Title: TANPOPO 1

Release date: 1999.03.31

Catalog nr: EPCE-5017
Label: zetima

First press: yes, a postcard


«Tanpopo 1″ is Tanpopo‘s debut album.

It contains their first single, two mixes, three solo songs and four new songs. It sold 64.430 copies in its first week and 88.680 copies total.

On Utaban, Natsumi Abe was «confronted» about this album. She had told Ishiguro and Iida she had listened to it, but turns out she hadn’t (drama!). 

Tsunku’s comments about the album release:

«Tanpopo was created from three members out of eight members of Morning Musume. Back when we recorded their debut song, “Last Kiss”, Yaguchi wasn’t used to recording session yet, and Iida and Ishiguro were both unaware of their potentials. Around the same time as the 2nd single, “Motto”, I began creating this album during my frantic schedule (which is a little understatement, if I may confess), so we had to squeeze in the recording sessions in between my available time. The three members did a very good job accommodating their schedules for me. This time, we focused on the chorus part. It must have been difficult to sing along the unfamiliar melody. In the end, the result was satisfactory, with lots of sexiness into it.

Ishiguro’s solo song, “Wakattenai janai”, has a rich jazz sound with a powerful vocal track. Iida’s solo song, “Kataomoi” has a UK Rock-ish hard beats and a sexy vocal, which creates a distinct world of her own. Yaguchi’s solo, “Sentimental Minamimuki” has 70s Motown arrangement with a soulful funky sound.

Tanpopo’s goal is “to become a group which is loved by a wide range of audience”. I think the album is well suited for this goal.«

Promo poster

Promo poster


TRACK LIST


01. ラストキッス (single version) (Last Kiss)
02. わかってないじゃない (Wakatte nai ja nai; You Don’t Get It, Do You)
03. センチメンタル南向き (Sentimental Minamimuki; Sentimental Southward)
04. Motto (album mix)
05. 誕生日の朝 (Tanjoubi no Asa; On the Morning of My Darling’s Birthday)
06. 片想い (Kataomoi; One-way love)
07. ONE STEP
08. たんぽぽ (Tanpopo; Dandelion)
09. スキ (Suki; I Love You)
10. ラストキッス (album version)


CREDITS


ラストキッス (single version) (Last Kiss (single version))

Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Takao Konishi

This is the A-side to Tanpopo’s first single.


わかってないじゃない (Wakatte nai ja nai)

Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Shunsuke Suzuki

This is a solo song, sung by Ishiguro.


センチメンタル南向き (Sentimental Minamimuki)

Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Shin Kouno

This is a solo song, sung by Yaguchi.


Motto (album mix)

Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Shin Kouno

This is a mix of the A-side to Tanpopo’s second single.


誕生日の朝 (Tanjoubi no Asa)

Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Takao Konishi


片想い (Kataomoi)

Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Shunsuke Suzuki

This is a solo song, sung by Iida.


ONE STEP

Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Takao Konishi


たんぽぽ (Tanpopo)

Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Takao Konishi

This track would be released as a re-cut single a few months after the album’s release.


スキ (Suki)

Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Takao Konishi


ラストキッス (album version)


Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Takao Konishi

This is a mix of the A-side to Tanpopo’s first single.


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