Pink Martini & Saori Yuki - 1969 (2011)[Repost]
Pink Martini & Saori Yuki - 1969 (2011)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image & cue & log) & mp3 @ 320 kbps | tracks: 12 | Scans | 40:51 | 290 mb & 122 mb
Label: MINOS-EMI | 5% recovery record | Genre: Japanese pop, fusion
Saori Yuki is a popular Japanese singer with a 40 year brilliant career. Yuki discovered Pink Martini after the band covered her song "Taya Tan" for their 2007 album "Hey Eugene". This excellent CD is a tribute to Yuki's songs from 1969 when she debuted till today. A beautiful mix of Jap pop and well know tunes, with a Pink Martini's latin flavor. Pink Martini and Saori Yuki. Crossing borders, crossing generations. A miracle of a collaboration album is born. Nice booklet included. Enjoy.
01. Yuuzuki (Evening moon)
"Yuuzuki", made available for downloads worldwide on iTunes, is an exotic cover featuring Masumi Timson on the koto. The fusion of the koto and strings help to create Thomas's version of Japan. With lyrics by Rei Nakanishi, music by Takashi Miki, Jun Mayuzumi's "Yuuzuki" became a long seller after its release in September 1968 and was repeatedly played on the radio during 1969. At Thomas's insistence, the international version of the album begins with this song.
02. Mayonaka no bossa nova (Midnight bossa nova)
The rhythm of the guiro and the piano intro so cool, "Mayonaka no Bossa Nova" with its pervading mature evocativeness was a track hand-picked by Thomas. Pink Martini's male vocalist, Timothy Nishimoto joins in on the vocals. This agreeable duet with Saori is filled with the irresistible charms of Kayou-kyoku (Popular Music). This song was the B-side to Hide to Rosanna's third single "Roma no Kiseki" (Rome's Miracle), released on August 25th, 1969.
03. Du soleil plein les yeux
A duet with Timothy Nishimoto, this song was initially intended to be sung in Japanese until Thomas came up with the idea of singing in French. Saori Yuki stepped up and delivered with a perfect accent that astounded a native French teacher. "Du Soleil Plein Les Yeux" was written by Francis Lai as the theme song to the film with the same title, filmed in 1970 starring Renaud Verley. Francis Lai wrote "Otoko no Kokoro" (A Man's Heart) and "Koi ni Ochinai youni" (To Not Fall In Love) for Saori in 1971.
04. Puff, the magic dragon
"Puff the Magic Dragon", released by America's Peter Paul & Mary in 1963 is often associated as a hippie drug song, but the story is one of fantasy. It's about the friendship and eventual good-bye between Puff the dragon with the eternal youth and the young boy Jackie. Honalee is a fantasy island. It's a familiar song to the Japanese, as it appears in music text books at schools and was also featured on a popular Japanese children's show on NHK (Japan Broadcasting Association) called "Oka-san to Issho" (Together With Mother) where it was sung in Japanese as a nursery song. The lyrics used here are the same ones that were used on that show. Thomas wanted Saori to sing like she was telling a story ? similar to that of Marlene Dietrich's cover version. Sit back and enjoy the allure of an actress's narrating tone. Thomas reveals that the sound beginning with the ukulele was inspired by Tiny Tim's "Tip-toe Thru' the Tulips With Me".
05. Ii janaino shiawase naraba (It's okay if I'm happy)
The Japan Record Award for the year 1969 went to Naomi Sagara's "Ii janaino Shiawase naraba" (It's Okay If I'm Happy), lyrics by Tokiko Iwatani and music by Taku Izumi. These innovative lyrics were a distinct departure from previous Kayou-kyoku and portrayed the detached cool of the "new, modern woman", a symbol of the times. Asked about the true meaning of the lyrics, I explained about the main character of the song together with Saori. The delicate arrangement came out of Thomas's grasp of the lyrics.
06. Blue light Yokohama
Ayumi Ishida's "Blue Light Yokohama", arranged on this album in a cha-cha rhythm that showcases Thomas's impeccable taste, was originally released on December 25th, 1968. With lyrics by Jun Hashimoto and music by Kyohei Tsutsumi, the fresh sound and the image of the port city Yokohama worked together to make this song a hit number from early 1969. This song was also the opening number to the November 2010 concert, "Yuki Saori RADIO DAYS -1969-".
07. Yoake no scat (Melody for a new dawn)
Saori's "Yoake no Scat" (Melody For A New Dawn), the theme song to TBS Radio's program "Yoru no Ballad" (Ballad for the Night) was released on March 10th, 1969. This song with lyrics by Michio Yamagami and music by Taku Izumi captured the hearts of the masses with its unique style and beautiful vocals, catapulting it to the #1 spot on Oricon's annual chart. If one were to define Kayou-kyoku as "songs of the masses that narrates present society, disregards old stereotypes and formats and anticipates new styles", this is the song that symbolizes 1969 and is the Kayou-kyoku that represents the 20th Century. Thomas's arrangement, while respecting the original version, swells dynamically into an elegant sound towards the last half of the song in true Pink Martini style.
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