Mkwaju Ensemble ‎– Mkwaju

Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered


A1 Mkwaju 6:17
A2 Shak Shak 3:19
A3 Lemore 5:53
B1 Tira-Rin 4:23
B2 Pulse In The Mind 5:41
B3 Flash-Back 12:37

Companies, etc.



Recorded Feb 6-7, Mar 12, 1981.
Original release by Better Days Japan 1981.
Sourced from the original masters.
Special Thanks to Arte Musica Co., Ltd. & Mr. Kazunori Suda.

Same barcode (4 260544 823787) on the blister sticker.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text (cover back)): 4 260544 823787

Other Versions (5 of 6) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
YF-7019-ND Mkwaju Ensemble Mkwaju(LP, Album) Better Days (2) YF-7019-ND Japan 1981 Sell This Version
YF-7019-ND Mkwaju Ensemble Mkwaju(LP, Album, Promo) Better Days (2) YF-7019-ND Japan 1981 Sell This Version
WRWTFWW025 Mkwaju Ensemble Mkwaju(CD, Album, RE) We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records WRWTFWW025 Switzerland 2018 Sell This Version
COCB-54240 Mkwaju Ensemble Mkwaju(CD, Album, RE, UHQ) Columbia COCB-54240 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
COCB-53340 Mkwaju Ensemble Mkwaju(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Jroom Jazz, Columbia Music Entertainment COCB-53340 Japan 2005 Sell This Version


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April 27, 2019
edited about 1 month ago
Great sounding pressing - although there is an inordinate amount of hissing on track B2


December 27, 2018
Mastering sounds great. However, there are pressing defects on my copy, like on every single disc I've received from WRWTFWW's recent Midori Takada reissues (3x copies of "Through the Looking Glass" 2xLP, 4 or 5 copies of "Lunar Cruise", though I did eventually get a serviceable copy of "Looking Glass" out of the 6x discs cobbled together). Audible non-fill/cold-fill/stitching on side A. I'm trying for a replacement, but Optimal's pressings have been consistently abysmal for several years. This record is, unfortunately, not an exception.

WRWTFWW either needs an office at Optimal to QC their releases, or else find somewhere else to press them. Was holding off on "Ki-Motion" until I got a hold of this, looks like I'll be skipping it.


November 20, 2018
In ten words or less this repress sounds absolutely fantastic!