"Come Together" initially sounded like it came straight out of a stage musical and really if this disc didn't come packaged in an Ongaku Gatas case I probably wouldn't have known it was OG with the exception of…well hearing Rikachan's most distinct and always adorable vocals. "Come Together" does however pull through with all the promise that comes with naming your song with the same title as Lennon's classic from Abbey Road. The bass line does breath a hint of that 60's vibe as does the retro distorted twang of the guitar's main riff which really sets the hook here firmly. Some other subtle touches of yesteryear can also be heard in post production including that very "George Martin" utilization of backwards tracking. ^-^ I'm hearing some similarities to an old Alice in Chains song from their "Jar of Flies" album (yep the one with the fake flies in the spine…what a "first press" surprise!). Without doubt the loss of Manoeri in particular poses quite a loss for OG but with this single I feel all of my anxieties have been erased. I for the most part prefer a "live" band sound in any studio recording versus a purely digitally produced one…in the use of real instruments and "Come Together" gets the knockout approval! XD
And you thought that I could go a single day without posting this drama capture. 😛 Instead of a numbered or star ranking I think I'll go with the "Knockout!!" ranking here. Some songs just capture that special umph!…and the guy's expression above says it all! 🙂 Reserved for only the most loved…hmmm…I have a feeling this may appear quite often.
But fear not the disco inspiration lives on in the coupling track "Aisaretai aisaretai" which is pure boogie down fever. We're talking disco ball…John Travolta…the whole nine yards. This track is much more reminiscent of their other releases and it really gives this single an intersting contrast to say the least. With less members hopefully we'll keep hearing better line distribution as is always the wish when it comes to H!P groups. I can't quite give this track the "Maochan knockout seal of approval" just yet…well it has been on repeat so I don't think that'll happen but still it's a solid track just not worthy of being knocked out by. 🙂
I wonder what the future will hold for OG as it's a bit iffy right now as to how long they'll remain active but if this latest single is any indication I'd say keep them forever. And it's always extra nice to see Tsunku's name in the composing credits as he penned both lyrics and music for both tracks…something that has become more and more dilluted with the ever growing H!P music family of artists. I just hope Tsunku never burns out like Komuro did awhile back and perhaps not writing for every single solo artist or group within H!P will help his longetivity in this sense. ^-^
Ongaku Gatas' concert DVD "Ongaku Gatas first concert Tour 2008 Haru mizaru iwazaru goodsal!" (EPBE-5292) has a running time of 112 minutes and in addition to their own releases it has a wonderful assortment of other H!P favorites performed live. I received this concert awhile ago but only recently have started to watch it. It can be ordered here at Cdjapan. If you love OG, you'll love this DVD for sure!
Here's an oldie but goodie and a real favorite of mine…"Honki de atsui theme song." Ongaku Gatas' live version rocks and I love their red outfits being worn here! Sengoku Minami so pretty above…second to only Nocchi on my favorite Eggs list. It was great to see/hear all of the Eggs get a fair share of solo lines in the spotlight throughout this concert and hopefully with the smaller group lineup this will only improve in time.
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Another performance from OG's DVD that I love is their rendition of an old Country Musume favorite "Koibito was kokoro no ouendan" and of course Rikachan is up front and center here! ^-^ Such a cute oldie and I was thrilled to see OG covering it! XD
And last but not least here's a rather interesting and energetic rendition of the shuffle classic "BE ALL RIGHT!" Such varied outfits being worn here and OG does a great job with this fun and catchy song as well. XD