Release Date: Oct 20, 2017
Record label: Light in the Attic Records
The nascent stirrings of Japan's independent music scene can be divined here; the first comp to offer a detailed overview of the country's fertile early 70s folk and rock movement. Two metropolises offered initially differing visions of what became known as angura (underground) music. In the Tokyo district of Shibuya, bohemian music cafés hosted a scene marked by ragged, Japanified, takes on rock and folk.
Light in the Attic is almost peerless in the variety, volume, and quality of its reissues and compilations. From never released albums by Lynn Castle to wondrously assembled compilations such as Native North America, Vol. 1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country 1966-1985, LITA finds the best and presents it handsomely. Even a Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973 is the first volume in the label's Archival Japan series.