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Vanity Records CD Box Sets Japan - Minimal, Experimental

Vanity Records CD Box Sets Japan - Minimal, Experimental

Postby gazebo » Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:36 pm

** This is a pre-order, SHIPPING AROUND OCTOBER 21st 2019 **



ALL 3 Vanity Records Box Sets - 19 CDs
1. Vanity Box (11 CDs) / Limited Edition of 500 worldwide
2. Vanity Tapes (6 CDs) / Limited Edition of 300 worldwide
3. MUSIK (2 CDs) / Limited Edition of 400 worldwide

The Vanity Records box sets present a comprehensive anthology of releases by legendary Japanese DIY label Vanity, active in the late 70s and early 80s. It was conceived by Studio Warp, in collaboration with Agi Yuzuru and the whole roster of artists involved with Vanity. Eight years in the making, the limited edition project is finally seeing the light of day on October 21st 2019, with distribution duties handled by Kyou Records ( ) in Japan and WRWTFWW Records ( ) in the rest of the world.


release information
Limited Edition of 500 worldwide

VANITY BOX - Vanity Records / music is up and down is a 11 CD box set that compiles all full length albums and 7 inch singles that were originally released by Vanity Records from 1978 to 1981. All material included in this box set was sourced from the original master tapes and has been digitally remastered.


When discussing the history of the early days of the late ‘70s Japanese indie music scene, there is one label from Osaka that cannot be omitted. This influential label was called Vanity and was launched in 1978 by the late Yuzuru Agi (he passed away in 2018) who was then the editor in chief of an equally influential Japanese music magazine called Rock Magazine.

In the late ‘70s, the enigmatic and forward-looking Agi was a maverick in Japan. Savvy enough to foresee the emerging UK/US punk movement and the sudden rise of a vast array of indie labels emerging from this scene around the world, he decided to start a label with a similar ethos. He established Vanity in parallel to his work at Rock Magazine and followed a creative direction reminiscent of his editorial policy, releasing alternative and cutting edge projects that included electronic and post punk styled experimental music. Until its hiatus in 1982, Vanity issued a total of eleven LPs, three 7 inch singles, twelve sonosheets (flexi discs) and six cassette tapes in the course of four years.

Apart from the sonosheets that were supplements in Rock Magazine, all Vanity releases were extremely limited. Vinyls were pressed in quantities of 300 to 500 units, and cassette tapes editions were even smaller (always under 100), so arguably only a handful of people heard Vanity titles in their entirety. Compared with other labels active during the same era, the Vanity catalog showcases an astonishing array of radical and cutting-edge works, which has resulted in critical acclaim and full-on cult status. With the advent of the internet, a new audience has discovered the existence of Vanity Records, making it one of the most sought-after labels with a sky high demand for reissues.
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Re: Vanity Records CD Box Sets Japan - Minimal, Experimental

Postby BigManRestless » Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:25 am

Got my copy of The Vanity Box today and it looks gorgeous. Now to investigate the sounds!
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