[Japan Post] Resumption and temporary suspension of acceptance, delivery delays of mail items destined to various countries/territories (Updated on June 30)

Our acceptance of various international mail items has been temporarily suspended due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, we will resume acceptance of mail items as noted below from July 1.

  • EMS and parcel-post/letter-post items by surface destined to China
  • EMS and parcel-post/letter-post items by air destined to Italy and New Zealand
  • Parcel- post/letter-post items by surface destined to Indonesia
  • For details on the countries and territories to which acceptance of mail is still temporarily suspended as of July 1, please see the appendix below (PDF).

    appendix (As of July 1, 2020) (PDF file)

    We continue to temporarily suspend acceptance of mail items destined to these countries and territories because their postal operators are still not accepting inbound postal items and/or our transportation performance remains significantly reduced due to reduction of flights from/to Japan.
    Meanwhile, although dispatch of United States-bound items that have already been accepted will be completed soon, we continue to temporarily suspend acceptance of various mail items to the United States because we are unable to make any prospect for securing sufficient transportation capability for the time being.
    In addition, because of the global reduction of flights, considerable delivery delays are expected for accepted outbound mail items.
    We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. It would be appreciated if you would kindly understand this situation in advance.

    Stereo Sound ORIGINAL SELECTION Vol.7 Hibari Misora / 美空ひばり (double "SACD single layer + CD" set) [SSMS-041/042]

    Stereo Sound ORIGINAL SELECTION Vol.7 Hibari Misora / 美空ひばり (double "SACD single layer + CD" set) [SSMS-041/042]

    Price: JPY4,500

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    Item description



    ■発売日:2020年4月13日
    ■型番:SSMS-041/042
    ■仕様:SACD(シングルレイヤー)+CD・2枚組
    ■JANコード:4571177052124


    The very first SACD of Hibari Misora: All tracks transferred from the original master.


    Analog master tapes gathered to produce the SACD and CD (only 2 tracks were transferred from the digital master sources)


    Tape recorder STUDER A80 used to produce the SACD and CD was meticulously tuned for the playback of master tapes. The SACD was produced directly converted from the master sources to DSD 2.8MHz; The CD was produced not by down-converting DSD, but by originally reproducing the master tapes, applying adequate mastering procedure of CD format.
    The very first single-layer SACD(+CD) of Hibari Misora has been released as one of the Stereo Sound ORIGINAL SELECTION. This is a compilation of the best sellers of Hibari Misora that comprises 10 songs, including the 8 songs, which are the same tracks included in the 45-rpm double LP released from Stereo Sound in 2016, and newly added 2 songs that were specially selected by Kunio Eto, a producer of NIPPON COLUMBIA. "Karatachi no hana" and "Stardust" are the ones newly selected, both possess a different atmosphere from the songs included in the LP. "Karatachi no hana" is one of the songs included in the "Karatachi no hana: Hibari Misora sings Kosaku Yamada, Vol.1" released in 1974, and is a signature piece of Kosaku Yamada, a very famous composer in Japan of Taisho and Showa era; its lyrics were written by Hakushu Kitahara, and arrangement was by Nozomi Aoki. On the other hand, "Stardust" is a cover of western music standard included in the "Hibari Misora sings Jazz in remembrance of Nat King Cole" which was released way back in 1965.

    The mastering of this double disc was done by Shigeru Buzawa, an engineer of NIPPON COLUMBIA, who has now become familiar to the customers with his great works of high-sound-quality discs released from Stereo Sound. Buzawa is one of the greatest mastering engineers in Japan, and has abundant experience in cutting and mastering of Japanese distinguished singers representing NIPPON COLUMBIA, such as Naomi Chiaki and Mieko Hirota.
    The mastering of Hibari Misora's 45-rpm double LP released from Stereo Sound was also by the hands of Buzawa.

    The master sources of the 2 songs, the first track "Kanashii sake (with lines)" and the seventh track "Kawa no nagare no yoni", recorded relatively recently in 1982 and 1989 respectively, are digital masters. But other 8 songs are transferred from the original analog master tapes. The precious sound sources were, after being meticulously adjusted, directly converted to DSD 2.8MHz, digital format of SACD. It's notable that the mastering of the CD was done not by down-converting DSD, but by originally reproducing the master tapes, applying adequate mastering procedure of CD format. Thus, with great cares, both of SACD and CD have been produced by applying respectively appropriate mastering procedure for each medium format.

    We are pleased to announce Hibari Misora's first-ever SACD debut!




    収録曲
    1. 悲しい酒(セリフ入り)1982年録音
    Kanashii sake (with lines) recorded in 1982
    [5:22] 作詩:石本美由起 作曲:古賀政男 編曲:斎藤恒夫
    Lyrics: Miyuki Ishimoto Composition: Masao Koga Arrangement: Tsuneo Saito
    2. みだれ髪
    Midare-gami
    [4:22] 作詩:星野哲郎 作曲:船村 徹 編曲:南郷達也
    Lyrics: Tetsuro Hoshino Composition: Toru Funamura Arrangement: Tatsuya Nango
    3. 愛燦燦
    Ai san san
    [5:04] 作詩:小椋 佳 作曲:小椋 佳 編曲:若草 恵
    Lyrics: Kei Ogura Composition: Kei Ogra Arrangement: Kei Wakakusa
    4. 舟唄
    Funauta
    [4:06] 作詩:阿久 悠 作曲:浜 圭介 編曲:佐々永治
    Lyrics: Yu Aku Composition: Keisuke Hama Arrangement: Eiji Sassa
    5. 悲しい酒(セリフ入り)1966年録音
    Kanashii sake (with lines) recorded in 1966
    [4:52] 作詩:石本美由起 作曲:古賀政男 編曲:佐伯 亮
    Lyrics: Miyuki Ishimoto Composition: Masao Koga Arrangement: Makoto Saeki
    6. 影を慕いて
    Kage wo shitaite
    [4:35] 作詩:古賀政男 作曲:古賀政男 編曲:佐伯 亮
    Lyrics: Masao Koga Composition: Masao Koga Arrangement: Makoto Saeki
    7. 川の流れのように
    Kawa no nagare no yoni
    [4:55] 作詩:秋元 康 作曲:見岳 章 編曲:竜崎孝路
    Lyrics: Yasushi Akimoto Composition: Akira Mitake Arrangement: Koji Ryuzaki
    8. 津軽のふるさと
    Tsugaru no furusato
    [3:53] 作詩:米山正夫 作曲:米山正夫 編曲:大西 修
    Lyrics: Masao Yoneyama Composition: Masao Yoneyama Arrangement: Osamu Onishi
    9. からたちの花
    Karatachi no Hana
    [3:25] 作詩:北原白秋 作曲:山田耕筰 編曲:青木 望
    Lyrics: Hakushu Kitahara Composition: Kosaku Yamada Arrangement: Nozomi Aoki
    10. スターダスト
    Stardust
    [3:24] 作詩:Mitchell Parish 作曲:Hoagy Carmichael 編曲:山屋 清
    Lyrics: Mitchell Parish Composition: Hoagy Carmichael Arrangement: Kiyoshi Yamaya

    マスタリング・エンジニア:武沢 茂
    ライナーノート:衛藤邦夫氏、武沢 茂氏(ともに日本コロムビア)のインタビューを掲載

    Mastering Engineer: Shigeru Buzawa
    Liner Notes: Interviews on Kunio Eto and Shigeru Buzawa


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    Specifications

    Released 13 April 2020
    Format double "SACD single layer + CD" set
    Genre Japanese popular songs