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Friday, February 26, 2021

Masanori Ikeda -- Let Me Love


Up to now, it's just been the one Masanori Ikeda(池田政典)song on "Kayo Kyoku Plus" and that was his contribution to the "Kimagure Orange Road"(きまぐれオレンジ☆ロード)series with his "Night of Summerside" in 1987. He had a relatively short stint as a singer but I was curious to see what else he had up his sleeves besides anything to do with anison.

Well, his debut album came out in October of that same year, "Quarterback", and one of the tracks is "Let Me Love". It's a smooth City Pop number with some of those silky keyboards and a snazzy horn section leading the way. I'd say that it would be perfect for a drive down the Shuto Expressway on a Friday night. Plus, listeners get another soulful electric guitar solo.

"Let Me Love" was written by Koichi Fujita(藤田浩一), a guitarist for the Group Sounds band Out Cast(アウト・キャスト), and composed by Toshitsugu Nishihara(西原俊次). I'd gotten some Omega Tribe(オメガトライブ)vibes from listening to the song, and sure enough, Nishihara was a keyboardist for the band. At the same time, there is also something rather Yasuhiro Abe(安部恭弘)about "Let Me Love" as well. In any case, it's a pretty classy tune.

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