Uta no Album [Album of Songs]

CD No: Avex Mode AVCA-14060
Release date: 12 Oct 2000
Price: Y3000
Total length: 52:21 (13 tracks)

The song collection for the TV series contains all the songs (I think) used in the show, including the OP and two ED songs.

Generally speaking, songs in Sakura Wars, except the OP and ED, are pretty different from ordinary anime songs. As they are designed to be sung in theatrical plays, they are often symbolic and someties a little too flowery, IMO. Naturally many of the songs here reminded me of Takarazuka Kagekidan ^_^ Pretty wnjoyable as a whole, though.

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1. geki! teikoku kageki-dan (Yokoyama Chisa) 3:00
[Fight! Imperial Attacking Force]
LYC: Hiroi Ouji MSC: Tanaka Kouhei ARG: Negishi Takayuki
2. shitamachi Rhapsody (Yokoyama Chisa & Fuchizaki Yuriko) 4:21
[Downtown Rhapsody]
'shitamachi' is not really "downtown" but an area ordinary (not rich) people live and often means the east part of Tokyo, where Sakura stayed for her first night in Tokyo. "East End" in London might be a Western counterpart.
LYC: Hiroi Ouji MSC: Tanaka Kouhei ARG: Negishi Takayuki
3. hibari no uta ~tsubaki-hime no yuu yori~ (Tomizawa Michie & Takano Urara) 3:21
[Song of Skylark ~From the Evening of Dame Camelia]
'tsubaki hime' is the Japanese title of Verdi's opera "La Traviata", which is based on Dumas's novel "La Dame aux camélias".
LYC: Hiroi Ouji MSC: Tanaka Kouhei ARG: Hamaguchi Shirou
4. Stone Monkey (Takano Urara) 3:48
LYC: Hiroi Ouji MSC: Tanaka Kouhei ARG: Negishi Takayuki
5. tsubasa (Fuchizaki Yuriko & Nishihara Kumiko) 5:19
[Wings]
LYC: Hiroi Ouji MSC: Tanaka Kouhei ARG: Kishimura Masami
6. Cinderella (Yokoyama Chisa & Takano Urara) 5:43
LYC: Hiroi Ouji MSC: Tanaka Kouhei ARG: Matsuo Hayato
7. hanafubuki shiranami Benten (Yokoyama Chisa & Tanaka Mayumi) 2:41
[Flowers Storm: Benten the Theft]
'shiranami' usually means "high wave" but is a kabuki term for "theft" here. There is a famous kabuki story called 'shiranami gonin-otoko' (The Five Thefts) and Benten is one of its main characters.
LYC: Hiroi Ouji MSC: Tanaka Kouhei ARG: Kishimura Masami
8. o-hanabatake (Nishihara Kumiko) 3:38
[Field of Flowers]
LYC: Hiroi Ouji MSC: Tanaka Kouhei ARG: Tada Akifumi
9. yume miru kikai (Fuchizaki Yuriko) 4:01
[The Dreaming Machine]
LYC: Hiroi Ouji MSC: Tanaka Kouhei ARG: Kishimura Masami
10. akai Katyusha (Takano Urara) 5:21
[Red Katyusha]
Katyusha is the heroine of Tolstoi's novel "Voskresenie". It was dramatised and played in Japan around this time. One of the song 'Katyusha no uta' was so successful it is still sung today.
LYC: Hiroi Ouji MSC: Tanaka Kouhei ARG: Hamaguchi Shirou
11. Centre Spot (Tomizawa Michie) 5:24
LYC: Hiroi Ouji MSC: Tanaka Kouhei ARG: Negishi Takayuki
12. Gekitei Ondo (Tanaka Mayumi) 2:42
'gekitei' is a shorthand for the title of the OP song and 'ondo' is traditional songs for Japanese folk dance.
LYC: Hiroi Ouji MSC: Tanaka Kouhei ARG: Tada Akifumi
13. yume mite iyou (Yokoyama Chisa, Takano Urara, Tomizawa Michie, Nishihara Kumiko & Fuchizaki Yuriko) 3:56
[Let's Stay Dreaming]
LYC: Hiroi Ouji MSC: Tanaka Kouhei ARG: Negishi Takayuki

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