A1 I'm not green
A2 The next verse / つづき
A3 Hallelujah / ハレルヤ
A4 I'll soon follow, no matter where you are / すぐ行くよどこにいても
B1 Green lovers
B2 Christmas out of season / 季節はずれのクリスマス
B3 Star / 星
B4 A wish / ねがい
Special Edition 7" w/ Photo Card Envelope
A1 Pie-Para-Para (Previously Unreleased)
B1 Star (Previously Unreleased Mix)
Shinji Shibayama – Vocals, Guitar
Idiot – Guitar (1,7), Drumkit/Percussion (3,4)
Chie Mukai – Erhum two-stringed Chinese violin (8)
Koji Saga – Bass (1)
Kaco Sanada – Piano (5)
Takahisa Watanabe – Guitar (1,6,7), Bass (2-4)
Naoki Zushi – Vocals, Guitar (2-5)
Recorded at Town house, Kyoto and Neo music shop, Osaka
between August 1985 and June 1986 except "Green Lovers"
recorded December 1984.
Engineered by Shunji Tsuji
Executive producers: Idiot o’clock and Yakeppachi no Maria
Produced by Shinji Shibayama
Cover by Yoshizo Sonoda
Graphics by Kumiko Yoshioka
Additional Design by Rob Carmichael, SEEN Studio
Vinyl Mastering by Kevin Gray, Cohearent Audio
Black Editions Executive Producer: Peter Kolovos
Eat Meat, Swear an Oath
Standard LP Edition & Special LP + 7" Edition
Deluxe LP, heavy tip-on jacket with textured paper, spot pigment foil, spot color and mounted high quality print and multi-fold insert.
Pressed to high quality vinyl at RTI.
Release Date: November 17, 2022
LP- $24, LP + 7" - $33
Also available as part of specially priced bundle with
Nagisa Ni Te Newocean 2LP for $59 Order Bundle Here
A dreamlike dispatch from mid-80's Japan, the first and only Hallelujahs album is an entrancing and gentle work of psychedelic pop brilliance. In a series of informal studio sessions between 1985 and 1986, Shinji Shibayama (Nagisa Ni Te) gathered a group of friends, emerging luminaries from the burgeoning Kansai underground rock scene including Naoki Zushi (Hijokaidan, Spiral Stairs / 螺旋階段), Ken Ichi "Idiot" Takayama (Idiot O'Clock) and Chie Mukai (Ché-SHIZU) to form what would become known as Hallelujahs. The result was a music of deep feeling and wonderment created through simple song craft and imbued with a sort of guileless magic. Their sole album presented a set of unvarnished songs, filled with vulnerable, intimate moments, caught on reel to reel, most often in single takes never to be repeated.
The album was self-released in 1986 in a micro-edition of 300 copies. It was the first record by Shibayama's now revered ORG Records which would go on to introduce the world to the likes of Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Reiko Kudo as well as his own group, Nagisa Ni Te.
With affinities to the sounds of the Rough Trade and Flying Nun labels, the Paisley Underground and Galaxie 500, the Hallelujahs' "Eat Meat, Swear an Oath" is an utterly unique masterpiece that remains a touchstone for generations of like spirited artists in Japan and around the world.
Black Editions is proud to present this all-time classic in a deluxe vinyl edition, remastered from the original tapes and presented in a heavy tip-on jacket with textured paper, mounted high quality print, foil stamped finishes and spot colors. Also released with a special limited edition 7" featuring two previously unreleased tracks and hand stamped envelope with seven photo cards.
Shinji Shibayama on Hallelujahs
"All the vocals on this album were recorded in one take. Even on tracks where we added some overdubbing or on the multi-tracked ones like the final track “Wish”, everything began with someone singing while playing the guitar. I wanted to preserve the sound of the voice as it was when the tape first rolled. Not because I was confident about the crude songs I had written–I wasn’t at all. But I stuck stubbornly to my guns because at the time I thought that re-recording the vocals would destroy something important in the songs. I ended up exposing my own naivety with that choice, but I still believe it wasn’t a bad one since it was my truth back then.
When we came to release the LP, I didn’t have enough songs, so I asked Zushi and Watanabe who played on the sessions to contribute one song each. The agreement was that they would sing the songs themselves and I would play whatever kind of guitar solo I wanted. The two tracks in questions are “Hallelujah” and “Christmas Out of Season”. I took the name of the band from the title of Zushi’s song.
Neither Zushi nor Watanabe nor I would ever sing again the way we sang on this album. This was the only time we were ever capable of singing in this way. It comes with a feeling of discomfort like that you experience when you hear your voice on tape for the very first time, but now that twelve years have passed, the tiniest sliver of sentimentality has also started to appear.
We pressed three hundred copies and when they finally sold out several years later, I felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. Then, by some strange twist of fate, it was reissued into the world once again.
The one thing I can say with any confidence is that all those who played on the record possess extraordinary talents. If you (who hold this record in your hand now) ever come across their names, please investigate further. And I am not just talking about their musical talent. But many of you know this already without any further comment from me."