Nujabes / Fat JonSamurai Champloo Music Record - Departure

Label:Victor – VTJL-7~8
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition
Genre:Electronic, Hip Hop, Stage & Screen
Style:Soundtrack, Jazzy Hip-Hop, Downtempo, Trip Hop, Instrumental, Anison


Rap [Featuring], Lyrics ByShing02
A2NujabesThe Space Between Two World4:41
A3NujabesAruarian Dance4:10
B2Nujabes1st. Samurai3:13
Arranged ByNujabes
GuitarFukuhara, Masanobu*
Keyboards, PianoMatsumoto, Keiji*
Lyrics By, Music ByMINMI
Tenor SaxophoneTakegami, Yoshinari*
C1Fat JonOle3:27
C2Fat Jon624 Part23:45
C3Fat JonGenome3:36
C4Fat JonNo Way Back3:20
C5Fat JonFunkin3:37
D1Fat JonStay3:44
D2Fat JonChambers3:45
D3Fat JonAsk3:22
D4Fat JonHow You Feel4:29
D5Fat Jon624 Part12:43

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  • Barcode: 4582575385752

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Samurai Champloo Music Record - Departure (CD, Stereo)VictorVICL-61411Japan2004
Samurai Champloo Music Record - Departure (CD, Unofficial Release)K-O Records Ltd.KO-88416Taiwan2004
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Samurai Champloo Music Record - Departure (CD, Unofficial Release)Miya RecordsMICA-0279Taiwan2004
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Samurai Champloo Music Record - Departure (CD, Reissue)JVCJEKAC8001South Korea2008
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Samurai Champloo Music Record - Departure (CD, Compilation, Unofficial Release)Miya RecordsMICA-0279TaiwanUnknown



  • Padlock_music's avatar
    This thing sounds unbelievable. Everything is so clear and airy but the drums really punch hard. Amazing pressing. Definitely in the shortlist of the best sounding records I've ever owned.
    • ZzzirK's avatar
      This release was very well done, and I mean the whole of these Samurai Champloo series.
      All records getting the vinyl-space they deserve, not overcrowding.
      The music here is just phenomenal, lovely balance and punch, excellent mastering.

      The Samurai Champloo 3xLP coloured releases which popped up a while ago had some skipping issues on a few tracks, none on these releases! (Though to be fair, if you set your needle and anti-skate properly, you can omit those skips -speaking from personal experience. Easily do-able but takes a little time)

      It's somewhat odd at times hearing only one of the artists per side, instead of more a story-like performance given in the 3xLP release, though it also gives you more of a set listening environment for longer.

      All in all a must to own albeit you're a fan of the series, or just just jazzy hip hop in general!

      Remember, the price is higher because Japan releases use virgin vinyl -which imho is totally worth it (and would wish some other artists/labels would look into doing too for that matter.)
      • Multiverse_Eros's avatar
        I was a bit bummed when I bought this at Tower Records assuming it was the same price as the other Nujabes records I bought and not nearly double but as soon as I got home and played this, I was instantly transported to being a kid and watching Champloo on Adult Swim. Blows my bootlegs out of the water and worth every cent.

        • troyhjz's avatar
          Really great record. Have listened for many versions of Battlecry and Aruarian Dance, including the CD but this is by far the best in my opinion. Mastering gives percussions and strings more depth than the CD version or others online.
          • TempD's avatar
            Edited one year ago
            Immediately I can hear a clear and open soundstage and almost no surface noise. Sometimes you just know that a master was mixed/pressed for vinyl and this one is one of those pressings. I feel like you take a gamble with a lot of new releases and end up getting a really dull sounding digital master just pressed on vinyl for the sake of having it physical. And then sometimes you have intentional pressings. The low beat on Aruarian Dance actually sounds like a bass drum from a drum set. The 13 year old version of me is satisfied. Too bad the track list is slightly different from the original CD release, I'm sure there's a licensing thing going on, happens all the time over there.
            • spooky_fish's avatar
              What a wonderful record, poly lined sleeves and a high quality Japanese pressing.
              • macnflow's avatar
                The track with the vocals, though produced by Nujabes, is so out of place... sandwiched between all the goodness that is Nujabes and Fat Jon. Really hope the future re-releases don't include it.
                • Majalbatross's avatar
                  Edited one year ago
                  shoutouts to playasia for fucking me over by inexplicably cancelling my preorder for both this and impression. never buying from them again after this. had to appease a scalper on ebay to get them in the end, but that's okay because samurai champloo and it's soundtrack mean too much for me to care about whatever price i may have to pay for them.

                  also jin is best boi.
                  • csison91's avatar
                    Edited one year ago
                    Finally hearing Aruarian Dance on vinyl was a revelation. Wide open soundstage, dead quiet and beauitful packaging and lyric sheet. Wouldn't expect anything less than a premium product from Japan. Stellar sound quality just like Nujabes' studio album pressings.
                    • thediscobiscuit's avatar
                      Was this a pre-order only? After I found out about it I can't find it actually in stock.


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