Stereo Steal Guitar Mood
File this one under ‘Japanese Easy Listening Steel Guitar Exotica’. All the text on this record is in Japanese except for ‘Made In Japan’ on the back cover and ‘Stereo Steal Guitar Mood’ (with the typo) on the record label. Maybe a Japanese reader can tell me the name of the artist or what the cover actually says.
Anyway it appears that somebody at Columbia Japan decided to hire a lap steel guitarist, a ukelele player, a Les Baxter-style percussionist and to record this strange album of lilting Japanese melodies. Some of the tunes are less than memorable but the one i’ve posted below has undeniable echoes of Japanese folk melody, a rhythmic feel that reminds me of that Tiki Lounge/Exotica sound, and the clincher – the lonesome twang of the steel guitar. I can also tell you that the album was priced at 1800 Yen. Other than that…wakarimasen.
Audio clip here.