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Monday, October 22, 2012

ALFEE -- Koibito Tachi no Pavement (恋人達のぺイヴメント)

My favourite ALFEE song, "Koibito Tachi no Pavement"(Lovers' Pavement), is that huge rock ballad that seems to have that small genetic connection with Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". Somewhat shorter than the Freddie Mercury classic, I was struck by the grand piano intro and outro, almost as if someone bracketed an epic Japanese love song with two pieces of a concerto. I'm not sure what was going on in Toshihiko Takamizawa's(高見沢俊彦)mind when he was creating this mesh of rock and classical, but it's a beautiful piece even if his voice gets close to breaking when he reaches for those high notes.

Released in October 1984 as the band's 19th single, this was the first ALFEE song to hit No. 1, and it finished the year in the 67th position on the overall single rankings. It was also placed on the band's album, "THE BEST SONGS", released in December 1985 which peaked at No. 5.

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