|Studio album by Tatsuro Yamashita|
|Released||June 18, 1991|
|Label||MMG/Moon Records, Warner Music Japan|
|Tatsuro Yamashita chronology|
One of them, "Endless Game" was featured as the theme for a TV drama Yūwaku aired on TBS in 1990. It was released as a single in April 1990, and became his third top-5 hit as a performer on the Japanese Oricon singles chart. Also in the same year, Yamashita contributed a song "Without You" for Debbie Gibson, which was issued as a Japan-only single and the bonus disc for Japanese edition of her third album Anything is Possible. Yamashita rewrote the song and recorded by himself, under the title "Sayonara Natsu no Hi". His rendition of the song was released as the second lead single for Artisan in May 1991. It gained a similar commercial success to its predecessor, though it couldn't reach the top-ten on the chart.
The lead-off track of Artisan is a song dedicated to the late Osamu Tezuka, a Japanese cartoonist who deceased in 1989 ("Atom" is a protagonist for Astro Boy, one of Tezuka's most prominent works). In 1992, it was released as the fourth single from the album. He also sings of a painting Rain, Steam and Speed - The Great Western Railway by J. M. W. Turner on the third track entitled "Turner's Steamroller" which similarly became a single. Fifth track of the album is a cover version of "New York is a Lonely Town", a song written by Anders/Poncia and recorded by their group The Trade Winds. Yamashita interpreted the mid-1960s U.S. top-40 charting hit, slightly changing the part of the lyrics. On the eighth track, Yamashita's spouse Mariya Takeuchi wrote the lyrics to his composition. Aside from "Mighty Smile", the couple wrote three songs together for Masayuki Suzuki's second solo album Radio Days in 1988.  Among them, Yamashita recorded "Misty Mauve" for Artisan, although it was not released until 2002 on his Rarities album. The closing track of Artisan is a cover version of The Young Rascals' 1967 U.S. number-one hit. It has been also the ending theme for Sunday Songbook, a weekly radio program that Yamashita has hosted since 1992.
Artisan became his first album that was not released on LP. Like his 1989 live album Joy, illustration for a front cover of Artisan was drawn by Andre Miripolsky, who painted a cover art of Bette Midler's 1983 No Frills album. It debuted at the #1 on the Oricon, and spent 20 weeks on chart with sales of over 700,000 copies in total. In December 1991, the album won the 33rd Japan Record Awards for "Best Pop/Rock Album" and "Excellent Albums" prizes.
All songs written and composed by Tatsuro Yamashita, except where indicated
- "Atom no Ko (アトムの子 Atomu no Ko?)" - 4:26
- "Sayonara Natsu no Hi (さよなら夏の日?)" - 4:36
- "Turner no Kikansha (ターナーの汽罐車 Tānā no Kikansha?) -Turner's Steamroller-" - 4:34
- "Kataomoi (片想い?)" - 4:39
- "Tokyo's a Lonely Town" (Vincent Poncia Jr., Pete Andreoli, lyrics adaptations by Yamashita) - 2:41
- "Human (飛遊人 Hyūman?)" - 1:48
- "Splender" - 5:25
- "Mighty Smile (Mahou no Hohoemi (魔法の微笑み?))" (Yamashita, Mariya Takeuchi) - 3:14
- " "Queen of Hype" Blues" - 5:15
- "Endless Game" - 4:10
- "Groovin'" (Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati) - 3:20
- Tatsuro Yamashita - Lead and backing vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, acoustic piano, electric sitar, synthesizer, hammond organ, glocken, percussion, hand bells, drum programming, computer programming, effect
- Kouki Itou - Electric bass
- Hiroyuki Nanba - Acoustic piano
- Masato Matsuda - Acoustic piano
- Tōru Shigemi - Synthesizer
- Jun Aoyama - Drums
- Motoya Hamaguchi - Percussion
- Shin Kazuhara - Trumpet
- Yasuo Hirauchi - Trombone
- Jake H Conception Tenor sax
- Satoru Hirahara - Baritone sax
- Tadanori Kogawa - Trombone
- Mariya Takeuchi - Background vocals
- Kazuhito Murata - Background vocals
- Masamichi Sugi - Background vocals
|Japan Record Awards|
|1991 (33rd)||Artisan||Best Pop/Rock Album||Tatsuro Yamashita|
|1991||Artisan||Japanese Oricon Weekly Albums Chart (top 100)||1||20||710,000+||3× Platinum|
|Year||Single||B-Side (or Double A-Side)||Chart||Position||Weeks||Sales||RIAJ Certification|
|1990||"Endless Game"||"The Theme from Big Wave" [Live version]||Japanese Oricon Weekly (top 100)||5||17||180,000||Platinum|
|1991||"Sayonara Natsu no Hi"||"Morning Shine"||12||20||185,000||Platinum|
|"Turner's Steamroller"||"Only with You" [Live version]||30||7||38,000||—|
|1992||"Atom no Ko"||"Blow"||18||11||95,000||Gold|
|Japan||June 18, 1991||MMG/Moon||CD||AMCM-4100|
|June 2, 1999||Warner/Moon||WPCV-10026|
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