Japanese title: ふるさと
Romaji title: furusato
English title: Hometown

Members: Nakazawa, Iida, Abe, Ishiguro, Yaguchi, Ichii, Yasuda

Release date: 1999.07.14 / 2005.03.02

Catalog nr: EPDE-1044 / EPDA-5318 (Re-release)
Label: zetima

First press: no


«Furusato» is Morning Musume‘s 6th single. The song is sung by Natsumi Abe, with the rest of the girls doing the harmonies.

It was released on July 14th, 1999, containing the title track and it’s instrumental, as well as a B-side (Wasurerannai). The single sold 102.750 copies in it’s first week, and a total of 170.670 copies charting for 6 weeks, earning them #5 on the Oricon charts. This was their lowest selling and lowest charting single at that time (that would change with the next single).

Music video for Furusato

Music video for Furusato

In 2004, a special «Early Single Box» was released, a limited edition box set containing their first eight singles reissued on 12cm CDs. The box set also contained a bonus 12cm karaoke CD with instrumentals of 15 popular songs from their first 3 albums and a 36 page color booklet. In 2005, the singles were released individually,, and first press editions of these singles came with a photo card. All the 12 cm CDs contain an extra track for each single.

This is the first release where Tsunku (their manager & song writer) referred to himself as Tsunku ♂.

Tsunku’s comments about this release:

"I was actually thinking about releasing “Furusato” on July 7th . On July 7th with 7 members, and on September 9th with 9 members.

Morning Musume was just like my band, Sharan Q. At the age of 23, we’ve moved to Tokyo from Osaka. We were all around the same age, from the same hometown, with the common hopes and dreams… It took a while for us to be noticed and become popular, and we were struggling everyday in order to make our common dreams come true. By then, we were the grown-ups, but we still felt loneliness as well as sadness. I remember we felt homesick too. There are a lot more members in Morning Musume than Sharan Q, but the girls are from different hometowns in Japan, different ages, and different background experience in the industry…And that’s how Morning Musume is formed. They seldom complain in front of me, but I’m sure some of them feel homesick, and some might feel lonely and depressed. I really think they’ve done well. After concerts, some immediate families come and visit the girls in green room, and I’ve seen some girls burst into tears. And I felt how tough it must have been for those young girls.

I came up with the idea of the song based on I just mentioned above. I think this is the best suited song for Morning Musume. And because it is Morning Musume’s song, I have faith in their performance. Maybe this song can only be sung by Morning Musume. And because I am a producer of Morning Musume, I was able to create such a wonderful song like this. I feel blessed to have met such wonderful and talented girls."


COVERS


This song has been covered several times; Yuko Nakazawa and Sayaka Ichii covered it for their folk song album (in 2001), Yuko Nakazawa did an acoustic version on her second solo album (released in 2004), and Natsumi Abe re-recorded it for her solo album Hitoribocchi in 2004.

It has also been covered by H!P artists Kamei Eri (6th gen MM), Niigaki Risa (5th gen MM), Suzuki Airi (H!P Kids), Natsuyaki Miyabi (H!P Kids), Takahashi Ai (5th gen MM), Okai Chisato (H!P Kids) and released digitally.


TRACK LIST


Original release
01. ふるさと (Furusato; Hometown)
02. 忘れらんない (Wasurerannai; Unforgettable)
03. ふるさと (Instrumental)

Re-release
01. ふるさと (Furusato; Hometown)
02. 忘れらんない (Wasurerannai; Unforgettable)
03. ふるさと (Instrumental)
04. ふるさと(Early Vocal Version)

The 4th track on the re-release was recorded on June 6th, 1999. Comparing to the single version, Abe’s vocal is somewhat more cheerful. At this stage, there was no chorus part except for the harmonies by members. The single version was recorded later on June 8th. As for the single version, the song ends by fading out. However, this version has a clear ending.


CREDITS


ふるさと (Furusato)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Takao Konishi

A trance remix of this track appears on the album Club Hello Trance Remix. A Hawaiian version is found on the single Morning Musume Single Medley ~Hawaiian~ and on the album Hawaiian de Kiku Morning Musume Single Collection (released in 2002).

 

忘れらんない (Wasurerannai)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Takao Konishi and Shitamachi Kyoudai

 


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