|Considering all of the mystique surrounding|
Ms. Nakajima, having her in silhouette on the cover
makes a certain amount of sense.
I picked up singer-songwriter Miyuki Nakajima's（中島みゆき）"THE BEST" back during my Gunma days so it had already been up on the shelves for at least 5 years. She was a fairly regular presence on the old CHIN-FM radio program "Sounds of Japan" during the 80s so she was known to me but I hadn't had a full account of her discography...and for that matter, I hadn't even known when she debuted or what she even looked like. Little did I know at the time that my old Chinatown haunt, Wah Yueh, actually had a whole bunch of Nakajima LPs on display, but it wouldn't be until I picked up this BEST album that I would finally find out what the lass looked like. And may I say that she looked like a regular pretty teenager and somewhat on the tall side.
Anyways here is the lineup:
1. Azami-jou no Lullaby （アザミ嬢のララバイ）
2. Jidai （時代）
3. Konbanwa （こんばんわ）
4. Yokaze no Naka kara （夜風の中から）
5. Wakare Uta （わかれうた）
6. Omoidegawa （おもいで河）
7. Revival （りばいばる）
8. Kanashimi Warai （かなしみ笑い）
9. Hitori Jouzu （ひとり上手）
10. Ashita Tenki ni Nare （明日天気になれ）
11. Akujo （悪女）
12. Yuuwaku （誘惑）
13. Yokorenbo （横恋慕）
14. Ano Ko （あの娘）
15. Hitori （ひとり）
16. Kodoku no Shouzo （孤独の肖像）
Single No. 7 is "Revival" from September 1979. It's a song that I would call quite shibui in that according to the lyrics, I could see Nakajima with her guitar in a good buddy's bar tackling an old song that she hadn't performed in a long while as she knocks back a few. Considering the long time between this single and the previous one "Omoidegawa", I wonder if "Revival" has any special meaning, although it looks like her albums were coming out pretty steadily at the time. The song was able to reach No. 11 and sell over 300,000 records.