The Peanuts Dream Box Set
© 2002, 2014 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title||The Peanuts Dream Box Set|
|CD Label||King Record Co., Ltd.|
|Music by:||The Peanuts (Emi & Yumi Ito)|
|Number of discs||5|
|Year of release/manufacture||02-21-2001|
May 17, 2002
Born on April 1, 1941 in Aichi prefecture, Emi Ito (Birth name Hideyo Ito) and her twin sister Yumi Ito (Birth name Tsukiko Ito) were known as the popular singing duo The Peanuts. They were discovered by Watanabe Pro founder Sho Watanabe when he first saw them performing at a club in Nagoya as the Ito Sisters, and in 1958 brought them to Tokyo, where they were dubbed The Peanuts. Their records were very popular in Japan during the 1950's & 1960's. I've been told they even appeared here in the U.S. on "The Ed Sullivan Show". They also appeared in several films including several Mothra and Godzilla films. The duo retired from performing 4 April 1975.
This box set contains 5 CD's with 20 tracks each for a total of 100 songs. The box also contains a nice 60 page booklet that contains no pictures but does contain track titles and lyrics in Japanese. The nice thing about this set is that a lot of the track titles are also listed in English. If you already own the 6 CD box set (KICS-6045~50) or the 4 double discs of singles ( KICS-2297~98, KICS-2299~300, KICS-2301~2, and KICS-2303~4) then be aware there is quite a bit of duplication of songs among the box sets and singles sets. If you like the music of Emi and Yumi Ito as I do, then you will certainly enjoy this 5 CD box set. I won't make an attempt to review each disc separately because they are all somewhat similar. All the discs contain a mix of pop, folk, and romance songs. Many are covers of popularly known tunes from the US, Britain, Italy and other countries. If you are expecting Godzilla and Mothra tunes then this set is not for you. There is only one song among the five discs that are from from their Mothra appearances and that's the last song on Disc 1. Most songs are sung in Japanese but there are also some sung all or partially in English, Italian, German and Spanish.
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