Kōri no Sekai

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Kōri no Sekai
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Studio album by Yōsui Inoue
Released December 1, 1973
Recorded at the Mori Studio (Tokyo, JP) / Trident and Advision Studios (London, UK), June–September 1973
Genre Folk rock
Label Polydor Japan
Producer Hidenori Taga
Yōsui Inoue chronology
Yōsui Live "Modori Michi"
(1972)Yōsui Live "Modori Michi"1972
Kōri no Sekai
Nishoku no Koma
(1974)Nishoku no Koma1974
Singles from Kōri no Sekai
  1. "Kokoro Moyou"/"Kaerenai Futari"
    Released: September 21, 1973

Kōri no Sekai (氷の世界) is the third studio album by Japanese singer-songwriter Yōsui Inoue, released in December 1973.

Overview and song information[edit]

Kōri no Sekai was recorded after a single "Yume No Naka e" became a smash hit. Part of the recording took place at the Trident and Advision studios in London, United Kingdom, with musicians including two former members of the band Quatermass, John Gustafson and Pete Robinson. Three of them including title track were co-arranged by Nicky Harrison. Harrison was also the strings arranger for The Rolling Stones' Goats Head Soup album, which topped the chart in the U.S. and UK in Autumn 1973.

A song "Kokoro Moyou" was released as a lead single in September 1973 and became his first top-ten charting hit consequently, peaking at #7 on the Oricon. It was originally titled "Futsū Yūbin" and written for the folk duo Betsy & Chris, but the pair refused to record his song. A pop idol Saori Minami covered "Kokoro Moyou" on her album Natsu no Kanjou released in a following year. Ayaka Hirahara and Akina Nakamori also recorded the song in later years.

Flip side of a single "Kokoro Moyou" was "Kaerenai Futari", a ballad Inoue and Kiyoshirō Imawano wrote together. Reportedly, then-unknown co-writer eked out a living by the income of the song, until he became popular as a frontman of the band RC Succession in the 1980s.[1] Imawano joined the songwriting on "Machibouke" too, and occasionally collaborated with Inoue in later years.

The lead-off track of the album was initially written by Inoue alone, and it was previously issued on his live album Modori Michi. The studio recording version of "Akazu no Fumikiri" heard on Kōri no Sekai is completely different song, which features renewed composition by the arranger Katz Hoshi.

Commercial success[edit]

Yōsui Inoue's Kōri no Sekai album marked unprecedented success for the Japanese music industry at the time, becoming the first long-playing record that has retailed more than a million copies in Japan alone.[2] Universal Music Group stated that the vinyl release of Kori no Sekai was sold more than 1.35 million copies.[3] Comprising other formats such as audio cassette and compact disc, the album has sold over 1.45 million copies to date.[4]

In the history of the Oricon Albums chart started in 1970, Kōri no Sekai has been the album with the most weeks at number-one. About two weeks after the release, the album topped the Japanese Oricon Weekly LP chart for the first time, and stayed there for 13 consecutive weeks. Since then, it continuously remained on the top-ten of the chart for 113 weeks, and returned to the number-one spot again and again, while Inoue himself subsequently released some albums. Eventually Kōri no Sekai entered the Oricon for 150 weeks, spending 35 weeks in total at the top.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Yōsui Inoue (except where indicated)

Side one[edit]

All songs arranged by Katz Hoshi (except "Chie-Chan" and "Kōri no Sekai" co-arranged by Nick Harrison)

  1. "Akazu no Fumikiri (あかずの踏切り)" (Inoue/Katz Hoshi) - 2:34
  2. "Hajimari (はじまり)" - 0:35
  3. "Kaerenai Futari (帰れない二人)" (Inoue/Kiyoshirō Imawano) - 4:20
  4. "Chie-Chan (チエちゃん)" - 2:43
  5. "Kōri no Sekai (氷の世界)" - 4:11
  6. "Shiroi Ichinichi (白い一日)" (Inoue/Kei Ogura) - 2:27
  7. "Jiko Ken'o (自己嫌悪)" - 2:38

Side two[edit]

All songs arranged by Katz Hoshi (except "Fun" co-arranged by Nick Harrison)

  1. "Kokoro Moyou (心もよう)" - 3:25
  2. "Machibouke (待ちぼうけ)" (Inoue/Imawano) - 2:41
  3. "Sakura Sangatsu Sanpomichi (桜三月散歩道)" (Inoue/Kunio Nagatani) - 3:05
  4. "Fun" - 2:40
  5. "Koharu Obasan (小春おばさん)" - 3:07
  6. "Oyasumi (おやすみ)" - 2:51


  • Barry DeSouza - Drums
  • Tatsuo Hayashi - Drums
  • Shuichi Murakami - Drums
  • Tadaaki Misago - Drums
  • Peter Robinson - Piano, mellotron, harpsichord
  • Ann Odell - Piano
  • Jun Fukamachi - Piano, synthesizer, Mellotron
  • Naoya Matsuoka - Piano
  • John Gustafson - Electric bass
  • Haruomi Hosono - Electric bass
  • Takao Yamamura - Electric bass
  • Masayoshi Takanaka - Electric guitar. Bass guitar
  • Joe Gammer - Electric guitar
  • Mark Warner - Electric guitar
  • Ray Fenwick - Acoustic guitar
  • Hiromi Yasuda - Acoustic guitar, flat mandolin
  • Yosui Inoue - Vocals, acoustic guitar, blues harp
  • Judd Mcniven - Blues harp
  • Toshiyui Ōe - Steel guitar
  • Toshio Tanioka - Violin
  • Arrival - Chorus
  • Katz Hoshi - Chorus


Japan Record Awards
Year Title Category Winner(s)
1974 (16th) Kōri no Sekai[5] Best Products Yōsui Inoue / Polydor Japan

Chart positions[edit]


Year Album Country Chart Position Weeks Sales
1973-76 Kōri no Sekai Japan Oricon Weekly LP Albums Chart (top 100)[6] 1(x35) 150 1,456,000+
Oricon Weekly CT Albums Chart (top 100) 2 70


Year Single B-Side Chart Position Weeks Sales
1973 "Kokoro Moyou" "Kaerenai Futari" Japanese Oricon Weekly (top 100) 7 35 423,000

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog number Notes
Japan December 1, 1973 Polydor LP MR5038
Audio cassette CR1122
Unknown LP MR3304 Re-issue with alternative cover art
September 1, 1983 CD 3113-11
September 1, 1990 POCH-1025
June 26, 1996 POCH-1574 Original recording digitally remastered (clean version)
December 19, 2001 Universal UPCH-1126 Original recording digitally remastered (24-bit)
October 4, 2006 UPCY-6255 2001 Remaster
LP UPJY-9003
December 17, 2009 SHM-CD UPCY-6503

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Kiyoshiro Imawano have a duet with Yosui Inouet for the first time: the theme song of the motion picture The Great Yokai War". sponichi.co.jp (in Japanese). Sports Nippon. Retrieved 2009-04-24.[dead link]
  2. ^ 井上陽水のLP「氷の世界」が日本初のミリオンセラー "(Yosui Inoue's LP Kori no Sekai become the first million-selling album in Japan)" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2009-05-09.
  3. ^ "- ユニバーサルミュージック コンピレーション&名盤カタログ" (in Japanese). Archived from UNIVERSALMUSICWORLD.JP Compilation & Catalogue the original Check |url= value (help) on 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
  4. ^ http://www.geocities.jp/jetmaccha21/millionalbum.html
  5. ^ "History of the Japan Record Awards - List of the 16th Award Winners" (in Japanese). Archived from Japan Composer's Association the original Check |url= value (help) on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  6. ^ "Yamachan Land (Archives of the Japanese record charts) - Albums Chart Daijiten - Yosui Inoue" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2007-06-19. Retrieved 2009-04-24.