X Japan discography

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X Japan discography

X Japan in Hong Kong, 2009
Releases
Studio albums 6
Live albums 6
Compilation albums 11
Singles 22
Video albums 22
Remix 1
Various artists compilations 3
Demos 4

The discography of the Japanese heavy metal band X Japan consists of 5 studio albums, 6 live albums, 1 remix album, 10 compilations, 22 singles, and around 22 live video recordings.

Founded in 1982 by vocalist Toshi and drummer Yoshiki, X Japan started out as a power/speed metal band and later gravitated towards a progressive sound with an emphasis on ballads. With the member line-up including bassist Taiji and guitarists hide and Pata since 1987, X released their debut studio album Vanishing Vision on Yoshiki's own record label Extasy Records the following year. They then achieved breakthrough success with their second album and major label debut, Blue Blood, in 1989. It was followed by the million-selling Jealousy (1991), which is the band's most diverse album in terms of songwriting credits. In 1992, the band changed their name to X Japan and bassist Taiji left the group, being replaced by Heath. The mini-album Art of Life was released in 1993, composed solely of the 29-minute title track. Their last album Dahlia was released in 1996, and the following year the band decided to break up. However after ten years, X Japan reunited in 2007 and recorded the new song "I.V.". They officially recruited lead guitarist Sugizo to fill-in for the deceased hide two years later and in 2011 had their first worldwide release, the digital single "Jade".

Besides being one of the first Japanese acts to achieve mainstream success while on an independent label,[1] the band is widely credited as one of the pioneers of visual kei,[2][3] a movement among Japanese musicians comparable to Western glam. X Japan have sold millions of records in Japan, claiming un-certified sales of over 30 million.[4][5][6]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Information Oricon chart peaks
Japanese Sales RIAJ certification
(sales thresholds)
Weekly[7] Yearly
1988 Vanishing Vision
  • Released: April 14, 1988
  • Label: Extasy
19 (main chart)[8]
1 (indie chart)[8]
78 (CD, 1990)

158,220
800,000[1]

1989 Blue Blood
  • Released: April 21, 1989
  • Label: CBS/Sony
6 63 (1989)
28 (1990)

712,000[9]
1,000,000+[8]

  • Platinum
1991 Jealousy
  • Released: June 1, 1991
  • Label: Sony
1 12 (1991)
62 (1992)

1,113,000[9]

1993 Art of Life
  • Released: August 25, 1993
  • Label: Atlantic
1 28

600,000+[11]

  • Platinum
1996 Dahlia
  • Released: November 4, 1996
  • Label: Atlantic
1 50

601,520

  • Platinum

Live albums[edit]

Year Information Oricon chart peaks
Japanese Sales RIAJ certification
(sales thresholds)
Weekly[7] Yearly
1995 On the Verge of Destruction 1992.1.7 Tokyo Dome Live
  • Released: January 1, 1995
  • Label: Ki/oon
3 69

335,590

  • Gold
1997 Live Live Live Tokyo Dome 1993-1996
  • Released: October 15, 1997
  • Label: Polydor
3 90

254,760

  • Gold
Live Live Live Extra
  • Release: November 5, 1997
  • Label: Polydor
13

21,460

1998 Live in Hokkaido 1995.12.4 Bootleg
  • Release: January 21, 1998
  • Label: Polydor
20

20,340

Art of Life Live
  • Release: March 18, 1998
  • Label: Polydor
20

19,110

2001 The Last Live
  • Release: May 30, 2001
  • Label: Polydor
7

84,380

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Information Oricon chart peaks
Japanese Sales RIAJ certification
(sales thresholds)
Weekly[7] Yearly
1993 X Singles
  • Release: November 21, 1993
  • Label: Ki/oon
2 36 (1994)

1,000,000+

1996 B.O.X ~Best of X~
  • Release: March 21, 1996
  • Label: Ki/oon
5

115,240

1997 Ballad Collection
  • Release: December 19, 1997
  • Label: Polydor
3 47 (1998)

566,160

  • Platinum
X Japan Singles ~Atlantic Years~
  • Release: December 25, 1997
  • Label: Atlantic
14

68,630

Special Box
  • Release: December 25, 1997
  • Label: Atlantic
96

Single Box
  • Release: December 25, 1997
  • Label: Atlantic

1999 Star Box
  • Release: January 30, 1999
  • Label: Sony
4

107,780

Perfect Best
  • Release: February 24, 1999
  • Label: Atlantic
4 94

256,440

  • Gold
2001 Best ~Fan's Selection~
  • Release: December 19, 2001
  • Label: Polydor
13

76,240

2005 Complete II
  • Release: October 1, 2005
  • Label: Columbia
92

2014 The World ~X Japan Hatsu no Zensekai Best~ (THE WORLD〜X JAPAN 初の全世界ベスト〜?) 2

Remix albums[edit]

Year Information Oricon chart peaks
Japanese Sales RIAJ certification
(sales thresholds)
Weekly[7] Yearly
2002 Trance X
  • Release: December 4, 2002
  • Label: Polydor
27

11,374

Singles[edit]

Year Title Oricon chart peaks
Billboard Japan
Hot 100 peaks

RIAJ certification
(sales thresholds)
Sales
(Japan)
Album
Weekly[12] Yearly
1985 "I'll Kill You"
  • Release: June 15, 1985
  • Label: Dada
1,000[8]
1986 "Orgasm" (オルガスム?)
  • Release: April 20, 1986
  • Label: Extasy
1,500[8]
1989 "Kurenai" (?)
  • Release: September 1, 1989
  • Label: CBS/Sony
5 74 (1989)
67 (1990)
Gold 309,540 Blue Blood
"Endless Rain"
  • Release: December 1, 1989
  • Label: CBS/Sony
3 21 Gold 357,680
1990 "Week End"
  • Release: April 21, 1990
  • Label: CBS/Sony
2 32 Gold 291,440
1991 "Silent Jealousy"
  • Release: September 11, 1991
  • Label: Sony
3 58 Gold 234,950 Jealousy
"Standing Sex"
  • Release: October 25, 1991
  • Label: Sony
4 87 187,160
"Say Anything"
  • Release: December 1, 1991
  • Label: Sony
3 33 Platinum 537,790 Jealousy
1993 "Tears"
  • Release: November 10, 1993
  • Label: MMG
2 77 (1993)
50 (1994)
2× Platinum 836,940 Dahlia
1994 "Rusty Nail"
  • Release: July 10, 1994
  • Label: Atlantic
1 28 Platinum 712,390
1995 "Longing ~Togireta Melody~" (Longing ~跡切れたmelody~?)
  • Release: August 1, 1995
  • Label: Atlantic
1 76 Platinum 476,170
"Longing ~Setsubou no Yoru~" (Longing ~切望の夜~?)
  • Release: December 11, 1995
  • Label: Atlantic
5 159,360
1996 "Dahlia"
  • Release: February 2, 1996
  • Label: Atlantic
1 72 Platinum 412,810 Dahlia
"Forever Love"
  • Release: July 8, 1996
  • Label: Atlantic
1 47 Platinum 509,920
"Crucify My Love"
  • Release: August 26, 1996
  • LabeL: Atlantic
2 Gold 246,800
"Scars"
  • Release: November 18, 1996
  • Label: Atlantic
15 47,010
1997 "Forever Love (Last Mix)"
  • Release: December 18, 1997
  • Label: Polydor
13 129,880
1998 "The Last Song"
  • Release: March 18, 1998
  • Label: Polydor
8 63,770
"Forever Love" (re-release)
  • Release: July 22, 1998
  • Label: Atlantic
18 24,910 Dahlia
"Scars" (re-release)
  • Release: July 22, 1998
  • Label: Atlantic
15 39,710
2001 "Forever Love" (re-release)
  • Release: July 11, 2001
  • Label: Atlantic
19 10,660
2008 "I.V."
  • Release: January 23, 2008
  • Label: Extasy
2011 "Scarlet Love Song -Buddha Mix-"
  • Release: June 8, 2011
  • Label: Japan Music Agency
33[13]
"Jade"
  • Release: June 28, 2011
  • Label: EMI (NA & EU)
19[14]

Various artists compilations[edit]

Title Song Release date Label
Heavy Metal Force III "Break the Darkness" November 7, 1985[15] Explosion
Skull Thrash Zone Volume I "Stab Me in the Back", "No Connexion" March 7, 1987[16] Victor
Global Metal Soundtrack "X (Live)" July 24, 2008 Universal

VHS / LD / DVD[edit]

Title VHS release date LD release date DVD release date Blu-ray release date Label Oricon DVD chart peaks
[17]
Xclamation August 1987
Xclamation 1988
Thanx March 16, 1989 CBS/Sony
Blue Blood Tour Bakuhatsu Sunzen Gig June 1, 1989 June 1, 1989 September 5, 2001 Ki/oon
Shigeki! Visual Shock Vol. 2 December 31, 1989 December 31, 1989 September 5, 2001 Ki/oon
Celebration Visual Shock Vol. 2.5 September 1, 1990 September 1, 1990 September 5, 2001 Ki/oon
Shigeki 2 ~Yume no Nakadakeni Ikite~ Visual Shock Vol. 3 September 30, 1991 September 30, 1991 September 5, 2001 Ki/oon
Say Anything ~X Ballad Collection~ Visual Shock Vol. 3.5 December 21, 1991 December 21, 1991 September 5, 2001 Ki/oon
On the Verge of Destruction 1992.1.7 Tokyo Dome Live Visual Shock Vol. 4 November 1, 1992 November 1, 1992 September 5, 2001 Ki/oon
X Clips January 1, 1995 January 1, 1995 July 5, 2000 Ki/oon 36
Dahlia the Video Visual Shock #5 Part I January 1, 1997 Atlantic
Dahlia the Video Visual Shock #5 Part II March 5, 1997 Atlantic
Dahlia Tour Final 1996 October 29, 1997 December 4, 2002 September 25, 2013 Atlantic 58
X Japan Clips II October 24, 2001 October 24, 2001 Atlantic 12
The Last Live Video March 29, 2002 March 29, 2002 Atlantic 7
Dahlia the Video Visual Shock #5 Part I & Part II December 4, 2002 Atlantic 82
Art of Life 1993.12.31 Tokyo Dome September 24, 2003 September 24, 2003 Atlantic 9
Aoi Yoru July 25, 2007 September 25, 2013 Geneon 50
Shiroi Yoru July 25, 2007 September 25, 2013 Geneon 49
Aoi Yoru Shiroi Yoru Complete Edition July 25, 2007 Geneon 14
X Japan Returns 1993.12.30 February 29, 2008 September 25, 2013 Geneon 30
X Japan Returns 1993.12.31 February 29, 2008 September 25, 2013 Geneon 43
X Japan Returns Complete Edition February 29, 2008 Geneon 8
X Visual Shock DVD Box 1989-1992 July 23, 2008 Ki/oon 33
X Japan Showcase in L.A. Premium Prototype September 6, 2010 Japan Music Agency
The Last Live Complete Edition October 26, 2011 September 25, 2013 Geneon 3
X Japan Blu-ray Box September 25, 2013 Warner Music Japan

Demos[edit]

Title Release date Note
"I'll Kill You" 1984 Songs: "Ill Kill You", "We Are X" and "Stop Bloody Rain"
"Live" June 1985 Songs: "Kurenai", "Endless Dream", "Lady in Tears" and "Stop Bloody Rain"
"Endless Dream" June 1985 Same material as "Live" but different track order.
"Longing ~Togireta Melody~" December 30/31, 1994
July 25, 2007 (reissue)
Songs: "Longing ~Togireta Melody~" and band rehearsal. Originally distributed on cassette at both the "Aoi Yoru" and "Shiroi Yoru" concerts. Released on CD in the Aoi Yoru Shiroi Yoru Complete Edition DVD boxset.

Unreleased songs[edit]

  • "Born to Be Free"
First performed while recording its music video at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on July 1, 2010.
  • "Feel Me Tonight"
Lyrics by Yoshiki, music by Hally.
  • "Install"
Also known as "Feels Damage".
  • "Only Way"
Lyrics by Jun and Toshi, music by Jun.
  • "Right Now"
Written by Jun.
  • "Tuneup Baby"
Written by Jun.
  • "Without You"
Originally an orchestrated instrumental piece written by Yoshiki and released on his 2005 album Eternal Melody II. Only performed by X Japan on March 28–30 at their 2008 Tokyo Dome reunion concerts, at the hide memorial summit on May 3, 2008, in Hong Kong on January 16, 2009, once again at the Tokyo Dome on May 2–3, 2009 and in Taipei on May 20, 2009. A live version will be included on The World ~X Japan Hatsu no Zensekai Best~ compilation.

Other[edit]

  • Gekitotsu!!Color, January 1988
X appear as guests.
X makes a brief cameo appearance.[18]
A flexi disc included in an issue of Rockin' f magazine. Contrary to the title the lyrics are mostly in English. This version does not appear anywhere else.
  • Bosutsu! VOS No.9, November 5, 1988
VHS that came with a magazine. Live clips of X from September 4, 1988 are shown and Yoshiki is interviewed.
  • Unrivaled is Extasy ~ Extasy Summit '91 at Nippon Budokan, February 21, 1992, Extasy
Live recordings of a 1991 Extasy Summit, held by Extasy Records. Also features Tokyo Yankees, Virus, Luna Sea and several others.
  • Minna ga Mumei-Datta, Dakedo... Muteki-Datta ~ Extasy Summit 1992, May 10, 1993, Extasy
Live recordings of the October 31, 1992 Extasy Summit, held by Extasy Records. X does not perform together, but the members do perform with other acts. Also features Luna Sea, Deep, Media Youth, The Zolge, Tokyo Yankees, Screaming Mad George and Psychosis, Gilles de Rais, Zi:Kill and several others.
  • X Japan Virtual Shock 001, October 20, 1995, Sega
Video game for the Sega Saturn home console. The player takes the role of a fan disguised as a photographer backstage at X Japan's December 31, 1994 concert at the Tokyo Dome (Shiroi Yoru). After collecting several items to gain access and photograph the band members, the player edits a live video of "Rusty Nail" and the game ends with footage from the concert.[19][20]
Various live clips of X are shown and Yoshiki is interviewed.

References[edit]

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