This is an Japanese Original from 1979 on Alfa Records with excellent sound and quiet vinyl. I had a nice box of Japanese vinyl from the '70s and '80s shipped over directly from the source and this was definitely one of the highlights. A good friend of mine made a comment about records like this making up "a never ending stream of alternate Steely Dan heaters" and that's spot on. It shares a universe with stuff like Weather Report and Larry Carlton --- clean, shreddy, funked-out fusion with top-notch musicianship. But it also has that specific Japanese vibe that sets it apart from the domestic variety. Guest musicians here include the Brecker Brothers and David Sanborn. I was surprised to see 20-time Grammy winner Al Schmitt (the man behind Aja and so many classic recordings) listed as one of the recording engineers but it makes perfect sense given the impeccable quality of the sound. It's super clean and punchy with excellent clarity and transparency. A ton of fun!
Vinyl: EX (clean with a touch of light superficial wear)
Cover: VG+ (strong with minor wear on edge and corners; no OBI strip)
Play notes: A great sounding, super fun record with quiet vinyl
We prefer to overdeliver and therefore grade conservatively. Our scale runs Near Mint (NM), Excellent (EX), Very Good Plus (VG+), Very Good (VG), Good Plus (G+), Good (G).