Ringetsu

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Month of Parturition (Ringetsu)
Ringetsu album cover.jpg
Studio album by Miyuki Nakajima
Released March 5, 1981
Recorded Epicurus Studio, Hitokuchizaka Studio, Media Studio
Genre J-pop (folk, kayokyoku)
Length 45:29
Label Canyon/AARD-VARK
Producer Miyuki Nakajima
Miyuki Nakajima chronology
Ikiteitemo Iidesuka
(1980)Ikiteitemo Iidesuka1980
Month of Parturition (Ringetsu)
(1981)
Kansuigyo
(1982)Kansuigyo1982
Singles from Month of Parturition (Ringetsu)
  1. "Hitori Jouzu"
    Released: October 21, 1980
  2. "Ashita Tenki ni Nare"
    Released: March 21, 1981

Month of Parturition (臨月, Ringetsu) is the eighth studio album by Japanese singer-songwriter Miyuki Nakajima, released in March 1981.

The album features "Hitori Jouzu", a song released as a lead single in October 1980 and became her second top-ten hit on the Japanese Oricon (since her 1977 chart-topper "The Parting Song").

Month of Parturition topped the Japanese albums chart for two weeks, and marked the number-six on the country's year-end chart of 1981.[1] Also in December 1981, the album received honor of winning the 23rd Japan Record Awards for "Album Best 10", a category acclaimed the ten most magnificent long-playing records.

Along with a follow-up Kansuigyo released in the following year, Month of Parturition has been one of her best-selling non-compilation albums to date, selling over 590,000 copies.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Miyuki Nakajima.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Ashita Tenki ni Nare (あした天気になれ)" – 3:19
  2. "Anata ga Umi wo Miteiru Uchi ni (あなたが海を見ているうちに)" – 5:42
  3. "Self Portrait in Two Mirrors (あわせ鏡, Awase Kagami)" – 5:13
  4. "Hitori Jouzu (ひとり上手( lit., Having Been Accustomed to Solitude))" – 4:12
  5. "Snow (, Yuki)" – 4:55

Side two[edit]

  1. "Bus Dōri (バス通り, Basu Dōri)" – 4:18
  2. "Friendship (友情, Yūjou)" – 6:56
  3. "Seijin Sedai (成人世代)" – 4:06
  4. "Yakyoku (夜曲)" – 6:48

Personnel[edit]

  • Miyuki Nakajima - Vocals
  • Masaki Matsubara - electric guitar
  • Takashi Ozaki - electric guitar
  • Ken Yashima - electric guitar
  • Shigeru Suzuki - electric guitar
  • Kazuo Shiina - electric guitar
  • Chuei Yoshikawa - acoustic guitar
  • Hiromi Yasuda - acoustic guitar
  • Tsugutoshi Goto - bass guitar
  • Michio Nagaoka - bass guitar
  • Kenji Takamizu - bass guitar
  • Ryoichi Akimoto - bass guitar
  • Masataka Matsutoya - keyboards
  • Haruo Togashi - keyboards
  • Yasuharu Nakanishi - keyboards
  • Maki Tashiro - keyboards
  • Izumi Kobayashi - keyboards
  • Nobu Saito - percussion
  • Motoya Hamaguchi - percussion
  • Yuki Sugawara - percussion
  • Nobuo Yagi - harmonica
  • Keiko Yamakawa - harp
  • Jake H Conception - saxophone
  • Eiji Shimamura - drums
  • Yuichi Tokashiki - drums
  • Tatsuo Hayashi - drums
  • Yutaka Uehara - drums

Production[edit]

  • Performer, composer, lyricist, producer: Miyuki Nakajima
  • Arranger: Katz Hoshi (Side one #1 / Side two #3), Hiromi Yasuda (Side one #2), Masataka Matsutoya (Side one #3 / Side two #2,4), Mitsuo Hagita (Side one #4,5 / Side two #1)
  • Recording director: Yoshio Okujima
  • Director: YūZō Watanabe
  • Mixing and mastering engineer: Katsuya Kuroda
  • Assistant engineer: Bill Takahashi
  • Photographer, art director: Jin Tamura
  • Designer: Hirofumi Arai
  • Management for the artist: Hiroshi Kojima, Kunio Kaneko
  • Executive producer: Genichi Kawakami
    • Special Thanks to Gil House People
    • Mixed and Mastered at the Hitokuchizaka SIudio, Tokyo, Japan

Awards[edit]

Japan Record Awards
Year Title Category Winner
1981 (23rd) Month of Parturition (Ringetsu)[2] Best 10 Albums Miyuki Nakajima

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Album Country Chart Position Weeks Sales
1981 Month of Parturition (Ringetsu) Japan Oricon Weekly LP Albums Chart (top 100) 1 48 590,000[3]
Oricon Weekly CT Albums Chart (top 100) 1 33

Singles[edit]

Year Single B-Side Chart Position Weeks Sales
1980 "Hitori Jouzu" "Kanashimi ni" Japanese Oricon Weekly (top 100) 6 23 444,000[4]
1981 "Ashita Tenki ni Nare" "Anzu Mura kara" 25 12 79,000[4]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Thank Ai You by Masahiko Kondo
Japanese Oricon LP Chart number-one album
March 23 - April 5, 1981 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
Heart and Soul by the Chanels