I had been literally waiting for years to see and hear this song come online and I'm happy to say that it is now up...for now.
Hiromi Iwasaki's（岩崎宏美）cover of John Coltrane's "You Are Too Beautiful" was my introduction to this jazz ballad but I didn't get it on the originating album, "Disney Girl" (1983). I actually heard it on one of the two tapes that I had gotten from my mother by the singer when she came back from my parents' trip to Japan back in 1985. That particular tape was another compilation of her doing covers of pop standards.
"You Are Too Beautiful" just happened to be the first song on Side B of the tape and I was caught off-guard when I heard that bluesy clarinet starting things off. Hiromi doing pop standards I could get but I hadn't thought about her doing jazz. And although there were the usual things about her pronunciation in her delivery, I think she handled herself with aplomb with Coltrane. Since the early 1980s was the first time that I had heard the lovely songbird Iwasaki with her long hair and long manicured nails, I had gotten accustomed to her Tuesday-night suspense program theme songs and love ballads. Therefore, it was quite the thing for me to hear her do some nice nighttime jazz and then have that piano instrumental.
Have a listen to the original by Coltrane and crooner Johnny Hartman. As for another track from "Disney Girl", there is the more contemporary "Niagara" right here. Anyways, enjoy a snifter of something alcoholic while listening to it.