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Playboy And Playgirl

Pizzicato Five Audio CD
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1. La Depression
2. Rolls Royce
3. A New Song
4. Week-End
5. Magic Twin Candle Tale
6. Concerto
7. Such A Beautiful Girl Like You
8. Playboy Playgirl
9. La Regie Du Jeu
10. I Hear A Symphony
11. Drinking Wine
12. The Great Invitations
13. Stars

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Out-of-print in the US. Originally released in 1999.


On their third full-length American album, The International Playboy and Playgirl Record, DJ Yasuharu Konishi and diva Maki Nomiya patiently escort the listener deeper into the filmic life of the fabulously pop. A resonant, quasi-Stephen Hawking, Japanese-speaking narrator describes the life of "Japan's coolest combo" between tracks, which erupt in exuberant, tambourine-sizzling 1960s French orchestral pop of a purity that reveals a mature P5 sound: these are fully orchestrated tunes rather than DJ pastiche. Konishi plays it straight on International Playboy, and to uncanny effect, as the "la-la-la-la" lyrics of "Week End," the Carpenters-ish "I Hear a Symphony," and the Sgt. Pepper's-inspired "Magic Twin Candle Tale" sweep the gals through airport lounges with vinyl raincoats swinging over their Nancy Sinatra boots. The Bacharach pop of "Such a Beautiful Girl Like You" and the frugging go-go of "Playboy Playgirl" may be built on sequencers, but they sound so much like live instruments on vinyl that it's creepy. Hard-core turntablists will be disappointed at the lack of variety, but the relentless flow of uptempo horn and string arrangements will be heard at every upscale party and art opening. --Dean Kuipers

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5.0 out of 5 stars Shagadelic Ride of your Life! Sept. 30 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
'Playboy/Playgirl' was the first Pizzicato Five CD I ever listened to. A student in my architectural studio class decided to play it on the communal jambox as background music to all those quietly drafting away and building cardboard models. The music became instantly infectious and each song was filled with gorgeous hooks, lush orchestration and production, and an exagerrated albeit fun mood throughout the entire length of the album. In other words, 'Playboy/Playgirl' was exactly what I needed to finish my architecture projects and keep me motivated and driven to the very last all-nighter. Unlike most CDs that I own which all were 'slow burners' in that they had to grow on me before I embraced them, this album is one of the very few to have lit the fire so fast it was more of a flame-thrower. Each song carefully studied the influences of Bacharach, Carpenters, Gainsbourg and the Beach Boys, yet each track is original and perfect. Not one mediocre track anywhere because the strongest aspect of the CD is its sequencing. Each song follows its predecessor perfectly, seamlessly, and therefore requires the listener to listen the entire LP as one carefully constructed piece. What differentiates this album from previous American releases like 'Happy End of the World' and 'Made in USA' is that it is a coherent and unified piece, while the former titles are mostly a hodgepodge of dance tracks and ballads randomly packaged. Although many would accuse this album of being cartoonish in its sentimentality, my response is that it's exactly this aspect that makes it such a guilty pleasure. Since it is a retro-inspired work, 'Playboy/Playgirl' does indeed remind us of the innocence lost from the 60s and 70s. Its 'sweetness' worked for me, as my fiancee and I first fell in love while enjoying this album. All I can say is that it's full of magic. 'Playboy/Playgirl' is the embodiment of happiness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Happy! Dec 31 2000
Format:Audio CD
The reason I listen to Pizzicato Five is unknown sometimes even to myself. But when I listen to their records I am filled with extreme happiness and a feverish urge to get more. This record, Playboy & Playgirl, is one of the less clubby in their discography, but still at the top of my list. This has a more real and organic feel to it, with shakers and drums replacing the bouncy house beats of The Sound of Music. Perky string and brass sections in almost every song keep the record flowing. Nomiya Maki continues to be one of my favorite vocalists ever, although I've understood few words she sings, since every song on this album is in pure Japanese (don't worry, translations are in the trademark wacky P5 booklet; also included is a crossword puzzle). You just know she's having the time of her life when singing this stuff. The only disappointment on the record is Rolls Royce, 6 and a half minutes of weird basslines and an occasional burst of melody. Pizzicato Five's largest fault is dragging out great songs. For example, the title track. By the end of the song, you want to strangle Maki if she repeats 'Playboy Playgirl!' one more time. It isn't a bad song at all, just too long for its own good. But other than that, most songs are well-crafted gems. The highlight of the album for me is the hyperactive La Regle du Jeu. Lisen to this when you're in a good mood and it's guaranteed to be one of the best moments of your life. Drinking Wine sounds like it's straight from the elevator. And be sure to stick around to the end of the uncharacteristically mellow Stars for the reprise of the infectious chorus of la depression. It may seem a little shallow when it's all over, but the new plane of happiness you're left on will be unmatched.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's pretty good, but P5's best is behind them Dec 26 2000
Format:Audio CD
Pizzicato 5 have always been one of my favorite pop bands. But with their recent effort "Happy End Of The World" the band completely lost me. It was all drums, bass, and none of that bouncy P5 fun I remembered from classics such as "The Sound Of Music" and "Sister Freedom Tapes". Luckily, on the new release, some of that fun has returned, albeit in a different form. "The Sound of Music", IMHO their best album, was all bouncy dance pop, with a lively beat and some light dj stylings controlling the mix. On "Playboy & Playgirl", the band has a new Burt Bacharach sort of vibe, which leads to a more "hip" sound that I personally don't like as much. There are some classic songs here, particularly "La Depresion" with some really cute harmonies, and the absolutely beautiful "Concerto". Overall the album flows nicely, but none of it really left an impression on me except for the two aforementioned tracks. I reccomend some of P5's older albums over this one, but it's not bad and P5 devotees will not be disappointed
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3.0 out of 5 stars un tanto decepcionante April 27 2000
Format:Audio CD
el sonido pizzicato me interesó en un principio por su particular modo de crear música divertida y nada más (la letra de las canciones es prácticamente vacía, pero afortunadamente sin grandes pretenciones). con base en la música de los 60's y 70's presentan un concepto fresco, lleno de ideas divertidas que se acompañan por lo general de instumentos electrónicos pero al estilo bacharach o garcía esquivel. discos anteriores como "happy end of the world" o "the sound of music by pizzicato five" cumplen bien este cometido, pero en el caso de "playboy & playgirl" el trabajo tiende a lo aburrido. por lo menos las primeras tres canciones no sorprenden siquiera al escucha y hasta se sienten pesadas y tediosas; no se ve al gran pizzicato que rompe inmediatamente con lo trivial como en los discos ya citados. hay algunas canciones que se salvan como "such a beautiful girl like you", o "i hear a symphony", y tal vez "drinking wine", en cuya estructura creo que es clara la influencia de bacharach. acepto que es un disco mayormente introspectivo, pero eso no quiere decir que lo haga un gran disco.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL!!!
This is a great CD. After listening to this I would recomend buying "Made in USA", also by Pizzicato 5. Read more
Published on March 14 2004 by M. McKee
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential P5
Les Pizzicato Five, how do I love thee, let me count the ways... Great songs, beautifully arranged and conceived, Nomiya Maki's fab voice, impossibly gorgeous style, the list goes... Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2001 by W. Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars A lively, more organic sound for Japan's coolest combo.
Now don't get me wrong. Maki Nomiya's sweet voice is still here, as are the happy-yet-sad lyrics and music of Yasuharu Konishi. Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2000 by Adam Carroll
4.0 out of 5 stars so peppy!
I like this one better than /Happy End of the World/ -- it's more musical (no sound collages with samples), and it's all upbeat, but with those interestingly introspective lyrics... Read more
Published on March 23 2000 by Sean Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Perennial favorite!
I absolutely love this album. I was very pleased to have discovered this jem which never fails to bring me the joy of elegance and simplicity. Read more
Published on Dec 22 1999 by Incise
4.0 out of 5 stars If you were not looking for this album, You'll love it!
I remembered this band's name when I read it, but I had never heard them. I like fun retro style cocktail lounge Esquivel jazz as well as dance, and this combines that with great... Read more
Published on Nov. 30 1999 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Supreme -- The album of 1999
It catches you and just doesn't stop, this is relentless pop that gives you everything you need except English (if you must). Read more
Published on Nov. 5 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars pizzicato five gives us cotton candied brilliance
Pizzicato Five has really hit the jackpot with their newest release! By expanding into the world of non-synth sounds, P5 has created a record that's as much fun as their earlier... Read more
Published on Oct. 28 1999 by Collin Cherry
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!
I was reading some of the other reviews...and I must say this has to be the best full-length release they've done. Read more
Published on Sept. 30 1999
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