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  • Audio CD (May 21, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bar/None Records
  • ASIN: B0000658M0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,932 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love So Pure
2. True Asia/Asia No Junshin
3. That's The Way It Is/Kore ga Watashi no Ikirumichi
4. Electric Beach Fever/Nagisa ni Matsuwaru Et Cetera
5. Wild Girls On Circuit/Circuit No Musume
6. Sign Of Love/Ar no Shirushi-Captain Funk's Puffy de Samba Mix
7. Puffy De Rumba
8. Talalan
9. Sunday Girls/Nichiyohbi no Musume
10. Friends/Tomodachi
11. Mother
12. Neholina
13. Brand New Days/Atarashii Hibi
14. Stray Cats Fever
15. Puffy's Rule
16. Jet Police/Jet Keisatsu
17. Boogie Woogie No. 5 (Bonus Video)

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It just brings back the joy when pop used to be fun and catchy. ^-^
Susan
The album is a best of selection that gives coverage to their singles prior to The Hit Parade and Nice.
GFX
Most music listeners may have never heard of Japanese Pop, or any of its derivatives.
YA

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on June 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
To say that Puffy AmiYumi (Onuki Ami and Yoshimura Yumi) is the musical equivalent of Frosted Flakes or Cap'n Crunch isn't too far off the mark, but they're irresistibly fun. Why? Because they shamelessly cannibalize their influences. One moment, they're doing Studio 54 disco, the next they do something the Clash, the Beatles, Motown groups, or The Who would do. They have filled in the vacuum left by Shonen Knife, no doubt about it. And sometimes, songs like "Puffy's Rule", which sounds like SK at their best, attest to that. Here are the highlights:
The rock-pop Shonen Knife meets the Beatles crunch of "Love So Pure," the English-language version of "Sumireh" opens The Illustrated History.
The next single is an English version of their first big hit "Asia no junshin", titled "Pure Asia" which sounds like something ELO would do on their Time album except quicker and more fun, replete with computerized beeps and sounds.
"That's The Way It Is" is a bit of 60's pop nostalgia kind of like the Shangri-Las girl-pop in one part as well as incorporating a Who guitar riff in parts.
Turn on the mirrorball, lights, and put on the platform shoes! It's 70's disco time with "Electric Beach Fever", and this one is my favourite song here. I may have to get their Jet CD because of this one.
The Shonen Knife-ish "Wild Girls On Circuit", has a racing car theme with the buzzing zooms at the beginning. The phrase "warrateh, dammateh" in one part, means "laugh, shut up!" in Japanese.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Avery Morrow on January 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD on a whim, since someone who shared some of my interests also liked Puffy. I think it's a pretty good purchase. Puffy AmiYumi's upbeat, retro melodies, combined with the J-pop taste of the duo doing the lyrics, make for an excellent introduction to the band, and to Japanese music. The songs are admittedly a little different from standard J-pop, reflecting heavily back to American music of the 1960's. But all the songs have a bit of Puffy twist, whether it be from the foreign lyrics or Ami and Yumi's sweet vocals.
Another big contribution to why I rated this 5 stars is the quality you get for your investment. You get to hear some of Puffy's best music on this compilation, as well as an extra music video if you should load it into your computer. And in case you're worried about the parasitic American music industry, this CD is brought to you by Bar None Records, which is not a member of the RIAA. The sum of all this is that this CD is basically a must-buy for anyone interested in Puffy AmiYumi.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Gable on August 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have never been of fan of what I call the Manufactured Musician. The singer and/or group, created by a producer/manager, designed for the sole purpose of selling millions of copies of an album, throwing dignity and artistic merit out the window in the process.
The only one of these that I have had any pleasure in listening to is the Jackson 5. Though they were led by the hand through all of their ventures, they had original songs, they did not pretend to be anything more than what they were, and they were fun.
For a while, I thought that no Manufactured Musician had what it took to match the smile I got on my face from listening to the Jackson 5. Imagine my surprise when I discovered this album, a greatest-hits compilation from the hottest thing in Japan since Tamagotchi.
Puffy AmiYumi (the last part was added in their crossover to the U.S. due to that other former "Puffy" who was popular here) has all the formula for ridicule. Two beautiful young women. They don't play instruments. They don't dance. They don't write their own songs. They don't often sing in harmony. Judging by the music video included in the CD, their greatest assets are their voices, and their blank "Huh?" stares that they do so well.
Yet, with all of that, why am I playing these songs over and over again? The secret behind Puffy's success both with critics and audiences is the fact that they surround themselves with some true talent. The songs are original and fun. No genre is skipped with this duo. Rock, pop, punk, oldies, techno, country, R&B, disco, 80's buttrock, it's all here. In their five-year span, they have had a wonderful variety of songs written for them, and have been aided by a perfectly capable band.
Much credit has to be given to the two women of Puffy, however.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Erica Anderson on May 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Being an avid fan of this talented Japanese duo, I knew I had to acquire "Illustrated History" despite the fact that it is a collection of their songs (most of which I have heard from their best-of compilation). Anything Puffy (AmiYumi) puts out I will buy. Their music is irresistably catchy and filled with infectious hooks and melodies that just won't escape the listner's head for days. What I truly love about Puffy is that they manage to mix '60s retro pop, surf, punk, country, swing, and your typical pop music in one fell swoop. Their abilities to not stick to one particular sound on each song makes this duo truly original in my book. "Illustrated History" is a compilation intended to be released in the US and introduce the American public to what I have known for the past couple of years. The tracks on this album are all listed in english, along with the Japanese titles too. The majority of the songs on the album are sung in Japanese but "Love So Pure" and half of the lyrics to "True Asia" are sung in English. The song "Sign of Love" is made into a samba remix which I found to be rather interesting to say the very least. I haven't seen the video yet but according to liner notes, it is a black and white video that has elements that derives from commercials for The Gap and Target. Most of the songs on the album I have heard but there are a few that I haven't heard before, "Brand New Days" and "Talalan". Of course I loved them for their retro kitschy influences. "Illustrated History" is definitely not something that diehard Puffy (AmiYumi) fans wants to pass up. For people who aren't familiar with the duo and are curious, this is an excellent introduction to Japan's best kept secret.
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