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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Mio Fou - Mio Fou ~15th Anniversary~ (1984)

Progressive pop/synthpop/new wave. Similar to Real Fish's album, "A Very Big Band in Heaven" but more mellow and with vocals.
Mio Fou were a duo consisting of Hiirofumi Suzuki (Moonriders, Keiichi Suzuki's brother), and violinist Hirono Mio (Shi-shonen, Real Fish)
Maki Nomiya (Pizzicato Five, Portable Rock) also provides guest vocals.
This re-issue features 7 bonus tracks.

One of Hirono Mio's solo songs, posting simply because I really like it.

Sample
320mp3 DL reuploaded

19 comments:

  1. Hello, I love your blog, congratulations on the job!
    I met some great sounds here!

    Thank you!

    Cheers

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  2. Do you, by any chance, happen to have Hirono Mio's Fruits of the Moon?

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    1. Yep, here you go.
      http://www.mediafire.com/?gv71r37747ya919

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  3. Awesome blog! Thank you so much!

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  4. Just a question about the bonus tracks... I know tracks 9 & 10 are taken from the 1988 edition of the album, but what about the other ones? Are they new recordings?

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  5. Yes they are. Tracks 11-15 were recorded throughout the years 2006-2009.
    "M-11 metrotr-on-line 2008 april"
    "M-12 metrotr-on-line 2006 august"
    "M-13 PUSH! PUSH! PUSH!" (I'm not sure of the exact date, sorry.)
    "M-14 metrotr-on-line 2006 august"
    "M-15 metrotr-on-line 2008 april"
    You can buy some of those releases from Hirono Mio's website.
    And tracks 9 and 10 are actually from the 1983 compilation album Bright Young Aquarium Workers.

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    1. Great, thanks again for the music and the info! :)

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    2. You're welcome. (◠﹏◠✿)

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  6. I'm just finding this now, but I love the sample track you posted. If you could re-post yet again, it'd be much appreciated. Amazon actually has this available on mp3, but the album stops after track 10, so I'm very curious about the other five tracks.

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    1. (Actually, since posting that request, I did find the expanded version. So good! Now if I can only find "Fruits of the Moon".)

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    2. (Oh, and the albums available from Amazon are "II" and "III", not this one. I confused them because the album cover for "II" is very similar. They include a number of the songs on the EPs that the extra tracks were drawn from.)

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    3. Sorry. I would have uploaded it for you not long after you posted your message but there's something majorly wrong with my internet connection. I'm not sure what you mean; Amazon does have Mio Fou's first album.
      www.amazon.co.jp/MIO-FOU~25th-Anniversary-Edition~-%E7%B4%99%E3%82%B8%E3%83%A3%E3%82%B1%E3%83%83%E3%83%88%E4%BB%95%E6%A7%98/dp/B0027BEDD0/ref=pd_bxgy_m_img_z
      I would happily upload Fruits of the Moon for you but my connection is taking the piss. Despite that, hopefully it'll be up by the end of the day.

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    4. I'll check back for Fruits of the Moon, thanks in advance! My Amazon comments were about U.S. Amazon, where "II" and "III" are available as mp3 downloads (both of which I bought last night, and I can report they are worth it). Amazon.co.jp can't sell mp3s to overseas customers, unfortunately, which has long been a source of frustration for me. Not that I don't pony up for CDs from there every once in a while, like when I was on my Ichiko Hashimoto binge last year.

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    5. Here you are:
      http://aghwee.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/hirono-mio-fruits-of-moon-1988.html
      That's my new blog, so any stuff I post from now on will be there. Unfortunately, this blog still gets more traffic!
      Please could you upload Mio Fou II and III? I'd love to listen to them; I've wanted to since I first bought this CD –which is almost 3 years ago (of course, I ended up spending my money on other albums); time flies, I had another Japanese music blog before this one which I started at the age of 16, I turn 20 tomorrow.
      I love Ichiko Hashimoto as well! I first got into her through the group Colored Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHL2e9VkiyU
      She has so many great albums, but I think I enjoy D.M. and Vivant the most. Although, I do wish she made less rock songs; I just find it so jarring. For instance, Communication on D.M. –even Colored Music had Too Much Money (the ending of that song is gorgeous but I could do without the rest).

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    6. Oh, and I could also send Atsuo Fujimoto's "Beat Jazz" album. (He's the other one from Colored Music.) Unfortunately I don't have this, but man do I wish I did: http://blog.livedoor.jp/imq/archives/52342612.html

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  7. Thanks! I also heard Colored Music first, which made me want to find more. My favorites are probably Beauty and D.M., but yeah, there are a lot of great ones. (I like the rockier songs, myself.) I have many of her harder-to-find albums -- Phantasmagoria, Najanaja, Under Water, Romantic Rain, Loom, High Excentrique, High Excentrique Piano Music -- happy to send those if there are any you don't have. Probably won't have time until next week though. I'm not sure about Mio Fou II & III -- I think Amazon buries personal identifiers in the metadata and I wouldn't be comfortable with those getting shared if so. I'll investigate.

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    1. Ichiko‘s Phantasmagoria is very hard to get.I have only seach out it in a japanese video website.Unfortunately,that link have been invalid.Cloud you please upload the rip for share?Thank you.

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