I enjoy all sorts of Japanese music, though I tend to favor guitar rock a bit more than the rest (I'll usually give most anything a listen or two, however). I also enjoy the occasional anime, as well as Asian horror films.
I also enjoy drawing and painting.
This set features Shoko's albums "Hourglass," "RadioGenic" and "Shoko Suzuki Sings Bacharach and David." Additionally, there are scattered tracks (taken from single sides and a greatest hits compilation) that fill out the collection, giving you pretty much everything Shoko released in this period. There's even a previously unreleased bonus track, a cover of Minnie Ripperton's "Loving You."
"Hourglass" more-or-less maps out the direction Shoko's career would take several years down the road, with several upbeat rock songs alongside striking piano ballads. "RadioGenic" was her commercial high point -- it is her highest charting album to date, and features plenty of intricately-produced pop numbers. "Sings Bacharach and David" is a four song mini-album featuring backing by many top L.A. studio musicians.
Once again the bonus DVD features one PV ("Happiness") and a smattering of live performances; this time, however, the video sources for the live performances must not have been in good shape, as many of the live clips are mere excerpts. Additionally, the DVD features the short promo films Shoko made in L.A. to promote her Burt Bacharach cover album. All in all, this collection is quite worth the price.
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