Sunday, March 4, 2012

Akiko Yano - Ai Ga Nakucha Ne (1982)

I've got a week break from grad school, so I'll hopefully be able to get a couple of posts up in the next few days. I'm still slowly fixing all the broken links in the archive. Anyway, here's a Technopop classic from Akiko Yano, Ai Ga Nakucha Ne, from 1982. Discogs provides a wealth of credits, especially when you combine the listings found here and here. These are perhaps the most detailed credits I've ever seen, and include "Nurse" and "Transportation".

Yano does it all here, with a lot of help from Sakamoto. The rest of the YMO/Yen gang show up as well, including Kenji Omura. David Sylvain sings the duet lullabye "Good Night" which closes out the album. Steve Jansen and Mick Karn from Japan also play on the album. Prolific session players David Rhodes and Shinichi Tanaka contribute as well. Kazuhiko Kato even shows up in the credits.

Akiko Yano– Ai Ga Nakucha Ne
Label: Japan Records – JAL-1801 (LP), MIDI Inc. – MDCL-1252, MIDI Inc. – MDCZ-1227 (CD)
Format: Vinyl and CD
Country: Japan
Released: 1982 (LP), 21 Sep 1993 (CD)
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

01. Ai Ga Nakucha Ne
02. Kanashikute Yarikirenai
03. What's Got In Your Eyes
04. Oishii Seikatsu
05. Michi De Battari
06. Onnatachiyo Otokotachiyo
07. Aisuru Hito Yo
08. Sleep On My Baby
09. Another Wedding Song
10. Donnatokimo Donnatokimo Donnatokimo
11. Good Night

Akiko Yano: Production, Vocals, Arrangements, Keyboards.
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Production, Arrangements, Keyboards, Vocals.
David Sylvain: Vocals
Haruomi Hosono: Bass
Mick Karn: Bass, Vocals
Steve Jansen: Drums, Vocals
Yukihiro Takahashi: Drums
Shinichi Tanaka: Engineering, Mixing
Steve Nye: Engineering, Mixing
David Rhodes: Guitar
Kenji Omura: Guitar
Robbie Mackintosh: Guitar
Motoya Hamaguchi: Percussion
Hiroki Komazawa: Steel Guitar
Shigesato Itoi: Lyrics
Peter Barakan: Lyrics
Yuji Takahashi: Lyrics, Writing, Production
Masafumi Oka: Lyrics, Writing, Production
Kazuhiko Kato: Writing, Production
Hachiro Sata: Lyrics

Masayuki Takahashi: Artwork
Takashi Nomura: Artwork
Hiroshi Okura: Management
Chiaki Shimada: Make-up
Noriko Yamanaka: Nurse
Hayami Koshiyama: Transportation
Bishin Jumonji: Photography
David Wooley: Tape Operation
Michio Nakagoshi: Tape Operation
Renate Blauel: Tape Operation



  1. thanks for the post! any chance you have her oop 1980 album "Dinner Is Ready" avail? thank you

  2. here ya go