© 2003 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title||The Best Song Collection|
|CD Label||King Record Co., Ltd.|
|Music by:||The Peanuts (Emi & Yumi Ito)|
|Number of tracks||20|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||12-23-1999|
December 31, 2003
This CD is IDENTICAL to the CD's The Peanuts, The Definitive Edition, # KICX-2443 released in 1998, The Peanuts Best, # KICX-2731 released 12/02/2001 and The Best Song Collection, # KICX-2921 released 11/06/2003 also on this site. The only thing that is different is the packaging. For some strange reason it seems this disc is getting repackaged and rereleased every few years. Maybe because the previous recordings go out of print quickly.
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.
So how does the CD sound? If you like soft pop from the 50's & 60's then you may enjoy this CD. It's the kind of soft pop done by U.S. artists before the British Invasion of the mid 60's. Of course it's all in Japanese but the tunes are still enjoyable. I like the voices and harmonies these girls put out. I enjoyed the CD and continually look for some of their other recordings.
The Peanuts Best