"One stumbling block for Japanese folk is the form's inherent reliance on storytelling, an element that obviously suffers from language barriers. However, no understanding of Japanese is necessary to understand that opening track "ã»ã‚™ããŸã¡ã®å¤±æ•—," ("Bokutachi No Shippai" ) is about regret (it translates into "We Failed," in case you're wondering.) Doji's most famous song, it starts with a gentle, ghostly piano part, soon melding with her fragile, echoey, sad little girl vocals. When the arrangement opens up, even the (relatively) bright strings are drenched in sadness.
And that's the happy song. The remainder of "Mother Sky" never strays far from that sonic template: acoustic guitar, weeping strings, piano, and Doji's tragic, crying ghost of a voice. Bass and percussion are mostly absent, excluding the final track, "ä»Šæ—¥ã¯å¥‡è·¡ã®æœã¦ã‚™ã™" (translates roughly into "This Morning Is A Miracle." ) Don't let the optimistic sound of that translation fool you: while it's by far the most energetic track on here, it's the energy of a doomed soul, rushing back into the darkness. Angry, spectral backing vocals straight from an Ennio Morricone spaghetti western soundtrack wail as plaintive violins slash through what small shred of hope might remain." - jrawk.com
artist: Doji Morita title: Mother Sky type: album label: Polydor release date: 1976 length: 33:08 genre: folk/singer-songwriter country: Japan language: Japanese format: mp3 bitrate: vbr (~190kbps avg) codec: lame 3.93
credits: Written and performed by Doji Morita Arranged by Takahiko Ishikawa (tracks 1-4, 6-8 ), The Fortune Teller (track 5), J.A. Seazer (tracks 9-10) Takahiko Ishikawa - guitar