Light in the Attic Records is reissuing many of, prolific musician and producer, Haruomi Hosono’s essential albums for the first time outside of Japan. To celebrate, In Sheep’s Clothing’s hi-fi bar in downtown Los Angeles hosted a celebration of the famed Japanese musician.
Special guest Kuni Murai — famed producer, composer and founder of Alfa Records, joined dublab’s Mark “Frosty” McNeill for a chat about his decades-long working relationship with Hosono, from his days as a session player to his stratospheric success with Yellow Magic Orchestra and beyond. Enjoy this conversation with a music champion about a sonic hero!
Haruomi Hosono – Bara To Yaju – Hosono House (Bellwood / 1973)
Happy End – Dakishimetai – Kazemachi Roman (URC / 1971)
Haruomi Hosono – Femme Fatale – Paraiso (1978 / Alfa)
Haruomi Hosono & Tadanori Yokoo – Hum Ghar Sajan (King Records / 1978)
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Firecracker – Yellow Magic Orchestra (1978 / Alfa)
Haruomi Hosono – Luminescent / Hotaru – Philharmony (1982 / ¥EN Records)
Haruomi Hosono – Sportsmen – Philharmony (1982 / ¥EN Records)
Interior – Cold Beach – Interior (1982 / ¥EN Records)
* At this moment, Daisuke Hinata of Interior made a cameo at the event!
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Cue – BGM (1981 / Alfa)
“I believe in the theory that everything starts from the avant-garde. If it’s for everybody that’s for nobody. If it’s for you or you, it’s the real thing.” – Kuni Murai
Kuni Murai in his Alfa Records office.
Kuni with Yellow Magic Orchestra.
Click here to explore Light in the Attic’s Hosono reissue series here.