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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hi-Fi Set -- Saigo no Haru Yasumi(最後の春休み)

A bit of a follow-up from Yumi Matsutoya's(松任谷由実)"OLIVE" album that I have just wrapped up.

I mentioned about Yuming's take on "Saigo no Haru Yasumi" (Last Spring Break), the bittersweet tale of a high school girl who's now mourning the departure of the boy of her dreams due to graduation. Well, Hi-Fi Set(ハイ・ファイ・セット)also covered the ballad in their 7th album "Flash"(閃光)which came out at about the same as "OLIVE" in July 1979.

While Yuming's version has that 50s feeling to it, Hi-Fi Set's take has the more contemporary 70s pop arrangement for the vocal group. I also like this cover but I think I prefer Yuming's "Saigo no Haru Yasumi" since there is a bit more lushness to her arrangement. However, vocalist Junko Yamamoto(山本潤子)still goes for that high note at the very end of the song just like for the writer of the song herself.

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