Although I never planned it this way, it turns out that exactly 2 years ago I put up my first Midori Karashima（辛島美登里）song onto "Kayo Kyoku Plus". Of course, it was the Xmas ballad "Silent Eve", and it was from that classic that I was imprinted with the impression of Karashima-sensei as the master of delicate pop balladry. I also ended up buying her 3rd album with Fun House, "Green" (February 1991), which had "Silent Eve".
A few months later, another album was released..."Memories". But this wasn't Fun House but King Records who was behind this one, and it includes the material that singer-songwriter Karashima had sung for them when she was working for that company in the late 1980s. I bought it on the strength of "Green", listened to the disc...and then promptly forgot about it for a couple of decades. Sheepishly, I have to say that it wasn't the case that it wasn't right for me, but I wasn't quite ready for it.
"Memories" contains both the A and B sides of the 2 singles that she performed with King Records within a span of about 4 months between 1987 and 1988. All of the songs from those two singles were for a couple of anime that I hadn't heard about until I read Karashima's J-Wiki bio and the liner notes for the album itself.
Now, I know that Karashima contributed one song to the anime "Yawara" which was about that judo high school student. Still, it was surprising to hear the vocals of a singer that I've usually associated with the Yuletide season being applied to a post-apocalyptic mecha show. "Midnight Shout", written and composed by Karashima, has that 80s rockin' guitar-&-syntherrific (my term) music that was the go-to sound for those action anime back at that time. Although the program was titled, "Makyo Gaiden Le Deus"（魔境外伝レ・ディウス）, the theme song sounds more like the events surrounding a stylized drag race down the empty streets of Tokyo at 2 in the morning.