Welcome to episode 52 of Holly Jolly X’masu! In this episode, I’ll be discussing Naozumi Yamamoto’s 1973 album, “Xmas Home Party.”
Over the past two years, I’ve bought a few albums that didn’t live up to my expectations. Most of them were still thoroughly enjoyable albums. In each case, though, an overzealous, ill-informed, or even dishonest review or blog post led to me expecting something other than what I received. In the case of the blogger who sung Yamamoto’s praises and gave the impression that everything he did sounded like “Branded to Kill,” I suspect he didn’t listen to anything other than that score. The scores I listened to sounded wildly different from one another, ranging from the sort of Jazz you find in “Branded to Kill,” to Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western-esque soundtracks, traditional Japanese music, and more standard orchestral scores, similar to what you’d hear in Hollywood dramas and melodramas of the same era. He was a remarkably talented composer and conductor, so at the end of the day, I’m just happy he produced a Christmas album so that I was able to enjoy it and learn more about him.
I hope you’ve enjoyed Naozumi Yamamoto and his music as much as I do, all expectations aside. I also hope at least a few of you make an effort to check out some of Seijun Suzuki’s movies, particularly “Branded to Kill.” It’s a wild, challenging film. It might not be for everyone, but if it sounds like the sort of thing you enjoy, you’ll
Join me back here on the 25th for Naomi Sagara’s 1975 album, “White Christmas.” Contrary to Naozumi Yamamoto, it’s one that really exceeded my expectations. You don’t want to miss it.
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Author: Holly Jolly X’masu
Title: Episode 52 – Naozumi Yamamoto’s “Xmas Home Party”