Thursday, August 9, 2012

[REQUEST] Taeko Onuki - Copine (1985)

Close to a year ago, I posted a Taeko Onuki (or Ohnuki) best-of album. Today, for my 100th post, I have--by request--Onuki's 1985 record Copine. This excellent record employs the Francophilia that seems to have been common in Japanese music during the 1980s, with songs about Tintin (I know Herge is Belgian, but Onuki uses the French title, "Les Aventures de Tintin") and Jaques-Henri Lartigue. Folks like Ryuichi Sakamoto and Kenji Omura play instruments. While I prefer the more technopop jams to the ballads, this is still a good album and I recommend it.

From Discogs:
"Active since the early 70s, Taeko's first role was as a member of Sugar Babe with Tatsuro Yamashita. In the mid-1970s she began to release solo albums, regularly collaborating with Ryuichi Sakamoto and other members of the Yellow Magic Orchestra. Taeko appeared on Sakamoto's No More Landmine single in 2001 alongside David Sylvian and Cyndi Lauper and in 2010 is releasing an album and touring with Sakamoto."

A1 Les Aventures De Tintin
A2 ベジタブル
A3 春の嵐
A4 Siena
A5 Amico, Sei Felice?
B1 Out Of Africa
B2 Leave Me alone
B3 Jaques-Henri Lartigue
B4 しあわせな男達へ
B5 野辺

Arranged By: Nobuyuki Shimizu, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yasuaki Shimizu
Backing Vocals: Epo
Bass: Will Lee
Drums: Omar Hakim, Steve Ferrone
Guitar: Kenji Omura
Keyboards: Ryuichi Sakamoto
Piano: Don Grolnick
Producer: Shigeyuki Miyata, Taeko Ohnuki
Saxophone: Michael Brecker
Trumpet: Randy Brecker

I should probably post the Onuki albums that were once posted on the departed Japanese Music Vault blog (can't even find it on the Wayback Machine). That Project Green record is still coming.



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