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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Keiko Maruyama -- Douzo Kono Mama (どうぞこのまま)

After listening to this atmospheric 1976 song by Keiko Maruyama (丸山圭子), you might think that "Douzo Kono Mama"(Please Keep It So) belongs in a 1960s Peter Sellers movie scored by Henry Mancini (The Pink Panther, The Party). It's led by a bossa nova-playing Rhodes Piano and strings that just kinda makes one head for that cocktail bar on the top of the Waldorf-Astoria. But actually, the song was composed and written by Maruyama herself at the age of 22. It became her biggest hit and peaked at No. 5 on the Oricon weeklies (I had to get this info from the liner notes of a compilation album).

"Douzo Kono Mama"has gotten onto a number of kayo kyoku compilation albums, but it originally got onto Maruyama's 2nd album, "Tasogare Memory"黄昏めもりい....Twilight Memory), also released in 1976.

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