[Hard Rock] Ann Lewis
#1
A thread on her is long overdue, she's probably about the second most successful female hard rock solo artist in Japan behind Mari Hamada. With a career stretching from way back in 1970 to the 2000s, she released 16 albums/EPs and over 30 singles. Beginning as a pop act in the 70s, her music gradually got heavier, peaking in the 80s with some excellent mixed hard rock/pop rock albums. 4 of her harder rocking albums in the 80s featured Jake E Lee on guitar.

It took me way too long to finally give her a fair try, I'd heard the name for years previously, but now that I actually have tried her stuff I'm really enjoying her albums. She reminds me a little bit of Steffanie Borges with a better range, and a touch of Keiko Terada. She's got a great voice, strong range and perfect English, being half Japanese, so when she throws random English lines into her songs they actually make sense. Tongue The albums of hers I've liked the most so far are Yujo and Meiki.

(Grr. Just spent like an hour making videos for the thread and Victor has all of her music blocked worldwide, Prince style... Way to make it possible for people to discover her music guys, considering you don't even have any of her PVs online. Taking money out of your own pockets, but ah well. Had to resort to a bunch of live versions, but seriously, she's really good if you ever feel like trying her albums.)



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#2
I'm saddened to see there are no replies to this thread!

I'd enjoyed Ann Lewis's voice from the selection of her 70's Kayoukyoku albums, but the upbeat, jazzy material I'd heard didn't quite connect with my tastes, until you tipped me off to MEIKI in the Newcomer's Guide thread, and I found a heavy period that suits my taste to go with her great voice. Her albums from the late 80's feature shredding guitar from Jake E. Lee and others, and a great sleaze hard rock vibe that is a perfect fit for her smokey, versatile yet still sweet voice. I still have a lot of albums yet to listen to, but aside from Yuujo and MEIKI, Rude and K-Rock also have some standout moments.

I recommend fans of Mari Hamada, Keiko Terada and Carmen Maki give Ann Lewis's late 80's/early 90's catalogue a try. She's definitely firmly in their league. MEIKI specifically is fast becoming a permanent fixture on my favorites playlist, and should be the first album anyone try.
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#3
TvvrAskesis was a fan of her long before I finally checked out her music at least. Tongue Just a really long and diverse career. I'd definitely say she's generally done at least something that would appeal to everyone. Her 80s hard rock era is my favorite of course.
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#4
Never knew about the Jake E Lee connection, that’s interesting. There’s a little more about what he played on here.
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(08-12-2019, 04:11 PM)ReplicantDeckard Wrote: I'm saddened to see there are no replies to this thread!

It happens. The Merry thread is mainly me replying to myself Tongue
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#6
My favorite Ann Lewis album so far outside of Meiki is Yujo, the one with the terrible pink cover and the Japanese title. Tongue
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(08-13-2019, 12:20 AM)TadakatsuH0nda Wrote: My favorite Ann Lewis album so far outside of Meiki is Yujo, the one with the terrible pink cover and the Japanese title. Tongue

I always have to double-check to make sure you're talking about this one with the terrible pink cover and the Japanese title:

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... and not this one with the terrible pink cover (okay, purple with pink accents) and Japanese title:

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Actually, if you look at all her 80's album covers in a row you might come away thinking that she was either a seriously disturbed person (but always cheerfully smiling) or someone suffering from a decade of intense identity crises.

Have you listened to her 70's releases in any depth? I've glossed over them but still haven't found her equivalent of the Carmen Maki, Blues Creation-esque acid/psychedelia album that I keep looking for. Tongue
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#8
It's intimidating and I don't even know what's regarded well by fans for her 70s stuff, I've just heard little pieces at random.
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#9
I suspected it would be a mistake to listen to these videos.

I was right.

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#10
And while the live footage isn't bad by any means it's old YouTube-d live audio. She typically sounds really good on her actual albums.
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