フォーク・ソング~歌姫 抒情歌~

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The long dry spell has finally been broken as details of Akina’s new release is updated today on Shinseido and Tsutaya. Strangely, after a few fans excitedly and very eagerly updated the websites and emails, the Shinseido site has removed all traces of the information within a few hours. Really puzzling …

Well, if we can treat the information as true, then the following information or “rumours” stand.

Confirming the previous rumors released on a Japanese BBS, it is a cover album of 70’s folk songs, and the release date is now tentatively rescheduled to 17th December.

According to the former site (a few hours ago), there will be five versions in total (ka-ching!). One of them is the Version A – CD + DVD (promotional material), three (B, C and D) are limited editions and the final is the normal edition.

The title of the album was “フォーク・ソング~歌姫 抒情歌~” and the tentative song list was (note the past tense):

(1) わたしは泣いています – (りりィ – The 2004 version is so blues …)

Original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3o2rKwFL3c&feature=related (this video reminds me of her 赤い花 performance on Hey x 3)

2004 version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBVTWNRWfa4

(2) いちご白書をもう一度 – love this song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhInDbzAVr8

(3) 雨の物語 (イルカ – okay, we know her, but can’t she sing なごり雪 instead? The song is not too bad)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbd-5yNIEnA

(4) さよならをするために (ビリーバンバン, huh?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5PGGtdS9Gc

(5) 想い出まくら (小坂恭子, huh?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcxkXZc2IhY

(6) 22才の別れ (風)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruKaKw1nE3U

(7) 冬が来る前に (紙ふうせん – huh? – mid-tempo song finally) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbFbgOTxzdc

(8) 無縁坂 (グレープ- group formed and written by さだまさし)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cEFoZJG-ow

Performed together with Yoshie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRNFEAhkl0E

(9) 時には母のない子のように (カルメン・マキ) – Omigod, is she singing about herself? It sounds so sad. The kind of songs she loves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C1YIEJYtu4

(10) わかってください (因幡晃)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWexRcikUJg

(11) 恋

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xQfp8QdQ1I

サウンドアドバイザーに鳥山雄司氏を迎えた意欲作!!(producer is not Sen Akira that we are familiar with – hope he is good).

At first glance, I only know three songs:

・いちご白書をもう一度 (バンバン – Yah! written by Yuming)
・無縁坂 (written by さだまさし Yah!)
・恋 (松山千春)

I am worried that the songs are not commercial enough and I hope this is not the final list. On first listen, most of the songs are too slow, but she did warn that the title was sentimental. She needs more popular songs in order not to fall into the Yoshie’s “Encore” mistake. I am also wondering why she never covers any Miyuki songs.

She is definitely cleverer as well with the multiple jackets for the different versions. I wonder what she is going to do?

dannybunny

Akina fanboy since 14. Still undecided which are his top ten favourite Akina tracks as it's mission impossible. Digs "Everlasting Love" a whole lot more than the average Akina fan.

4 thoughts on “フォーク・ソング~歌姫 抒情歌~

  1. uhmm…after watching all the youtube videos (tks to Jamez for all the efforts in collating these info), I can start to imagine how Akina will sound singing these songs…but then again, the song selection is not commercial enough I guess…the multiple jackets trick again (unless the coverart is really as extraordinary as Enka)…well, we’ll see when this whole thingy will finalize and be released!! Looking forward it!

  2. Wow, that’s quite sudden! Sneaky little diva!

    Aw, no Senju-san? I guess she’ll be going for a more down-to-earth feel like on those videos instead of the usual lush orchestra fare. I wasn’t quite expecting folk because I thought some of the Utahime songs also covered some folk or am I being delusional here lol? Well, I guess the difference really is that the selection isn’t as commercial.

    But those 5 versions seem like an overstretch. It would require quite impressive creativity not to look like a really cheap attempt at better charting or a parody of the state of Japan’s current music industry. Akina Fun Site talks about some special items and some kind lottery? Doesn’t sound that fascinating for the moment. Wonder if she’s having a great chuckle over this lol.

  3. An official update from “日刊スポ―ツ”

    http://www.nikkansports.com/entertainment/news/f-et-tp0-20081117-430349.html

    明菜がフォーク「22才の別れ」などカバー

    歌手中森明菜(43)がクリスマスイブにフォークの名曲カバーアルバムを発売する。タイトルは「フォーク・ソング」。累計出荷100万枚を突破したカバーアルバム「歌姫」3部作、演歌を歌った「艶華」に続く新企画。カバーブームの中で意外にもエアポケット状態だった「70年代フォーク」に着目。「誰もが口ずさめる曲を歌いたい」という明菜の希望で実現した。

    収録したのは「わたしは泣いています」「22才の別れ」「冬が来る前に」など11曲で、いずれも昭和を代表する作品ばかり。

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