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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Saki Kubota -- Shanghai no Nostalgie(上海ノスタルジー)

Well, it's been a few years, so welcome back, Saki Kubota(久保田早紀)!

Famous for her big hit, "Ihojin"(異邦人)from 1979, the singer-songwriter represented that brief and interesting part of kayo kyoku in the late 1970s and early 1980s in which listeners were taken on a musical journey of exotic lands without needing Gravol or travel insurance. Kubota apparently kept that exotic theme in mind for the first few albums in her career, at least as far as her 4th album, "Air Mail Special" from May 1981.

One of the tracks from "Air Mail Special" is "Shanghai no Nostalgie" (Shanghai Nostalgia) which keeps that feeling of travel but combines it with some of that snazzy City Pop bombast. The song is armed with a battery of horns, some bouncy bass, and even a sparkling guitar. Kubota composed it while Tamaki Kawata(川田多摩喜)provided the lyrics about two lovers divided by geographical distance but still united by emotion. Shanghai or's still the bright lights and big city of the 1980s!

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