The Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra is more like an industry than a group. Also there are so many members and since forming in 1988 they have produced so much material!! They have released 18 albums, 24 singles and 14 special vinyl releases. Also there is all the collaborations and splitter groups they have formed, and finally there is the influence they have had over so long time in J-pop working and inspiring so many artists.
Even if they are really only playing in one genre the influence they have, because of their musical and personal integrity, spreads far wider than just Ska
Of course a Japanese Ska band is not going to be totally original and many of the tracks you will know from the original versions.
However, TSPO (as they are known by their friends) are not just a Ska band they play jazz, rock . soul and of course Ska. I wanted to show in this post some of the variety of their tracks and to let you see and share the fun the they transmit to their audience
The first video is Crying sky and Tokyo Ska canary. I hope you like it!!!
The next track I want to share with you is in more or less in English, maybe one of you can tell me the original? The track is called Pride
Lions and is actually one of my favourites by theam!
Here it is…….make some space in the room and get ready to dance!!!
I really love them when the get into a Big Band grove and this track shows them doing that! The track is called Finger tips – Enjoy!!!
The next track is their version of the Godfather.
I hope you are not offended!!!!
I have posted this video as it shows them in concert, which I can say I am lucky enough to have seen them live. I hope this gives you some idea of what they might be like live!!!
Finaally I will share my favourite track with you all. It is called Lilac Re-visited. Somehow it just really touches me.
I hope you like it also,
Thank you for reading and listening to the tracks, I hope it has given you another perspective on the J-pop scene.