After reissuing three acclaimed recent studio albums by legendary hard rock/heavy metal guitarist Marty Friedman over the summer, Prosthetic Records is excited to now introduce North American audiences to the former MEGADETH and CACOPHONY axeman’s two “Tokyo Jukebox” albums. Released in Japan in 2009 and 2011, respectively, “Tokyo Jukebox” and “Tokyo Jukebox 2” — the ninth and eleventh chapters in Friedman‘s influential solo discography — will make their U.S. debuts on November 20 as a limited-edition, specially priced 2CD release featuring artwork exclusive to this pressing and new liner notes by Friedman himself. The double album is now available for pre-order.
Soon after leaving MEGADETH following a 10-year run in which the iconic band sold some 10 million albums worldwide, Friedman — perhaps the most revered lead guitarist in thrash metal history — moved to Japan, where over the past decade he became a household name. Between his solo releases and collaborations with Japanese stars, he has played on and written numerous Top 10 hits (including two No. 1s); he has also made hundreds of appearances on mainstream Japanese television and performed at legendary venues such as Budokan and the Tokyo Dome.
“Tokyo Jukebox” and “Tokyo Jukebox 2” feature energetic instrumental covers of Japanese pop (J-Pop) songs that can be enjoyed by anyone with a sweet tooth for melody, and capture Friedman‘s passion for the music of his adopted home country — although, as he warns in the liner notes for this release, “I took the liberty of destroying and reconstructing them my own way.” In the below video (which has been posted at Prosthetic‘s newly-launched Friedman mini-site, where additional “Tokyo Jukebox”-related videos will be unveiled in the coming weeks), Friedman further describes the collection, calling it some of the heaviest and best work of his career.
Featuring Jeremy Colson (STEVE VAI, BILLY IDOL) on drums, “Tokyo Jukebox” features reconstructed covers of J-Pop and J-Rock hits selected by readers of Japan’s top entertainment magazine. “Tokyo Jukebox 2”, meanwhile, was recorded in Los Angeles at The Village (AEROSMITH, KISS), and features guest performances by Jason Bittner (SHADOWS FALL) and Keshav Dhar (SKYHARBOR). The albums feature tracks originally performed by acclaimed Japanese acts such as MR. CHILDREN, SMAP, PERFUME and MAXIMUM THE HORMONE.