Catalogue Number: remodel 03
    JAN: 4562293383445
    9. Distributor: Studio Warp, Ltd. (Japan), WRWTFWW Records (rest of the world)
    10. Record Label: Kyou records

    MUSIK is a compilation of demo tapes by thirteen artists that were sent to Vanity from all over Japan. It is a monumental album that introduces early Japanese home recording music and that was originally released in 1981 as a double vinyl box set through Vanity. This is the first time that it is reissued on CD. All tracks included in this 2-CD box set were digitally mastered from the original master tapes.

    ALBUM DETAILS

    V.A. / MUSIK (Originally released in 1981)

    Music is a compilation originally released as a double vinyl box set through Vanity Records. It is a selection of thirteen artists’ tracks that were chosen from over 100 cassette tape demos sent to Rock Magazine from all over Japan. It is also a monumental piece of work that documents early, experimental home recording music from Japan that emerged out of the advent of affordable synthesizers and multi-track recorders in the mid-1980s, stimulating the underground music scene of the era. With the exception Adode/Cathode (who released music from Daigoretsu and Pinakotheka), Tokyo led by Munehiro Narita (High Rise), Plazama Music (predecessor of B.C. Lemons), Arbeit (a group by designer Achim Duchow who created front cover artwork for Rock Magazine), Kiiro Radical and Invivo who separately released cassettes on Vanity, and Yuzuru Agi’s solo alias New York (that featured his field recordings from a visit in New York), all other artists are anonymous and their information is shrouded in mystery. Riddled with tape hiss noise and exceedingly low-fi sound quality, it is an accumulation of various ideas and DIY style from early ‘80s Japanese underground.

    Text: Satoru Higashiseto

    TRACKLISTING

    CD-1

    01. Pessimist - Sattyuzai
    02. Un Able Mirror - Hischool Pigs
    03. Un Able Mirror - Ignorant Animal
    04. Mr - 213
    05. Adode/Cathode - ..Of The Passive Voice Through The Light
    06. Kiiro Radical - Denki Noise Dance 1
    07. Kiiro Radical - Denki Noise Dance 2
    08. Kiiro Radical - Denki Noise Dance 3
    09. Kiiro Radical - Denki Noise Dance 4
    10. Kiiro Radical - Denki Noise Dance 5
    11. Tokyo - Cassette Tape

    CD-2

    01. Daily Expression - Inka Sanka 1
    02. Daily Expression - Inka Sanka 2
    03. Plazma Music - Green Brain
    04. Nose - Dolby Nr On
    05. New York - 1976
    06. Arbeit - Bundes Nachrichten Dienst
    07. Invivo - Isolation
    08. Necter Low - Artificial One


    ALL JAPANESE TO ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY KENSUKE HIDAKA.

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    VANITY BOX: LIMITED EDITION OF 500 WORLDWIDE
    11 CDs + 32-page booklet full of never seen archival material + Vanity Records logo sticker

    The Vanity Records box sets present a comprehensive anthology of releases by legendary Japanese DIY label Vanity, active in the late 70s and early 80s. It was conceived by Studio Warp, in collaboration with Agi Yuzuru and the whole roster of artists involved with Vanity. Eight years in the making, the limited edition project is finally seeing the light of day on October 21st 2019, with distribution duties handled by Kyou Records ( studiowarp.jp/kyourecords/ ) in Japan and WRWTFWW Records ( wrwtfww.com ) in the rest of the world.

    V.A. / VANITY BOX (VANITY RECORDS)
    release information

    VANITY BOX - Vanity Records / music is up and down is a 11 CD box set that compiles all full length albums and 7 inch singles that were originally released by Vanity Records from 1978 to 1981. All material included in this box set was sourced from the original master tapes and has been digitally remastered.

    PRODUCT DETAILS

    When discussing the history of the early days of the late ‘70s Japanese indie music scene, there is one label from Osaka that cannot be omitted. This influential label was called Vanity and was launched in 1978 by the late Yuzuru Agi (he passed away in 2018) who was then the editor in chief of an equally influential Japanese music magazine called Rock Magazine.

    In the late ‘70s, the enigmatic and forward-looking Agi was a maverick in Japan. Savvy enough to foresee the emerging UK/US punk movement and the sudden rise of a vast array of indie labels emerging from this scene around the world, he decided to start a label with a similar ethos. He established Vanity in parallel to his work at Rock Magazine and followed a creative direction reminiscent of his editorial policy, releasing alternative and cutting edge projects that included electronic and post punk styled experimental music. Until its hiatus in 1982, Vanity issued a total of eleven LPs, three 7 inch singles, twelve sonosheets (flexi discs) and six cassette tapes in the course of four years.

    Apart from the sonosheets that were supplements in Rock Magazine, all Vanity releases were extremely limited. Vinyls were pressed in quantities of 300 to 500 units, and cassette tapes editions were even smaller (always under 100), so arguably only a handful of people heard Vanity titles in their entirety. Compared with other labels active during the same era, the Vanity catalog showcases an astonishing array of radical and cutting-edge works, which has resulted in critical acclaim and full-on cult status. With the advent of the internet, a new audience has discovered the existence of Vanity Records, making it one of the most sought-after labels with a sky high demand for reissues.

    Text: Satoru Higashiseto

    Artist: V.A.
    Album Title: VANITY BOX
    Release Date: Oct. 21st, 2019
    Retail Price: 160 euros

    1. Digitally remastered from Original Master Tapes
    2. Contains 13 titles originally released on Vanity Records which are included in 11 CDs (paper sleeve)
    3. Limited edition of 500 sets (250 sets in pink box, 250 sets in yellow box)
    4. Each CD artwork is a replica of the original album jacket
    5. Original Box Size (195 mm x 140 mm x 43 mm)
    6. Includes Vanity Records logo sticker
    7. 32-page booklet full of never seen archival material
    8. Catalogue Number: remodel 05
    JAN: 4562293383421
    9. Distributor: Studio Warp, Ltd. (Japan), WRWTFWW Records (rest of the world)
    10. Record Label: Kyou records

    VANITY BOX CONTENT LIST

    CD-1: TOLERANCE - Anonym (Originally released in 1979)
    CD-2: TOLERANCE - Divin (Originally released in 1981)
    CD-3: NORMAL BRAIN - Lady Maid (Originally released in 1980)
    CD-4: SYMPATHY NERVOUS - Sympathy Nervous (Originally released in 1980)
    CD-5: V.A. - 7 Inch Single Compilation

    ・SYMPATHY NERVOUS - Polaroid (Originally released in 1980)
    ・MAD TEA PARTY - Hide & Seek (Originally released in 1980)
    ・Perfect Mother - You’ll no so wil (Originally released in 1980)

    CD-6: R.N.A.ORGANISM - R.N.A.O meets P.O.P.O. (Originally released in 1980)
    CD-7: BGM - Back Ground Music (Originally released in 1980)
    CD-8: AGATA MORIO - Norimonozukan (Originally released in 1980)
    CD-9: AUNT SALLY - Aunt Sally (Originally released in 1979)
    CD-10: SAB - Crystallization (Originally released in 1978)
    CD-11: DADA - Jyo (Originally released in 1978)

    VANITY BOX CATALOG - BREAKDOWN OF ALL TITLES AND LINER NOTES

    CD-1 TOLERANCE - Anonym (Originally released in 1979)
    VANITY 0004

    Personnel

    Synthesizer with electronic echo unit, piano & voice: Junko Tange

    Effective Guitar: Masami Yoshikawa

    Dedicated to the Quiet Men from a Tiny Girl

    Recorded & mixed at Studio Sounds Creation, Osaka, April 1979

    Engineered by Naoki Oku

    Assistant engineered by Yoshiteru Mimura

    Cover photo by Toshimi Kamiya

    Produced by Yuzuru Agi

    Vanity records
    502 Soraru-Kiyoka, 1-6-8, Shinmachi, Nishi-ku, Osaka

    phone 06 538 3644

    VANITY RECORDS 1979

    Tolerance is a solo alias of Junko Tange from Tokyo. Its sound is made of Tange’s electric piano, synthesizer, and simple electronics playing alongside the whispering of her poetry and the noisy slide guitar sounds of Masami Yoshikawa. The combination of of Yoshikawa’s slow guitar playing and Tange’s parts swirls into a haunting, monotone abstract sounding animus.

    The album cover was created by Toshimi Kamiya who published a photo book called Tokyo Kitan. Worth noting that the distinguished English experimental/collage music artist Steve Stapleton (NWW: Nurse With Wound) took the title of his 1980 album To The Quiet Men From A Tiny Girl from the credits of Anonym. Stapleton also had Tolerance’s name in a list of artists he was influenced by called the NWW List.

    CD-2 TOLERANCE - Divin (Originally released in 1981)
    VANITY 0012

    Recorded on 30/12/80
    2, 5, 6/1/81

    Mixed 8, 9, 12/81

    Mixer: Cimei (Bushman 19), Ylem
    Luminal: j-Tange
    Input: M-Yoshikawa, Hypersp+

    Cover concept: Fusifix, Gekko-U4
    Produced by AGI Yuzuru

    VANITY RECORDS 1981

    Divin is Junko Tange and Masami Yoshikawa’s second album as Tolerance. The title means God in French. For this album, the heavily featured guitar sound of their debut was toned down, while the vibrancy of the drum machine and the cadence of the electronics were emphasized, and a subtle color saturation was added to create a captivating sound atmosphere. In the track "T-5" they use a poem by Michio Kadotani (Kussata Telepathy’s) from his book Bokuwa Zurui Roboto (I am cunning robot). This album was mixed by Tomoaki Omari (Bushman-19). Between releasing their first and second album, they also produced a one-sided sonosheet, that was released as a supplement for Rock Magazine, and contained the unreleased track "Today’s Thrill", not included in either of their albums. Listening to the track now, it definitely stood the test of time. Unfortunately, TOLERANCE’s activities ceased after the release of this album.

    CD-3 NORMAL BRAIN - Lady Maid (Originally released in 1980)
    VANITY 0009

    Normal Brain are Fujimoto Yukio, Shimura Satoshi, Torii Ayumi
    Produced by AGI Yuzuru
    VANITY RECORDS 1981

    Normal Brain is a group formed by Yukio Fujimoto who, from a young age, started playing around with tape recorders, cameras and film projectors, and then went on to study electronic music at the Industrial Music Department of Osaka University Of Arts. By connecting analog synthesizers, rhythm machines, Speak & Spell study toys, and English language learning tapes, and using each instruments’ intuitive simplicity and quality, he conceived witty and intellectual music. The album title is a typical Marcel Duchamp inspired pun by Fujimoto.

    In the mid 80s, Fujimoto gave up making traditional electronic music and, as an contemporary artist, started producing various sound objects and installations that evoke auditory, visual, olfactory and tactile perception hidden in daily life. In 2001 and 2007, he exhibited his works at the Venice Biennale. He has also held simultaneous solo exhibitions at The National Museum Of Art in Osaka, Omani Memorial Art Museum in Nishinomiya City, and The Museum of Modern Art in Wakayama, received high acclaim both domestically and abroad.

    CD-4 SYMPATHY NERVOUS - Sympathy Nervous (Originally released in 1980)
    VANITY 0007

    Sympathy Nervous

    Yoshihumi Niinuma - UCG system with Korg synthesizers & voice

    Tatsuya Senzaki - some noises with his guitar, voice recorded and mixed at Niinuma's Private Studio

    Cover photo by Achim Duchow

    Produced by AGI Yuzuru

    VANITY RECORDS 1980

    Boasting a high quality programming technology and acoustic design capabilities, Sympathy Nervous is a proto-techno unit led by Yoshihumi Niinuma who made full use of a self-built computer system that he named U.C.G. On top of that, Tatsuya Chiba’s noise guitar worked as an effective accent to their overall countercurrent and industrial-influenced signature sound. Their album artwork was designed by German painter/photographer Achim Dechow, famed for his design of the La Düsseldorf logo. He was a regular contributor of Rock Magazine, designing their front cover images.

    After releasing his debut album, Niinuma left Tokyo and went back to his hometown. There, while working as a programmer, he steadily continued to record his own music. During the 1990s, he made forays into the techno scene, signing a deal with Belgian label K.K. and from then on, fully returned to his musical activities. In 2000, he established a domestic theremin atelier in Miyako-shi (Iwate Prefecture) but lost it, along with all his fortune, in the earthquake of March 2011. The U.S. label Minimal Wave produced 2 charity albums that compiled his past recordings to assist Niinuma financially. Niinuma passed away in 2014.

    CD-5 A compilation of 7 inch singles

    All 3 front cover photos were taken by Takayuki Shiraishi.

    SYMPATHY NERVOUS - Polaroid (1980) VA-S1

    System & sonic design by Niinuma Yoshihumi

    Sympathy Nervous

    Produced by AGI Yuzuru

    VANITY RECORDS 1980

    The vocoder-sung track on Side A is so catchy you can picture it being in a TV commercial jingle for Polaroid cameras. The three tracks from this 7 inch were not included in the self-titled Sympathy Nervous album.

    MAD TEA PARTY - Hide And Seek(1980) VA-S2

    Composed and performed by M.T.P.

    Engineering and all tapes operation - Tchimay ( Bushman 19)
    Cover photo - Takayuki Shiraishi

    Recorded at Theory Studio

    Remixed at YLEM Studio '80 Spring
    Contact - YLEM 03 460 8469

    Executive produced by AGI Yuzuru

    VANITY RECORDS 1980

    Mad Tea Party is a female trio lead by Kiyomi Shiraishi who was a regular at legendary clubs like Kichijoji Minor and Ylem. They created edgy and cute post-punk pop with a lot of dub effects and reverse tape playing.

    PERFECT MOTHER ‒ You’ ll No So Wit (1980)

    VA-S3
    water muzzy

    tecno-end

    fan

    Gancan - g, b, per., vo

    Summition - synthesized-vo, random-D-tuning -g, per
    Nono - tape, effect
    Atsko - vo

    Composed by Perfect Mother

    Cover photo - Takayuki Shiraishi
    Thanks to Tchimay ( Bushman 19 )
    all electronics & engineer

    Home recording by Sound Cookee 144 teac-30-4
    at YLEM Studio

    Executive produced by AGI Yuzuru

    VANITY RECORDS 1980

    PERFECT MOTHER ‒ You’ ll No So Wit (1980)

    A leftfield electronic pop group led by Masahiro Ueda, the organizer of the Tokyo based music / art group, Ylem. One member of this group was Fumihiro Nonomura who joined Harumi Yamazaki-led group Taco afterwards and once became a popular figure as one of the "new breed of Japanese” artists.

    CD-6 R.N.A.ORGANISM - R.N.A.O Meets P.O.P.O(1980 年)
    VANITY 0006

    All designed by R.N.A.O

    R.N.A.O. is 0123
    Chance
    Zero

    Thanks to Dudu *inorganic People
    Special thanx to Friend Jean-Jacques
    Produced by AGI Yuzuru

    VANITY RECORDS 1980

    This is the only album by the anonymous unit, R.N.A. Organism. This album is based on a cassette tape which was airmailed from London. It also happens to be the first group produced by Kaoru Sato of EP-4. R.N.A. Organism is a 3 piece unit formed in 1978 and featuring 0123, Chance and Tetsu who played around with home recordings as well as studio live recordings. Tetsu left in 1979 and was replaced by Zero. This album was produced at this time, showcasing super-cheap, alt-dub created with a range of instruments and gadgets such as a rhythm box, guitar, synths and voice. The minimal design of the album cover featuring standard lettering sheet also made an impact. Although uncredited, Kaoru Sato produced the music. Their live performances were unique, in the sense that they would perform "live" in the studio and then send a cassette recording of the resulting sound to the venue. R.N.A. Organism is also included in the compilation "Awa" (1981) and TACO’s first album, “Taco" (1983).

    CD-7 BGM - Back Ground Music (Originally released in 1980)
    VANITY 0008

    BGM

    Shiraishi Takayuki - g. v. sy

    Kawashima Harunobu - b.g.
    Hashimoto Syuichi - sy.

    Ebisawa Kenichi - d

    Recorded and mixed at Studio Sounds Creation on July, 1980

    Engineered by Oku Naoki

    Produced by AGI Yuzuru

    VANITY RECORDS 1980

    Back Ground Music is an album that Takayuki Shiraishi created when he was a 17 year old high school student. Wanting to realize his musical vision at the time, he invited his old friend, Harunobu Kawashima plus others, and travelled from Tokyo to Osaka to record this piece in just one day. BGM is a precocious, teenage experimental studio unit that mixed the essence of post punk, funk, disco beats, dub, and industrial music. The band never performed live. Kawashima whose bass lines were void of any futility later became a member of the group Der Zibet.

    After releasing this album, Shiraishi went on to learn the art of self-production and recording techniques, forming a duo with Jun Sonohara called MLD and Tristan Disco, and producing and releasing a few singles. Having discovered Detroit techno in the late 80s, he then shifted toward techno/ club music scene and released solo works from many labels, domestically and abroad. He is still currently active producing music with a flexible musical palettes ranging from techno to house, breakbeats and ambient music.

    CD-8 Agata Morio - Norimonozukan (Originally released in 1980)
    VANITY 0005

    Agata Morio - composer, piano, vocals

    Sab - synthesizer, strings, vocoder, clavinet, lead guitar, bass guitar, guitar synthesizer, bass synthesizer, rhythm box, echo, flanger, electronics & arrangement

    Fujimoto Yukio - electronics, special synthesizer programming, effect synthesizer
    Special thanks to:
    Phew + Idiot Girls - chorus

    Mukai Chie - ko kyu

    Yasuda Takashi - drums

    Taiqui - synthesized drums

    Punk Boys: Jun Shinoda & Kitada - side guitar

    Roland Corporation Osaka

    Recorded at Studio Sounds Creation on November 1979
    Engineered by Oku

    Produced by AGI Yuzuru

    VANITY RECORDS 1979

    After he had debuted as a folk singer with a smash hit single called "Akairo Elergy" in 1972, Norimonozukan (Encyclopedia of Automobiles) came as a landmark album for Agata, with a techno-pop that bridged into his following music endeavors as the lead singer of the group, Virgin VS. Sab, Yukio Fujimoto (Normal Brain), Phew, Masahiro Kitada (INU), Jun Shinoda (SS, Continental Kids), Daiki Tomiie (Ultra Bide, Ainsof), Chie Mukai (East Bionic Symphony, Che-Shitzu), Takashi Yasuda (Kigadoumei) are among the artists who contributed to this album. Consisting of a rough recording made in just two days, it captures the encounter between Agata’s singing and the post punk/techno pop sound - the retro-futuristic tin-toy-dream-world envisioned by a 20th century boy. "Koi No Radio City" and "Submarine" are respectively Telex and Joy Division inspired tracks with different arrangements. "Airplane" is a collage track for which Agata looped the voice of Taruho Inagaki, a writer that he respects dearly.

    CD-9 AUNT SALLY - Aunt Sally (Originally released in 1979)
    VANITY 0003

    All words by Phew
    Personnel

    Phew - vocals

    Bikke - guitar, vocals
    Mayu - keyboards
    Y. Nakaoka - bass

    T. Maruyama - drums

    Recorded & mixed at Studio Sounds Creation Osaka, February - March, 1979
    Engineered by Naoki Oku

    Assistant engineered by Toshiteru Mimura

    Cover art & photo by Masayoshi Sukita

    Produced by AGI Yuzuru

    VANITY RECORDS 1979

    Along with INU, Ultra Bide, SS, Aunt Sally is a legendary group that represented the Kansai punk scene in this era. They were formed in June, 1978 and disbanded in Oct., 1979. Featuring Phew’s literary lyrics and enchanting vocals intertwining with roughly cut but accurate playing, they projected an utterly inventive existence. This is a masterpiece that miraculously captures the splendor of a teenage band that were only active for a year. The front cover photo was taken by famed Japanese photographer, Masatoshi Sukita famous for taking iconic photos of Marc Bolan, David Bowie, YMO, etc. At the time, he was in charge of taking photos of front covers images of Rock Magazine as well.

    CD-10 SAB - Crystallization (Originally released in 1978)
    VANITY 0002

    Personnel:

    Sab - Sh-3A strings , SQ-10 ms-20, acoustic piano, e guitar, echo machine, equalizer, flaging machine, phase shifter, frying pan, distortion, comptesar, noise gate, line river

    Meg - strings ( Al ) with frying pan, SQ-10 MS-10 ( B4 again) , echo machine, frying pan, equalizer

    Ravi - sitar ( B4 ) , some flute (B4 )

    Recorded at Studio Sounds Creation, Osaka, July, 1978

    Engineered by Oku

    Cover illustration and art: Marino Lounie

    Produced by AGI Yuzuru

    VANITY RECORDS 1978

    Crystallization was produced by multi-instrumentalist SAB who was just 19 year old at the time. SAB created this album by overdubbing many synthesizers, electronics and guitar parts separately, for the most part by himself. There were a few guest musicians who added sitar and flute parts. Like its title suggest, the album projects how a mineral crystallizes, defined by a hard and transparent, crystal-oscillating sound. While an after scent of psychedelic and progressive rock vibes looms, this is an album that also has a hint of an ambiguous age that pre-dates the emergence of meditational, new age music afterwards. It also brilliantly links with the recent new age revival and the rediscovery of Japanese ambient music by overseas music fans that is happening now. The album artwork is designed by painter Lounie Marino (Kousakusha and wife of Seigo Matsuoka) who draws dreamy pastel art pieces for covers of Taruho Inagaki’s books and more. SAB also shined as the chief arranger for Agata Morio’s album Norimonozukan, but after an encounter with Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, he became his follower and moved to the US to become a disciple. His activities afterward remain unknown.

    CD-11 DADA - Jyo (Originally released in 1978)
    VANITY 0001

    Personnel:

    Mutsuhiko Izumi - guitar, Korg synthesizer

    Kenji Konishi - piano, Korg synthesizer

    Special thanks to Hiroshi Natori (percussive synth 1), Yasuhiko Horiuchi (water 4) , Jiro Yamada

    Recorded at Studio Sounds Creation, Osaka, 19th, April, 1978
    Engineered by Oku

    Produced by AGI Yuzuru

    *this record was inspired by “Gaki Zoshi” and dedicated to Eno

    VANITY RECORDS 1978

    DADA is an electronics and guitar duo formed in 1977 by Kenji Konishi of Kigadoumei (when Terutsugu Hirayama was a member) and guitarist Mutsuhiko Izumi of Karisma (when Kozo Suganuma was a member). Previously, they were both active in the Kansai hard rock/ progressive rock scene from the mid 70s. While their original pieces are constructed in a more colorful and meticulous manner, for this project, Vanity label head Agi requested them to record an album that placed an emphasis on a more lyrical and peaceful demeanor, backed with a touch of improvisation. The artwork is an extraction of a scene from a scroll painting called Gakisoshi, a Heian era narrative story depicting the salvation of a Preta. This album is dedicated to Brian Eno who, at the time, was starting to advocate his concept of ambient music. Later on, DADA made their major debut release with King Records / Nexus in 1981. After the duo split, Konishi went on to form 4-D and also became a member of P-Model from 1994 to 2000. After being a member of the jazz rock band Kennedy, Izumi started working for the video game company Konami. He remains active as a game music producer, notably doing the tracks for video game, Guitadora.


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    VANITY TAPES BOX: LIMITED EDITION OF 300 WORLDWIDE
    6 CDs + Liner Notes + Vanity Records logo sticker

    The Vanity Records box sets present a comprehensive anthology of releases by legendary Japanese DIY label Vanity, active in the late 70s and early 80s. It was conceived by Studio Warp, in collaboration with Agi Yuzuru and the whole roster of artists involved with Vanity. Eight years in the making, the limited edition project is finally seeing the light of day on October 21st 2019, with distribution duties handled by Kyou Records ( studiowarp.jp/kyourecords/ ) in Japan and WRWTFWW Records ( wrwtfww.com ) in the rest of the world.

    V.A. / VANITY TAPES (VANITY RECORDS)
    release information

    Artist: V.A.
    Album Title: VANITY TAPES
    Release Date: Oct. 21st, 2019
    Retail Price: 80 euros

    Details:

    1. Digitally remastered from Originally Released Cassette Tapes
    2. 6 CDs (paper sleeve)
    3. Limited edition of 300 sets
    4. Each CD artwork is newly designed
    5. Original Box (135 mm x 135 mm x 22mm)
    6. Includes Vanity Records logo sticker
    7. Japanese liner notes
    8. Catalogue Number: remodel 04
    JAN: 4562293383438
    9. Distributor: Studio Warp, Ltd. (Japan), WRWTFWW Records (rest of the world)
    10. Record Label: Kyou records

    VANITY TAPES LIST

    CD-1 SALARIED MAN CLUB - Gray Cross
    CD-2 KIIRO RADICAL - Denki Noise Dance
    CD-3 DENSEI KWAN - Pocket Planetaria
    CD-4 INVIVO - B.B.B.
    CD-5 WIRELESS SIGHT - Endless Dark Dream
    CD-6 NISHIMURA ALIMOTI - Shibou

    Similar to the compilation Music, Vanity also released a limited edition, 6-cassette tape box set entitled Limited Edition Vanity Records Box Set in 1981. It compiled the music of six artists whose works were rigorously selected from many demo tapes that were sent to Vanity from all across Japan. Each album was also released separately but now Limited Edition Vanity Records Box Set is reissued on CD for the first time as Vanity Tapes Box Set, a 6-CD box set. Included in the original box set was a supplement postcard of Jean Cocteau’s poem, “Mon oreille est un coquillage Qui aime le bruit de la mer" ("My ear is a sea shell that loves the sound of the sea"). The box set was said to be released as a limited edition of 70 sets but in reality, only 30 copies were ever pressed. All albums included in this 6 CD set have been digitally remastered from all original cassette tapes.

    Text: Satoru Higashiseto

    RECORDING DETAILS

    CD-1 SALARIED MAN CLUB - Gray Cross

    Gray Cross features the signature sound of the trio Salaried Man Club who declare their white collar identity loudly with the industrial sound of an intellectual worker. They used to perform regularly at the club dee-Bee’s in Kyoto. They also appeared in Ylem’s compilation Awa (FOAM).

    CD-2 KIIRO RADICAL - Denki Noise Dance

    “Kiiro Radical (yellow radical)” is a group formed by Masaaki Mochida from Yonago City in Tottori Prefecture. The subtle, calculated, meticulous minimal electric noise ecstasy that Mochida presented was critically acclaimed by Agi as “the pinnacle of Japanese electronic music now” at the time of release. He also has 5 pieces included in the compilation Music.

    CD-3 DENSEI KWAN - Pocket Planetaria

    Densei Kwan is the group of Hidetsugu Saito from Fukushima. “Like a cause and effect interaction, the light bulb hidden in the boy’s trouser pocket, was actually a marble that was making some crashing sounds (pocket planetarium general statement)”. The original cassette release includes this Taruho Inagaki-esque quote attached to the quintessential electron (DENSEI KWAN) stirring up a miniature garden-like noise universe.

    CD-4 INVIVO - B.B.B.

    This is a project produced by Masao Tachibana from Zushi city. The first 6 tracks are called In Vivo: Inside The Living Organism and the remaining 6 tracks are entitled In Vitro: Inside a Test Tube. It is a biological term penned document of a bio-mutant generational experiment of atmospheric sounds. Invivo had one track included in the Music compilation.

    CD-5 WIRELESS SIGHT - Endless Dark Dream

    This is a project by Kunie Wakae who published the mini magazine called Musenongaku. Just playing piano, metronome, and radio noise, this artist created peaceful, post classical, spacious ambient sketches. He also did performances with visuals and dancers.

    CD-6 NISHIMURA ALIMOTI - Shibou

    Ami Nishimura’s ensemble’s album, Shibou. With a band consisting of guitar, bass, drums and voice, this unit plays quite a primitive sound that recalls early Amon Duul, Metabolist and such. It digs heavily into the alt psychedelic rock field.

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    2 CDs + Liner Notes + Vanity Records logo sticker

    The Vanity Records box sets present a comprehensive anthology of releases by legendary Japanese DIY label Vanity, active in the late 70s and early 80s. It was conceived by Studio Warp, in collaboration with Agi Yuzuru and the whole roster of artists involved with Vanity. Eight years in the making, the limited edition project is finally seeing the light of day on October 21st 2019, with distribution duties handled by Kyou Records ( studiowarp.jp/kyourecords/ ) in Japan and WRWTFWW Records ( wrwtfww.com ) in the rest of the world.

    V.A. / MUSIK (VANITY RECORDS)
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    Artist: V.A.
    Album Title: MUSIK
    Release Date: Oct. 21st, 2019
    Retail Price: 40 euros

    Details:

    1. Digitally remastered from Originally Master Tapes
    2. 2 CD Set (paper sleeve)
    3. Limited edition of 400 sets
    4. Each CD artwork is newly designed
    5. Original Box (135 mm x 135 mm x 17mm)
    6. Includes Vanity Records logo sticker
    7. Japanese liner notes
    8. Catalogue Number: remodel 03
    JAN: 4562293383445
    9. Distributor: Studio Warp, Ltd. (Japan), WRWTFWW Records (rest of the world)
    10. Record Label: Kyou records

    MUSIK is a compilation of demo tapes by thirteen artists that were sent to Vanity from all over Japan. It is a monumental album that introduces early Japanese home recording music and that was originally released in 1981 as a double vinyl box set through Vanity. This is the first time that it is reissued on CD. All tracks included in this 2-CD box set were digitally mastered from the original master tapes.

    ALBUM DETAILS

    V.A. / MUSIK (Originally released in 1981)

    Music is a compilation originally released as a double vinyl box set through Vanity Records. It is a selection of thirteen artists’ tracks that were chosen from over 100 cassette tape demos sent to Rock Magazine from all over Japan. It is also a monumental piece of work that documents early, experimental home recording music from Japan that emerged out of the advent of affordable synthesizers and multi-track recorders in the mid-1980s, stimulating the underground music scene of the era. With the exception Adode/Cathode (who released music from Daigoretsu and Pinakotheka), Tokyo led by Munehiro Narita (High Rise), Plazama Music (predecessor of B.C. Lemons), Arbeit (a group by designer Achim Duchow who created front cover artwork for Rock Magazine), Kiiro Radical and Invivo who separately released cassettes on Vanity, and Yuzuru Agi’s solo alias New York (that featured his field recordings from a visit in New York), all other artists are anonymous and their information is shrouded in mystery. Riddled with tape hiss noise and exceedingly low-fi sound quality, it is an accumulation of various ideas and DIY style from early ‘80s Japanese underground.

    Text: Satoru Higashiseto

    TRACKLISTING

    CD-1

    01. Pessimist - Sattyuzai
    02. Un Able Mirror - Hischool Pigs
    03. Un Able Mirror - Ignorant Animal
    04. Mr - 213
    05. Adode/Cathode - ..Of The Passive Voice Through The Light
    06. Kiiro Radical - Denki Noise Dance 1
    07. Kiiro Radical - Denki Noise Dance 2
    08. Kiiro Radical - Denki Noise Dance 3
    09. Kiiro Radical - Denki Noise Dance 4
    10. Kiiro Radical - Denki Noise Dance 5
    11. Tokyo - Cassette Tape

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    01. Daily Expression - Inka Sanka 1
    02. Daily Expression - Inka Sanka 2
    03. Plazma Music - Green Brain
    04. Nose - Dolby Nr On
    05. New York - 1976
    06. Arbeit - Bundes Nachrichten Dienst
    07. Invivo - Isolation
    08. Necter Low - Artificial One

    ALL JAPANESE TO ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY KENSUKE HIDAKA.

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Vanity Box (11-CD Box Set): Limited Edition of 500 worldwide
Vanity Tapes (6-CD Box Set): Limited Edition of 300 worldwide
MUSIK (2-CD Box Set): Limited Edition of 400 worldwide

The Vanity Records box sets present a comprehensive anthology of releases by legendary Japanese DYI label Vanity, active in the late 70s and early 80s. It was conceived by Studio Warp, in collaboration with Agi Yuzuru and the whole roster of artists involved with Vanity. Eight years in the making, the limited edition project is finally seeing the light of day on October 21st 2019, with distribution duties handled by Kyou Records ( studiowarp.jp/kyourecords/ ) in Japan and WRWTFWW Records ( wrwtfww.com ) in the rest of the world.

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