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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Masayuki Suzuki -- First Love

Another cool and urbane collaboration between Masayuki Suzuki(鈴木雅之)and Kazumasa Oda(小田和正)....just sorry that it didn't get any higher than No. 32 on Oricon, considering its pedigree. "First Love" was released as Suzuki's 12th single in April 1991 and was also the track that launched "Martini", Martin's first BEST album, which came out in June of that year.

As was the case with "Wakare no Machi"別れの街), Oda wrote and composed "First Love",  a song that sounds like it was meant to be played as background music for a drive through the Tokyo quarters of Akasaka, Roppongi and Ginza. The Oda synths and guitar are in there along with some background contribution by the man himself, and maybe even some help from Sing Like Talking's Chikuzen Sato(佐藤竹善). But the thing that sells it is Suzuki's soulful voice. I can imagine Oda covering this, but I think Martin owns this song.

(karaoke version)

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