Last updated 99.8.1
(*) means I don't own this album and haven't listened to it.
(@) means I don't own this album but have listened to it.
thanks: Per Sundfeldt, Rodney Greenblat, TS
The Eccentric Opera are the duo of Nami Sagara, who does multitracked vocals and Nahoko Kakiage who plays the keyboards. They were around since the early 90s and called just Opera prior to being signed to Epic/Sony.
96.8.21 Epic/Sony cd: ESCB 1779
Debut album. I understand prior to this the group was called just Opera. There was a second singer at the time, Yutaka Kawashima. I think this album has some things a number of people aren't going to take to. The arrangements are kind of slick dance stuff and the imagery is more or less S&M related.
(@) 96.7.21 ESCB-1772
plus the regular version + a remix of Madam Butterfly : "Un bel di vedremo"
97.9.20 ESCB 1834
I'd reccomend this one as the best TEO first album to listen to. A wonderful mix of highly skilled vocals and synthwork along with a perfect balance of serious and sassy. Some very surral juxtapositions (Erik Satie's Gnossiene with German lyrics and Bulgarian Women's choir type backing). The only Japanese album I can think of with songs sung in languages like Hebrew.
Definitely a favorite album of mine.
(*) 97.9.21 ESDB-3790
with Songs My Mother Taught Me as the second track. I don't know of any differences from the album.
Irrésistablement is a touch Enya-like in style though is too wonderful to be derrivitave.
Clearly a Christmas mini album. (but no accent in Noël) The 7 songs are quite a mixed bag. To Western ears, "Hallelujah" off the first album is of course very Holiday related for a non Holiday album. Their openning track, The First Noel is the sort of brash style of the first album while the rest is more classy and beautiful. Except for a heavy sounding "Salve Regina". The Ravel piece wich is very nice but seems to have no holiday connection neither does the facinating sort of Reich-like arrangement of Turandot. The "holiday" fashion statements of fake eye patch and bird' s nest in the hairdo are real funny though ;) Not to turn anyone off, most of the pieces are eccelent and serious, just the xmas but not suitable for xmas dichotomy is a bit of a turnoff
(*) cd3: ESDB3808
seems to be just the single track
98.11.21 ESCB 1927
Very impressive and by far their most dense pieces. Attention Please is a real depature with translated Farsi proverbs and a full fledged technopop sound. Well worth checking out.
Fashion check :) Looks Oskar Schlemmer (original 1920s Bauhaus) inspired.
Faust and Fugue in G mol first appeared on a multiple artists concept project Nazca Sketches in late '97
(*)98.11.21 Sony cd3: ESDB-3879
Nami Sagara site (in Japanese)
link to a Nahoko Kakiage album
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