Initially, I had intended just to write about "Yokisenu Dekigoto" (An Unforeseen Event), the B-side to Akira Terao's（寺尾聰）"SHADOW CITY", his 4th single from August 1980, but looking at the all-too-brief description of the A-side on my article for his huge hit album "Reflections", I felt that it was the written equivalent of bumping it aside for "Ruby no Yubiwa"（ルビーの指輪）. Now, obviously "Ruby no Yubiwa", being the most successful City Pop song on Oricon, is nothing to merely sniff at but I now think "SHADOW CITY" should get some love from me, too.
For one thing, "SHADOW CITY" starts off brilliantly with a battery of guitars giving off some wonderfully Tokyo sounds of the day and night. Then the baton gets passed off to Terao who croons some "doo-da-du-doon" for several seconds before going into a smooth low vocal almost reminiscent of an urban lullaby. It's as if the music was describing his character from "Seibu Keisatsu"（西部警察）, detective Takeshi Matsuda（松田猛）, finally getting off work from the mean streets and hitting his favourite watering hole. He would be nursing his favored whisky on the rocks while watching the sun going down. How very shibui! The shadows are looking very long in this city as the night life gets started.
"SHADOW CITY", however, was actually used as the commercial song for Yokohama Tires. I probably would have preferred to have the car rumbling down the Kan-Etsu at night.
There is something a bit more 1970s City Pop with the B-side "Yokisenu Dekigoto". As with "SHADOW CITY", Masako Arikawa（有川正沙子）took care of the lyrics for this song with Terao handling music and Akira Inoue（井上鑑）arranging everything. "Yokisenu Dekigoto" also feels rather more upbeat although the coolness factor is still in there. This time, I can envision a nice outing with that special someone in Tokyo somewhere. I gotta commend Terao and Inoue for that just-right combination of flute and guitar.
"SHADOW CITY" managed to peak at No. 3 on Oricon, and as I mentioned in the original "Reflections" article, it did become the 19th-ranked single for 1981, selling about 850,000 records.