In any case, "Natsu wo Kasanete" was indeed that first wonderfully calming song by Imai that I'd heard in that lodge-type cafe somewhere between Niiharu Village and Tsukiyono Town. And it was not only the song that launched her 3rd album, "Bewith"(1988) but it was the lead tune for her very first BEST album, "Ivory" which was released in December 1989. Listening to that song and "Hitomi ga Hohoemu Kara"had me scrambling to get the album which I did quite easily. It was the first time for me to see Imai, and the front cover told me all I needed to know about the album: in a soothing light, that beautiful face with the aforementioned smile crowned by the popular "sauvage"hairstyle at that time.
1. Natsu wo Kasanete (夏をかさねて）
2. Totte Oki no Asa wo （とっておきの朝を）
3. Pole Position
4. Kanojo to TIP ON DUO（彼女とTIP ON DUO)
5. Orange no Kawa （オレンジの河）
6. Kiss Yori, Toiki Yori （キスより、吐息より）
7. Yasei no Kaze （野性の風）(album remix)
8. Boogie-Woogie Lonesome High Heel
9. Futari de Splash （ふたりでスプラッシュ）
10. Sora ni Chikai Shuumatsu （空に近い週末）
12. Chijo ni Oriru Made no Yoru （地上に降りるまでの夜）
13. Hitori de Xmas （ひとりでXmas)
14. Hitomi ga Hohoemu Kara （瞳がほほえむから）
"Ivory"has been a fine purchase for me and although there were two more albums, "Retour" and "Lluvia" before she began a change in her style, my first album of hers is representative of those mellow years in her early career. It peaked at No. 5 on Oricon but it spent over 100 weeks on the album charts, and was the 7th-ranked album of 1990, selling over 1.5 million albums.
Although it already has its own posting, I just had to leave this one with the final track on "Ivory", "Hitomi ga Hohoemu Kara"(Because Your Eyes Are Smiling).
|Miki Imai -- Ivory|