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Various Artists

Vanity Sample

Label: Kyou Records, Vanity Records

Format: CD

Genre: Experimental



Founded in 1978 by Rock Magazine editor-in-chief Yuzuru Agi, Vanity Records captured the cutting-edge musical trends of its time, including new bands working with post-punk values, alternative approaches by musicians who had been in bands, and electronic and industrial music as the cutting edge of the times. Vanity Records is said to be one of the first independent labels in Japan, and is an indispensable part of the independent/indie music scene in Japan from the late 70s to the early 80s. The album "Vanity Sample" is a compilation of songs from the Vanity Records catalog, including Tolerance, which was selected for the NWW list and influenced many of its contemporaries. SAB's work shows the Vanity label's early interest in international music trends and its willingness to differentiate itself. Sympathy Nervous was released in 1980, just as the label was turning its hand to radicalized electronic music. And in 1981 the label began to take a more serious direction with industrial mystery music, which includes tracks by Kiiro Radical, Nose, Invivo, and Nishimura Alimoti. This is a compact work that traces the movements of Vanity Records through several phases in a short period of time.

Cat. number: remodel 49
Year: 2022

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