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Strings Of My Soul Receives Award, PLAYER Readers’ Poll 2012

Posted on January 10, 2013

Tak Matsumoto’s critically acclaimed Strings Of My Soul album has received the Golden Disc Award for “Instrumental Album of the Year” at the 27th annual Golden Disc Awards in Japan. The album contains Tak’s selection of songs he considers his finest works and show the true nature of his sound.

Furthermore, Japanese music magazine PLAYER has published its 2012 readers’ poll in the latest issue. Check out the ratings below. You can find last year’s readers’ poll here.

Category “Best Artist”: B’z ranked 4th (5th in 2011, 5th in 2010, 3rd in 2009)
Category “Best Album”: Strings Of My Soul ranked 5th
Category “Best Live Performance”: B’z ranked 3rd
Catagory “Best Vocalist”: Koshi Inaba ranked 3rd (1st in 2009, 2010, 2011)
Category “Best Guitarist”: Tak Matsumoto ranked 2nd (2nd in 2011, 1st in 2010, 3rd in 2009)
Category “Best Drummer”: Shane Gaalaas ranked 13th (16th in 2011, 8th in 2010, 9th in 2009)
Category “Best Bassist”: Barry Sparks ranked 9th (6th in 2011)
Category “Other Musician”: Takanobu Masuda ranked 3rd

Strings Of My Soul Release Message

Posted on June 21, 2012
Tak Matsumoto News

This is my latest solo album “Strings of my Soul”!
The CD contains all the gems I consider the best and have played the best.
Please feel free to listen to the sound the strings of my soul.

Strings of my Soul Pre-Order Bonus Detailed

Posted on June 11, 2012
Tak Matsumoto News

As the Japanese release of Strings of my Soul draws near, certain stores have announced that they will offer pre-order bonuses. These bonuses differ from store to store, but in general you will be able to get a set of postcards, a clear file holder or a set of stickers. This entirely depends on where you are pre-ordering. The letdown is that this mostly applies to actual stores in Japan.

A select few online stores offer a pre-order bonus, though. You can find a list of shops offering a pre-order bonus below.

Matsumoto’s Strings Of My Soul Coming To US

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Tak Matsumoto News

Tak Matsumoto’s latest solo album entitled Strings of my Soul will be on sale in the United States on August 7th through 335 Records.
The rumor has been around for quite a while after a friend of mine ( has reached out to 335 Records a while ago and asked if they could imagine an international release. They got back to him and said that the album could be released in August. And now, here we are. This has yet to be confirmed officially, but Amazon is listing it already.

This is also a great chance to save some dollars, too. If you do not feel like importing the record from Japan, you should definitely wait and grab the US version. The Japanese version will set you back at least $36 plus shipping for the regular edition! However, it is currently unclear whether the limited edition will also be on sale in the United States.

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Tak Matsumoto Solo Album Strings Of My Soul 6/20 Out!

Posted on May 11, 2012
Tak Matsumoto News

Tak Matsumoto’s very own label, House Of Strings, has announced that Tak Matsumoto’s latest album Strings Of My Soul is going to be released on June 20th, 2012. Tak’s new album gives off a feeling that it is a best-of compilation as quite a few tracks have already been released on Tak’s previous works.

A huge part of the album is made up of tracks from Tak’s self-described solo magnum opus, Hana (2002). Tracks such as “Koi-Uta”, “#1090 Sen Mu Ichiya”, “Hana”, “BLUE” (“Misudouji BLUE”) and “Romeo & Juliet” are all from Hana, leaving it to account for five of the thirteen tracks from Strings Of My Soul.

While this may the vibe of a best-of compilation, all of the tracks on the album have been remixed and remastered. In addition, Grammy Award winner Paul Brown has been involved as producer, engineer, and mixer on a couple of tracks such as Tak’s new song “Live Life”. Tak’s old friend Larry Carlton also makes an appearance on the track “SUKIYAKI” where the two play a cover together.

The album comes in two flavors: a CD-only edition and a limited CD+DVD version. The CD version will set you back 3,059 Yen while the CD+DVD version will cost you 3,780 Yen.


CDJapan: [Regular Version] [CD+DVD Version]
Amazon(JP): [Regular Version] [CD+DVD Version]
HMV: [Regular Version] [CD+DVD Version]

See the track listing as well as the CD+DVD version content after the break.