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Friday, June 22, 2012

Anri -- Last Picture Show

(karaoke version)

This is one of my favourite ballads by Anri(杏里). Not sure if either Anri, who composed it, or Yumi Yoshimoto(吉元由美), who wrote it, had ever seen " The Last Picture Show", the 1971 Hollywood classic by Peter Bogdanovich. Regardless of the title, though, it's one of those slow and easy groove tunes to be played on the car radio during sunset.

"Last Picture Show" was included on "Meditation", Anri's 4th Best Album in which the emphasis was on ballads. In one way, I thought this album, released in November 1987, represented the singer at a crossroads of sorts, saying goodbye to her first decade of Summer kayo kyoku before taking a huge plunge with her next album, "Boogie Woogie Mainland" half a year later in which she fully embraced an American R&B sound with session musicians from the United States who had worked with bands such as Earth, Wind & Fire. For that reason alone, I would recommend getting this album.

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