Even before getting this CD, I was a big fan of Japanese covers of Western pop songs and thought I knew most of the major covers such as 西城秀樹/Saijo Hideki's spirited 1979 cover "Young Man" which retained the disco fun and flamboyant camp of the Village People's original, 荻野目洋子/Oginome Yoko's "Dancing Hero", a superior cover of Angie Gold's 80s disco single "Eat You Up" and "Ai Ga Tomaranai", Wink's Oricon chart topping smash 1988 cover of British Hi-NRG singer Hazell Dean's "Turn It Into Love - Better Off Without You", itself a cover of Kylie Minogue's somewhat more slow tempo, sentimental love song (which was released as a Japanese only single). Yet what I like about the "J-Cover 80's" set is that it not only covers those well known songs but also includes the minor and obscure covers that may not be as well known.
I won't be able to cover all the songs in this great set but wanted to briefly focus on a few choice tracks which are among my favorites. J-Canuck has already posted entries for some of the songs featured in this collection, including 石井明美/Ishii Akemi's 「CHA-CHA-CHA」, Wink's 「 愛が止まらない」, and 森川由加里/Morikawa Yukari's 「SHOW ME」
「INTO THE NIGHT」 is another 80s Italo Dance classic that was covered by a Japanese artist, this time by
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