Sheet music publishers in the US may go as far as publishing tablatures or piano arrangements of only the biggest hitmakers. But scoring an entire recording? Let alone a full album? Of even obscure independent bands? That’s where Japan has the US beat.
When my fascination with popular music from Japan first burgeoned, I would order “band scores” from online booksellers just to get the lyrics of my favorite songs Romanized. Having a full arrangement of said songs was certainly an added bonus.
Armed with such knowledge, a Japanese cover album was inevitable. In fact, it was almost derailed when I couldn’t track down scores to a few tracks. (For that, I had to lean on my ear and scores of “cover” videos on Youtube.)
Perhaps it’s less a cover album and more a karaoke album. Where possible, I stuck to the arrangements on hand and tried not to inject too much outside influence on the songs.
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