Studio Ghibli Records
Image Album: Limited Edition with OBI Strip + 16 Page Booklet
On November 3, the scores for the three beloved Studio Ghibli Japanese animated films (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro) will be reissued on vinyl as soundtracks, image albums, and symphony versions, faithfully reproduced to match the original ones. Coming with luxury packages, you can fully enjoy Joe Hisaishi's music to your heart's content.
All of the LPs were created by longtime Studio Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi, including the first scores he ever made for the animation house, for Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind in 1983.
Hisaishi is one of Japan's most prolific and celebrated composers, creating over 100 film scores and albums to date, including every Hayao Miyazaki animation since they first crossed paths, with the exception of Whisper of the Heart, which Miyazaki didn't direct.
Hisaishi first caught the attention of Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki in the early '80s, when he was hired to compose an "image album" for the film Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind while it was being made.
After hearing the image album, Miyazaki requested that Hisaishi replace the original composer hired to create the music for Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind.
An “image album” is an LP created specifically for Japanese animations, to give a sense of characters’ personalities.
In Japan, sound is as important as visuals. Characters in every film and animation, even inanimate objects or feelings, have their own songs created for them. Protagonists have entire albums created for them. These audio impressions are equally as important as visual and tangible physical elements. What results is a multi-sensory experience.
The Studio Ghibli reissues feature three albums of music from Nausicaä Of The Valley Of Wind (1983), Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbour Totoro (1987), and will be available on Japan’s Record Day, November 3.
My Neighbour Totoro Image Song Collection: “An image album made with the concept that “children really want, the mouth is opened and the voice is lifted and made a song that can sing. Includes 10 songs plus one instrumental musical. Song / Azumi Inoue, Joe Hisaishi, Kimiko Mori, Taku Kitahara, Suginami Children’s Choir.”
|1. My Neighbor Totoro (Inoue Azumi)|
|2. Road of the Wind (Suginami Children’s Choir)|
|3. Sanpo (Inoue Azumi · Suginami Children’s Choir)|
|4. My name (Inoue Azumi)|
|5. Susumi (Suginami Children’s Choir)|
|6. Cat bus (Kitahara Taku)|
|7. Wonderful little shitata (Momori Kumiko)|
|8. Mom (Inoue Azumi)|
|9. A small photo (Joe Hisaishi)|
|10. Dondo Festival (Azumi Inoue)|
|11. Road of the Wind (Instrumental)|