haruko kuwana - million stars (Limited Edition, Reissue Japanese *** City Pop TIP!!
From the above two songs, I definitely got the impression that this would be a very soulful beginning for the career of Ms. Kuwana, thanks to her honeyed and sultry vocals. Plus, the songs take things across the Pacific in terms of the overall sound. In fact, Side A of the original LP was apparently recorded in Hawaii while Side B was in Los Angeles. The first track here today is from the L.A. side of things, "Machiawase"（待ち合わせ...Rendezvous）. About someone racing to meet that significant other, presumably somewhere in Tokyo (perhaps Hachiko?), before being considered tardy, it's a cool, driving and happy-go-lucky number of mellow funk. I think that there is something very City of Angels about it and yet there is an instrumental part near the end that brings things back to Tokyo. Both Haruko and her brother, singer-songwriter Masahiro Kuwana（桑名正博）, came up with the lyrics while frere Kuwana composed the music. AND MORE TRACKS !!!
Label: HMV Records