5. In this 1999 video, a YouTube upload by etcmail2047 about a year ago, Faye Wong (王菲) sings two English songs, “Top of the World” and “Please Mr. Postman,” which were big Carpenters hits in the early-mid 1970s. The performance isn’t especially memorable since this is a duet with a guy who can’t sing in front of a noisy studio audience. However, I’ve selected it as number 5 because of its historical significance. Some fans aren’t aware that Faye released at least three albums in Beijing before she moved to Hong Kong in the late-80s and began recording with Cinepoly, launching her career in 1989 with the release of Shirley.
In 1999, Faye was already a megastar, but in 1985, she was relatively unknown. Her very first album on the mainland, Enchanting Kaler, was released on 1 March 1985 when Faye was 15 years old. This is the album that includes the two Carpenters hits. It also includes a Japanese song, “Destiny,” and the title track, “Enchanting Kaler,” in English. She uses the stage name Miss Charm at this early phase of her singing and modeling career. I’ve included a link (click on the album cover thumbnail) to a site that sells the CD. However, I’m not doing this to encourage you to buy it. This is just a means to provide more info about Faye’s early years. The 1985 release is primitive in terms of recording technology and arrangements, and Faye’s voice hasn’t matured yet, but the energy and spirit are unmistakably Faye. By all means, get it if you’re a Faye fan who wants to learn all there is to know about her, but if you’re primarily into Faye for the quality of her music, then I’d suggest skipping this as well as the other two pre-Hong Kong CDs.
See “10 Best Minor Videos” in the right sidebar for links to the other selections. The introduction to this series is in selection #1.
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