Minako Yoshida Titles (In Motion, Light'n Up, Monsters In Town, Let's Do It, Monochrome)
"“In Motion” is Minako Yoshida’s 10th album and was recored live with songs selected from the albums “Twilight Zone” to “Light’n Up”.
Recorded live at Roppongi Pitt-Inn, but it was later edited by adding horn sections, which was arranged by Yasuaki Shimizu (Kakashi).
All songs are re-arranged drastically from the original recordings, and Yoshida later said in interview she intentionally selected songs that needed re-arrangement from live performances."
"“Light’n Up” is Minako Yoshida’s 9th studio album in 1982. Yoshida recorded the basic tracks in Tokyo with her regular band with the addition of Hiroshi Sato on keyboard. A section of the album was also recorded in New York with the Brecker Brothers and David Sanborn.
The album is hailed as a “light mellow” classic of city pop, which is defined as medium tempo urban Japanese soul/R&B, and was re-vitalized by club DJs in the late 90’s."
Monsters In Town
"“Monsters In Town” was Minako Yoshida’s self-produced 8th album released in 1981.
She shifted her sound from introspective singer song writer to heavy funk in turn leading to her next albums “Light’n Up” and “In Motion”. During this time she became known as the “Queen of Funk”.
“Monsters In Town” established her producer career that was sonically defined by a tight groove of multi-layered backup tracks, with a focus on chorus arrangements.
The album features the same musicians as her album “Monochrome” such as Tsunehide Matsuki, Yasuaki Shimizu, also featuring Akira Sakata on saxophone. Strings and Horns are arranged by Tatsuro Yamashita and Yasuaki Shimizu (Kakashi)"
Let's Do It
"Minako Yoshida’s 6th album “Let’s Do It” was recorded in Hollywood, and was her first time recording outside of Japan working with foreign musicians. It was produced by Gene & Billy Page of Motown fame, with the backup of Motown musicians like David T. Walker, Wah Wah Watson, and Greg Phillinganes.
Yoshida later said in an interview that she didn’t want a “Hollywood sound”, so she gathered Ryuichi Sakamoto and her musicians at a studio in Tokyo to create demo tracks with solid arrangements before she went into production in Hollywood.
""Let’s Do It"" is a great mix of Minako’s Japanese song writing sensibility fused with a urban soul/ fusion sound.
All Songs are written by Yoshida, except for 3 songs co-written with Tatsuro Yamashita, who later re-recorded “Cloud” and “Time” for his own albums."
"“Monochrome” was Minako Yoshida’s 7th album, and her first that was self produced.
Yoshida, who had recorded previous albums in Los Angeles for a bright Californian sound, had said she “wanted to bring it back to more introspective music” for Monochrome.
She recorded the album by singing over her piano playing and fusing other instrumentation on top of it, using a bare minimal number of musicians. The minimal approach succeeded in creating some very intimate acoustic style soul music. All songs written by her except for “Rainy Day”, penned by Tatsuro Yamashita, which was re-recorded for his solo album “Ride On Time”. Yasuaki Shimizu (Kakashi) is guest featured on saxophone."