I started the BEST category over a couple of years ago with Akina Nakamori（中森明菜）, so I figured it was time that the Queen of New Music finally got her due in this area. After all, she's got well more than 50 blog entries here as a singer and as a songwriter.
Not quite sure when I first heard the news that Yumi Matsutoya（松任谷由実）was going to release her first BEST album as Yumi Matsutoya. But I know that it was a resolutely foregone conclusion that I was going to pick it up lickety-split since at that point I had been a fan of hers right from the "Sounds of Japan" and Kuri days up to that point in my time in Japan...a span of about 16 years. Now that first sentence in this paragraph might be coming off as a bit weird for those who don't know about the history of Yuming（ユーミン）. Well, the singer-songwriter actually had already released a couple of BEST albums in 1976 and 1977 but they were of her songs while she was still the unmarried Yumi Arai（荒井由実）. Once she married her colleague in the recording studio, arranger Masataka Matsutoya（松任谷正隆）, the hits kept on coming out but there was no BEST album for those 20 years under the name Yumi Matsutoya until 1998.
I even remember when and where I got "Neue Musik" (the German translation for New Music, don'cha know?). The album was released back in November 1998 so I figure that I was already wearing the jacket and the weather had already chilled down somewhat. It must have been early in the work week since I purchased "Neue Musik" at the Shinseido CD shop at JR Chiba Station, and that was where I had to go to catch the company bus to that heavy industries company 20 minutes away on Mondays and Tuesday nights to teach my English classes. If I know myself, I probably unwrapped the album as soon as I got onto that mini-bus.
In any case, here is THE BEST album that I had been waiting for: "Neue Musik: Yumi Matsutoya Complete Best Volume 1".
1. Mamotte Agetai 守ってあげたい
2. Koibito ga Santa Claus 恋人がサンタクロース
4. Surf Tengoku, Ski Tengoku サーフ天国、スキー天国
5. Diamond Dust ga Kienuma ni ダイヤモンドダストが消えぬまに
6. Kiminaki Sekai きみなき世界
7. Sweet Dreams
8. No Side ノーサイド
9. Toki wo Kakeru Shojo 時をかける少女
10. Dandelion ~ Osozaki no Tanpopo ダンデライオン〜遅咲きのたんぽぽ
11. Valentine's Radio
12. Seishun no Regret 青春のリグレット
13. Hello, My Friend
15. Futou wo Wataru Kaze 埠頭を渡る風
The biggest surprise about making this article is that although several of the tracks have already been profiled, there are still a number of them that haven't.
|Y'know, Yumi...you don't have to say yes|
to EVERY idea the photographer suggests...
I've only featured six of the songs from this BEST album, but a good chunk of the others spread over the 2 CDs have already been profiled, and the few that I have yet to cover, I'd like to do so in their own articles. "Neue Musik" didn't need any time to hit No. 1 on the charts and within those last 2 months of the year, it managed to become the 5th-ranked album of 1998 selling 3.8 million copies.
It was finally good to get all of the all-star songs together to listen in a couple of hours, and since that time, Yuming has put out a few more BEST albums.