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Friday, July 26, 2019

Shuki & Aviva/Linda Yamamoto -- Aijou no Hanasaku Ki(愛情の花咲く樹)


Woke up early yesterday morning at 5:55 for whatever reason. My brain then suddenly thrust out the idea of "go, go, go" (go being the Japanese word for "five"・五), but I didn't start thinking about the famous sound meme from "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure". Strangely enough, it was the following.


Yup, I immediately thought of Inspector Gadget and his way of summoning his vast array of gadgets by saying "Go, go, gadget something or other". I was never a dedicated fan of the cartoon but I did see the odd scene here and there as the character was voiced by the late Don Adams whom I knew better as the bumbling original Maxwell Smart Agent 86 on "Get Smart" as a kid.


Recently, I did find out that composer and television producer Shuki Levy was behind the music for "Inspector Gadget" and loads more of other animated shows such as "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" and "The Real Ghostbusters". On top of that, many years earlier, he had been a singer and in 1970, he teamed up with Aviva Paz to form the duo Shuki & Aviva with their songs becoming popular in Europe, Asia and Africa.

One of their songs was "Love Is Like" for which I couldn't find the original version by Jane Schwartz and Levy with Zack Laurence as arranger. However, I did find the Japanese-language version sung by Shuki & Aviva which was given the longer title of "Aijou no Hanasaku Ki" (The Tree with the Blossoms of Affection). This was released as the duo's debut single and their first of four singles recorded in 1973. The Japanese lyrics were provided by veteran Yu Aku(阿久悠).


How about that? Thanks to the commenter below, I was able to find the French-language version under the title of "L' amour c' est la musique de la vie".

A very short but pretty intense song, the slightly fuzzy guitar and the vocals caught my attention. Levy's voice really reminded me of at least one of the Bee Gees, and the beat felt like the drama was taking place in France.


An even shorter cover was done by Linda Yamamoto(山本リンダ)in May 1974. I didn't find it as part of a single so I'm assuming that it was a track on one of her albums at that time. That guitar is in there and it's accompanied by a sharp trumpet this time. Considering Yamamoto's reputation as a very dynamic entertainer behind the mike and on the stage, her take on "Aijou no Hanasaku Ki" is relatively sedate.

4 comments:

  1. I still have yet to find the English version of this (B-side to their 1973 single "Listen," apparently), but the French version, "L'amour c'est la musique de la vie," is out there. I believe the writer is Jane Schwartz, lead singer of the British group Capricorn, who had big hits in Japan with "Liverpool Hello" and "Feeling."

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    1. Hello there.

      Thanks very much on the correction for Jane's family name. I'd been wondering what the correct version was since I saw both "Swertz" and "Schwartz" for the katakana. If you are able to confirm on "Zach Lawrence" as well, that would be great.

      I will check out the French version and put that in. Thanks again.

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    2. According the Yamaha site and Discogs, Zack Laurence had no hand in writing the song, he was just the arranger. It was actually composed by Shuki Levy himself, with (English) lyrics by Jane Schwartz. The French version also credits an "M. Mann," who presumably wrote the French lyrics (presumably also not Manfred Mann!).

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    3. Hi, Mike. Thanks for the update. I will see about making the revisions.

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