An interesting thing that I've found out about EPO (nee Eiko Sato) since I began this blog back in early 2012 is that she has her qualifications as a psychotherapist (according to J-Wiki) and has held counselling workshops (apparently centered around music) geared toward the young, the elderly and people with disabilities. If that side of herself reflects the music that I've known from her for decades, then her patients should be a pretty happy lot. I don't know much of her more recent output (she's released 41 singles and 22 albums since her debut in 1980 with her latest release happening just last year) aside from a duet with Asako Toki（土岐麻子）, but I've always remembered her as the City Pop Princess with the radio-friendly happy-go-lucky vocals hearkening back to my image of hot-and-shiny Tokyo during my Japanese language school summer trip in 1981.
"Vitamin E-P-O" carried on that sunny tradition as EPO's 5th album from April 1983. One of my latest purchases online, it contains her most well-known song, the kinetic "U, Fu, Fu, Fu" （う、ふ、ふ、ふ）as well as another famous single release, "Doyou no Yoru wa Paradise" （土曜の夜はパラダイス）which was one of the ending themes for popular Fuji-TV variety show, "Oretachi Hyokin Zoku"（オレたちひょうきん族）. All of the tracks were written and composed by the singer herself.
I think the album is aptly named since a number of the songs including the ones that I've already mentioned have that morning OJ quality to them. In fact, my favourite new song from the album is "Pay Day". It represents the hidden gems I've discovered in albums of various singers instead of just relying on their BEST compilations. Lyrically, it's a cousin to EPO's rendition of "Downtown"; it talks about looking forward to that great time in the city on a Saturday night, presumably after getting that latest pay pack from the boss. As they say in the States, it's Miller Time! Plus the music is cool and groovy, and I can honestly say that it's a song that only EPO could create. "Pay Day" has the EPO bright-and-high delivery along with a bit of her usual vocal gymnastics and the flashy guitar at the end, thanks to the arrangements by keyboardist/songwriter Nobuyuki Shimizu（清水信之）, her senpai from high school.