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Zelda is one of the most important and popular new wave/punk bands to emerge from the burgeoning early 1980s Japanese Indies scene. While best known for their incredible work (in particular, their first two LPs) on Philips Japan, their roots were very much punk. The band had two independent releases (1980’s s/t 7” and a 7” flexi from 1981), but they band had gigged around Japan extensively before making the jump to major label. On the はじまりのゼルダ 2xCD, the great Inundow collects two entire CDs worth of these independent and live recordings that paints a much more definitive picture of just what Zelda was about during their formative years. From what I understand, this release took over a decade to compile and release and it’s more than worth the wait. I cannot recommed this one enough! Essential.