I met Akio san outside of Disk Union in Shimokitazawa. His scooter was parked next to my bike and when I saw him about to stash some records under the scooter, I sparked a chat with him. He’s an acupuncturist caregiver with many patients around Shimokita. He said the kinda care he offers provides great relief to patients in pain but is quite exhausting and stressful work for him and that picking up new music every day provides him with his relief. I said, “That’s great work but, every day?” He said, yes, that he comes every day, without fail to the record store. I asked him what genre of music he mainly likes, and he replied, “Santana, I pretty much only listen to Santana, I have nearly everything he’s ever released. I’m a Santana ‘completist’. Do you know Santana?” “Pffft, Do I know Santana, of course! Soul Sacrifice at Woodstock?!?! One of the best live performances ever recorded!” “Ah, you really do know Santana,” he said with a big smile. Akio told me he’s seen Santan too many times to count and I told him that I had also seen Santana a handful of times too, a couple of years in a row at New Orleans Jazz Festival in the 90s being particularly memorable. He knew those performances and said he looked forward to Santana coming back to Japan. We wished each other well and aimed to say hello next time we’re digging through the crates! The record-collecting world gets smaller! Until then, Akio san, happy record shopping, good luck with your patients, and rubber side down!

Santana – The Essential Santana
Label: Columbia – 88697834202
Series: The Essential
Format: 2 x CD, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 2013
Genre: Rock, Latin
Style: Classic Rock

The Isley Brothers & Santana – Power Of Peace
Label: Legacy – 88985448551
Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: Jul 28, 2017
Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul, Pop
Style: Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Funk

Earth, Wind & Fire – Electric Universe
Label: CBS/Sony – 35DP 105
Format: CD, Album
Country: Japan
Released: 1983
Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul
Style: Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Funk

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