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荒井由実*Cobalt Hour

Label:Express – ETP-72071
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:Japan
Released:
Genre:Rock, Funk / Soul, Pop
Style:City Pop, Folk Rock, Funk, Pop Rock, Soul

Tracklist

A1Cobalt Hour3:33
A2卒業写真4:10
A3花紀行2:46
A4何もきかないで
FeaturingDaddy Oh
3:09
A5ルージュの伝言
FeaturingDaddy Oh
3:00
B1航海日誌4:46
B2Chinese Soup3:22
B3少しだけ片想い3:15
B4雨のステイション5:13
B5アフリカへ行きたい3:08
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Transliterated titles:
A2. Sotsugyo Shashin
A3. Hanakiko
A4. Nani Mo Kikanaide
A5. Rouge No Dengon
B1. Kokai Nisshi
B3. Sukoshidake Kataomoi
B4. Ame No Station
B5. Africa E Ikitai

Recorded from March 1st to April 25th 1975
Includes album-size folded insert with lyrics and artwork

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: JASRAC
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, side A): ETP-72071-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, side B): ETP-72071-B
  • Other (Price): ¥2,300

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Cobalt Hour (Cassette, Album)Toshiba RecordsZA-1555Japan1975
New Submission
Cobalt Hour (LP, Album, Promo)ExpressETP-72071Japan1975
New Submission
コバルト・アワー/ルージュの伝言 (8-Track Cartridge, Album)Toshiba RecordsYA-8555Japan1975
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Cobalt Hour (Cassette, Album, Reissue)ExpressZT25-325Japan1979
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Cobalt Hour (LP, Album, Reissue)AlfaALR-4004Japan1980

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mld2000's avatar
mld2000
Am I the only one to be intrigued by similarities beetween Yumi's "Nani Mo kikanaide" and Jacques Dutronc's Gentleman cambrioleur?(https://www.discogs.com/Jacques-Dutronc-Gentleman-Cambrioleur/master/259236).
Cannot find anything about that relation but pretty sure it was inspired as she already paid tribute to Dutronc's wife Françoise Hardy on Misslim's Watashi no Françoise.
If any one has clues about that I'd be happy to know.
cobalthour's avatar
cobalthour
Edited 3 years ago
Yuming's third album shows her in an experimental phase. While she had already shown an interest in dabbling in multiple genres on her first two albums, that predisposition is more pronounced here. The result is a very diverse selection of tracks that unfortunately does not quite cohese as well as her first two albums. However, the tracks themselves remain consistently strong, making for a very listenable album overall. (I mean, there is a reason I chose my username based on its title.) The other thing you'll notice is that the songwriting is even more pop-oriented and hooky this time around. However, the musicianship is as strong as ever, so it certainly doesn't feel like Yuming "sold out" or compromised herself as an artist.

Album Highlights:
*Cobalt Hour (A funky number drenched in Rhodes piano and Yumi's double-tracked vocals. A strong start to the album and one of Yuming's catchiest tracks.)
*Soutsugyou Shashin (One of the artist's signature songs. A mellow '70s ballad that could easily have become corny and dated, but ends up being timeless. This is chiefly due to its bluesy arrangement and an impassioned vocal from Yuming, both of which unlock the beauty of the song's melody.)
*Hanakikou (Short and simple, but quite beautiful with it's baroque-style melody and keyboard-reliant arrangement. Something about the stripped-back style allows Yuming's understated vocal performance to really shine.)
*Rouge no Dengon (Another signature song and Yuming's first real hit. It's got a heinously catchy '50s throwback beat, a memorable hook, and some surprising black-comedy-esque lyrics. You may also recognize it from the opening credits of the film Kiki's Delivery Service.)
*Koukai Nisshi (A song that seems fairly middling on first listen, but gradually reveals itself to be a deeply affecting ballad. Very jazzy, with some drop-dead gorgeous orchestra work.)
*Africa e Ikitai (An intriguing and explosive finale. The jazz-funk style is a good fit for Ms. Arai and the session musicians, and the song is unusually complex for a pop song.)