The CD cover includes the photo and the pictures of the band members from the original album. The nine songs from the original album plus the seven bonus songs are listed on the back of the cover. Credits are listed on the inside cover.
24 page booklet
The booklet contains the lyrics to the songs as well as descriptions about the songs. There are also photos that were taken in 1977 that were not included in the original album.
The CD lists the original nine songs and the seven live bonus tracks:
1) Tanforan (Horikoshi/Takimoto)
2) The Greatest Changes (Kikuchi-Yngojo)
3) Turning My Back (Horikoshi)
4) Manongs of Walnut Grove (Kikuchi-Yngojo)
5) Hot August Morning (Horikoshi)
6) Different Picture (Kikuchi-Yngojo)
7) Vegetables (Kikuchi-Yngojo)
8) One Step Closer (Takimoto)
9) Tomorrow (Okagaki)
10) Ikaw Ay May Kasama (Kikuchi-Yngojo)
11) Noriko's Blues (Horikoshi)
12) Bamboo (Kikuchi-Yngojo)
13) Dream for Tomorrow (Kikuchi-Yngojo/Takimoto)
14) Now That You've Gone (Okagaki)
15) Hot August Morning - live (Horikoshi)
16) Music for the People (Kikuchi-Yngojo)
The Yokohama, California album was first released in March 1977 in San Jose, California. The band wrote and performed songs describing the Asian American communities in the 1970's, songs of identity and songs encouraging Asian Americans to make positive changes in our communities. The band's name comes from a book of short stories about the Japanese American communities in the 1930's in the San Francisco East Bay area that was referred to as Yokohama, California, written by Toshio Mori and published in 1949. The band included Peter Horikoshi, Rev. Keith Inouye, Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, Michael Okagaki, and Sam Takimoto. Jose (now Ahmad) Alarcon, Sara Aurich, the late Doug "Duke" Santos, Rick Takahashi and Steve Yamaguma also performed with the band.
Over the years, people have asked if we could convert the album to CD format. While working on the re-releasing the original album, it was our desire to include additional songs that members of the group wrote and performed around the time of the album. These "bonus tracks" are presented in a concert format after the original nine songs.
We felt that our songs reflected issues and events that happened in the 1970s. Unfortunately, due to recent events, songs like The Greatest Changes speak to situations that are eerily similar to the way that things were back then. There is still the need to stand up and speak out on issues that affect our communities. We encourage the songwriters of today to write with authenticity and from your hearts - create with the eyes and ears that look around and see the current things that affect our diverse peoples and communities within which we live.
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