China Baby In My Arms ......Ryoichi Hattori Songs = 蘇州夜曲 服部良一作品集
Label:Columbia – AF-7268
Used LP 1984
Disc:VG+ (good shape)
Jacket:VG (stains on mainly back, light wears/scuffs) w/obi, insert
Ryoichi Hattori is one of most important Japanese musician who left more than 3,000 works during his lifetime, ranging from orchestral music, jazz, Kayo style and pop music from the prewar period in the 1920s. This is a collection of Ryoichi Hattori covers released in 1984 and produced by Aki Ikuta, Mariah Yasuaki Shimizu's longtime production partner. The entire album was arranged in a new wave-like style, perhaps because it was after the release of Mariah's "Utakata No Hibi" released the previous year, in which Ikuta of course also participated. Yasuaki Shimizu is credited as an arranger, but it seems that he was busy working to and from Paris and only participated in performance. However, Ikuta's skill is evident in the experimental spirit such as ethno wave tune of mysterious beauty "My Unchanged Heart", romantic oriental "China Baby In My Arms", and excellent arrangement of a modern Showa period tune "Love's Gone". At the time, prewar fashion and music were being reevaluated in the same way as today's Showa-era retro boom, and this seems to have had some influence on the music. Aki Ikuta, who was a considerable record nerd, produced a sober but "understanding" production that is also worth listening to. It's the best!