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Holly Jolly X'masu

Aug 22, 2022

Welcome to episode 57 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I’ll be discussing Ken-Ichi Sonoda’s 1981 album, “White Christmas – Happy Christmas Party.”

White Christmas - Happy Christmas Party - 1981

As much as I like this album, I was really hoping to find more background on Ken-Ichi Sonoda. Between the sparse amount I could find online, and a complete lack of free time, this episode is a little light on content. I’m hoping this turns out to be a rare exception.

White Christmas - Back

I have most of my schedule for the rest of the year planned out and I might be working in a few surprises. Next month I’ll be covering a pair of 1990s albums, while October will feature a classic Mood Kayo album and a compilation from 2010. In November, I’ll be focusing on artists who were Big In Japan, while December will feature two of the coolest 1980s compilations ever produced.

Ken-Ichi Sonoda

Be sure to listen in later this month when I talk about a fantastic compilation from 1988, “The Night Before Christmas.” It includes some great, rarely-heard songs, including one from Hitomi “Penny” Tohyama, who I mentioned way back in 2020. It’s an overlooked classic that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

As always, any feedback on this episode would be appreciated. If have any suggestions, or if you’d like to recommend a song or album for a future episode, drop me a line and let me know.

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