Takuro Yoshida: Shangri-La
Takuro Yoshida, born in 1946, is a Japanese folkrock singer. Since his
debut in 1970,
he has been keeping a leading position in the Japanese folkrock scene.
His album Shangri-La, released in Japan in May 1980, has Garth Hudson contributing
sax and accordion on several of the 10 songs on the LP. Here's the story behind
The Band's involvement in the album, as told by Sakai Shuichi:
background was Bob Dylan, R&B and rock and roll in the 1960's.
Around the end of 1973 his producer, Yutaka Goto, went to the US to meet
of The Band. The purpose of his visit was to get the acceptance from The Band
to play as a
backup-band for Takuro on his concert tour in 1974 (!). Takuro with The Band would
have been a
very big turning point in his musical life! Although Yutaka Goto did not
connections with The Band - of course The Band did not know anything about
Takuro - he did get a verbal acceptance from Robbie Robertson after
meetings. However, the acceptance was cancelled just before the official
Bob Dyland would restart the USA concert tour.
As such, he could not realize his dream at that time. Several years later,
a project came through, namely recording in the US.
R&B Keyboardist Booker T. Jones was
one of Takuro's
idols. His album Shangri-La, recorded in the US, was produced by Booker T.
As you may
have guessed, Shangri-La was named after "Shangri-La" Studio in Zuma, USA.
"Shangri-La" and "The Sound Factory" Studio in Hollywood
were used for recording Shangri-La
All songs on this album were arranged by Booker T. Jones and played by his
Hudson was invited to participate in the album by Booker T. For Takuro,
Garth's playing on
Shangri-La must have been very impressive in view of his admiration for
remembers that Garth occupied 6 "channels" to record sax and accordion only.
Shangri-La was released on May 5th 1980 as an LP. A CD
was released on
21st February, 1990 and is available in Japan even now.
Takuro Yoshida - Shangri-La - 1980 - FLL-5042
- Alex Neciosup Acuna, percussion
- Bennis Belfield, bass
- Oscar Brashear, trumpet
- Jules Chaikin, strings/horn
- Rich Cooper, trumpet
- Sammy Creasor, drums
- Dan Ferguson, guitar/banjo
- Venetta Fielde, chorus
- Garth Hudson, sax/accordion
- Booker T. Jones, keyboard
- Jackie Kelso, sax
- John Phillps, sax
- Stanley Plummer, strings
- Michael Sembello, guitar
- Bili Thedford, chorus
- Maxine Waters Willard, chorus
Compact Disc: FLCF-29019, 1990.
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