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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Anri -- Kaze no Jealousy (風のジェラシー)

Although I've got the first few albums ever released by Anri(杏里), I still think there is a lot to explore about her early years. Of course, all of us fans know her as the singer who will always have that ready smile while standing in front of a lot of palm trees and surf. And I think even back in the late 70s when she first appeared, there was some of that summery feeling already in her music while she was still exploring her way.

Case in point: I came across her 5th single from April 1980, "Kaze no Jealousy" (Windy Jealousy). Written by Fumiko Okada(岡田冨美子)and composed by Ichizo Seo(瀬尾一三), I don't think this song ever got into any of her albums, BEST or otherwise, so it was completely new to me. And though it has that sunny seaside flavour, I also got that impression of  sounds emanating from both sides of the Pacific whether it be 70s kayo from Japan or a bit of disco from the States. There was also a very City Pop-sounding sax along with some strings that sounded as if they were lifted from an Electric Light Orchestra album.

It's been quite the interesting journey taking a look at her career between that first impression from "Olivia wo Kikinagara"(オリビアを聴きながら)and "Cat's Eye" several years later.

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