Paraiso (Haruomi Hosono album)

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Paraiso
Studio album by Harry Hosono and The Yellow Magic Band
Released April 25, 1978 (1978-04-25)
Recorded December 1977~January 1978
Alfa Studio “A”, Shibaura, Minato, Tokyo
Crown Studio, Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo ("Asatoya Yunta")
Genre Jazz fusion
Exotica
Technopop
Length 34:37
Label Alfa
Sony Music Direct
Producer Haruomi Hosono
Haruomi Hosono chronology
Bon Voyage co.
(1976)
Paraiso
(1978)
Cochin Moon
(1978)
The Yellow Magic Band chronology
Paraiso
(1978)
Yellow Magic Orchestra
(1978)

Paraiso (はらいそ Haraiso?) is Haruomi Hosono's fourth solo album and Yellow Magic Band (later on Yellow Magic Orchestra)'s first album. This album continues the tropical style of Hosono House, Tropical Dandy and Bon Voyage co., while being influenced by the music of Hawaii & Okinawa, incorporating electronic sounds that would be later developed on Hosono's and YMO's careers. YMO, The Yellow Magic Band at this point in time, was composed of Tin Pan Alley members ans studio musicians, such as future YMO members Ryuichi Sakamoto (who would later perform an altered version of "Asatoya Yunta" in his solo career) & Yukihiro Takahashi, as well as guitarist Hirofumi Tokutake (who would later perform in Technodon and Wild Sketch Show).

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Haruomi Hosono, except "Japanese Rhumba" by Glenn Miller; "Asatoya Yunta", a traditional Okinawan song and "Fujiyama Mama", written by Earl Burrows with lyrics translated by Seiichi Ida and additional lyrics written by Hosono. 

No. Title Length
1. "Tokio Rush"   3:31
2. "Shimendōka (四面道歌?)"   4:44
3. "Japanese Rhumba"   3:34
4. "Asatoya Yunta (安里屋ユンタ?)"   2:15
5. "Fujiyama Mama"   2:50
6. "Femme Fatale (妖婦 Yōfu?)"   5:00
7. "Shambhala Signal (シャンバラ通信 Shanbara Tsūshin?)"   3:36
8. "Worry Beads"   4:28
9. "Paraiso"   4:35

Personnel[edit]

  • Haruomi Hosono - Bass, Vocals, Steelpan, Marimba, Percussion, Synthesizer (Roland, Yamaha CP-30), Electric piano, Gong, Whistle, Electric guitar, Performer (Birds, Foot Steps), Production
  • Shigeru Suzuki & Hirofumi Tokutake - Electric Guitar (Suzuki on "Shimendōka" and "Asatoya Yunta"; Tokutake on "Femme Fatale")
  • Tatsuo Hayashi & Yukihiro Takahashi - Drums (Hayashi on "Tokio Rush", "Shimendōka", "Japanese Rhumba", "Asatoya Yunta", "Worry Beads" and "Paraiso"; Takahashi on "Femme Fatale")
  • Hiroshi Satō & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Synthesizer (Yamaha Polyphonic, Yamaha CS-80, ARP Odyssey, Rhodes Performer), Piano (both on "Tokio Rush" and "Paraiso"; Satō on "Shimendōka", "Japanese Rhumba", "Asatoya Yunta" and "Worry Beads"; Sakamoto on "Femme Fatale")
  • Motoya Hamaguchi & Nobu Saitō - Percussion (Hamaguchi on "Asatoya Yunta" and "Femme Fatale"; Saitō on "Tokio Rush", "Shimendōka", "Japanese Rhumba", "Worry Beads" and "Paraiso")
  • Masahiro Takekawa - Violin on "Worry Beads"
  • Teave Kamayatsu - Vocals on "Japanese Rhumba"
  • Taeko Ōnuki - Backing Vocals/Choir on "Tokio Rush" and "Worry Beads"
  • Tokyo Shyness Boys - Backing Vocals/Choir on "Tokio Rush" and "Japanese Rhumba"
  • Hiroshi Kamayatsu - Backing Vocals/Choir on "Japanese Rhumba"
  • Tomako Kawada - Backing Vocals/Choir on "Japanese Rhumba" and "Asatoya Yunta"