A Walk in the Park

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"A Walk in the Park"
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Single by Namie Amuro
from the album Concentration 20
Released November 27, 1996
Format CD Single
Genre J-Pop
Length 18:16
Label Avex Trax
Songwriter(s) Tetsuya Komuro
Producer(s) Tetsuya Komuro
Namie Amuro singles chronology
"Sweet 19 Blues"
(1996)
"A Walk in the Park"
(1996)
"Can You Celebrate?"
(1997)
"Sweet 19 Blues"
(1996)
"A Walk in the Park"
(1996)
"Can You Celebrate?"
(1997)
Audio sample
"A Walk In the Park"

"A Walk in the Park" is a song by Japanese recording artist Namie Amuro from her third studio album Concentration 20 (1997). The song was released as the album's lead single on November 27, 1996. It was written, composed and produced by Tetsuya Komuro. The song is a dance track, which features instrumentation from guitars, synthesizers, organs, keyboards and drums. "A Walk in the Park" and "Can You Celebrate?" were both theme songs for Maxell UD commercials and Whisper was used as the background music for the Maxell MD74 commercial.[1]

"A Walk in the Park" received positive reviews from music critics, whom complimented the songs production and composition. The song became her fourth number one single on the Oricon Singles Chart and her fourth million-selling single in Japan. The accompanying music video features Amuro in a white room, wearing a black tuxedo and a white coat and dress. Amuro has performed the song in a number of live performances throughout Japan.

Background and release[edit]

"A Walk in the Park" is the first single from her third studio album Concentration 20 (1997). Japanese producer and composer Tetsuya Komuro had written, arranged and composed the song.[2] Komuro collaborated with Amuro on her second studio album Sweet 19 Blues (July 1996) and his final work with Amuro was her album Break the Rules (December 2000).[3][4][5] It was recorded in Tokyo, Japan and was mixed and mastered by Eddie Delena.[2]

Charts[edit]

Released four months after the massive success of her first studio album Sweet 19 Blues, it became her fourth number one and million selling single. The single spent 7 weeks into the top 5 and 8 weeks in Top 10 totally.[6][7][8][9][10][11] She performed the song at the Japan Cable Awards in December 1996 and at the Japan Gold Disc Awards in February 1997. A Walk in the Park was the 13th best selling single of the year 1997.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "A Walk in the Park (Straight Run)" (Tetsuya Komuro) – 5:39
  2. "A Walk in the Park (Fabulous Freak Brothers Mix)" (Tetsuya Komuro) – 7:01
  3. "A Walk in the Park (Back Track with TK)" (Tetsuya Komuro) – 5:36

Personnel[edit]

  • Producer, Composer, Arranger, Synthesizer Programming, Manipulating, Keyboards, Chorus - Tetsuya Komuro
  • Guitar - Michael Thompson
  • Bass - Kenji Sano
  • Mixing - Eddie DeLena
  • Additional Production (Track 2) - Gary Adante, Robert Arbittier

Charts[edit]

Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
November 27, 1996 Oricon Daily Singles Chart 1
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 1 223,000 1,066,580 16 weeks
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ Screencaps of Namie's maxell CMs Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b Concentration 20 (Album). Namie Amuro. Avex Trax. 1997. 
  3. ^ Sweet 19 Blues (Album). Namie Amuro. Avex Trax. 1996. 
  4. ^ Genius 2000 (Album). Namie Amuro. Avex Trax. 1999. 
  5. ^ Break the Rules (Album). Namie Amuro. Avex Trax. 1997. 
  6. ^ Oricon Weekly Singles Chart of December 9th, 1996
  7. ^ Oricon Weekly Singles Chart of December 16th, 1996
  8. ^ Oricon Weekly Singles Chart of December 23rd, 1996
  9. ^ Oricon Weekly Singles Chart of December 30th, 1996
  10. ^ Oricon Weekly Singles Chart of January 13th, 1997
  11. ^ Oricon Weekly Singles Chart of January 20th, 1997