When I first heard it on the radio years and years ago, it had that really sunny kayo kyoku sound of the 70s with that characteristic guitar, strings and chorus backing Momoe-chan up. It always has that nostalgic feeling of summer. So, it was a surprise to find out that Uzaki and Aki whipped up this happy-go-lucky tune for her before she started getting all medieval on us with her later hits.
"Yume Saki Annainin"was released in April 1977, and hit the No. 1 spot some 6 weeks later. It would be Yamaguchi's last No. 1 song before her retirement a few years later, although some of her later works would reach as high as No. 2. It was the 21st-ranked song for the year.
The Akina Nakamori-Momoe Yamaguchi connection continues here. When Nakamori（中森明菜） was trying out on the talent show "Star Tanjo"（スター誕生...A Star Is Born), she sang this very song to make it through.