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- Released: September 20, 1994
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Qwest / WEA
- 2.One Fine Day
- 3.Love & Understanding
- 4.Only Love
- 6.Once Before I Sleep
- 7.Native Soul
- 8.Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
- 9.Live Together
- 10.One World
Hiroshima: Teri Koide (vocals); Dan Kuramoto (vocals, soprano & tenor saxophones, flute, shakuhachi, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, programming); Kimo Cornwell (piano, B-3, keyboards, synthesizer, programming, vocals); June Kuramoto (koto, vocals); Dean Cortez (bass, vocals); Danny Yamamoto (drums, taiko, percussion, programming); Johnny Mori (taiko, percussion).
Additional personnel: Terry Steele (vocals); Charles "Icarus" Johnson, Fred Schreuders (guitar); Carlos Vega (drums); Richie Gajate Garcia (percussion); Alex Brown, Jim Gilstrap, Bridgette Bryant (background vocals).
Producers: Dan Kuramoto, June Kuramoto, Kimo Cornwell.
Principally recorded at Tofuville, Sunset Sound Factory and Sunset Sound Recording, Hollywood, California; O'Henry Sound Studios, Burbank, California.
Personnel: June Kuramoto (vocals, koto); Dan Kuramoto (vocals, flute, saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, keyboards, synthesizer, programming, drum programming); Kimo Cornwell (vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, programming); Danny Yamamoto (vocals, drums, taiko, percussion, programming, drum programming); Johnny Mori (vocals, taiko, percussion); Teri Eiko Koide (vocals, background vocals); Dean Cortez, Terry Steele (vocals); Charles "Icarus" Johnson, Fred Schreuders (guitar); Carlos Vega (drums); Richie Gajate Garcia (bata, percussion); Jim Gilstrap, Alex Brown, Bridgette Bryant (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Don Murray ; Alan Meyerson.
Recording information: 29t; O'Henry Sound Studios, Burbank, CA; Sunset Sound Factory, Hollywood, CA; Sunset Sound Recording, Hollywo; Tofuville, Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: Dennis Keeley.
Unknown Contributor Role: Johnny Mori .
With L.A., Hiroshima once again sell themselves short artistically. Except for the riveting "Native Son," they play it safe, as usual, and avoid anything challenging or adventurous. An excess of production and shortage of improvisation continues to be a definite problem. Nonetheless, L.A. isn't a terrible album. In fact, this collection of Asian-flavored pop-jazz instrumentals and relaxed R&B/pop vocals is generally pleasant and likable, and has more heart than the type of drivel dominating 1989's East. This CD works well enough as mood music, but the disappointing Hiroshima are capable of more, much more. ~ Alex Henderson
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