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Editors’ Notes

1969’s title refers to the year of Saori Yuki’s debut as a recording artist. Over the past four-plus decades, the Japanese pop legend's sweetly elegant vocal stylings have won her a worldwide legion of fans, among them the Portland, Ore.–based retro-pop outfit Pink Martini. The band’s collaboration with Yuki is an obvious labor of love, filled with the sort of breezy yet heartfelt charm that she's made her trademark. Singing in Japanese, French, and English, she's framed by PM’s Thomas Lauderdale in billowing arrangements that mix lounge jazz with ‘60s-style pop and Latin sounds. Yuki strolls through the dreamy atmosphere of “Du Soleil Plein Les Yeux” and savors the delicate ache within “Wasuretainoni.” with a serene yet bittersweet air. Reaching further, she connects with the soft Brazilian pulse of “Mayonaka No Bossa Nova” and “Mas Que Nada” and taps into the quiet desperation of the Peggy Lee classic “Is That All There Is?" She draws on her talents as an interpreter of Japanese children’s songs in her honeyed version of “Puff, the Magic Dragon.”

Customer Reviews

Perfect

'60s Japanese and Pink Martini? Perfect combination. The negative reviews are baffling to me -- there's nothing cooler than '60s Japanese pop, and PM have really done something great with it.

Vladimir Chaloupka

I love it!! I discovered Pink Martini when I heard their rendition of Ravel's Bolero, and this album does not disappoint!!

Fantastic CD!

I love this group! I've seen them about half a dozen times in concert. They put on one hell of a show. NOT TO BE MISSED! This CD does not disappoint! These are some hard working artists! WOW! Keep up the great work! I get to see you again at the end of the month! I can't wait!

Biography

Formed: 1994 in Portland, OR

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The eclectic, acoustic-oriented sounds of Pink Martini have never been easy to categorize, but that hasn't prevented the Portland, Oregon-based band from acquiring a loyal, enthusiastic cult following. Some reviewers have considered Pink Martini to be a product of the neo-swing trend of the 1990s and have compared them to bands like the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies; however, Pink Martini have a much broader range of influences. And while most of the neo-swing...
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