The Best of Kodo

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
To the uninitiated, all songs on a given Kodo album sound the same. To the initiated, though, subtle differences, as well as broad ones, can be noted. On Best of Kodo, the band cuts loose on a journey through their own history, piecing together a compilation of some of the best tracks in current Japanese music, further still, music in general. The album starts with "Lion," a fast-paced round of drumming and grunting, then moves on, past the flutes of "Irodori," to rest on "Yumi-Ga-Hama," which sounds nearly like something from the Edo period. "Zoku" has a throbbing beat and a quick call-and-response vocal section. "Kazauta" is another of the heartbeat-paced pounding ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
To the uninitiated, all songs on a given Kodo album sound the same. To the initiated, though, subtle differences, as well as broad ones, can be noted. On Best of Kodo, the band cuts loose on a journey through their own history, piecing together a compilation of some of the best tracks in current Japanese music, further still, music in general. The album starts with "Lion," a fast-paced round of drumming and grunting, then moves on, past the flutes of "Irodori," to rest on "Yumi-Ga-Hama," which sounds nearly like something from the Edo period. "Zoku" has a throbbing beat and a quick call-and-response vocal section. "Kazauta" is another of the heartbeat-paced pounding songs, and "Monochrome" is a complicated polyphony of lighter drums. "Yu-Karak II" is almost a conga rhythm, and the album ends on "Yatai Bayashi," which is basically a jam session of Taiko drummers. This album is a perfect place for those new to Taiko to begin, as it gives the full variety of sounds possible under such percussionists. For those that are already fans, it is also a prime pick, as can it hold all of the beauty of an Edo flute song, combining it with every ounce of perfection in rhythm that is the trademark of Kodo's work. Given a good enough stereo system, this album could almost serve as the anthem for a block party, among open-minded citizens, anyway.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2004
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5099747587320
  • Catalog Number: 1076091
  • Sales rank: 5,934

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lion (3:54)
  2. 2 Trodori (7:17)
  3. 3 Yumi-Ga-Hama (5:31)
  4. 4 Zoku (10:17)
  5. 5 Kazauta (4:31)
  6. 6 Monochrome (14:25)
  7. 7 Yu-Karak II (8:01)
  8. 8 Yatai-Bayashi (7:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kodo Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Kodo Arranger
Yoshio "Chin" Suzuki Engineer
Keiichi Nakamura Producer, Liner Notes
Kumiko Igaue Art Direction
Miki Jyono Production Service
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Did not like the arrangement

    I did not like the arrangement on this particular CD. The musics were too alike. I dont think the essence of taikdo was captured but it is an experience one must feel and enjoy live.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent cd, a must-have!

    This CD is a versatile and eclectic collection, ranging from traditional to new age drum and bass. A unique and variable collection of sounds, this is by far the best album Kodo has ever put together.

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