Taeko Ohnuki Titles (Mignone, Romantique, Aventure)
"“Mignonne” is Taeko Onuki’s 3rd album released in 1978, which was the follow-up to her masterpiece “Sun Shower”(1977).
Her long time collaborators from Tin Pan Alley continued to collaborate with her for this album. Arranged by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Juzo Seo, and featured musicians such as Haruomi Hosono, Shigeru Suzuki, and Yukihiro Takahashi.
The sound is similar to her previous albums, with rich horns and strings arranged on top of Tin Pan Alley’s soulful rhythmic sections. The tracks have seen a resurgence of late, some of which being covered by contemporary Japanese artists ( “Yoko Gao”, “Umi to Shonen” by Akiko Yano, “Totsuzen no Okurimono” by Mariya Takeuchi)."
"Taeko Onuki’s 4th album, “Romantique”, became the first installment of her successful “European Trilogy” of albums which are inspired by and paid homage to french cinema soundtracks. The sound arrangement was changed from her previous studio band sound to a synth driven new wave sound. This album established her distinct whispery vocal style which was inspired by the french pops of Bridgette Fontaine and Françoise Hardy.
Song arrangements are by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Kazuhiko Kato, and featured members of Yellow Magic Orchestra, including Kenji Omura on guitar and Hideki Matsutake on synth programming.
The album includes a self cover of “Shinkiro No Machi” which she originally wrote for her previous band Sugar Babe’s album “Songs”."
"“Aventure”, Taeko Onuki’s 5th album was released in 1981, as a follow-up to previous year’s success of “Romantique”, and continues her pursuit of “Wa-sei (made in Japan) European Pops”.
The sound is more uplifting and poppy than her previous albums. This was in part due to arrangements by a variety of artists such as Norio Maeda, who is also a known as jazz pianist, in addition to her usual collaborator Ryuichi Sakamoto, Kazuhiko Kato, and others. The members of Yellow Magic Orchestra fully backed the music, and her bandmate from Sugar Babe, Tatsuro Yamashita also participated in chorus arrangement."