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Friday, January 25, 2019

Masataka Matsutoya -- Lovers' Paradise

I've got another recommendation from Matt who told me about this concept album involving Masataka Matsutoya(松任谷正隆), Akira Inoue(井上鑑)and Hiroshi Sato(佐藤博), three fellows who know about the light and mellow.

In May 1983, the three of them got together to create and release a compilation album called "Seaside Lovers ~ Memories In Beach House", based on a concept by producer and director Naoki Tachikawa(立川直樹). Basically, the setting is the titular beach house where a melodic love story plays out.

The first track is "Lovers' Paradise", which was composed and arranged by Matsutoya and written by Lilika Shinzato(新里リリカ). Although this is an early 1980s number, I couldn't help but feel that there was something kinda reminiscent of a hypothetical theme song for a Hollywood romance in the 1950s or 1960s. There's somewhat of a Henry Mancini feeling to the proceedings, and perhaps I can see Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr playing the two lovers once more in that beach house.

Don't know who sings the lyrics. It could be Shinzato herself but it's a very pleasant performance. Thanks very much, Matt!


  1. Hello Canuck,

    The vocal(s) you hear is by EVE, the three singing sisters from Okinawa, who sang pretty much all the back up vocals for everyone who was anyone back in the 80s. Lilika is the oldest of the three, I think.

    1. Hi, Kaz.

      I should have known...that last name sounded familiar since I had looked up some information on EVE some years ago.

  2. Hello J-Canuck,

    I found out about this album after reading a very long and informative post (in English) on Hiroshi Sato. It was on a message board I have since lost track of. I think it was posted shortly after his death because the OP also translated his daughters message telling the world he had died.

    This album was listed among his many albums and projects. Meanwhile, after going through Youtube, I saw that the Vaporwave/Future Funksters had also found this album years ago and have sampled it extensively. I like to play this album on sunny afternoons or during “fox weddings.” When you live in an area of the country where storm season takes up almost half of the year, you get quite a few “fox weddings.”


    1. Hello, Chasing Showa.

      It's too bad about the untimely passing of Sato. I guess along with Kadomatsu, Sato would be the source of choice for Future Funksters. By the way, you're gonna have to explain to me what a "fox wedding" is all about. :)

  3. Hello J-Canuck,

    A fox wedding or a Kitsune no Yomeiri is the phenomenon of the sun shining during a rainstorm. I live in the south western United States and we do have this happen a lot more frequently for some reason. It is always welcome. Strangely enough, in this country, it’s called the Devil beating his wife which carries all kinds of unpleasant connotations.

    1. Thanks for explaining about that. We very rarely encounter a fox wedding here although I have seen it. Actually, we can do with a pleasant fox wedding right now since we're going through some horribly frigid conditions in Toronto.


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