「Featured post」~岡本真夜

Okamoto Mayo smile tour '97 insert (1)

Okamoto Mayo smile tour '97 insert (2)Okamoto Mayo, a most accomplished musician/ singer who’s been active since the mid 90’s debuted with a most distinguished achievement as her debut single “Tomorrow” topped the Oricon Charts at #1…released on May 10th, 1995 it was also a tie~in theme song to the drama series “Second Chance.” Her discography over the years includes 20 singles and 16 original albums in addition to compilations and numerous visual releases from pvs to live concerts. With a most recognizable style and a vocal prowess capable of the sweetest of highs with a range and nuance projected through heartfelt emotions and touch with outstanding control it’s still not her most impressive ingredient stemming from her now long reaching resume in music~.

That distinction surely lies in her gifted songwriting ability (in both lyrics & music)which has not only been present since her very debut song and ever present and exclusive to her releases in entirety, but a gift which has also written for fellow vocalist and entertainers alike throughout the years. One notable collaboration was the theme for “Oishi Kankei” which saw Okamoto Mayo’s composition “Mirai e no present” join with fellow vocalist Nakayama Miho as she starred alongside the very talented actor Karasawa Toshiaki~.

Okamoto Mayo’s most recent release came out just last month but here I’ll be including her earlier songs dating back to her debut which are included in my modest collection of hers.

I was a bit torn between choosing which song to begin with as I so know that first impressions are everything and it came down to either her single “Alone” which showcases Okamoto Mayo’s voice and outstanding range and nuances she possesses with such effortless touch or her single “Sono mama no kimi deite” which doesn’t only have one of my most favorite pvs♥ of all time behind it but it also showcases her playful side brought out by an amazing and ultra creative pv production/acting staff along with one the genki~est of catchy~melodies ever written. So beautifully positive are these lyrics and harmonies and they’re just so cutely incorporated into the video itself as it plays out like a ‘making of’ clip living inside a fully produced pv♥~.

So…hmm I’m hoping you’ll really watch both =).

These are again like recently, VHS~~>Digital transfers as I got them quite awhile ago so please don’t mind the slight fuzziness =P.

Okamoto Mayo’s releases can be ordered @ Cdjapan.

Okamoto Mayo’s releases can be ordered @ YesAsia.

Okamoto Mayo videos

Okamoto Mayo smile tour '97 postcards (1)Okamoto Mayo smile tour '97 postcards (2)

Two postcards which were included with her 1st live release~*.

Okamoto Mayo Mayo Clips Vol.1 VHS (outer slip case cover scan)

Okamoto Mayo in Sono mama no kimi deite (1)

Okamoto Mayo in Sono mama no kimi deite (2)

~Okamoto Mayo “Sono mama no kimi deite” (pv)~

Easily one of the most addictive music videos ever made boasting a cute~catchy meter above 10.

Okamoto Mayo in Sono mama no kimi deite (4)Okamoto Mayo in Sono mama no kimi deite (5)Okamoto Mayo in Sono mama no kimi deite (6)Okamoto Mayo in Sono mama no kimi deite (7)Okamoto Mayo in Sono mama no kimi deite (8)Okamoto Mayo in Sono mama no kimi deite (9)Okamoto Mayo in Sono mama no kimi deite (10)Okamoto Mayo in Sono mama no kimi deite (11)Okamoto Mayo in Sono mama no kimi deite (12)Okamoto Mayo in Sono mama no kimi deite (13)Okamoto Mayo in Sono mama no kimi deite (14)Okamoto Mayo in Sono mama no kimi deite (15)Okamoto Mayo in Sono mama no kimi deite (16)Okamoto Mayo in Sono mama no kimi deite (17)Okamoto Mayo in Sono mama no kimi deite (19)Okamoto Mayo in Sono mama no kimi deite (18)

Okamoto Mayo in Alone (1)

~Okamoto Mayo “Alone” (pv)~

A pop masterpiece with a completely harmonious marriage between vocals & melody at their very best.

Okamoto Mayo in Alone (2)Okamoto Mayo in Alone (3)Okamoto Mayo in Alone (4)Okamoto Mayo in Alone (5)Okamoto Mayo in Alone (6)Okamoto Mayo in Alone (7)Okamoto Mayo in Alone (8)Okamoto Mayo in Alone (9)Okamoto Mayo in Alone (10)

Okamoto Mayo in Nakechau hodo setsunai kedo

~Okamoto Mayo “Nakechau hodo setsunai kedo” (pv)~

There’s a subtle hint of The Beatles present within the intricately sweet melody here.

Okamoto Mayo in Nakechau hodo setsunai kedo (1)Okamoto Mayo in Nakechau hodo setsunai kedo (2)Okamoto Mayo in Nakechau hodo setsunai kedo (4)Okamoto Mayo in Nakechau hodo setsunai kedo (5)Okamoto Mayo in Nakechau hodo setsunai kedo (6)Okamoto Mayo in Nakechau hodo setsunai kedo (7)Okamoto Mayo in Nakechau hodo setsunai kedo (8)Okamoto Mayo in Nakechau hodo setsunai kedo (9)

Okamoto Mayo in Forever (6)

~Okamoto Mayo “Forever” (pv)~

Another well written early composition and this one is accompanied by a mini~story set in Paris.

Okamoto Mayo in Forever (1)Okamoto Mayo in Forever (2)Okamoto Mayo in Forever (4)Okamoto Mayo in Forever (3)Okamoto Mayo in Forever (5)

Okamoto Mayo in Tomorrow

~Okamoto Mayo “Tomorrow” (pv)~

Where it all began…1st single, 1st #1 release.

Okamoto Mayo in Tomorrow (1)Okamoto Mayo in Tomorrow (3)Okamoto Mayo in Tomorrow (2)Okamoto Mayo in Tomorrow (4)Okamoto Mayo in Tomorrow (6)

~Early singles~

Okamoto Mayo singles...

Okamoto Mayo Tomorrow CD single (cover scan)

“Tomorrow” was released on May 10th, 1995.

~Okamoto Mayo “Tomorrow” mp3~

~Okamoto Mayo “Blue Star” mp3~

Okamoto Mayo Alone CD single (cover scan)

“Alone” was released on November 5th, 1996.

~Okamoto Mayo “Alone” mp3~

~Okamoto Mayo “Motto waratteyo” mp3~

Okamoto Mayo Nakechauhodo setsunaikedo CD single (cover scan)

“Nakechau hodo setsunai kedo” was released on March 5th, 1997.

~Okamoto Mayo “Nakechau hodo setsunai kedo” mp3~

~Okamoto Mayo “Will…~mirai e no present~ (Acoustic version) mp3~

Love Cupids Haru ga kita ♥ CD single (cover scan)

Love Cupids was a cute collaboration between Okamoto Mayo and Narita Yurie…a little side project.

“Haru ga kita ♥” was released on April 18th, 1997.

A fun and pretty unique aspect of this single is that in addition to the main track there are also two additional versions catering to karaoke with one being a version where you can sing along with only Okamoto Mayo whereas the other allows you sing along with only Narita Yurie’s vocal parts.

Love Cupids Haru ga kita (lyrics)

~Love Cupids “Haru ga kita ♥” mp3~

~Love Cupids  “Haru ga kita ♥” (duet karaoke with Mayo) mp3~

~Love Cupids “Haru ga kita ♥” (duet karaoke with Yurie) mp3~

~Early albums~

Okamoto Mayo album collection

Here I’ve chosen my overall favorite~♥ Okamoto Mayo album “Smile” to highlight, below are the complete tracks.

Okamoto Mayo Smile booklet (1)

“Smile” was released on March 5th, 1997.

Okamoto Mayo Smile booklet (2)

Okamoto Mayo Smile booklet (3)

~Okamoto Mayo “Sono mama no kimi deite” mp3~

~Okamoto Mayo “Smile” mp3~

Okamoto Mayo Smile booklet (4)

Okamoto Mayo Smile booklet (5)

~Okamoto Mayo “Nakechau hodo setsunai kedo” mp3~

~Okamoto Mayo “Will…~mirai e no present~” mp3~

Okamoto Mayo Smile booklet (6)

Okamoto Mayo Smile booklet (7)

~Okamoto Mayo “Oyasumi darlin” mp3~

~Okamoto Mayo “Wakaretainara sou iebaiijanai” mp3~

Okamoto Mayo Smile booklet (8)

Okamoto Mayo Smile booklet (9)

~Okamoto Mayo “Alone” mp3~

~Okamoto Mayo “Mou ichido dake kisu shitakatta” mp3~

Okamoto Mayo Smile booklet (10)

Okamoto Mayo Smile booklet (11)

~Okamoto Mayo “Mata aoune mata aeruyone” mp3~

~Okamoto Mayo “ANNIVERSARY” mp3~

Okamoto Mayo Smile booklet (12)

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3 Responses to 「Featured post」~岡本真夜

  1. philipleslie says:

    As always with your posts, an amazing and comprehensive review of this wonderful vocalist. I have the album ‘Smile’, but am really keen to get hold of her others now!

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    • They’re all really great with so many well written songs and melodies…I can’t even think to suggest one over the other as you’ve already got my most favorite of Mayo’s albums in “Smile.” That’s so cool that the very album you have is the very one which I chose to feature here =)….and as you’ve said in your post, I too could listen to her amazing voice all the time ^^. Thank you Philip, you’re always so kind.

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