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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Mizue Takada -- Dream on Dream(ドリーム・オン・ドリーム)

Mizue Takada(高田みづえ)didn't have such a long career (1977~1985) but from listening to the above album last night again, she did dip her toe into a few genres whether it be Latin, City Pop or something with a bit of 50s rock n' roll.

With her 8th single, "Dream on Dream" from January 1979, the 1970s aidoru performed a forceful tune thanks to some Latin pizzazz. Written by Takemi Shima(島武実)and composed by Ryudo Ozaki(宇崎竜童), the whole song brings together a love affair and an intense tango. The feeling behind "Dream on Dream" including Takada's somewhat more oomph-laden delivery had me thinking of Momoe Yamaguchi(山口百恵), and Ozaki's participation in the making of the number rather sealed that impression.

"Dream on Dream" managed to peak at No. 42 on Oricon, selling about 33,000 records. It was also the title track for her 3rd original album from February 1979.

The big surprise here was lyricist Shima. I had to be reminded of the fact that he would become a member of two very different bands, The Plastics and NiNa.

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