1997 Takako Matsu – 空の鏡

Sora No Kagami (空の鏡, “Mirror Of The sky”) is the 1997 debut album of singer-actress Takako Matsu. Members of Cagnet collaborated with Matsu to compose and write this album.

A collection of music videos, directed by Shunji Iwai for this album, was released on VHS the same year. In 2003, the collection became available on DVD in Japan for a limited time.
In 2011, according to Oricon, Sora No Kagami was still ranked as Matsu’s highest best-selling album.

Tracks

1  Introduction ~ガールフレンド (Daisuke Hinata) 00:32
2  Hello Goodbye (Daisuke Hinata; Yuji Sakamoto) 03:48
3  I Stand Alone (Daisuke Hinata; Takako Matsu) 04:01
4  Lovesick (Bud Rizzo; Daisuke Hinata; Takahiro Maeda) 03:29
5  空の鏡 (Daisuke Hinata; Yuji Sakamoto) 04:46
6  After The Rain (Daisuke Hinata; Yuji Sakamoto) 03:24
7  ずっと・・・いようよ (Daisuke Hinata; Takako Matsu) 04:58
8  A Piano Piece For Carol (Daisuke Hinata; Takako Matsu) 02:32
9  東京バード (Daisuke Hinata; Yuji Sakamoto) 03:54
10  からいかれ (Bud Rizzo; Daisuke Hinata; Takahiro Maeda) 04:13
11  明日、春が来たら (Daisuke Hinata; Takahiro Maeda) 04:21
12  Wind Song (Album Version) (Daisuke Hinata; Yuji Sakamoto) 04:32
13  Girl Friend – Angels Of Our Time (Daisuke Hinata; Yuji Sakamoto) 04:33

Musicians

BassBud Rizzo
DrumsJimmy Paxson
GuitarBud Rizzo
KeyboardsDaisuke Hinata
ProgrammingBud Rizzo
ProgrammingDaisuke Hinata
PercussionRafael Padilla
Background VocalsNatalie Burks
VocalsTakako Matsu

Other Musicians

5 空の鏡

Acoustic GuitarShinnosuke Sorimachi


11 明日、春が来たら

Acoustic GuitarShinnosuke Sorimachi


12 Wind Song (Album Version)

BassMike Porcaro
PercussionRafael Padilla

Liner Notes

Producer – Tsunemoto Nimura, Daisuke Hinata, Kozo Nagayama
Producer (Executive) – Jack Matsumura, Michiyo Yamada
Arranged By – Daisuke Hinata
Arranged By (Strings and Horns) – Randy Waldman (Track 12)
Coordinator – Hyper Image Entertainment
Coordinator (Creative) – Kaori Wada, Mami Hanai
Directed By – Nagomi Maruyama
Engineer (Assistant) – Hideki Kodera, Hiroichi Akikubo, Hisashi Nagayama, Katsutoshi Ohura, Mana Nagahiro, Takaoki Saito
Engineer (Assistant) – Brett Swain (Track 12)
Engineer (Recording) – Mutsumi Yoshida
Mastered By – Steve Hall
Mixed By – Daisuke Hinata
Recorded By – Bud Rizzo, Daisuke Hinata, Jun Akiba
Recorded By – Daisuke Hinata, Kevin Clark (Track 12)
Supervised By – Kenya Yamamoto
Technician (Assistant) – Jun Akiba

Art Direction – Keiji Ueda
Design – Hiroko Umezawa
Photography By – Naoto Ohkawa

Mastered At Future Disc
Recorded At Hyper Image Studio
Recorded At VSA Studio
Recorded At O’Henry Sound Studios
Recorded At Tokyo Fun
Recorded At Onkio Haus
Recorded At Tower Side Studio
Recorded At One Voice Komazawa Recording Studio
Recorded At Burnish Stone Recording Studio
Recorded At On Air Azabu Studio
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