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.
(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)
(4) さよならをするために (ビリーバンバン, huh?)
(5) 想い出まくら (小坂恭子, huh?)
(6) ２２才の別れ (風)
(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)
Performed together with Yoshie:
(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.
(10) わかってください (因幡晃)
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!)
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?