Cobalt Hour

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Cobalt Hour.jpg
Studio album by Yumi Arai
Released June 20, 1975 (1975-06-20)
Recorded March 1 – April 25, 1975
Genre J-pop
Length 36:26
Label EXPRESS (EMI Music Japan)
Producer Kunihiko Murai, Shōrō Kawazoe
Yumi Arai chronology
Yuming Brand
Singles from COBALT HOUR
  1. "Rūju no Dengon"
    Released: February 20, 1975

Cobalt Hour (コバルト・アワー, Kobaruto Awaa), stylized as COBALT HOUR, is Yumi Arai's third studio album, released on June 20, 1975 by Toshiba EMI/Express (now part of EMI Music Japan). The album was also distributed by Alfa Records for a period of time. On April 26, 2000, the recording was digitally remastered for re-release on CD by Bernie Grundman. Internet sales of the album began March 10, 2005.

The album cover was illustrated by Pater Sato. Though Arai's nickname "Yuming" is written on the cover, it is clear that the "g" was added later.

Track list[edit]

Side A
No. Title Title translation Length
1. "COBALT HOUR"   3:33
2. "Sotsugyō Shashin (卒業写真)" Graduation Photograph 4:11
3. "Hana Kikō (花紀行)" Flower Travelogue 2:48
4. "Nani mo Kikanaide" Don't Ask Me Anything 3:11
5. "Rūju no Dengon (ルージュの伝言)" Message in Rouge 3:03
Side B
No. Title Title translation Length
1. "Kōkai Nisshi (航海日誌)" Ship's Log 4:48
2. "CHINESE SOUP"   3:22
3. "Sukoshi dake Kataomoi (少しだけ片想い)" Just a Little Unrequited Love 3:17
4. "Ame no Suteishon (雨のステイション)" Rain Station 5:14
5. "Afurika e Ikitai (アフリカへ行きたい)" I Want To Go To Africa 3:10
  • Lyrics and arrangement by Yumi Arai, edited by Masataka Matsutoya.


Chart Performance[edit]

Chart Peak
Oricon Weekly Album Charts 2
Oricon Yearly Album Charts, 1976[1] 5


  1. ^ "年間アルバムヒットチャート 1976年". Private Life エンタメデータ&ランキング. Retrieved 2013-12-18.