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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Ami Ozaki -- Foggy Night

Ahhhh...I do love my old 80s Japanese funk...or City Pop. I should be paying some more attention to the Ami Ozaki(尾崎亜美)albums from around the late 70s and early 80s at the very least. "Foggy Night" is a title that I would have placed for some sort of ballad, but instead as Ozaki had created it, it's a cool little number driven with guitars by Michael Landau and keyboards by Canada's own David Foster. And here I thought it was just Anri(杏里)and Mariya Takeuchi(竹内まりや)who was involved with the cross-Pacific musical pollination back in that decade.

My image of Ozaki is usually of her sitting behind a synth or a piano playing away so I was quite happy to see her getting in a bit of dancing with her backups on stage as she's performing "Foggy Night" in concert. The song was actually the B-side to her 5th single for Pony Canyon "My Song For You" released in May 1982, but it had originally been a track on her 3rd album for the the same studio, "Air Kiss" from December 1981.

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