Just by looking at the cover of "L.A. Blue", it was obvious that Momoe's 18th album would be quite different. From the electric blue neon signage to the image of a Los Angeles dusk, this looked more like something from an American AOR singer's collection. The songs were all written by Japanese artists but recorded in Rosu and arranged by Barry Fasman. The above video is a karaoke cover for the first track, "GET FREE", which was created by the prolific songwriters Takao and Etsuko Kisugi （来生たかお・えつこ）. The song has that drive-across-America feeling much along the lines of Canadian singer Patsy Gallant's "From New York to LA".
Around the late 70s and early 80s, there was a North American pollination of sorts with Japanese artists recording and seeking help from session artists such as TOTO's Jeff Porcaro and Steve Lukather. And even David Foster has been in a couple of duets with a couple of the big names in aidoru-dom (no, he didn't skip around or dance frenetically).
And this is "Neko ga Miteiru"（猫が見ている...The Cat Is Watching）, a light disco-funk piece which was written by novelist Teruhiko Kuze (久世光彦...under his pen name of Natsu Otani) and composed by guitarist-singer Fujimaru "Fujimal" Yoshino（芳野藤丸）. In a way, it sounds like it should belong as part of a score for one of those 70s cops-and-robbers shows.
I'm not sure how rare "LA Blue" is nowadays, but if it is of a reasonable price, I wouldn't mind acquiring it myself. As for its success on the charts, it went as high as No. 2.
If you are curious about the album, it is actually on Amazon.jp.