Chakra: チャクラ, さてこそ & 南洋でヨイショ MP3/Flac
While this post may focus on this short lived but fantastic group, it's really in recognition of it's vocalist Mishio Ogawa.
Active since the late 70's, Ogawa began her career with Chakra releasing these three fantastic albums. Eclectic, poppy, and Minyo/Ryukuyuan influenced, Chakra fits right in with truly enviable alternative/new wave scene emerging in Japan during this time.
Quickly after Chakra's demise, Ogawa released 4 fantastic solo albums which continued very much in the style of the band and has also been with several "super groups" so to speak (Wha-ha-ha, Toshiyuki Honda Radio Club, Haniwa).
These three albums come highly recommend and are courtesy of JPDDL.com. If you're a fan of early Haruomi Hosono, Miharu Koshi or Taeko Ohnuki, you'll definitely dig them! "さてこそ" in my opinion really embodies their perfect sound.
You can click on any of the albums names to find the link. You can also expect to see her solo albums and two more from Hideaki Tokunaga Enjoy!
2. ミュン ミュン
4. You Need Me