Susumu Yokota ‎– Sakura

Leaf ‎– BAY13CD, Skintone ‎– BAY13CD
CD, Album, Repress


1 Saku 5:45
2 Tobiume 4:38
3 Uchu Tanjyo 3:13
4 Hagoromo 3:52
5 Genshi 4:57
6 Gekkoh 4:59
7 Hisen 3:48
8 Azukiiro No Kaori 2:39
9 Kodomotachi 4:06
10 Naminote 5:43
11 Shinsen 4:33
12 Kirakiraboshi 1:55

Companies, etc.


Repress of Sakura from 2002 or 2003, as indicated by reference to Disctronics UK in matrix area.

℗ 1999 & © 2000 Skintone Records Japan. Under exclusive license to The Leaf Label.
Made in England.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 66017 01082 3
  • Barcode (Scanned): 666017010823
  • Mastering SID Code (All variants): IFPI L135
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): IMPRESS BAY13CD 04
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): IMPRESS BAY13CD 03 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): MADE IN THE UK BY DISCTRONICS UK
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0430
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): IMPRESS BAY13CD 04
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): MADE IN THE UK
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 0481
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): IMPRESS BAY13CD 04
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): MADE IN THE UK BY DISCTRONICS
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 0422
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5): IMPRESS BAY13CD 03 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5): MADE IN THE UK BY DISCTRONICS UK
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 5): IFPI 0422

Other Versions (5 of 10) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
STR03 Susumu Yokota Sakura(CD, Album) Skintone STR03 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
BAY 13CD Susumu Yokota Sakura(CD, Album, RP) Leaf, Skintone BAY 13CD UK 2019 Sell This Version
BAY 13V Susumu Yokota Sakura(2xLP, Whi + CD + Album, Ltd, RE) Leaf BAY 13V UK 2016 Sell This Version
BAY 13V Susumu Yokota Sakura(2xLP, Album, RE, TP) Leaf BAY 13V UK 2015 Sell This Version
BAY13V Susumu Yokota Sakura(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Leaf BAY13V UK 2000 Sell This Version


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May 31, 2013

Track 6 - "Gekkoh", features a sample from the opening of Steve Reich's "Music for 18 Musicians".
Track 8 - "Azukiiro No Kaori", contains samples from the Return to Forever song "Sometime Ago/La Fiesta" from Return to Forever.
Track 9 - "Kodomotachi", features a sample from Joni Mitchell's song "Songs to Aging Children Come" from Clouds.


December 23, 2010
edited over 8 years ago

Rhodes/Wurlitzer piano sounds cover this album like a fresh snowfall over Mt. Fuji; restrained, reverberated drum machines count regular time, and other-worldly vocal samples interject tastefully - these too soaked in dreamy delays. Yokota's subtle jazz colouring on strangely rational and listenable progressions are the real star on the album. Mixed loudly and centered confidently, the music paints its pictures with this broad brush, while phasing drums sporadically syncopate across the aural landscape.

It has an east-meets-west sound, and not all the tracks take-off to Yokota's often achieved cloudy and surreal aural ink-paintings, but those that do work wonderfully. Some tracks create a busy tension that never resolves, others sit much sounder with a fuller, more transcending sound (you could play this album to recruit cult members, I'm sure), but it is the more traditional neo-jazz tracks (of which there are two) that sing the loudest for this listener. It's not quite the lo-fi experiment as often quoted, but it is surely respectable, gentle, soothing and often surreal.