Endless Rain

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This article is about the song. For the manga, see Endless Rain (manga).
"Endless Rain"
Single by X
from the album Blue Blood
Released December 1, 1989 (1989-12-01)
Format CD single (8cm)
Recorded June 10, 1989 at Hibiya Yagai Ongaku (track 2)
Genre Heavy metal
Length 16:25
Label CBS/Sony
Producer(s) X
Certification Gold (RIAJ)
X singles chronology
"Kurenai"
(1989)
"Endless Rain"
(1989)
"Week End"
(1990)

"Endless Rain" is the fourth single (and second major single) released by X Japan (then named X) on December 1, 1989.

Summary[edit]

The title track is taken from the group's breakthrough album Blue Blood, and is their first ballad released as a single. The B-side is a live version of the song "X", recorded on June 10, 1989 at Hibiya Yagai Ongaku.

The title song was covered by Japanese singers Angela Aki, at one of her concerts, and Ayumi Nakamura, on her 2008 album "Voice",[1] and by Chinese singer Aaron Kwok at one of his concerts. It was also used as the theme song for the movie Zipangu.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Yoshiki

No. Title Length
1. "Endless Rain"   6:35
2. "X" (Live Version) 9:40
Total length:
16:15

Commercial performance[edit]

The single reached number 3 on the Oricon charts, and charted for 31 week.[2] In 1990, with 357,680 copies sold was the 21st best-selling single of the year, being certified Gold by RIAJ.

Music personnel[edit]

  • Mixing engineer – Motonari Matsumoto
  • Recording engineers – Gremlin, Tetsuhiro Miyajima, Mitsuyasu Abe
  • Assistant engineers – Takashi Ohkubo, Fujishima, Naoki Yamada, Akiko Nakamura, Shigeki Kashii, Lee Chun Fin, Mitsumasa Iwata
  • Orchestral arrangements – Neko Saitō

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ayumi Nakamura - Releases - Oricon Style Music" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  2. ^ "X JAPANのシングル売り上げランキング". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved December 10, 2011.