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En plus de son album Orient, The Awakening fait partie des oeuvres essentielles de monsieur Sato. Ce qu'on appelle la City Pop peut être comparée au Yacht Rock américain, au blue eyed soul, à l'Europop 80's, mais avec une touche électro sophistiquée à la japonaise et un léger groove funky en arrière plan. L'évolution logique de la folk/pop japonaise des années 70 vers un son plus jazzy et parfait pour les ballades nocturnes à Tokyo en route pour le karaoake haha!
???Awakening??? is Sato???s 4th solo album. The sounds were constructed on the very first drum machine the Linn LM-1. Sato programmed the sounds himself and played all instruments except for guitar (guest musicians included Tatsuro Yamashita and Tsunehide Matsuki). This album is considered his best work and a masterpiece of Japanese AOR and city pop. Sato recalled later as that this was his ???1st true solo album???.
Hiroshi Sato started his career as a keyboardist for Tin Pan Alley. Which was was a group of studio musicians led by Haruomi Hosono. Sato had played on various albums with Hosono including his ???Tropical Trilogy??? albums. Sato was even asked by Hosono to join Yellow Magic Orchestra which he turned down (the spot ended up being filled by Ryuichi Sakamoto).
- 1st analogue re-issue since original release
- Considered a genre defining album for City Pop & AOR in Japan
- Hiroshi Sato started his career as a keyboardist for Tin Pan Alley (a group of studio musicians led by Haruomi Hosono)
- Comes with a lyrics/credits insert and a liner notes insert
- Single Jacket with Obi Strip
- Remastered by original sound engineer Mitsuo Koike
Cutting engineer ??? Bernie Grundman
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