I’ve refocused my energies on my collections, and gone back to CD collecting. Currently I’m working on completing my Mari Iijima CD collection. As with any great artist, finding all the CD’s for someone who’s been putting out releases for about 25 years, is a pretty daunting task in of itself.
I am getting there though! The ones I have left to find (if anyone is even remotely interested) are:
Best of BEST
These are “greatest hits” compilations so they’re not AS important. In fact, I believe some of these compilations were released without her approval. Anyway…….
These are the important ones though:
It’s A Love Thing
Something Special: LIVE!
Merry Christmas Melody
The REALLY hard one to find though, is one called “Present”. Anyone who delves a lot into checking Mari CD releases will have heard of this one. From what I gather, this was handed out by Mari herself to some fans, and has comedy mixed with music. My friend Mochi from Japan was very gracious to record the content of it onto a tape for me, so I at least know what it sounds like. I am extremely lucky to have been graced with as many CD’s of her music as I have over the years, because all of it sounds so wonderful, and I never get tired of hearing her singing.
I’m working on updating a fan site I’ve been making over the years, celebrating her music, and it should be done soon! I have an “under construction” page up at the new URL already, and am working on getting it done as soon as possible. I’m not gonna rush it though, because I want to make sure everything is perfect on it before going live.