* Audio remastered from the original analog master tapes
* Booklets include rare photos, translated lyrics and a new interview with Kanenobu
* Vinyl housed in a deluxe, uncoated gatefold jacket with 12-page liner notes book
* Vinyl pressed at RTI
* As featured on V/A Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973
Often regarded as Japan’s first female singer-songwriter, Sachiko Kanenobu created an enduring legacy with Misora, a timeless classic of intricate finger-picking, gently soaring melodies, and rustic Laurel Canyon vibes. Originally released in 1972 on URC (Underground Record Club), one of Japan’s first independent record labels, the Haruomi Hosono-produced album remains one of the most beloved works to come out of Japan’s folk and rock scenes centered around Tokyo and Kansai areas in the early 1970s.
Kanenobu made her songwriting and recording debut as part of Himitsu Kessha Marumaru Kyodan, whose sole single was released on URC in 1969. After years of being pushed aside by the label in favor of newer male artists who were more “folky” in a traditional sense, it was her friendship with the groundbreaking band and labelmate Happy End that ultimately helped her secure the opportunity to record a solo album. With Hosono on board as producer, Kanenobu spent seven days recording the songs that would become Misora, with most songs recorded in a single take.
By the time Misora released in September 1972, Kanenobu was gone. She had left for America. Without the artist to promote it, “_Misora_ was asleep for a long time,” she said. Meanwhile Kanenobu settled near Sonoma in Northern California, retiring from music and concentrating on raising her two children. It wasn’t until Philip K. Dick, the famed writer and family friend, heard Misora and encouraged her to get back into music, that Kanenobu felt the urge to pick up the guitar again. Soon new songs started flowing, and Dick helped finance a single for Kanenobu in 1981.
Haru Ichiban No Kaze Wa Hageshiku (The First Strong Winds Of Spring), Yuki Ga Fureba (I Wish It Would Snow), Michi Yuki (Running Away On A Road Of Snow), Sora Wa Fukigen (Moody Sky), Aoi Sakana (Blue Fish), Toki Ni Makasete (Leave It To Time), Anata Kara Toku E (Far Away From You), Misora (Look Up, The Sky Is Beautiful), Omae No Hoshii No Wa Nani (What Do You Really Want?), Kagero (The Heat Wave), Hayabusa To Watashi (Falcon And I)