Monday, November 12, 2007


Electronic, Rock
New Wave, Synth-pop

Hideo Inoura, Keni Inoue, King Champ Onzo, Makoto Kubota, Sandii (Real Name: Sandy O’Neale)

"Banzai Baby"



01 Mystery Nile
02 The Stranger
03 The Stranger (reprise)
04 Copacabana
05 Dancing Queen
06 You Light Up My Life
07 You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
08 Make It With You
09 When I Need You
10 Under The Jamaican Moon
11 Dream A Little Dream Of Me

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Released under the name Sandy O’Neil (The name Sandy O'Neil was chosen to sound non-Japanese, as were the other musician names on the album. According to Sandii and Kenichi Inoue (who can not recall much about the project), the musicians are all Japanese and include Makoto Kubota and others who would play on Sunset Gang records. By having a big hit, Makoto felt that he had made a fool of the Japanese recording industry. The decision was made to have a new beginning with Sandii up front, just like Debbie Harry in Blondie)

"With the exception of the title track, written by Alan McGee, this album seems to be a hastily conceived collection of covers. It is pure pop and disco. The cover of Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” reminds me of her later work with it’s more exotic arrangement. All of the songs are in English. There are no musician credits on the album and the arrangers names are fake, for example “Theo Layer”"

LOVE SQUALL /I MISS YOU BABY (Yes I Do) (7") (1980)


01 Love Squall
02 I Miss You Babe (Yes I Do)

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"Released under the name Sandra Hohn.(Sandii also sang backing vocals on the TV soundtrack to Magic Monkey by Godiego and also their album “Dead End”, under the name “Sandra Hohn”. Along with the Sunset Gang, she backed up Yamamoto Sho using the name “Sandra A Horn” in early 1980.)
Love Squall and I Miss You Babe from the soundtrack to the second season of Lupin 3rd (1979). These tracks have appeared on numerous CD’s, with several remixes of Love Squall released since the anime boom started. Both songs are ballads.


Produced & Arrenged by Haruomi Hosono/ Mixed by Mituo Koike,Haruomi Hosono with Yasuhiko Terada,Atsushi Saitoh&Yoshifumi Iio/ Singers & Players :Makoto Kubota,Yukihiro Takahashi,Ryuichi Sakamoto,Haruomi Hosono,Kenji Omura,Kenichi Inoue,Carmen Lopez,Chris Mosdell,Hideki Matsutake,MC-8,Anil Choukar


01 Idol Era
02 Love Sick
03 Drip Dry Eyes
04 Shantith
05 Alive
06 Hey Rock A La La
07 Eating Pleasure
08 Jimmy Mack
09 Zoot Kook
10 Oinori

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"Another Hosono production featuring YMO on most (if not all) tracks. Alive and Love Sick sound more like The Sunsetz on their own. Drip Dry Eyes was later re-recorded by Takahashi and in 1993 was re-issued in an "unplugged" man ner as a duet with Sandii. The cut here is a long version with an extra verse. Another duet version appeared on Takahashi's Time & Place live album. An edit appears on Sandii's Viva Liva Lava compilation LP. Zoot Kook is the real cracker here - a real indic ation of the YMO sound on BGM. Shantith and Oinori are experimental numbers using ethnic music, pointing towards the sound of the Sunsetz on Heat Scale and Immigrants. This originally had a sleeve showing Sandii wearing a basqu e made from vegetables, but was replaced with a photo of her in a leopardskin swimsuit.
Sandii lists this on her bio as her solo album debut. Mosdell, Matsutake, Omura also contribute. I don't know what the deal is, but the CD is very hard to find. I wound up with a used copy from 1988 when I went searching real hard with some friends help in 1997-8.
PR: According to the lady herself, Hosono gave Sandii the extra "i" in her name to suggest her Hawaiian connections."


Arranged By - Makoto Kubota (tracks: 01 to 05, 07, 08, 10, 11) /Arranged By, Mixed By, Producer - Haruomi Hosono /Electronics, Effects - Haruomi Hosono /Keyboards - Charles /Mixed By - Yasuhiko Terada

Japanese pressing


01 Heat Scale (5:13)
02 The Great Wall (3:13)
03 Bongazuna (4:14)
04 Tohmei Ningen (3:17)
05 El Puzzlo (4:54)
06 Alive (4:32)
07 The Eve Of Adam (4:54)
08 An Antenna (4:52)
09 Zoot Kook (6:16)
10 Kingdoms Without Corners (5:25)
11 Dhyana Pura (4:51)

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"Released under the name Sunsetz.There are some differences in packaging too - the Japanese album has a gatefold insert and a colour glossy print, the UK pressing has nothing and the Euro pressing has a different font on the outer sleeve and an inner sleeve with lyrics. Hosono plays on and produces this album.
This was issued under the name Sandii & The Sunsetz in the West and the name stuck. "


Backing Vocals - David Sylvian , Dolette McDonald /Bass - Haruomi Hosono /Bass, Vocals - King Champ Onzo/ Co-producer, Remix - Dave Jordan/ Computer [Programming] - Hideki Matsutake /Drums, Percussion - Hideo Inoura /Guitar, Vocals - Keni Inoue /Lead Vocals - Sandii /Percussion - Kiyohiko Semba , Steve Scales/ Synthesizer - Hiroshi Sato , Yukihiro Takahashi /Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Producer, Arranged By - Makoto Kubota


01 Dreams Of Immigrants
02 Open Sesame
03 Living On The Front Line
04 The Mirrors Of Eyes
05 You Get What You Need
06 Jinjirogeh - The Chunk O' Funk
07 Perfect Strangers
08 Illusion Wanted
09 Where The Fire Still Burns

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"The Japanese LP has a poster inside with lyrics on the back while the UK pressing has an insert with lyrics. There are quite a few autographed copies of this around in the UK due to a signing tour the band undertook in October/ November 1982 when they were supporting Japan. Mine was also signed by Hideki Matsutake (in Japanese) - right next to where his name appears in extremely small type on the rear cover! Sandii has done a nice "sunset" doodle on the sleeve aswell. Executive produced by HH & YT. David Sylvian writes lyrics for 3 tracks and sings on 2. YT sings and plays on a track HH and Matsutake appear also. A good one.
Re-release from 1982 of Sandii & the Sunsetz third album (first by which they added Sandii to the Sunsetz name). By this time the group had garnered quite a following from overseas, such as Melody Maker's (UK music paper) Adam Sweeting and David Bowie and as such featured other admirers such as David Sylvian of Japan, Talking Head Steve Scales and Dave Jordan of Fun Boy Three as well as Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi of YMO. Both Sandii and Makoto Kubota share lead vocal duties in Japanese and English. Their music by this time was a mixture of rock and techno-pop with some Okinawan traditional elements."

VIVA LAVA LIVA - Subtitled "1980-1983" (1984)

SANDII Vocals, Hari HOSONO Synth, Ryuichi SAKAMOTO Synth, Yuki TAKAHASHI Drums, Akira SUZUKI Synth.


01 Sticky Music (a different mix to the UK 7", with Hosono)
02 Jimmy Mack (Bob Clearmountain Mix)
03 Drip Dry Eyes (Edited version)
04 Open Sesame (Re-mixed by Dave Jordan at Bridge Studio London)
05 Dreams Of Immigrants (Re-mixed by Dave Jordan)
06 Wanted (Re-mixed by Dave Jordan)
07 Alive (edit, but different to the UK single edit)
08 Walk Away (with lyrics written by Bill Nelson, produced by Hosono)
09 Bongazuna (live)
10 The Great Wall (live)
11 Heat Scale (live)

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"From 1984, compilation album of the Sunsetz first three albums, including live and rare tracks.
More of a rarities collection than a Best Of, this is not their best by any means."

STEPHEN AND SANDII - Something Special EP (1985)

Producer, Written-By - Stephen Duffy
A Taken from the soundtrack of the forthcoming film "Knights and Emeralds"


01 Something Special (7" edit)
02 Somethung Special (Inversion)
03 The Disenchanted
04 Cocksure

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Sandii sings a duet with Stephen Duffy (the Pete Best of Duran Duran etc etc) on a very summery number. This is a classic pop song in the "anything I you can do I can do better" mould. Sandii is not on the b-sides.


Also released in Austrailia as Banzai Baby


01 Battery
02 The Act Of Love (written by Stephen Duffy & Hosono, Hosono plays keyboards)
03 Banzai Baby
04 East Meets West
05 This Is Not Enough (written by & featuring David Sylvian)
06 Aishi Aishi
07 Fascination
08 Undressing Slowly
09 The Serious Game 10 Battery (Japanese single version) (bonus track on CD)

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"Excellent album - every track a winner. This is their best album as Sandii & The Sunsetz. The best number, though, is probably the Hosono one, which still packs a real punch today. Battery was issued as a single in Japan and the promo clip was shown on Channel 4 in the UK.
The Japanese Battery single had an English language version on the B side"



01 Rhythm Chemistry
02 Cobra
03 Calling You
04 (Japanese title)
05 Sayonara Samurai
06 Intoxicated
07 Princess Blood
08 Kiss Like Sherlock Holmes (mentions YMO in the lyrics)
09 The Myth Boy & The Fever Girl
10 Avalanche
11 Nocturnal
12 Calling You (Jamaican 12" mix - bonus on CD)
13 Kemistry Dub (Jamaican 12" - bonus on CD)

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"The Sunsetz begin to get more interested in reggae and dub here. They played Sunsplash in Jamaica for a few years and had a single released exclusively there (but the tracks turned up on this CD re-issue). A patchy album. Kiss Like Sherlock Holmes is a pretty dire rock number but it does have a verse about YMO!! Sly & Robbie play on most tracks. "

ONE LOVE (1988)


01 Jamaican Night
02 Brand New Key
03 Cipher (An Go)
04 Hot
05 Rock On Skank On
06 Le Soleil En Pleur
07 Slow Dancer
08 The Kisser (HH/Mosdell)
09 Make Believe (played by HH)
10 No No No (CD only, was originally a single)
11 Dub Flower Night 12 Brand New Dub (cd only)
13 Rock Skank Dub (cd only)

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"When I first got this I was really dissappointed, but it is a definite grower. The Sunsetz sound really Jamaican by now, but there are more synths than on Rhythm Chemistry, and Hosono makes welcome appearances on Make Believe and TheKisser. "



01 Sticky Music
02 Cobra
03 Dreams Of Immigrants
04 East Meets West
05 Brand New Key
06 Hikari No Taba
07 Calling You
08 Jimmy Mack
09 Open Sesame
10 Avalanche

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SANDII- Mercy (1990)

Produced by Makoto Kubota 1,2,5,10 ,Co. Produced by Dick Lee /Mixed by Roland Herrington & Makoto Kubota /Singers & Players : Sandii,Dick Lee,Melly,Manuhutu,Sandy Lam, Emira&Antin,Iwa,Fahmy sharp,Torri,Gustaf,Ntti&Yudis,Poyo,Suki,Harry Hosono,Makoto Kubota,Keni Inoue, H.Inoura,King Champ,K.Shimizu,Y.Fukutomi,K.Tsuchiya,James&Momo-chan


01 Mercy
02 Sakura
03 Ikan Kekek
04 Sukiyaki
05 Don't Keep Givin
06 Suriram
07 Hello
08 Te Cherir A Jamais
09 Water 4 A Barren Heart
10 Ringo Oiwake – Antagata Dokosa – Zui Zui Zuccolobashi
11 Le Colline Sono In Fiore

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"Superb. Excellent. Magnificent. A brilliant pop album that mixes world, reggae and techno musics to great effect. A real success and Sandii has never sung better. This album, if it had been released worldwide, would have made Sandii an international star. This is the first album to feature Dick Lee prominently and it is produced by Makoto Kubota. There are two important cover versions: Sukiyaki is the Kyu Sakamoto song and the Apple Song Medley is a number performed by Akiko Yano on her second LP. From this album onwards Sandii and Makoto began to work with musicians from Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and India. You could say the overall sound is Bhangra (British Asian pop, now exported back to India) and Sandii has made inroads into the Asian pop scene."

"Welcome re-release of one of Sandii's best albums from the 1990s. Featuring Singaporean Dick and produced by Makoto Kubota, multi-lingual songs from well known Japanese songs, (Sukiyaki, Sakura) to Indonesian (Ikan Kekek) to French (Te Cherire a Jamais) considered a classic of Japanese 'world' music.

SANDII - Come Again - Remixes and rare tracks (1991)


01 (Japanese title, ballad written by Dick Lee, new track)
02 Suriram (Ragga Bass Mix)
03 Te Chérir A Jamais (Major Force TKO mix)
04 Ikan Kékek (Dragon Mix)
05 Sukiyaki (Dragon Mix)
06 (Japanese title) (with Roots Radics - out take from One Love 1988)
07 Suriram (Hippy Mix)
08 Te Cherir A Jamais (Beach Mix)
09 Ikan Kekek (Dub Mix)
10 U Don't Care (with Sly & Robbie, out take from One Love 1988)

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"Mercy was a success and this was the interim release while Sandii & Makoto prepared the next LP. The first track is excellent, but the remixes aren't as good as the originals and the "rare" tracks are a bit weak and underproduced. As a budget priced item it's OK. The Major Force mixes are by Toshi Nakanishi and Kudo. "

SANDII - Pacifica (1992)

Produced by Makoto Kubota 1,5,10,11. Co. Produced by Dick Lee, track 3. Produced by Lilik Aribow ,track 4. Produced by H.I.T , track 7. Produced by Guest /Mixed by Jeremy Allom , tracks 1,7,11. mixed by Makoto Kubota/ Singers & Players: Sandii,Dick Lee&the Lee Bros.,Jacinta,Babes Conde,Hetty Sundjaya,Rudi Anand,E Period,James Nowood,Chris Ho,Killa Zone, Yoichi Ikeda,Hiroshi Hosoda,Makoto Kubota,Kiyoshi Tsuchiya,Hideo Inoura,Takashi Onzo,Madi,Kazuo Shimizu, Suki,Poyo,Satiri,Torri,Entti,Maniam,Iskandar Ismail,Yuki Yamauchi,Koji Nakamura,Ken Morinuma


01 Pacifica (Lounge Version)
02 Pacifica medley
03 Panon Heidung
04 Sister Dodompa (with HIT)
05 Stop Me Now
06 Le Soleil Rouge Vif
07 Badinding
08 Light My Fire
09 Leggang Kang Kong
10 Sayonara
11 Everything I Know

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"Another excellent album, following a similar formula and mix of styles to Mercy. The Pacifica medley is based around Hawaiian traditional songs with a Dick Lee chorus. Light My Fire is the Doors song given an Indian feel. The version on the next disc is a different recording. Stop Me Now samples Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot and is a witty song with English lyrics and a joyous yet tragic feel. Maybe Sandii is coming across a bit like an Asian Gloria Estefan. "

SANDII - Joget To The Beat (Pacifica Remixes) (1992)


01 Panon Hideung(A Capella)
02 Panon Hideung(Extended)
03 Light My Fire(Extended)
04 Aloha Mai- Iaorana-Pacifica(Remix)
05 Sayonara(Remix)
06 Panon Hideung(Radio Edit)
07 Light My Fire(Radio Edit)
08 Aloha Mai- Iaorana-Pacifica(A Capella)
09 Sayonara(Dub Mix)
10 Sayonara(A Capella)

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"Includes remixes or alternate versions of Panon Heidung, Light My Fire, Pacifica and Sayonara (2 or 3 versions of each). The main version of Pacifica here plays in the party/fashion show scenes of The Fugitive (the Harrison Ford movie), but did not appear on the soundtrack CD. There are more mixes by Toshi and Kudo here. Surprisingly, the mixes here are better than the originals and with the excellent packaging and cheap price this is worth getting. "

SANDII - Airmata (1993)

Produced and Mixed by Makoto Kubota , tracks 1,5,6,10. co-produced by Lilik Aribow , tracks 3,7,11. co-produced by S.Atan /Musicians : Sandii,S.Stan,Suki,Madi,Satiri Ms.Makoto Kubota,Hiroshi Hosoda,Jenny Chin,Mac Chew,Jimmy,Supoyo,Abdul Rahman,Annuar Idris, Jonet Tuar,Giman,Fauzi Marzuki,Soegino,Zino Andrefa,David Santoso,Sulistyo Utomo,Domingo,Azlina Abu Hassan,Cindy Chan, Rudy Anand,Fauziah,Atty David /Vocal Direction: Adnan Abu Hassan,Lilik Aribowo,Zeth Djindan,Rhoma Irama /Guide Singers : Atty David,Fauziah,Linda,Hetty Sundjaya,Hasnah Tahar


01 Rentak 106 (Jakarta Version)
02 Karena Pengalaman
03 Cinta Hampa
04 Hidup Untuk Cinta
05 Keangungan Tuhan
06 Kopi Dangdut
07 Bunga Melor
08 Yale-Yale
09 Tak Berdaya
10 Begadang
11 Rentak 106 (KL Version)
12 Kopi Bonus Dut

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SANDII SINGS MELAYU AND DANGDUT CLASSICS Also known as Airmata. Covers of Indonesian songs. Sounds kind of like a night club

SANDII - Dream Catcher (Japan version) (1994)

Produced & engineered by Makoto Kubota/ Mixed by Jeremy Allom & Makoto Kubota/ Singers & Players Azlina Abu Hassan,Michiru Akiyoshi,S.Atan,Azlina Aziz,Liza Aziz,David Biteli,Mac Chew,Jenny Chin,Domingo,Mamadou Doumbia, Giman,Guest Band( Ntti,Torri&Yudis ),Gustaf H.,Hiroshi Hosoda,Haruomi Hosono,Yoichi Ikeda,Kenji Inoue,Hideo Inoura,Iwa K., Koko,Makoto Kubota,Noel Langley,Dick Lee,Digital Madi,Maniam,Suki Midi,Koji Nakamura,Nana,King Champ Onzo,Ashley Slater, Kentaro Takahashi,Yuki Yamauchi


01 Every Day
02 Hai Hai Hai
03 Dream Catcher
04 Healing
05 Oh La Terre
06 Sunset- Million Years
07 Serengit Su Dua Kupan
08 Lacang Kuning
09 From Your Love
10 Moon Eclipse
11 Rindu
12 Sunset- Million Years (Single version)

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"Another excellent CD mixing Asian and Western pop to great effect. Several rappers appear. The team behind Sandii is still Makoto and The Sunsetz though they let guest musicians in to add some different textures. This one is probably more Asian than the last few, and it has more dance beats.
Hosono guests on the title track. Monday Michiru Akiyoshi rap on From Your Love"

SANDII - Watashi (1996)

Produced by Makoto Kubota /Mixed by Makoto Kubota,Jeremy Allom/ Singers & Players :Clandio Jorge,Dom Chacol,Trio Esperanca,Renato Corrtea,Lula Galvao,Adriano Giffoni,Marco Basco,Makoto Kubota,Lita&Iwan,Ferina, Electraa Strings,Zainal Abidin Haddad,Fauzi Marzuki,S Atan,Mac Chew,Norman Abd. Rahman,Jimmy Lee,Maniam,Kazuto Shimizu, Nizam Ahmad,Janet Tuah,Not Rahman,Harris Musa,Omar Othman,Claudio Jorge,Jorge Helder Rodrigues,Jota Moraes,Jorge Simas, Alceu Maia,Paulinho Da Aba,Marcos Alcides Da Silva,Adriana Giffoni,Vasco Ramas De Britto,Rico,Wilson Das Neves and
Haruomi Hosono


01 Yuki-Watashi
02 Favela
03 Kaze No Uta
04 Asatsuyu
05 Hina's Theme
06 Sunadokei
07 Minha Lua
08 Pulse
09 Sanbinha
10 Autumn Leaves
11 Life

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"Seems to be the last proper album with the Sunsetz ?
Charles & Natalia Lehmann write: Quite a stylistic jaunt from the pop sounds of Dream Catcher. A more "mature" sounding set of jazzy songs with an acoustical, world-beat type flavor delivered by numerable guest musicians with European / S. American sounding names. Absolutely no rap on this disc."


Produced by Sandii ,Co-Produced & Engineered by Makoto Kubota /Mixed by Makoto Kubota 7,12,14. /Mixed by Satoru Fujii /Featuring Musicians are Yuki Alani Yamauchi,Martin Pahinui,John Koko,Robert Ingano,Lyle Ritz,Teheiura Itchener,Fiji,Robi Kahakalau,John Lee,Jenny Chen, Mac Chew,S. Atan,Nina Abu Hassan,Liza Azziz,Gary Gideon,Toshi Higurashi,Makoto Kubota & Yoichi Ikeda


01 Green Rose Hula
02 Kimo Hula
03 Bunga Sayang (Pua Ola)
04 Waikiki
05 Pua Lililehua
06 Meleana E
07 Ku'u Ipo I Ka He'e Pu'e One
08 Tuku Atu - Vini Vini
09 The Beauty Hula
10 The Moon Of Manakoola
11 Kalama'ula
12 Wakale No Isochidori
13 Aloha 'Oe
14 Pupu Hinuhinu

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Sandii goes back to her roots with superb renditions of Hawaiian songs. This is her first Hawaiian album released in 1996. 14 fantastic tracks, beautifully recorded, produced, played and of sung by the wonderful Sandii.

SANDII - Hawai'i Second (1997)

All songs performed & produced by Sandii/ Co produced & mixed by Makoto Kubota /Singers & Players : Herb Ohta,Bobby Ingano,Yuki Yamauchi,John Koko,Jenny Chin,John Lee,Martin Pahinui,Yoichi Ikeda,Fiji,Makoto Kubota,Liza Azziz & Azline Abu Hassan,Yoshi Kurata,Jacintha,Aska Kaneko,Mac Chew,Takashi Onzo,Jimmy Lee,Charley Morgan,Ozzy Kotani,yoshie Shimizu,koko,S. Atan,Sean Naauao,Mani Boyd


01 Akaka Falles
02 The Pidgin English Hula
03 Nani Wale Nâ Hala
04 E Ku'u Lei, E Ku'u Ipo
05 Adventurs In Paradise?Follow Me
06 Hâna Chant
07 Maori Medley
08 Kamalani O Keaukaha
09 Manu 'Ô'ô
10 Kopi Susu
11 Ka Lehua I Milia
12 Kaimuki Hula
13 ???????/Forever More
14 I Wish They Didn't Mean Good Bye

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Impossible to imagine anything other than pure class from Sandii, ranging from Hawaiian chants plus slack key guitar, Polynesian and south east Asian.

SANDII - Hawai'i 3rd (1998)

Produced by Sandii&Makoto Kubota/ Recorded & Mixed by Makoto Kubota/ Additonal Engineers : Charles Lukela&Rick Behrens /Singers & Players : Yuki Yamauchi,Makoto Kubota,Pattye Wright,Puluelo Park,Fiji,Kainui,Coconut Cups,Bob Brozman,John Koko,Violet Lilikoi,Jimmy Lee,John Lee,Rene Paulo,Lile Ritz,Kiyoshi Tsuchiya,Yoichi Ikeda,Mac Chew,Steve Thornton,Doug Tolentino,Mihana,A'ima,Irmgard Aluli,Marin Pahinui,Ozzie Kokani,Ramli Saleh,Azlina Abu Hassan,Elaine Lilikoi,Rick Behrens,Lile Ritz,Teheiura Itchener,Masaki Tsurugi,Roiti,Digital Madi,Rusty Wright


01 Sea of Love contains: Oli Aloha, Pi'i Mai Ka Nalu
02 Hiki Mai E Ka La
03 Nohili
04 Kauoha Mai
05 Pua Mae'ole
06 Love Song Of Kalua
07 Kananaka
08 Puamana
09 Adios Ke Aloha
10 Do The Fula
11 Kaimana Hila
12 Ho'onanea
13 Te Manu Pukarua - Tahiti Nui
14 U' Lani
15 Mele O Ke Kahakai (Hamabe No Uta)
16 Ka 'Ano'i 17 Don't Cry 'Oe
18 Sea Of Love (Radio Edit) ..... bonus track

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Fine album of Hawaiian music. Authentic as Sandii grew up in Hawaii. Great performance.


Produced by Sandii /Mixed by Makoto Kubota,Hirotaka Miyahara,Keiko Miyake /Musicians : Yuki Yamauchi,John Lee,Makoto Kubota,Yoichi Ikeda,Steve Thornton,Masaki Tsurugi,Takashi Onzo,Gen Tamura


01 Aloha No. 1
02 Kawika
03 Bali Hai
04 My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawai'i
05 Pua Mae'ole
06 Manatsu No Kajitsu
07 Aloha No. 2
08 Beyond the Reef
09 Watashi
10 Nani Waimea ~ Kaua I Ka Huahua'i
11 Honolulu
12 Coconut Cups
13 Aloha No. 3
14 Tahitian Otea - Bora Bora ~ VA'A
15 Coconut Cups 16 Aloha No. 4
17 Manatsu No Kajitsu (Karaoke)

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SANDII WITH THE COCONUT CUPS - Aloha Groovin' (Remixes) (2000)

Produced by Sandii /Mastered by Tohru Kotetsu (JVC Mastering Center) ,A&R Producer Tempei Matsubayashi (HORIPURO) ,Executive Producer Rainbow Y.Hori (HORIPURO)/ Musicians,Programers : Seiji "Big Bird" ,Takeshi "Tico" Toki ,Ikuma Sasaki ,Kenta Tajika , Soichi Terada ,Yuhi Komiyama ,Illishi Tsuboi ,Junya Horiuchi ,Kazuhide Toda ,Kenji Imafuku ,Kan Yoshihara ,Yoichi Ikeda


01 Masanori Ikeda [It's a Man's Man's ...]
02 Little Tempo [Pua Mae'Ole-3D Dub]
03 Hirofumi Asamoto /Yoshimura, Kenichi [Bali Hai-Ram ...]
04 Comoesta Yaegashi [Watashi-Comoestas Mix]
05 Mad Professor [Coconut Milk Dub]
06 Yuhi Komiyama [My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawai'i]
07 Mad Professor [Beyond the Reed Dub]
08 DJ Trsuyoshi [JouJouka Remix]
09 Yoichi Ikeda [Bali Hai-Hillside Lounge Mix]

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Sandii's Hawaiian recordings are given a remix by some of Japanese finest remixers/producers including Little Tempo, Hirofumi Asamoto, Yoichi Ikeda plus Mad Professor. From chill out,to dub to dancefloor workouts, an original take on Hawaiian music.

TIKI TIKI (with Jazztronik) (2001)


01 An Occasional Man
02 Eternal Flame
03 Aia la 'o Pele i Hawai'i
04 Tiki Tiki
05 Midnight At The Oasis
06 Calling You
07 To You Sweetheart, Aloha

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Sandii's Hawaiian vocals are set to dancefloor rhythms created by Jazztronik. She also tries her hand at 'Midnight at the Oasis' and rather less successfully 'Eternal Flame'.
"Tiki Tiki" by Jazztronik featuring Sandii - just the thing for those cold winter evenings when you've been listening to a little too much Sylvian. The album is exotic dance/pop with a sense of humour ("An Occasional Man") and also some dreamy moments ("Calling You", "Midnight at the Oasis"). Another track available on UK iTunes now is the current hit single (in Japan) by Miu Sakamoto, a cover of "Never Ending Story".

"The new charisma at the club-music scean in Japan, "Jazztronik" collaborated in this album.The Rhythm and the voice that reach the sand-beach of your mind. Blue sky, blue ocean, excitement of a dance-floor, all of them are here. The Miracle resort sound which is beyond genres has been born!reviews"



01 Maluhia (Peace)
02 Boyhunt
03 Tear in the sand
04 Love Is Not To See
05 Lemon Kiss
06 Wai Lele (Waterfall)
07 Love Vacation08 [jiyoni] Angel
09 Whisper Of Flower
10 Ke Aloha-No Ke Ano Ahiahi (Im sorry but this track still missing)
11 My special angel
12 It Is Sad, It Comes, 16 Years Old
13 Be My Baby
14 Wai Ola (Water Of Life)
15 The Thinking Which You Dream
16 One Boy

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01 He Mele No Ha'ena
02 Hawaiian Paradise
03 Jungle Rain
04 Don't Take My Coconuts (Interlude 1)
05 The Moon of Manakoora
06 Two Ladies
07 The Hawaiian Wedding Son
08 These Islands
09 Tahiti Tahiti
10 Sparkle
11 He ma'i No 'Iolani
12 Peary Shells On Bridge Of Small Bamboo
13 Rock A By My Baby
14 Don't Take My Coconuts (Interlude 2)
15 Tenderly16 Sparkle (Ram Jam World Mix)

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Second and long awaited album from Sandii and her Coconut Cups. Her backing group includes Japan's finest Hawaiian musicians, including Yuki Yamauchi and Genichi Tamura plus from Singapore John Lee - brother of Dick Lee. Songs include Sophisticated Hula, The Moon of Manakoora, Sweet Leilani, Hawaiian Paradise, plus original songs and covers of Japanese luminaries Haruomi Hosono (ex YMO) and Tatsuro Yamashita.
"The new album (out on June 21st on Pony-Canyon) is called "Mele O Aloha" and features The Coconut Cups. The material is Hawaiian and Tahitian inspired but is expected to be more in the pop style than traditional music. "

Sandii & the Sunsetz were a Japanese technopop or J-pop band that collaborated from 1979 until the 1990s. The Sunsetz, led by Makoto Kubota, and Sandii started as separate artists, and each have a separate discography. However, their collaboration provided a particular body of work that is representative of the period, and which successfully blended Eastern, Western and pop influences.
Sandii (birth name Sandra) was born in Japan of mixed Japanese, Spanish and American blood. Her father was in the U.S. Navy, and she spent her early life in Japan, but moved to Hawaii in her early teens and began to study hula and Pacific dance. After becoming accomplished as a singer and dancer, Sandii released her first record "Perusha Neko" under the name Sandi Ai. Returning to Japan in 1975 she was befriended by Kyu Sakamoto, who helped her to get a job as a DJ on NHK TV in Japan. Sandii performed during the interval of the "World Popular Song Festival" in late 1975, and secured a record deal with Toho. Sandii's debut album was titled "Sandi Ai" and mixes Japanese originals with covers of well known songs by John Lennon and Olivia Newton-John. The album was not a great success and Sandii left Toho for Discomate Records.In 1976 Sandii had performed at the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival as a non-competitor interval act, but the next year she won the prestigious “Grand Prix Best Vocal Performance” award with the single Goodbye Morning, her best selling record to date.Sandii met Makoto Kubota in 1976 when he was a guest on her NHK TV show and afterward joined his band Yuyaka Gakudan (Sunset Gang) as a backup singer. Makoto was an accomplished musician with broad influences, and the collaboration went on to be critically acclaimed, though never quite achieving the popular success expected. The music of The Sunset Gang was very influenced by Blues, Southern and West Coast rock, but later they became increasingly interested in Hawaiian and Okinawan music. At this time Sandii also became friends with the future members of the Yellow Magic Orchestra, frequent collaborators with the Sunset Gang; Haruomi Hosono naming her "Sandii" because of the connection with Hawaii. However, until 1980 Sandii used a variety of names for different session work e.g. "Sandra Hohn", "Sandi A Hohn", even "Sandy Ayako". This makes her 1970's material a challenge for collectors to find!On the soundtrack of Lupin The Third Sandii performed the songs "I Miss You Babe" and "Love Squall"; the latter was a single release paired with the theme of the TV series by Yuji Ohno.In 1978 Sandii sang the end title theme for the Japanese release of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile, which became a top 20 hit in Japan. This gave Sandii and Makoto the opportunity to record a follow up album. With limited time and budget, the album "Mystery Nile" consists of disco and pop cover versions including "Dancing Queen" by ABBA. Sandii and Makoto used fake English names on the record - "Sandy O'Neil" and "Theo Layer".Other guest appearances include the albums "Dead End" and "Monkey Magic" by Godiego plus "Melting Pot" by Yamamoto Sho, whose backing band became Ippu-Do (including future Japan member Masami Tsuchiya.In 1979, again using the name "Sandy O'Neil", Sandii released the disco track "Hey! King Kong", which failed to become a hit. The same year saw Sandii's first guest appearance with the Yellow Magic Orchestra on their album Solid State Survivor.
Right at the end of '79 the Y.M.O. and Sandii began to record her debut for Alfa Records, "Eating Pleasure", at which point Makoto wound up the Sunset Gang and Sandii & The Sunsetz were born. The two groups had the same members, but Sandii became lead vocalist. Sandii and Makoto are on record as saying they were influenced by the sound and success of Blondie and later became friends with Debbie Harry and Chris Stein.Their first show as Sandii & The Sunsetz was opening for Yellow Magic Orchestra at Budokan in December 1980. In 1981 their next album Heat Scale was released in 17 countries - most international releases adding tunes from "Eating Pleasure". From the release of "Heat Scale" until the next album release "Immigrants" The Sunsetz spent a lot of time in the UK, recording with David Sylvian and Fun Boy Three producer Dave Jordan. Sounds, NME and Melody Maker gave The Sunsetz extensive coverage which gave the group a lot of credibility in Japan, leading to increased record sales. Their live act gained many fans in the international music industry following their support slot on the final Japan world tour. The Sunsetz went on to tour and play festivals with Eurythmics, Inxs, Blondie and David Bowie. Their extensive touring and TV appearances in Australia in 1983 allowed them to achieve the No3 charting hit single "Sticky Music". Sadly, the group had problems with international distribution and promotion and were unable to replicate that success worldwide, but had a keen cult following.Steve Cropper saw Sunsetz guitarist Keni Inoue play in his distinctive plucking style (as heard on "Open Sesame") and asked to be taught the technique.In 1985 Sandii & The Sunsetz left Alfa Records for Toshiba-EMI, whose greater financial muscle gave the group a better budget to work with. Following a collaboration with Stephen Duffy ("Something Special") the group released the rock influenced "La La La La Love", released as "Banzai Baby" outside Japan. Although a strong album musically the group were disappointed that it was not promoted internationally, despite following the guidance of the record company, and opted to follow their own creative vision for subsequent releases. This led them to reggae, dancehall and other Jamaican styles which heavily influenced the final Sunsetz albums "Rhythm Chemistry" and "One Love".In 1990 the group had another re-invention, just using the name Sandii, although they would carry on using "& The Sunsetz" for live appearances well into the 90's. Sandii and Makoto decided to concentrate on the Asian market and subsequent releases sold in greater numbers, helped by Sandii recording key songs in up to four languages. In 1996 Sandii recorded the first of her "Hawaii" albums and became increasingly involved in Hula culture. It has been speculated that her decision to train as a Hula teacher and move away from the pop and rock industry may have contributed to her split with Makoto Kubota, which occurred around 1999. Sandii now runs two Hula schools, in Harajuku, Tokyo and Yokohama and has a TV series on NHK, contributing to the popularity of Hula dance in Japan and allowing Sandii to release roughly two albums a year of Hawaiian and other Pacific style music. In late 2005 Sandii achieved the rank of Kumu Hula and celebrated with an event at a shrine in Ise, with old friend Haruomi Hosono providing the music.Makoto Kubota is still a major music producer in Japan, always exploring new directions in world music.

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ALBUMS of Sandii & The Sunsetz

Heat Scale [1981]
Immigrants [1982]
Viva Lava Liva [1984]
La La La Love - Banzai Baby [1986]
Rhythm Chemistry [1987]
One Love [1988]
Sandii & The Sunsetz Best Selection[1990] Compilation
Sandii & The Sunsetz In The 90's / The Bomb The Bass Remix [1991] Remix;
Mini Album Orientation [1989]
Twins Super Best Of Sandii & Sunsetz [1996] Compilation

ALBUMS of Sandii

Sandi Ai [1975]
Mystery Nile [1978] As Sandii O'Neil; Soundtrack
Eating Pleasure [1980]
Mercy [1990]
Come Again [1991]Remix of "Mercy" (4 songs/7 tracks + 3 unreleased tracks)Pacifica [1992]
Joget To The Beat [1992] Remix of "Pacifica" (4 songs/10 tracks)
Floral Heat [1992]
Airmata [1993]
Pictures Very Best Of Sandii 87 - 92 [1994] Compilation (16 tracks from "Mercy", "Pacifica", "Come Again" + Malaysia version of "Lenggang Kang Kong" + 2 Remixes)
Dream Catcher [1994]
World Remix [1994] Remix of "Dream Catcher" (4 songs/6 tracks)
Watashi [1996]
Sandii's Hawaii [1996]
Sandii's Hawaii 2nd [1997]
Sandii's Hawaii 3rd [1998]
Sandii's Hawaii 4th [2007]
Sandii's Hawaiian Christmas [1998]
Sandii with The Coconut Cups [1999]
Sandii with The Coconut Cups Sings Pacific Lounge Classics featuring Lune Paolo [1999]
The Very Best Of Sandii's Hawaii [2000]
ALOHA GROOVIN' Sandii with THE COCONUT CUPS Remixes [2000]
Sandii's Lemurian Heart [2004]
Sandii's Tahitian Passion [2006]
Kan Taiheiyo Best [2006]
Sandii's Love2 Pacific [2006]

More info:
I've concentrated here mainly to Sandii ,not the other members. Ther's not much in English on the web furthermore i don't speak Japanese ,so if you have more info /pics (covers too) about the members or even Sandii tell me please!
I hope everything is OK with this entry ,but if you find some mistakes ,write me please and i will correct them.
Check the credits!!
Thanks and enjoy!:)


Blogger heavy_dubby said...

thanks a lot again! the best blog. being a big fan of h.hosono, this blog is the best place to find some related japanese music of the 80's and not only. the new post of sandii is another precious gem!


1:10 AM  
Blogger Jason Rerun said...

Another great post! I'd always been curious about Sandii. I like the early things i'm listening to right now, and the later solo work looks very interesting.

Back to my previous comment on the Bonnie Hayes post...glad to offer the Punts. Someone already had it posted, but maybe I'll beat them to the punch next time! If there's anything I can help with, please let me know!

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Salty, Thanks for introducing me to Sandii :O) I love the Hawaiian CDs especially. I had never heard of her until your blog. Thanks very much. Gareth (in the UK)

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Post, thnx!
Only got the japanese 1980 Vinyl of 'Eating Pleasure' in my Collection. Good to know the rest also....

Cheers from Berlin,


9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there - I loved Sandii in the early 90s. I bought Airmata on cd and the Malaysian edition of Dream Catcher on cassette.

I was wondering if anyone knows how I could get hold of some tracks from the Malaysian Dream Catcher... DiSini duet with Aishah (Malay version of Everyday) and also Segala Mungkin (Malay version of Oh La Terre). I'd be really grateful.

But thanks so much for your blog - I'm loving listening to Hai Hai Hai... the Malay dangdut breakdown in the middle is too too funky!

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got the duet with Sandii and Aishah on mp3 if anyone wants it! There's some great adlibing by Aishah !

4:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot... i've been looking for Sandii's albums in CD quality since i was teenager and now i'm in my late 20's i still a fan of her.

3:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You really monster! Cannot imagine how you gather all these...great contribution and my heartful thanks!

10:44 PM  
Blogger Rafael M. said...

Where's the link to Sanddi's xmas album??????????????

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is THE BEST POST ever!
Any chance of posting the song "Babes In The Wood"?
Also any thing else Sandii and the Sunsetz &/or Sandii solo would be really appreciated.
Thanks so much, once again!


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11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That must have been a helluva lot of work to assemble on this page. My deepest respect!

@Bobster, this doesn't happen to be the same Aishah as the "Fan Club" Aishah that did some really nice releases in New Zealand?


7:42 PM  
Anonymous Dissertation Writing said...

SANDII solo works / SANDII &THE SUNSETZ <-- that's what i was looking for

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa! Wonderful! Btw "Love squall" RS link is down …

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Blogger ice cube said...

please please re-up! or if anyone has any of these plpease reup


5:37 PM  
Anonymous tkachi said...

yes ... please re-up ... (only just found this!)

1:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fabulous post any chance of reupping
all links dead sadly

4:20 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

hello Saltyka,

How can i get my hands on SANDII solo works / SANDII &THE SUNSETZ? the rapidshare links aren't working anymore

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Clem said...

Most of these aren't too hard to find on various file sharing sites, but "Watashi" and "Dream Catcher" are very hard to come by. Here's a link to "Watashi"-- -- but if anyone knows somewhere to find Dream Catcher, please post!

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Drek said...

Damn... Broken links :-) Any chance of upping them again ? Would thank you a million !!!

5:23 AM  
Blogger WaverlyMandel said...

Hey ! I've been looking for the Sandii downloads everywhere, any chance you could re-post or wetransfer?

10:15 AM  
Blogger Dolly Limbo said...

Hi there,

Probably VERY late lol. But is there any chance you might be able to reupload links for Pacifica and Dream Catcher? Would be great if you can. Esp on zippyshare.

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6:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello there! Brilliant blog, but the links of Sandii's albums are dead. Is it possible to repost it?

5:51 AM  

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