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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Masayuki Kishi -- See You Again

Discovered this nice little ditty on YouTube tonight, courtesy of singer-songwriter Masayuki Kishi(岸正之)who has provided songs for a number of singers including 80s aidoru Marina Watanabe's(渡辺満里奈)"Marina no Natsu"(マリーナの夏), and even wrote tunes for anime and commercials.

For a brief time, the Yokohama-born Kishi even released some of his own material through 2 singles and 2 albums. His debut album was "Warm Front" which came out in 1982. And the ditty that I'm referring to is a track from that album "See You Again" which has that sort of European-feeling whimsy. I wasn't quite sure whether this would fall into the genres of either City Pop or J-AOR although I get a slight impression of Taeko Ohnuki(大貫妙子)from that time. In the end, I decided to go with straight pop.

Hearing the song, I'm almost tempted to imagine Kishi in a tuxedo, straw hat and cane dancing about in Paris. Looking at that still image for the video above, he does look like a very young Hiroshi Abe, the actor. On his website, "kishi masayuki on the web", it looks like those two albums "Warm Front" and the 1984 "Pretender" were given their CD releases for the first time back in 2014.

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