This set includes:
- Yoshida Brothers Japanese Character with YB LOGO
- Ibuki (2010)
- Move (2010)
Yoshida Brothers Japanese Character with YB LOGO
Organic Cotton T-Shirts & ECO Friendly Ink
YB LOGO is printed on the back of inside.
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Originally released in 1999, the Yoshida Brothers’ debut album Ibuki, is getting a well-deserved re-release from Domo, marking the first time it has been available in the U.S. market. When originally released, the disc sold over 100,000 copies—an incredible feat, since up to that point most tsugaru-shamisen recordings rarely sold more than a thousand copies in Japan. The album features mostly traditional tsugaru-shamisen songs, though hints of the Brothers’ signature style are starting to emerge. From the very beginning, it was clear that the group was bringing this ancient three-stringed instrument into modern times, interpreting its sound for a contemporary audience. This disc deservedly turned the Yoshida Brothers into rock stars in their native land, another rarity for tsugaru-shamisen instrumentalists. Take a listen to where the journey began.
02. Tsugaru Aiyabushi (Kenichi)
04. Tsugaru Oharabushi (Ryoichiro)
05. Tsugaru Yosarebushi (Kenichi)
06. Tsugaru Jonkarabushi Kakeai Kyokuhiki (Ibuki Version)
The brothers began to spread their wings with their follow-up, Move (2000). This re-release of their groundbreaking second album represents the first time this album has been issued in the U.S. It features more original compositions than its predecessor and shows the brothers expanding their musical horizons, incorporating a variety of instruments beyond the tsugaru-shamisen and exploring numerous disparate musical influences. One song features the otsuzumi, a small taiko (Japenese drum), while three songs showcase a cajon—an Afro-Peruvian hand drum popular in Spanish flamenco music since the 1980s. The release of Move proved that Ibuki was no fluke and that the Yoshida Brothers, despite their youth, were capable of producing musical masterpieces that bridged the sounds of old and new Japan. Using the traditional tsugaru-shamisen in a contemporary manner, the Yoshida Brothers produced an original sound that distinguished them as true musical visionaries.
03. Tsugaru Yosarebushi (Ryoichiro)
04. Tsugaru Oharabushi (Kenichi)
05. Wakimizu (Ryoichiro)
06. Ibuki (Kenichi)
08. Tsugaru Jonkarabushi Kakeai Kyokuhiki (Move Version)