Tatsuo Fukutomi (bemsha)

Bemsha (AKA Tatsuo Fukutomi) left me with less than 100 characters. So I’ll just say,

“One Love, Jah Rastafari!”

Tat: “Here’s my answer to your question, ‘Why do you love records when you can stream it all?’”

“I guess it’s because vinyl records appeal not only to our sense of sound, but to three others as well.

One of my favourite genres of music is ambient. It’s supposed to be played at a volume so low that you can hear it only when you want to. It is music that becomes part of the environment – as a matter of fact, ambient used to be called environmental music – like the air or light around you.

Therefore, you want the sound to be clean and clear, and it would be ideal if you could play the music in a smooth, constant flow. Digital formats (MP3, AAC, FLAC) or streaming services would be the best way to play ambient music, since there won’t be disturbing crackle and pop noises you might hear on vinyl records, and you don’t have to go to the record player every half hour to flip the disc from Side A to Side B.

So why do I still want vinyl albums of ambient music that Brian Eno produced from 1975 to 1982, such as Discreet Music and all of the four Ambient series albums on the E.G. Records label?

It’s because I want to enjoy the artwork and read what’s written on the cover in the size they were originally intended to be and look at the label design and the grooves. I want to smell the fragrance of vinyl when I remove the record from the sleeve. I want to hold and feel the weight of the disc and texture of the cardboard cover. I want to check the softness when the needle comes into contact with the record.

In other words, vinyl records stimulate your senses of sound, sight, smell, and touch, and I love how they do so. I mean, is there any other medium of art that excites our four senses within a few moments like vinyl records? (If there are records that taste like tutti-frutti ice cream, Savoy truffle chocolate, or a red hot chili pepper, then vinyl would be perfect.)”


曽我部恵一* と 井の頭レンジャーズ* – Sex Machine / なごり雪
Keiichi Sokabe – Sex Machine / なごり雪
Label: Parktone Records – PARK1044
Format: Vinyl, 7″
Country: Japan
Released: 2022
Genre: Reggae

矢野顕子 Akiko Yano– 春咲小紅
Label: Japan Record – JAS-2001
Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single, Stereo
Country: Japan
Released: Feb 1, 1981
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop, J-Rock

The 5th Dimension – Up-Up And Away
Label: Liberty – LR-2537
Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single
Country: Japan
Released: 1970
Style: Soul

King Curtis – The Best Of King Curtis
Label: Atco Records – SD 33-266
Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1968
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Soul, Funk

Japan – I Second That Emotion
Label: Hansa – HANSA 12
Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single, Generic Sleeve
Country: UK
Released: Jul 1982
Genre: Electronic
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop

Roberta Flack – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Label: Atlantic – K 10161
Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single, 4-Prong Centre
Country: UK
Released: 1972
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Soul

Chuck Berry And His Combo* – Maybellene / Wee Wee Hours
Label: Chess – 1604
Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single, Mono
Country: US
Released: 1955
Genre: Rock
Style: Rock & Roll

Bob Marley And The Wailers* – One Love/People Get Ready / So Much Trouble In The World
Label: Tuff Gong – IS 169
Format: Vinyl, 7″, Reissue
Country: Jamaica
Released: 1984
Genre: Reggae
Style: Reggae

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