Must have been 25 years ago when I stumbled upon this box
in a record shop. It was heavily overpriced back then but
I always wanted a copy. So I recently discovered one for
sale on Discogs. This is the European version containing
two compact discs: 5"CD album and 3"EP. The Japanese
contained 3 discs if I am right.
The 5"CD album contains compositions from the Sakamoto
catalogue arranged for orchestra, performed here by Tokyo
Symphony Orchestra. Of course there's material from The
Last Emperor and Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence. The color
all together is trademark Sakamoto, his signature is
present throughout all tunes ranging from romantic to
dark, sometimes with heavy Japanese percussion accents.
The 3"EP is also orchestral but rather experimental in
sound and feel.
Beautiful designed by
the package is a true beauty, holding the discs, a short
playlist and a poem/tribute from Sakamoto. When one shakes
the box there's a rattling noise. I once read that these
are little stones originating from Mount Fuji, however
there's no proof of that.