I just wanted to share a most favorite J-Pop song here….Fujishige Masataka as of late has been involved with a few anime series soundtracks but back in the mid 90’s he released a few catchy releases and none more memorable than his album title track “FOREVER.” His brand of pop/rock is a bit reminiscent of early Bon Jovi tracks and I think you’ll enjoy the unique deepness and feel of his voice which I think is really great. I originally came to hear his music when I received a promo copy of his mini album “Acoustic” from our Japan export division which was released during the Christmas time and I immediately fell in love with this track! And back then we actually had little Japanese shops which would rent CDs and singles and later sell many of them at amazingly discounted prices!! I found “Acoustic”‘s predecessor in a bin one day while browsing the used rental CDs for sale….it seems almost surreal that we had shops like these back then as they’ve become pretty much non existent now days. We still do have a few Japanese video rental shops though. (The little poll which should be directly above this text disappeared due to site maintenance shortly after I posted this, but please do check back later as it may reappear soon.) ^-^
So which version do you think sounds better?….
“FOREVER” was originally released as an uptempo rock song but I’ll start here with the latter acoustic version as it’s the one that I heard originally. Such a beautiful composition with a most memorable chorus and I love how the song gradually builds up in this version as the band gradually enters….and Masataka’s vocals are beautiful and expressive throughout. Fujishige Masataka performs on guitar and blues harp and is active in all of the songwriting being either the lyricist or both lyricist and music composer on all tracks.
Here’s the original pop/rock version which immediately starts off uptempo and lively. This version was released just eight months before the acoustic version appeared on his “Acoustic” and somewhat Christmas themed mini album.