2009 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title IT'S THE PEANUTS ON THE AIR IN JAPAN!
Japanese Title NIPPON HOSOS DAYO PEANUTS
CD Label King Record Co., Ltd.
CD Number KICS-1408
Music by: The Peanuts (Emi & Yumi Ito)
Number of tracks 18
Running time 50:45
Number of discs 1
Year of release/manufacture 11-26-2008

REVIEW

February 20, 2009

It's finally good to get some Peanuts music that is not a reissue and something not heard before. That's the good news. The bad news is that many of the tracks have very audible tape hiss. Almost like listening to a very old 78 RPM record or early LP. I have no idea what the original source for these tracks are or what shape they were in or if there was an attempt to clean them up. The music itself is like soft pop from the 50's & 60's. A few of the songs sound very similar to U.S. songs from the late 50's or early 60's, kind of like something Connie Francis or someone like her might have done.

Overall I liked the music but would have enjoyed it a lot more without the annoying hiss. The CD comes with a 16 page booklet all written in Japanese with three small pictures. The Japanese text may explain the source material used and if any attempts were made to clean it up.

Updated February 25, 2009. The following courtesy of Robert Storch

The title of this new Peanuts CD suggests that the performances are taken from vintage radio broadcasts, which may explain why the tracks have so much hiss and why the sound quality isn't the best. According to the track listing the songs were broadcast between 1961 and 1966, and unless an LP exists it's very possible that this CD represents the first time these songs have been heard since they originally aired. Based on the time frame it is likely these performances were broadcast live, but it is possible that some of the tracks (at least the later ones, which are in stereo) may have been pre-recorded. Whether the recordings are from official radio station sources or were taped directly from the radio is also unclear.

IT'S THE PEANUTS ON THE AIR IN JAPAN!
Translations courtesy of Jolyon Yates

  1. Plantan Plantan
  2. Listen, O Star
  3. Sorry Mother
  4. Winter Morning
  5. The Unsaid
  6. Two Words
  7. Since When?
  8. Cold Hands
  9. Thoughts in the Fog
  10. Three Paw Cat
  11. Those 15 Summer Festivals (Saku Saku Folksong)
  12. Mountain Hut Mr Taro
  13. Don't Turn Back
  14. Couple's Heights
  15. Tokyo Twilight
  16. Blue Sky Smile
  17. When Tomorrow Comes
  18. Silver Street