This is probably my favorite compilation of early 80's music from Japan. Both records are pressed on clear vinyl and limited to 1,000 copies. The package includes a printed brown paper sleeve w/ art and track info printed in silver ink. There are two intricately-cut thick cardboard sleeves with additional color sleeves inside those to protect the vinyl. These inner sleeves show through the die-cut shapes of the thicker cardboard . There are also a couple inserts, a leaf taped to the package, and a stick of gum.
I believe it is through this compilation that I discovered the world of Vanity records in the late 80's. Although this compilation was not released on Vanity, it includes several artists that released music on Vanity (RNA Organism, Perfect Mother, Mad Tea Party, Salaried Man Club). Aside from the Vanity artists, the most well-known act on here is an early Merzbow piece.
Overall, this is a top-notch collection, here are some of my favorites:
A.T. Rhythm - 'Silence': Minimal no wave funk w/ electronics, guitar & female vocals.
Shinobu - 'Hello, Little One!': Ambient guitar licks over sparse electronic percussion with an occasional keyboard melody or two; nice.
R.N.A. Organism - 'Murderous Act': Backwards rhythm and squealing electric guitar, muted vocals & screams.
Salaried Man Club - 'Blank Account': Submerged rhythms interspersed with bursts of noise. Full cassette on Vanity to look forward to here soon...
Mad Tea Party - 'win-d-or' : Like a slow Young Marble Giants, possibly my favorite one of this set.
Interon - 'Kaelf E1': Damaged electronic percussion & guitar track very loosely based around the disco classic ' Le Freak' by Chic with vocals provided by what I imagine to be a Japanese teenage girl. The track unfortunately suffers from the lo-fi production of this scene. Does anyone have any more info on this band?
Enjoy Side 1 & 2
and Side 3 & 4