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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ami Ozaki -- Kimagure Yohou (気紛れ予報)

Another lass that I hadn't written about in a while. It's always nice to hear Ami Ozaki(尾崎亜美)from time to time since whenever her vocals come out, they're very refreshing and sweep any existential gloom. That is especially true when it comes to her early material.

Case in point: one track from her 4th album "PRISMY" from November 1978, "Kimagure Yohou" (Moody Forecast). Mind you, it's one of those typically Japanese tunes that has some potentially stormy times hidden in the lyrics while the music is lovely and congenial. Written and composed by Ozaki, a young lady is perhaps accompanying her mysteriously tight-lipped boyfriend for a drive while cheerfully denying any of those rumours of him sowing his wild oats with other women. Frankly, if he doesn't 'fess up to anything, the lass should dump the jerk but that's just my opinion.

Still, there's no denying the breezy 1970s pop feeling of the music, although it starts off with a riff that sounds strangely ELO. It's definitely a nice tune to listen to in the summer, and I could imagine Anri(杏里)covering "Kimagure Yohou" with ease in her early years. It's also got quite the field of musicians helping her out: Shigeru Suzuki(鈴木茂)on guitar, Tsugutoshi Goto(後藤次利)on bass, Tatsuo Hayashi(林立夫)on drums, Nobu Saito(斉藤ノブ)on percussion, Hideki Matsutake of YMO fame(松武秀樹)on synthesizer programming, and two members of the band Off-Course(オフコース)as backup singers, Yasuhiro Suzuki and Kazumasa Oda(鈴木康博・小田和正). Thank you, J-Wiki for that information.

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