Chime (album)

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Chime
チャイム
Cover of the studio album "Chime" by Yuki Saito.
Studio album by Yuki Saito
Released October 21, 1986 (1986-10-21)
Genre J-pop
Length 43:03
Label Canyon Records
Yuki Saito chronology
Garasu no Kodō (1986) Chime
(1986)
Fūmu
(1987)
Singles from Chime
  1. "Kanashimi yo Konnichi wa"
    Released: March 21, 1986
  2. "Aozora no Kakera"
    Released: August 21, 1986

Chime (チャイム Chaimu?) is the third studio album from Yuki Saito, released on October 21, 1986 by Canyon Records. It reached #2 on the Oricon charts. The original LP release contained ten songs, though the CD released at the same time had two additional songs: "Aozora no Kakera" and "Yubiwa Monogatari", both from the "Aozora no Kakera" single release earlier that year.

History[edit]

Chime was released on LP, cassette, and CD on October 21, 1986 by Canyon Records. The original LP and cassette releases contained ten songs each, and the CD contained two additional songs: "Aozora no Kakera" and "Yubiwa Monogatari", both from the "Aozora no Kakera" single release earlier that year. The LP and cassette album contain one song released previously as a single, and the CD contains three. All three contain an additional nine songs not previously released as singles. The album reached #2 on the Oricon charts and sold 267,000 copies.[1]

"Kanashimi yo Konnichi wa" (悲しみよこんにちは?, lit. "Hello Sadness") reached #3 on the Oricon charts,[2] #6 on the The Best Ten chart, and #19 by Oricon in overall sales for singles in 1986.[3] It was used as the first theme song for the 1986 Fuji TV anime television series Maison Ikkoku.[4][5] It was also used as an image song for the "Morning Fresh" line of shampoos and styling products from Shiseido.[2][notes 1]

"Aozora no Kakera" (青空のかけら?, lit. "Splinters of a Blue Sky") (with B-side "Yubiwa Monogatari" (指輪物語?, lit. "Tale of the Ring")) reached #1 on the Oricon charts and #3 on the The Best Ten chart. It was used in commercials for the Axia brand of cassette tapes from Fujifilm in Japan.[2]

Chime has been rereleased twice since the original release in 1985. It was released as a "Gold CD" on March 21, 1989 (catalog #D35A-0478), and in a special paper jacket packaging and remastered high quality (or "HQ") CD on August 5, 2009 (catalog #PCCA-50132).[2][6]

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1986) Release Peak
position
Oricon "Chime" 2

Track listing[edit]

LP (catalog #C28A0520, released October 21, 1986)
Cassette (catalog #28P6657, released October 21, 1986)

CD (catalog #D32A-0234, released October 21, 1986)
Gold CD (catalog #D35A-0478, released March 21, 1989)
HQ CD (catalog #PCCA-50134, released March 25, 2009)[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The cover of the single gives the following information just to the right of the title: CX-TV系放映「めそん一刻」主題歌 新星堂「モーニングフレッシュ」イメージ・ソング, which translates to "CX-TV Network televised Maison Ikkoku, Shinseido 'Morning Fresh' image song".

References[edit]

  1. ^ アルバム - 斉藤由貴 非公式ホームページ [Albums - Yuki Saito Unofficial Homepage] (in Japanese). 内藤佑輔. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d シングル - 斉藤由貴 非公式ホームページ [Singles - Yuki Saito Unofficial Homepage] (in Japanese). 内藤佑輔. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "オリコンCDシングル年間売上ランキング" [Oricon CD Single Annual Sales Ranking] (in Japanese). ミュージック・あみ~ご - 音楽ランキング -. Retrieved January 21, 2013.  The site references Single Chart-Book Complete Edition 1968-2005, by Oricon Entertainment. April 25, 2006. ISBN 4871310760 (ISBN 9784871310765).
  4. ^ McCarter, Charles. "Maison Ikkoku: Theme Song Best Plus" 4.7. Ex: The Online World of Anime & Manga. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ Acres, Dylan. "Life at Maison Ikkoku: Music: Musicians". Life at Maison Ikkoku. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "斉藤由貴 チャイム(紙ジャケ+HQCD)" [Yuki Saito - Chime (paper jacket + HQCD)] (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. Retrieved February 21, 2013.