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  • Album: (CD above) Columbia COCA-14561, Title: "Complete Song Collection" ("Zen-Kyoku-Shuu"), Subtitled: "Shakunage no Ame" & "Hanami Tsuki", 16 songs, 1997, Y3000, Songs: 8, Performance: 7

       Toshimi Tagawa is blessed with such a lovely voice! However, those new to Enka might not like the strong vibrato she sometimes uses, particularly evident in her earlier songs. Heavy vibrato is usually part of Enka, but Tagawa-san combines it with change-of-voice in a way that in a few cases might sound "overwrought" to Western ears, but which might sound "heartfelt" to Japanese ears. But these are really great songs. In this and the album below, she sings a lot of songs made famous by other performers, though I assume "Shakunage no Ame" ("Rhododendron Rain") is one of her hits. I learned of her from an appearence on "NHK Song Concert."
    Columbia COCA-14197, Title: uncertain., Subtitle: "Shakunage no Ame", Songs: 9, Performance: 7, 16 songs, 1997, Y3059

       An awesome album. About 8 songs on this and the previous album are identical. And this was even after I'd carefully checked the album contents. At least this way, I was able to get 25 songs between the two albums, which averages 12 songs per album... quite good by comparison with most other 10-song albums.

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