TORIYAMA, YUJI & MORIMURA. KEN

AEROBICS (GLOSSY MISTAKES)

TORIYAMA, YUJI & MORIMURA. KEN - AEROBICS 147565
Format:
1 LP
Release:
01.10.2021
Label:
GLOSSY MISTAKES
Kat.-Nr.:
147565
Barcode:
4250101426360
Originally released in 1982 and meant to be the soundtrack for a TBS channel tv show to help you tone up, this LP has become a cult piece and a must have for any Boogie or City Pop lover.

Considered to be one of the fathers of City Pop and Fusion, the living legend Ken Toriyama teams up here with synthesizer maestro Ken Morimura for a memorable and unique boogie experience: Aerobics.

Toriyama's rhythms and glossy arrangements melt together perfectly with uplifting synths and programmed drums to give birth to a distinguible cheerful atmosphere.

In the early 80s Japan was in a flourishing bubble, becoming the world's second-largest economy, threatening to overtake the West with its cutting-edge innovation.

Middle class Japanese citizens indulged in luxury clothes, imported wine, and international travel, enjoying unorthodox freedom.

City pop emerged as the soundtrack to this cosmopolitan lifestyle: an ode to bright colours, sunny beaches and naive romances, with a clear West influence.

Such influence also brought together the first health and fitness wave to Japan: for the first time, taking care of oneself was trendy, and Aerobic, the word in everybody's mouth.

Hyped by the momentum, both the Aerobic Fitness Association (A.F.A. U.S.A, still running) and the Nippon Aerobic Association put together a program to help audiences follow Aerobic classes on channel TBS.

Not surprisingly they hired one of the most inspired young talents of the Era, the guitarist Yuji Toriyama (now well known as one of the fathers of Japanese fusion), to perform, together with Ken Morimura (keyboardist for the salsa band Orquesta Del Sol) a series of tracks that could help the viewers keep their body moving.

As surprisingly as it seems, that fusion of killer boogie guitars and synths with kitsch aesthetics was made for exercising.

Aerobics is a soundtrack made up of boogie beats that span the genres of funk, technopop and even City Pop with the purpose of getting folks off their heinies and moving around rhythmically.

As this album plays fully instrumental, Toriyama's rhythms and glossy arrangements melt together perfectly with uplifting synths and programmed drums to give birth to a distinguible cheerful atmosphere.

An Aerobic Jam. A refreshing and vibrating experience from beginning to end to kick off the summer in perfect shape.

Reissued on vinyl for the first time, including obi and original large poster with aerobic moves (with stretches and poses).
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. AEROBIC FITNESS
  • 1.2. RUNNING AEROBIC
  • 1.3. FLAG SIGNALING
  • 1.4. SLOW DOWN
  • 1.5. I JUST WANNA DANCE WITH YOU
  • 1.6. PEEP HOLE
  • 1.7. HOT TYPHOON #144
  • 1.8. NIGHT TOGETHER