Luna Sea (Luna Sea album)

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Luna Sea
Luna Sea album.jpg
The album cover featuring the band, clockwise from top-left: Sugizo, Ryuichi, J, Inoran, Shinya
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 21, 1991
Recorded1990-1991 — Gok Sound
ProducerLuna Sea
Luna Sea chronology
Luna Sea

Luna Sea is the self-titled debut album by Japanese rock band Luna Sea, released on April 21, 1991 by Extasy Records.[1] It sold over 30,000 copies by July 1992.[2] The album was remastered and re-released by Universal Music Group on December 19, 2007. In 2011, after reuniting the previous year, Luna Sea re-recorded the whole album and released it on March 16, 2011 by their label at the time, HPQ.


At a sold-out February 11, 1991 concert at Meguro Rock-May-Kan, Lunacy were discovered by X Japan guitarist hide and were signed by X Japan co-founder Yoshiki to his independent record label Extasy Records.[3] The band changed their name from Lunacy to Luna Sea and took part in the label's sold out Nuclear Fusion Tour in March with Gilles de Rais and Sighs of Love Potion.[3] On the tour, a 3-track sample CD including a song from each band was freely distributed, to which they contributed a short sample of "Precious".[4] Their self-titled debut album was released on April 21, 1991. In support of the record, they held their first nationwide tour Under the New Moon, which started on June 13 and was separated into two legs or "Episodes" with a final concert held on September 19. However, a third leg of 17 shows was performed from October 13 to December 30.

The album's cover photo was taken in Inokashira Park in the winter. "Time is Dead" is a re-written version of "Sexual" (later called "Sexual Parvarsion") from their 1989 demo tape "Lunacy". It is the first original song that J ever wrote.[5] "Shade" was re-recorded from their 1989 demo of the same name. "Kagirinaku Tōmei ni Chikai Burū" (限りなく 透明に 近い ブルー) is translated as "Almost Transparent Blue," which comes from the Ryū Murakami novel of the same name. A longer, reworked version of "Moon" was recorded for their second album Image. "Precious..." was re-recorded for the 2000 compilation album Period -the Best Selection-.[6] It was also covered by Merry for the 2007 Luna Sea Memorial Cover Album -Re:birth-.[7]

The album was remastered by Ted Jensen and re-released by Universal Music Group on December 19, 2007. This edition came with a DVD which contained live promotional videos for the songs "Moon" and "Precious...", that were recorded at Nippon Seinenkan on September 19, 1991.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Ryuichi, except "Shade" by J and Ryuichi.

2."Time is Dead"J4:15
3."Sandy Time"Inoran4:55
4."Branch Road"Sugizo3:51
6."Blue Transparency Kagirinaku Tōmei ni Chikai Burū" (BLUE TRANSPARENCY 限りなく 透明に 近い ブルー)Inoran3:43
7."The Slain"J4:34


Luna Sea
  • Producer and arranger: Luna Sea
  • Engineers: Yoshiaki Kondo, Takao Okimoto, Atsushi Tanaka
  • Direction: Mr. Hattori, Makoto Ebina, Akihiro Nagasaka
  • Jacket design and photos: Miss Saori Tsuji
  • Costume coordinator: Miss Sayuri Chihara
  • Hair stylist: Tetsuya Endo
  • Road crew: Ippei Kuwabara, Seiji Noro, Atsushi Naito, Yosuke Narita, Kenichi Nanba
Personnel per album's liner notes.[8]
Luna Sea
Luna Sea 2011 Japan CD sleeve YICQ10050.jpg
The album cover featuring the band, from left to right: Shinya, J, Ryuichi, Sugizo, Inoran
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 16, 2011
Recorded2010-2011 — Victor Studio, Studio Sound Dali, Kamome Studio, Art Terro Studio, Wonder Station
ProducerLuna Sea

2011 re-recording[edit]

In 2011, the band re-recorded the whole album and released it on March 16 on their new label HPQ, which is owned by Avex Group. When asked why they chose to re-record the album, Sugizo said "It’s sort of like returning to our origins. After ten years, we have to recreate ourselves, and going back to something as original and basic as our first album is part of the process. It’s very important to be able to recapture that feeling, and to recreate it with our current skills to show how we’ve improved over the years.", and Ryuichi added "The sound we have now has a similar feeling to our first album."[9] It is notable that the version of "Moon" that appears on the re-recording is of the longer version of the song from their second album, Image.

It was released in three editions; a regular, a limited with a DVD of a music video for "Shade" that uses footage from their Lunacy Kurofuku Gentei Gig ~the Holy Night~ free concert on December 25, 2010, and a premium which includes a reproduction cassette of their 1989 demo "Shade" and a reproduction shirt from their 1991 Under the New Moon Episode I-III tours.[10][11] The regular edition reached number six on the Oricon chart.[12]

Track listing[edit]

2011 Re-recording
2."Time is Dead"4:32
3."Sandy Time"5:15
4."Branch Road"4:05
6."Blue Transparency Kagirinaku Tōmei ni Chikai Burū" (BLUE TRANSPARENCY 限りなく 透明に 近い ブルー)3:49
7."The Slain"4:45


Luna Sea
  • Vocals:Ryuichi
  • Guitar, violin: Sugizo
  • Guitar: Inoran
  • Bass: J
  • Drums: Shinya
  • Producer: Luna Sea
  • Keyboard and sound effect programmer: Daisuke "d-kiku" Kikuchi
  • Recording and mixing engineer: Hitoshi Hiruma
  • Recording engineers: Kenichi Arai, Masaaki Tsuya (Kamome Studio), Tasumasa Yamashita, Akinori Kaizaki
  • Recording assistant engineers: Yosuke Watanabe (Victor Studio), Junpei Ohno (Studio Sound Dali), Masayoshi Shinomiya (Studio Sound Dali), Tomotaka Saka (Wonder Station)
  • Mixing assistant engineer: Yujiro Yonetsu (Prime Sound Studio Form)
  • Mastering engineer: Ted Jensen (Sterling Sound)
  • Mastering coordinator: Tsuyoshi Niwa (Sterling Sound)
  • Additional mastering engineer: Kazushige Yamazaki (Flair Mastering), Ayako Kawamoto (Flair Mastering)
  • Art direction and design: Shizuka Aikawa (Avex Marketing Inc.)
  • Photograph: Yosuke Komatsu (Odd Job, Ltd.)
  • Hair and Make up: Hirokazu Niwa (Maroonbrand), Hisako Araki (Octbre), Hiroshi Miyagi (Squash)
  • Stylists: Yohei Usami (bNm), Bun, Saori
  • Executive producers: Masatoshi Sakanoue (Luna Sea Inc.), Masato "Max" Matsuura (Avex Group)
  • English lyric translations: Jessica Polichetti
Personnel per album's liner notes.[13]


  1. ^ "Luna Sea - Luna Sea". Discogs. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  2. ^ "Sea Of Japan". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 104 (29): 61. July 18, 1992.
  3. ^ a b "LUNA SEA: God Bless You". JRock Revolution. 2007-08-27. Archived from the original on 2016-01-09. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
  4. ^ "Various – Nuclear Fusion Tour". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
  5. ^ "LUNA SEA / INORAN×J 結成30周年、バンドの礎を築いた2人が語り合う". Natalie (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  6. ^ "PERIOD: LUNA SEA". (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-03-18.
  7. ^ "Luna Sea Memorial Cover Album -Re:birth-". Retrieved 2012-07-07.
  8. ^ Luna Sea liner notes, 1991-04-21. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
  9. ^ "Interview with SUGIZO, INORAN and RYUICHI". Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  10. ^ "LUNA SEA【ジャケットA】CD+グッズ+カセットテープ". (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-06-14.
  11. ^ "LUNA SEA CD+DVD". Retrieved 2011-06-14.
  12. ^ "LUNA SEAのアルバム売り上げランキング". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-04-24.
  13. ^ Luna Sea (2011) liner notes, 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2013-06-12.