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Last updated 00.10.6

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(@) means I've listened to this album, but don't own a copy

Towa Tei

Demo Tape 1

(*) Kenji mori writes: This is from the radio program Sound Street  (NHK-FM Tuesdays), Sakamoto was the DJ of this program. This CD is from a popular segmentof that program named "Demo Tape Special" This was a segment playing demo tapes from the show's listeners and Sakamoto added comments. This CD is made from the demo Towa Tei sent to the show.

nk: I don't have a date handy but I know the material comes from before he was known as a solo act.

Towa Tei

Future Listening!

1995 Electra (US) cd: 61761-2

Towa Tei made it big in New York with Dee Lite in the 80s. This is his first solo. He shares many of Sakamoto's N.Y. collaborators like Arto Lindsay and Natasha Diggs. Sakamoto plays jazzy piano noodlings and some string arrangements on 3 tracks. RS and HH play on a track. Other guests are T. Fuji, Y.Shimizu, Tachibana, Matsutake and Maki (P5) Nomiya.

This album is fun. The electric sitar playing is cool. Very entertaining but not all that substantial.

Tei has released 2 remix albums in Japan called Future Recall! and Future Recall 2! and 2 remix singles Luv Connection and Technova in the US which I think feature some extra remixes not on the Future Recall! albums. There are CD3s also

Luv Connection

1995 Elektra (US) 66098-2

contains 10 mixes. A track with both Sakamoto and Hosono. Remixers include Tei, Little Louie Vega & Kenny Dope Gonzales, Georgie Porgie, The Angel, Allstar, Maurice Joshua, Height 611,

Towa Tei

Sound Museum

1998 Elektra (US) cd: 61936-2

Guests include: Hosono, Akiko Yano, Kylie Minogue backed by Hosono vocals (!), Matsutake, Fujii, Francois Kervorkian, Chisato Moritaka and Ken Nordine samples, Yasuaki Shimizu, Vinicius Cauturia, Biz Markie.

Lots of stuff, pretty fun, doesn't quite grab me, lots of it seem based more on feel and style than strong material to start with. Still its well worth a listen and has lots of clever bits.

SFTT (remix)

97.11.27 Akashic Records/east west cd: AMCY-2395

Stands for Stupid Fresh Towa Tei. Sound Museum remixes by Hosono, Blaze, Lisa Carbon, The Dream Team, DJ Die, Krust, Pacific 231

Includes a Towa Tei remix of the group En Vogue. Listenable but not that memorable.

Pacific 231 and Lisa Carbon are on Hosono's daisyworld label. No U.S.release

Towa Tei

Last Century Modern

(@) 1999 AMCT-4444 also U.S. released

Maybe more songlike without losing the club sounds. guests are : CHARA, UA, H. HOSONO, Y. TAKAHASHI (now having collaborated with all 3 members of YMO though never on the same album.)

Towa Tei


00.06.21 CD5: AMCT-4480

  1. Mars
  2. Happy 2000
  3. Mars (Sunship Remix)
  4. Mars (Version).

The singer and co-lyricist is Ikuko Harada from Clammbon. Everton Nelson (Sakamoto "1996"') does some distinctive real strings arrangements. Pretty appealing in the final "Mars (Version)", otherwise on par with his typical material. Happy 2000 is mentioned as part of the Sakura Hills Disco 3000 album which I preume is his contrinbution to that album.

Towa Tei has a duo with Toshihiko Mori named SP-1200. (Sounds like the name of an old (American made) E-mu drum machine) I saw him on a TV show in a different campy duo called Koji 1200. He has another side project called Sweet Robots Against the Machine.



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