I've been a fan of Japanese popular music for 40 years, and have managed to collect a lot of material during that time. So I decided I wanted to talk about Showa Era music with like-minded fans. My particular era is the 70s and 80s (thus the "kayo kyoku"). The plus part includes a number of songs and artists from the last 20 years and even some of the early stuff. So,let's talk about New Music, aidoru, City Pop and enka. (Sorry but music163 is now dead so ignore those links.)
I would like to give credit where credit is due. Videos are from YouTube and other sources such as NicoNico while Oricon rankings and other information are translated from the Japanese Wikipedia unless noted.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Anzen Chitai -- Anata ni （あなたに）
"Anata ni"(For You) is a filet mignon ballad....yep that tender. One of the tracks from Anzen Chitai's（安全地帯） second album, "II"(May 1984), composer (and singer) Koji Tamaki（玉置浩二） and lyricist Goro Matsui（松井五郎）, it's an early Anzen Chitai song which was seemingly meant to be played at a wedding banquet for karaoke or that first dance. Tamaki just belts this one out of the park. I remember listening to this on a car stereo at night for the first time....would've bought the stereo right then and there.
Allow me to throw in another concert version of the song as well. This one came from Yokohama Stadium in 1985. I recall watching another concert video in which Tamaki sang this song. The camera panned into the audience....not a dry eye in the girl-heavy crowd.
"II"was released in May 1984 and peaked at the No. 2 position on Oricon.