Released soon after Happy End's break up in 1973, Hosono House is an intimate slice of Japanese Americana with a back-to-basics approach akin to Music from Big Pink or McCartney. While his former band explored urban themes and city life, Hosono took a 180-degree turn towards the countryside for this home-recorded album. Located an hour from Tokyo in Saitana Prefecture, the actual Hosono house was one of several American-style homes built for families of troops stationed at the nearby US Johnson Air Base. With rooms filled with recording gear, the house became a live-in studio for Hosono and his crack band. From the hushed acoustic folk of "Rock-A-Be My Baby" and the country twang of "Boku Wa Chotto" to the New Orleans funk of "Fuyu Goe" and the unexpected breakbeats in "Bara To Yajuu," the album offers an early taste of Hosono's celebrated career to come.
- First ever release outside of Japan
- Translated liner notes and lyrics
- Additional photos by Mike Nogami
- Remastered from the original analog master tapes
- Pressed at RTI
Haruomi Hosono, "Hosono House"
Light in the Attic Records