Golden Best (Yōsui Inoue album)

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Golden Best
Yosui golden.jpg
Greatest hits album by Yōsui Inoue
Released July 28, 1999
Recorded 1972-1998
2001-2003 (Bonus disc)
Genre Folk, rock, kayokyoku, pop
Length 74:43 (disc one)
78:23 (disc two)
Label For Life
Producer Various
Yōsui Inoue chronology
Kudan
(1998)Kudan1998
Golden Best
(1999)
Golden Bad
(2000)Golden Bad2000
cover of a 2003 expanded edition entitled Golden Best Super
cover of a 2003 expanded edition entitled Golden Best Super

Golden Best is the double-CD compilation album by Japanese singer-songwriter Yōsui Inoue. The album was released in July 1999, celebrating his 30-year career as a solo recording artist. It comprises 35 tracks spanning his works after 1972; the year he released his debut album Danzetsu under the renewed stage name.

Golden Best debuted at the number-six on the Japanese Oricon chart and climbed the top in September 1999.[1][2] It became one of the most successful albums for Inoue, entering the record chart for a year with sales of over 1.4 million copies.[3] The label For Life Music Entertainment stated that Golden Best album has sold more than 2.06 million copies up to late 2008.[4]

After a year from the album's release, a sequel entitled Golden Bad came out. And in 2003, when the album shipped more than 2 million units, an expanded edition called Golden Best Super was issued. It features bonus disc which includes his singles in the 2000s and previously unreleased recordings.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Yōsui Inoue, unless otherwise indicated

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Shounen Jidai (少年時代)" (Inoue, Natsumi Hirai) - 3:21
  2. "Arigatou (ありがとう)" (Inoue, Tamio Okuda) (recorded with Tamio Okuda, credited to InoueYōsuiOkudaTamio) - 3:31
  3. "Make-up Shadow" (Inoue, Utsuru Ayame) - 4:09
  4. "Asia no Junshin (アジアの純真)" (Inoue, Okuda) (recorded with Tamio Okuda, credited to InoueYōsuiOkudaTamio) - 3:53
  5. "Saigo no News (最後のニュース)" - 3:55
  6. "Kasa ga Nai (傘がない)" - 5:35
  7. "Kōri no Sekai (氷の世界)" - 4:11
  8. "Yume no Naka e (夢の中へ)" - 2:40
  9. "Riverside Hotel" - 3:54
  10. "Kokoro Moyou (心もよう)" - 3:27
  11. "Gogatsu no Wakare (5月の別れ)" - 5:06
  12. "Isso Serenade (いっそ セレナーデ)" - 3:16
  13. "Crazy Love" - 4:04
  14. "Kazari ja Nai no yo Namida wa (飾りじゃないのよ涙は)" - 4:43
  15. "Jealousy (ジェラシー)" - 4:01
  16. "Aozora, Hitorikiri (青空、ひとりきり)" - 4:22
  17. "Atarashii Rhapsody (新しいラプソディー)" - 4:51
  18. "Nagai Saka no E no Frame (長い坂の絵のフレーム)" - 5:52

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Tomadou Pelican (とまどうペリカン)" - 4:52
  2. "Canary (カナリア)" - 3:56
  3. "Dance wa Umaku Odorenai (ダンスはうまく踊れない)" - 3:56
  4. "Musume ga Nejireru Toki (娘がねじれる時)" - 4:13
  5. "Nazeka Shanghai (なぜか上海)" - 5:32
  6. "Eiyū (英雄)" - 5:04
  7. "Wakan'nai (ワカンナイ)" - 4:59
  8. "Wine Red no Kokoro (ワインレッドの心)" (Inoue, Kōji Tamaki) - 5:25
  9. "Natsu no Owari no Harmony (夏の終わりのハーモニー)" (Inoue, Tamaki) (recorded with Anzen Chitai) - 3:53
  10. "Teenager" (Inoue, Hirai) - 4:34
  11. "Tokyo" (Inoue, Hirai) - 2:58
  12. "Thailand Fantasia (タイランド ファンタジア)" - 4:55
  13. "Kaerenai Futari (帰れない二人)" (Inoue, Kiyoshiro Imawano) - 4:21
  14. "Just Fit" - 4:25
  15. "Jinsei ga Nido Areba (人生が二度あれば)" - 4:59
  16. "Musubikotoba (結詞)" - 4:07
  17. "Tsumini no Nai Fune (積み荷のない船)" - 5:38

Bonus disc for 2003 limited edition[edit]

  1. "Tomadou Pelican (とまどうペリカン)" [Live version recorded at the Tokyo International Forum on March 21, 2003, previously unreleased] - 5:07
  2. "Coffee Rumba (コーヒー・ルンバ)" (Jose Manzo Perroni, Seiji Nakazawa) - 3:07
  3. "Hana no Kubikazari (花の首飾り)" (Koichi Sugiyama, Fusako Sugawara, Rei Nakanishi) - 4:11
  4. "Aozora, Hitorikiri (青空、ひとりきり)" [Live version recorded at the Pacifico Yokohama on December 23, 2002, previously unreleased] - 3:31
  5. "Kimerareta Rhythm (決められたリズム)" - 4:12
  6. "Mis Cast" [Live version recorded at the Tokyo International Forum on March 21, 2003, previously unreleased] - 5:10
  7. "L-O-V-E" [Live version recorded at the Fukuoka Convention Center on January 21, 2003, previously unreleased] - 2:58
  8. "Miss Contest" [Live version recorded at the Bluenote Tokyo on January 6, 2003, previously unreleased] - 4:38
  9. "Kōri no Sekai (氷の世界)" [Live version recorded at the Tokyo International Forum on March 21, 2003, previously unreleased] - 5:07
  10. "Umi e Kinasai (海へ来なさい)" (Inoue, Katz Hoshi) [Live version recorded at the Tokyo International Forum on March 21, 2003, previously unreleased] - 4:32

Chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart Position Weeks Sales
1999–2000 Golden Best Japanese Oricon Weekly Albums Chart (top 100) 1 54 1,418,000+[3]
2003 Golden Best Super Japanese Oricon Weekly Albums Chart (top 300) 28 12 31,000[3]

Certification[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Japan (RIAJ)[6] 4× Platinum 1,600,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog number Notes
Japan July 28, 1999 For Life Records CD FLCF-3761
June 25, 2003 For Life Music Entertainment FLCF-3965 Expanded edition with bonus disc, limited release

References[edit]

Preceded by
No Doubt
by Chage and Aska
Japanese Oricon Weekly Chart number-one album
September 13, 1999 (one week)
Succeeded by
1/42
by Mr. Children