Friday, July 1, 2016

ポリドール・オーケストラ, 豊寿、豊藤 / Polydor Orchestra, Toyohisa & Toyofuji: 邦楽三味線ム-ド(豊寿名演集) / Hōgaku Shamisen Mood (Toyohisa Great Performance Collection)

And here's record #2. Why restore & recycle these records into the great river of Internet muck? Partly because I love the idea that this piece of vinyl, which was no doubt considered a sweet example of the masterful shakuhachi skills of performers Tohoyisa and Toyofuji, and which now has no commercial value whatsoever, was sitting there waiting to die in a record bin until I shoved its digital husk back into this tiny tributary of Culture As We Know It. After all, back in the days of the old school play, didn't we ALL push the stagehands onto the stage in the middle of a scene when nobody expected to see them? I know I did! Stop looking at me like that.

(Incidentally, I don't usually included generic inner sleeves, but this one is wonderful. Although to my eyes it seems to tell a cautionary tale about how you should never inflate a dinner table and then walk into buildings and steal electronic equipment or else your house will be knocked off its foundation, really it's just a helpful notice about how the money spent on this record will help get music to prisoners, your local PTA, and people living in remote areas. So remote that they must constantly shout to be heard. I think.)

ニ上り新内 / Nijōri shin’nai
春雨 / Harusame
娘道成寺 / Musumedōjōji
梅は咲いたか / Ume wa saita ka
木遣りくずし / Kiyarikuzushi
新内流し / Shin'nainagashi
潮来出島 / Itako dejima
越後獅子 / Echigojishi
元禄花見踊り / Genrokuhanamiodoriri
びんのほつれ / Bin no hotsure

Record audio & artwork

DISCLAIMER: To the best of my knowledge, this work is out of print and not available for purchase in any format. If you are the artist and are planning a reissue, please let me know and I’ll remove it from the blog. Also please get in touch if you’ve lost your art &/or sound masters and would like to talk with me about my restoration work.


  1. Abundant evidence from that great river of muck suggests that commercial value is in the eye of the beholder. Beholding your restorations is a delight. Short of transmuting dreck into gold, perhaps part of what you do is about revealing the true nature of the dusty and neglected treasures languishing all around us.

  2. You do good work, Taylor! I love it.