Himawari [Sunflower]

CD No: JVC Entertainment VTCL-60083
Release date: 24 Dec 2008
Price: Y2500
Total length: 64:17 (16 tracks)

This special CD, released on the Christmas Eve, is a memorial tribute to Kawai Eri, who passed away far too early on 4th August of this year. Almost all the songs are from Aria with one each song from Sketchbook and Bamboo Blade.
As the producer mentions in the booklet, they added, to cover the lack of enough resource at JVC, various tracks which were not meant to be released to public. Tracks 3,7 and 11 are "sample versions" she made for the actual singers. Track 12 was also a private mp3 file she created at home to help Hirohashi Ryou (apparently the file was entitled as 'himawari,' rather than "Sunflower"). The last four tracks are live recording from Aria The Concert, which were recorded on MDs by the staff purely for an archiving purpose. So, the sound quality is not ideal but, for anybody who has been moved by her songs, this CD will be a treasure.
A number of people sent their messages, including Amano Kozue, who made the cover art of the CD. But, I have to say, even this excellent CD is far from enough to compensate our loss.
JFYI, part of the profit of the CD will be donated to WWF Japan for the sake of Eri, who loved beautiful nature life.


NHT rating: Rating

1. Barcarole (dokushou) 1:45
[Barcarole (A Cappella)]
LYC: Kawai Eri MSC: Kubota Mina ARG: Kubota Mina
2. mangetsu no Dolce 4:02
[Cake of the Full Moon]
MSC: Senou Takeshi ARG: Senou Takeshi
3. Undine (zougoshi Ver.) 5:44
[Undine (Lyrics in Coined Words)]
LYC: Kawai Eri MSC: Kubota Mina ARG: Kubota Mina
4. yuunagi 2:53
[Evening Calm]
MSC: Sasago Shigeharu ARG: Choro Club
5. Coccolo (Organ Ver.) 2:17
LYC: Kawai Eri MSC: Kubota Mina ARG: Kubota Mina
6. Santa Claus no sora 3:58
[Sky of Santa Claus]
MSC: Senou Takeshi ARG: Senou Takeshi
7. Lumis Eterne 4:37
LYC: Kubota Mina MSC: Kubota Mina ARG: Kubota Mina
8. Second Season ~kibou~ 2:28
[Second Season ~Hope~]
MSC: Senou Takeshi ARG: Senou Takeshi
9. Aria 2:47
MSC: Sasago Shigeharu ARG: Senoo Takeshi
10. mizu no kagami 4:51
[Mirror of Water]
MSC: Sasago Shigeharu ARG: Choro Club
11. tanpopo suisha 4:03
[Dandelion Waterwheel]
LYC: Kawai Eri MSC: Muramatsu Ken ARG: Muramatsu Ken
12. Sunflower 4:37
LYC: Kawai Eri MSC: Kawai Eri ARG: Nakano Sadahiro
13. mangetsu no Dolce (Live Ver.) 4:47
[Cake of the Full Moon]
MSC: Senou Takeshi
14. Coccolo (Live Ver.) 3:18
LYC: Kawai Eri MSC: Kubota Mina
15. Barcarole (Live Ver.) 4:58
LYC: Kawai Eri MSC: Kubota Mina
16. Santa Claus no sora (Live Ver.) 6:34
[Sky of Santa Claus]
MSC: Senou Takeshi

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