Dixie Fever: Vinyl LP
Dixie Fever: Vinyl LP
Dixie Fever: Vinyl LP
Makoto Kubota & The Sunset Gang

Dixie Fever: Vinyl LP

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Label: Wewantsounds
Release Date: 22nd October

Makoto Kubota and The Sunset Gang transform themselves into the Japanese version of The Band, Little Feat and southern fried swampy country rock on 'Dixie Fever'. Once more with Haruomi Hosono on the co-production desk, with the cleanest but soulful sound that captures a mix of the Japanese with American bar rock.

For those who dig: Japanese 70s pop, Haruomi Hosono, Minako Yoshida and of course late 60s/70s country rock of The Band, Little Feat, The Allman Brothers, Stephen Stills, Gene Clark's work with the Dillards.

A year after the release of their highly-acclaimed album 'Hawaii Champroo' in 1975, Makoto Kubota and The Sunset Gang reunited at Sounds of Hawaii studios with co-producer Haruomi Hosono to record a new album, 'Dixie Fever'. They used pretty much the same ingredients that had made the success of Champroo - an effortless mix of Japanese folk and American roots music with some tropical influences. As per previous releases 'Hawaii Champroo' and 'Sunset Gang', 'Dixie Fever' includes a mix of original compositions and covers, such as The Lovin' Spoonful's 'Wild About My Lovin' and a funked up version of Ralph McTell's 'When I Was a Cowboy'.

The Gang's usual musicians (Keni Inoue on guitar, Yosuke Fujita on slide guitar and Takashi Onzo on bass and keyboards) are augmented Tin Pan Alley drummer Tatsuo Hayashi, Motoya Hamaguchi on percussion and New Orleans pianist and Dr. John friend, Ronnie Barron. One of the highlights of the album is undoubtedly 'Hoshikuzu' (Stardust) which has become a cult classic over the years on the international City Pop. WEWANTSOUNDS presents this album for the first time internationally.

1. Dixie Fever
2. Wild About My Lovin'
3. Rakuda Blues (Camel Blues)
4. Heart No Melody
5. Hoshikuzu (Stardust)
6. Chinatown Blues
7. Captain Banana
8. When I Was A Cowboy
9. Hitotu Dake Hikaru Mono

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