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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Takako Mamiya -- Love Trip




A mystery for me...and for anyone who reads this. I came across this album, "Love Trip" (1982) through the auspices of "Japanese City Pop". Furthermore, I found just one song by Takako Mamiya (間宮貴子) on YouTube, and I'm not even sure if it's been uploaded in its entirety. "Mayonaka no Joke"(真夜中のジョーク...Midnight Joke) is a pretty decent City Pop tune. But despite looking throughout the Net, I haven't been able to find any more information about this singer. Would like to track it down someday, but I've got a feeling that this could be one of the rarest of the rare. (April 15, 2017: Obviously since my original comments, things have improved on this front...as long as the powers-that-be don't take it down. And I hope they don't. I still consider the album a very rare find.)




"Mayonaka no Joke" was written by lyricist Ichiko Takehana(竹花いち子)and composed by Hiroyuki Nanba(難波弘之). Takehana apparently has her own foodie blog.

(full album)




16 comments:

  1. I have the album, and can tell you that the full version is approx 4:53 (longer than the Youtube clip)

    If you contact me via my Youtube channe (theytrebel) I will send you some more information.

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    1. Hi there, Mr. President. :)

      Thanks for posting. I'll give you a contact. BTW, how do you feel about "Love Trip" overall? Been surprised about the traffic coming here for such an obscure album.

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  2. Hi there, I am really glad to find this album on the net. Even though i am S.korean , There `s no way to find this album. Do u have any idea to get this album by files?

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    1. Hi, Goldmund.

      Unfortunately, I don't know about the files but I did come across the actual CD being sold on Amazon. Hope you can get it.

      http://www.amazon.com/Takako-Mamiya-Love-Japan-PROT-1047/dp/B00AXVSKKI/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1389313420&sr=1-1&keywords=Takako+Mamiya

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  3. Cof cof...
    https://mega.co.nz/#!yFNwSQKJ!8XtgTaNX5dWLc1ZWfD863DT06Iymlecixy8IbCjKULw

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    1. Thanks kindly, Devadip. :)

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    2. Unfortunately the download link has expired but I'd really really love to grab a copy. Is there any way this could be made possible?

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    3. Hi there.

      Unfortunately I'm more of a purchaser but I did ask one of my friends about any download sites. He mentioned http://jpop80ss.blogspot.ca/. Perhaps you might be able to find something there. Best of luck!

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  4. I rip it trough the net and it is one of those albums that gives you goose bumps. I beyond love that woman and her voice. I play it in my iphone and my car. This album is pure gold.

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  5. I've never listened to a whole album in a different language before--- but this is so wonderful.

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    1. Hello, Moses. Good to hear from you. As someone who's been accustomed to hearing the Japanese language since birth, I can only imagine the fun and joy that someone else who hasn't has on listening to an album that's lovely. Even though it's in Japanese, it still reminds me of some of the favourite radio songs that I used to hear in Canada.

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  6. I absolutely adore this album, but the obscurity of information is absolutely maddening. I can't find any relevant information oh the singer at all.

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    1. Hi there. Join the club...the only information I found out about this album is pretty much up above. "Japanese City Pop". Reading your comments, I did another look on the Japanese Yahoo whether anything about the singer was put up. All I found was just accolades on the specific songs but nothing on Mamiya herself. One fellow mentioned as if any record of her online were scrubbed clean off the Net.

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  7. https://youtu.be/ovcnIPL-CWs . Got it from youtube recommendation,yet so minimum information abkut the singer and the album.pure gold, such an ecstasy to hear she sings..

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