BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
Nobuko Miyamoto: Best of Both Worlds is the title of Nobuko's first solo album. The album was published by Great Leap in 1983 as a vinyl LP (GL 001).
The album contains nine songs:
- A1, "Best of Both Worlds" (4:42)
- A2, "Jan Ken Po" (3:41)
- A3, "Gaman" (4:48)
- A4, "Art of Love" (4:15)
- B1, "Mountain Moving Day" (3:11)
- B2, "Journey in Three Movements-You've Come A Long Way" (1st Movement) (5:10)
- B3, "You've Changed Me" (2nd Movement) (3:12)
- B4, "Caged Bird Takes Flight" (3rd Movement) (5:30)
- B5, "American Made" (4:56)
In The Color of Theatre: Race. Culture and Contemporary Performance (ed. Roberta Uno and Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns, A&C Black, 2002), Nobuko was interviewed by Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns at length and in depth. Explaining the genesis of Best of Both Worlds, Nobuko said (pp. 200-201):
"At that time, I broke away from Benny [Yee] to write my own music. It was the first time I wrote my own music for all my songs. Before that, I was always depending on his musical voice. I realized I could write music too. That was a real liberating thing. I then made an album, The Best of Both Worlds. I made a musical by myself called Talk Story."
The mock-ups for the album cover are in the Great Leap archives and can be seen here: