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Yoshida Brothers: Ibuki


Yoshida Brothers

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.

Track List

  • 01.  Modern
  • 02.  Tsugaru Aiyabushi (Kenichi)
  • 03.  Ibuki
  • 04.  Tsugaru Oharabushi (Ryoichiro)
  • 05.  Tsugaru Yosarebushi (Kenichi)
  • 06.  Tsugaru Jonkarabushi Kakeai Kyokuhiki (Ibuki Version)
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