As I was looking at the tracks, I came across this interesting one, a cover of The Carpenters' "All You Get From Love is a Love Song". Now, having become a convert to the cause of Karen and Richard during my years in Japan (as have millions of Japanese), this particular song became a favourite of mine because of its relaxing lying-on-the-beach AOR feel. So, when I discovered this track on "Candy Label", I just had to scoot over to YouTube and give it a listen. How would Ran, Su and Miki approach this?
I mean, my impression of Candies as one of the premier aidoru groups in the early 70s was of them cheerfully singing their uptempo hits such as "Haru Ichiban" （春一番) and "Un, Deux, Trois". Therefore, listening to the trio's cover of the song, titled in Japan as "Futari no Love Song" (A Love Song for Two), I was surprised to hear an even more languid version. I assume that it was Ran who was handling the main vocals here; she gives a very 'softly, softly' approach which definitely contrasts with Candies' usual high-octane delivery. It's certainly a more tentative version than Karen's rich and confident original.
With this video I've uploaded, a whole rush of Candies images appear. But it's the one that appears above before you push play that's the most striking. When I saw that, I kinda thought Candies looked a lot like the current big girl trio right now, Perfume. Last year, my profile on "Haru Ichiban" got flooded by a bunch of Perfume fans from another site when a fellow there linked that profile with his own article on a Candies-Perfume comparison.
Here is the original Carpenters' version from their 1977 album, "Passage". It was also released as a 45" single in May 1977. Written and composed by Steve Eaton, the song was translated into Japanese by Yukinojo Mori（森雪之丞） for Candies' cover. "Candy Label" was released in September of that year., while "Futari no Love Song" was the B-side to the trio's aforementioned hit, "Un, Deux, Trois".