City Pop Album List
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Album Artist - Album TitleRelease YearFlavorRating (Out of 10)
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Taeko Ohnuki - Sunshower1977Jazz/Fusion101. Summer Connection
Absolute masterpiece. If you took the feeling of well-being and comfyness that comes with waking up and knowing that you don't have to get out of bed and made it into an album, this is it.
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Masayoshi Takanaka - An Insatiable High1977Fusion103. An Insatiable HighVery fun album with some seriously catchy hooks to it.
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Yumi Matsutoya - Cobalt Hour1975Folk/Rock101. Cobalt HourThis album is a real masterpiece. It's filled to the brim with interesting compositions and definitely deserves a listen.
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Sugar Babe - SONGS1975Rock/Soul/Jazz94. 風の世界 [Kaze no Sekai]The album that started it all. Truly a work of art.
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Minako Yoshida - Flapper1976Soul/Jazz93. 朝は君へ [Asa wa Kimi e]This one is lively. I really like it. Really gets that Motown vibe down
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Akiko Yano - Iroha ni Konpeitou1977Funk/Soul/Jazz9Akiko brings a lot of intersting things to the table here. With a vocal style reminiscent of Kate bush and playful melodies this album is truly a joy to listen to.
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Anri - Timely!!1983Funk/80's811. Remember Summer DaysGreat feel-good album.
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Tatsuro Yamashita - For You1981Funk/Soul81. SparkleOut of everything Tatsuro's done, this is the crown jewel. Also: T H I C C bass
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Casiopea - Super Flight1979Fusion/Funk8Classic. Fusion and funk at its finest!
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Yumi Matsutoya - Hikou-ki Gumo1973Folk/Rock81. ひこうき雲 [Hikou-ki Gumo)Yuming's debut stand as one of the best in her entire catalogue. Her voice is fantastic. Highly recommended.
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Hiroshi Sato - SUPER MARKET1976Jazz/Folk8Hiroshi is great. A very laid-back folky sound.
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So Nice - Love1977Jazz/Soul82. 光速道路 [Kousoku Douro]This one grew on me a lot. Very reminiscent of Sugar Babe. Runner up for star track is Tight Night
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Narumin & Etsu - Thru Traffic1982Funk/Jazz82. Up and DownThick bass, nostalgic tunes and sugar-sweet vocals. Good stuff.
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Yurie Kokubu - Relief 72 Hours1983Funk8This is some quality funk-pop for sure.
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Eri Ohno - Eri1980Soul83. Live Hard, Live FreeWhat a voice!
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Meiko Nakahara - Friday Magic1982Funk8Really good classic release. No frills, but that's the beauty of it!
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Hiromi Iwasaki - Aozora1975Disco84. 私たち[Us]Very solid disco. I was actually not expecting much going into it, but was pleasantly surprised!
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Tatsuro Yamashita - Spacy1977Soul/Soft81. Love SpaceFantastic album. Very laid-back and chill. The hooks in the opening track are just perfect!
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Shigeru Suzuki - Band Wagon1974Rock/Funk8Shigeru has some fantastic solo releases. This is his debut. If you liked SONGS, you'll like this one for sure.
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Chu Kosaka - Hourou1975Funk/Soul81. HourouThis one came of of the left-field. I ran into it accidentally and was stunned at how good it was. A look at the cast list explains why.
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Taeko Ohnuki - Mignonne1978Disco/Ballad77. 4:00 A.M.A bit more disco in it, and no Chris Park
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Tatsuro Yamashita - Melodies1982Funk/Dreamy71. 悲しみのJODY(She Was Crying)[Kanashimi No Jody (She Was Crying)]The second best. Opening track is just awesome.
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Toshiki Kadomatsu - AFTER 5 CLASH1984Funk/80's7You want that punchy bass and nighttime cityscape vibe? This is it.
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VA - Pacific1978Synth/Fusion7This is a massive collab between a million huge names within the genre. Fantastic release.
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Niagara Triangle - Niagara Triangle Vol. 11976Rock/Jazz71. ドリーミング・デイ [Dreaming Day]Tatsuro is on this. Also a very fun album when you get to tracks like Fussa Strut
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Noriki - Noriki1983Funk/Soul7Silky smooth and funky. Feels like riding into the sunset.
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Sugiyama Koyitaka & The Omega Tribe - Aqua City
1984Disco/80's7Some of that disco and thick bass action
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Junko Ohashi - Magical1983Funk7Apart from some iffy vocals at times, very good album. A bit strange seeing World Trade Center on the cover.
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Takako Mamiya - Love Trip1982Funk/Ballad7Ballad city pop in top-shape!
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Minako Yoshida - 扉の冬1973Soul/Ballad71. 外はみんな... [Soto wa Minna...]Very early release, but still boasts some really interesting tracks.
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Eiichi Ohtaki - A Long Vacation1981Folk/Rock7Light-hearted and sweet.
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EPO - Goodies1980Funk7Pretty standard city pop, but not bad by any means. There's a cover of Tatsu's "Parade" on here.
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Ginji Ito - Deadly Drive1977Rock7Ginji Ito was one of the members of the original Niagara Triangle. His solo debut doesn't disappoint.
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Yoshimi Iwasaki - Ringa-a-Ding1980Disco6Hiromi's younger sister certainly doesn't disappoint either despite being a couple of years behind.
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Makoto Matsushita - First Light1982Jazz/Smooth6A bit of smooth sailing on this one. Highly recommended.
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Seaside Lovers - Memories of Beach House1983Fusion/Jazz6This release starts out quite normal and gets crazy after a while. Cool.
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Mariya Takeuchi - Variety1979Funk/Ballad52. Plastic LoveClassic. Tatsuro arranged most of the songs on here.
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Horii Katsumi Project - The Way I Feel1989Jazz/Ballad5Some orchestral stuff on this. Interesting.
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