The Japanese guitarist’s fourth album, After 5 Clash marked his sonic evolution while laying the foundation for future funk.

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For five weeks in 1983, pop singer Anri had the biggest song in Japan. “Cat’s Eye,” the lead track from her 1983 sixth studio album Timely!!, took the top spot between September and October on the Oricon charts. A synth-heavy theme song for the eponymously-named anime, the song took a new life on Anri’s album, dropping the electronic production in favor of a striking horn and bass composition that blew its predecessor out of the water.

You could argue that the original version of “Cat’s Eye” could never make the impact that its album remix would. …


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