Saturday, January 05, 2019
The Singing Angels go to Japan
I forgot I had this. I spotted it a couple days ago on top of one of my record crates, and I said, "I forgot I had that." It's a seven-inch Japanese Christmas EP I bought while serving in Yokosuka, Japan, so it must be 1983-ish. No year given--none I can read, anyway--and I can't read the logographic Chinese characters called Kanji, so let's just call this The Singing Angels in Japan. It's the worst I can do on short notice. An on-line translator tells me that "Singing Angels" is "Utau tenshi-tachi" in Japense.
This runs at 33 1/3, so there's about 18 minutes of music. I can identify all but the last two titles. If anyone recognizes one or both, please leave a comment.
The arrangements are very good, the stereo sound is nice, and did I mention that I'd forgotten I had this? Oh, and though this is stereo, we almost got it in mono. I did a dumb thing and downloaded the update for my VinylStudio software (made by AlpineSoft), and of course it has glitches, one of which is to check the "Mix down to mono" box for me. I'm not doing it, so it must be the software. Luckily, I caught it this time before I exported the tracks (another glitch has made exporting an issue, too), so we have stereo. I prefer my stereo in stereo, anyway.
To the Utau Tenshi-Tachi: Japanese Christmas EP
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Joy to the World