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Love Life

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Track Listing

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1Angler's Summer5:24
2Why Don't We Go Fishing4:23
3Autumn Song3:32
4A Worried Girl4:45
5I Want to Be Sunao4:57
6Down By the Lake, Living with My Cat5:24
7Sayonara - Cherokee3:55
8Hard Times, Come Again No More3:44
10Good Girl4:02
11Lots of Love5:35
12Love Life4:45

About this Album

Akiko Yano’s second Nonesuch release draws its appeal from Yano’s unique musical orientations: jazz piano, classical singing, Japanese atmospheric elements, and pop instrumentation. She is joined by, among others, Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden, who complement Yano’s cross-cultural sensibilities to create an album that echoes Steve Reich as much as it does Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush. 


Akiko Yano, vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizer
Nana Vasconcelos, percussion (1, 5)
Hikoki Komazawa, steel guitar (1, 5)
Ivan Hampden, drums (2)
Kenji Omura, guitar (2, 9)
Dave Taylor, bass trombone (2)
Ryuichi Sakamoto, synthesizer (3, 4)
David Palmer, drums (4)
Anthony Jackson, bass (4)
Will Lee, bass (5, 7, 9, 11)
Fred Griffin, French horn (5)
Roger Rosenberg, bass clarinet (5), baritone saxophone (9)
Steve Ferrone, drums (6, 7, 9, 11)
Yoshiyuki Sahashi, acoustic guitar (6)
Shoko Suzuki, background vocals (6, 9)
Yasuhiro Mitani, background vocals (6, 9)
Charlie Haden, bass (8)
John Clark, French horn (8)
Chris Hunter, soprano saxophone (9)
Lou Marini, alto saxophone (9)
Alex Foster, tenor saxophone (9)
Pat Metheny, guitar (10, 11), guitar synthesizer (11)
Kazufumi Miyazawa, background vocals (9)

Produced and arranged by Akiko Yano
Recorded by Steve Boyer and Roy Hendrickson at Power Station, New York
Additional recording by Hideaki Okuhara at Victor Aoyama Studio and Folio Sound, Tokyo
Mixed by Larry Alexander at Power Station
Assistant engineers: Todd Whitelock, Chris Albert, Dan Gellert, Shin-ichi Ishizuka, and Katsumi Muro
Drum technician: Artie Smith
Synthesizer drum and percussion: Jeff Bova

Autumn Song; A Worried Girl
Co-produced and co-arranged by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Engineered by Kinji Yoshino, Hideaki Okuhara, and Alex Head
Computer and synthesizer programmed by Hiroaki Sugawara and Masaya Nishida
Edited by Yuka Matsumoto
Mixed by Ryuichi Sakamoto with Hideaki Okuhara

Hard Times, Come Again No More
Mixed by Alex Heard

Additional synthesizer operation by Hiroaki Sugawara
String arrangements by Michael Gibbs
Horn arrangement for Bakabon by Gil Goldstein

Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig

Cover photograph by Kazumi Kurigami
Design by John Heiden

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