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| Last Christmas
- Original Soundtrack
|Music By: Takashi
|Running Time: 61:40
|Release: August 1992
||CD Number: ESCA-5602
the soundtrack to writer/director Yoshimitsu Morita's
early 1990's film Last Christmas.
Despite what the movie's title might
suggest, this CD doesn't really have a holiday
vibe to it. In fact, it's kind of a mish-mash
of styles from the 1980's and 1990's, ranging
from Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time"
to Julio Iglesias'
"Volver A Empezar". So not only is there a multitude
of genres present, but also an assortment of different
Unfortunately, the breadth
of musical styles make this disc hard to suggest, since
it's so unlikely that everything will be appeal
to the same listener. There is a slight tilt toward American
pop from the 1980's, though, with "Let's Groove" by
Earth, Wind & Fire and the already mentioned Lauper
song, so it might find an audience there.
As for the Japanese vocal tracks, they are decent. "Ihojin",
by Saki Kubota, would definitely be one of the better
ones, as it does have a light hearted quality to it that
makes it an enjoyable listen. In fact, it's not so much
that there is a bad song here from the Japanese artists,
save the fairly lackluster "Machikado Twilight", but
that none of them truly standout as
an exceptional experience.
In terms of the non-vocal tracks, there really isn't
much to this release.
There is eleven minutes of music present from Takashi
Kako's score, but this is divided amongst only two tracks,
with the second being a synthesized take of the first.
To be fair, the theme,
"Souvenirs Du Future", isn't bad, it does
have a nice soothing quality to it, but it's not very
memorable all the same.
Overall, this disc is a pretty mixed bag, but it does
grow on the listener with time. In fact, I sat down to
with the intention of giving it a 1.5, before continued
listens gradually changed that to a more mediocre 2.5
in the end. Again, this CD is going to be a tough sell
with its "shotgun blast" like focus on different styles,
but tracks like "Ihojin" do grant it some redeemable
- Last Christmas
- Souvenirs Du Future (Strings Version)
By: Saki Kubota
- Machikado Twilight
- Volver A Empezar (Begin the Beguine)
By: Julio Iglesias
- Let's Groove
By: Earth, Wind & Fire
- Who Can it Be Now?
By: Men At Work
- Time After Time
By: Cyndi Lauper
- Standard Number
By: Yoshitaka Minami
- Soshite Boku Wa, Toho Ni Kureru
By: Yoshiyuki Ohsawa
- Words Get in the Way
By: Miami Sound Machine
- Roman Hiko
By: Kome Kome Club
- Souvenirs Du Future (Synthesizer Version)
- Last Christmas (Music Box Version)
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