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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mariko Takahashi -- Jun (ジュン)

(cover version)

Mariko Takahashi(高橋真梨子)can really bleed out those torch songs. I first heard "Jun" on one of the chanteuse's Best compilations years ago. It was her 11th single as a solo artist released in May 1985 and was the lead track on her 10th album, "Mellow Lips" which came out some months later. "Jun" struck me as being a really atmospheric piece with this ethereal feeling from the sax and the synths. And of course, Takahashi's smoky voice is excellent as it goes from dreamy to plaintive.
The song was written by Akira Ohtsu(大津あきら)and composed by Kisaburo Suzuki(鈴木キサブロー).

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