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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Yurie Kokubu -- Easy Love

Hadn't found this particular contribution before by City Pop singer Yurie Kokubu(国分友里恵), so I thought I would throw it into the KKP mix tonight.

This would be Kokubu's "Easy Love" which was the B-side to her 1983 7" single, "Tobashite Taxi Man"(とばしてTaxi Man)that also had its appearance on her debut album "Relief 72 Hours", one of the essential albums of any City Pop fan's collection.

As with any of the tracks on "Relief 72 Hours", "Easy Love" has got that familiar soundscape combination of tight horns and sparkling keyboards, thanks to Kazuo Shiina's(椎名和夫)melody. It just brings glorious memories of what Tokyo must have been like in the early 1980s. Kazuko Kobayashi(小林和子)provided the lyrics of an emerging beautiful relationship. The lyricist also wrote the words for one of the other tracks on "Relief 72 Hours", "Snob na Yoru e"(スノッブの夜へ).

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