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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hiromi Iwasaki -- Omoide no Ki no Shita de (思い出の樹の下で)

We're back to the 70s Hiromi Iwasaki(岩崎宏美)which means her bright, brassy and disco-sprinkled aidoru tunes. "Omoide no Ki no Shita de" (Under The Tree of Memories) was created by veteran lyricist Yu Aku(阿久悠)and veteran composer Kyohei Tsutsumi(筒美京平)as Iwasaki's 8th single in January 1977, and has the singer trilling triumphantly about that special day of declaring one's love under that tree. Although it was first sold just a few weeks after New Year's, it sounds a whole lot more summery.

Whenever I listened to those 70s Oricon-friendly pop songs, I would usually hear the battery of strings and/or that sharp trumpet, but for "Omoide no Ki no Shita de", it was the first time to hear a French horn start things off which is how I remember this Iwasaki entry. The horn popped up one more time, I guess, in the song but it certainly left an impression. It peaked at No. 7 and ended the year as the 54th-ranked single. It was also a track on her 4th album, "With Best Friends" that came out in May 1977 and also went as high as No. 7 on the album charts.

The team of Aku and Tsutsumi would also create another uptempo hit for Iwasaki over 18 months later, "Cinderella Honeymoon".


  1. Going by what I find o the tubes, some of Hiromi's earlier songs are performed a lot. Romance, Cinderella Honeymoon and Shishuuki are almost her representative standards from that era. Some other songs seem to have been performed only when they were released, such as Dream and Kiri No Meguri Ai. I used to think this song was one of them, so that clip of her singing it in 1981 was surprising.

    Another song that's surprised me is Haru Oboro. It didn't reach all that high in the charts, but there are performances from its release in 1979 through to 2011 or later. I suppose it's another of her songs that's got better with age.

    1. As much as I like Hiromi's work in the 80s (and the 70s), my impression is that a lot of her fans probably would go more for her aidoru tunes as the songs that they love listening to.


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