Although Mariko Takahashi's（高橋真梨子）7th single, "Yoake no Lullaby" translates as "Dawn Lullaby", it still feels like something to be listened to in the evening hours. I got to hear this again while I put on that ancient concert tape by Ms. Takahashi called "More 5th Love Affair" which I got as a souvenir from Mom after she and Dad had returned from their long overdue trip to Japan back in the mid-1980s.
It's awfully hard to find original Mariko material online outside of the usual YouTube videos of her singing "Gomen ne"（ごめんね…）and "For You", so I'm even happy to get cover versions of her other songs. And "Yoake no Lullaby" is an interesting and pleasant ballad that probably not a lot of folks other than her really die-hard fans know about. It's a bluesy jazz tune that only someone with sultry and smoky vocals can handle convincingly (my compliments to the person who sang this cover) but it also has that hint of reggae in there. Quite a pleasant fusion song.
"Yoake no Lullaby" was written by Machiko Ryu（竜真知子）and composed by Takahashi's husband, Henry Hirose（ヘンリー広瀬）. The single was released in November 1981. It was also the first track on her 5th album from October the same year, "Lovendow".
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