Okaerinasai

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Okaerinasai
Okaerinasai nakajima.jpg
Studio album by Miyuki Nakajima
Released November 21, 1979
Recorded Epicurus and Take One Studios, Tokyo, Japan
Genre Folk, kayokyoku
Length 44:00
Label AARD-VARK/Canyon, Yamaha Music Communications
Producer Miyuki Nakajima
Miyuki Nakajima chronology
Shin-ai Naru Mono e
(1979)
Okaerinasai
(1979)
Ikiteitemo Iidesuka
(1980)

Okaerinasai (おかえりなさい?) is the sixth studio album by Japanese singer-songwriter Miyuki Nakajima, released in November 1979.

The album contains the cover versions of the songs Nakajima composed for other singers, including five top-40 hit singles—"Abayo" sung by Naoko Ken (topped the chart in 1976), "Shiawase Shibai" and "Oikakete Yokohama" recorded by Junko Sakurada (reached #3 and #11 on the chart from in 1977-78, respectively), "If I Could Take to the Sky" performed by Tokiko Kato (peaked at #14 in 1978), and "Ame..." by Rumiko Koyanagi (reached #25 in 1978).[1][2][3][4] It also features a song "Rouge" which was initially issued as the title track on Naomi Chiaki's album issued in 1977. It was later widely recognized around the Asian countries, because of the cover version interpreted by Faye Wong on her album Coming Home in 1992.

Okaerinasai peaked at #2 on the Japanese Oricon LP chart and became one of her most commercially successful album, selling in excess of 530,000 copies while it was entering there.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Miyuki Nakajima, except the lyrics of "Yomaigoto" written by Yu Aku

Side one[edit]

No. Title Original performer Length
1. "Abayo (あばよ?)" (arranged by Tsugutoshi Goto) Naoko Ken 6:13
2. "Kami (?)" (arranged by Shun Fukui) Graciela Susana 3:43
3. "Sayonara wo Tsutaete (サヨナラを伝えて?)" (arranged by Shigeru Suzuki) Naoko Ken 3:27
4. "Shiawase Shibai (しあわせ芝居?)" (arranged by Shigeru Suzuki) Junko Sakurada 3:55
5. "Rain... (雨・・・ Ame...?)" (arranged by Tsugutoshi Goto) Rumiko Koyanagi 5:41

Side two[edit]

No. Title Original performer Length
1. "If I Could Take to the Sky (この空を飛べたら Kono Sora wo Tobetara?)" (arranged by Shigeru Suzuki) Tokiko Kato 5:14
2. "Yomaigoto (世迷い言?)" (arranged by Osamu Tozuka) Mimi Hiyoshi 3:33
3. "Rouge (ルージュ Rūju?)" (arranged by Osamu Tozuka) Naomi Chiaki 4:33
4. "Oikakete Yokohama (追いかけてヨコハマ?)" (arranged by Tsugutoshi Goto) Junko Sakurada 4:03
5. "Tsuyogari wa Yose yo (強がりはよせヨ?)" (arranged by Shun Fukui) Naoko Ken 3:38

Personnel[edit]

  • Miyuki Nakajima - Lead vocal, acoustic guitar
  • Toshiaki Usui - Acoustic guitar
  • Hiromi Yasuda - Acoustic guitar
  • Nobuo Tsunetomi - Acoustic guitar
  • Yasushi Suehara - Acoustic guitar
  • Chūei Yoshikawa - Acoustic guitar
  • Shigeru Suzuki - Electric guitar
  • Kimio Mizutani - Electric guitar
  • Munemitsu Noguchi - Steel guitar
  • Tsugotoshi Gotō - Electric bass
  • Rei Ohara - Electric bass
  • Shigehiro Takahashi - Electric bass
  • Shigeaki Takebe - Electric bass
  • Kazumi Okayama - Drums
  • Eiji Shimamura - Drums
  • Yūichi Togashiki - Drums
  • Tatsuo Hayashi - Drums
  • Nobu Saitō - Percussion
  • Yasukazu Satō - Percussion
  • Jun Sato - Keyboards
  • Hiroshi Shibui - Keyboards
  • Makiko Tashiro - Keyboards
  • Hidetoshi Yamada - Keyboards
  • Jake H. Conception - Saxophone
  • Shin Kazuhara - Trumpet
  • Eiji Arai - Trombone
  • Sumio Okada - Trombone
  • Yasuo Hirauchi - Trombone
  • Masao Suzuki - Clarinet
  • First Music - Strings
  • Isao Kaneyama - Marimba
  • Fumihiko Kazama - Midget Accordion
  • Keiji Azami - Dulcimer
  • Osamu Tozuka - Chorus
  • Hiroshi Narumi - Chorus

Production[edit]

  • Designer: Hirofumi Arai
  • Disk Promoter: Yoshiki Ishikawa
  • Recording Director: Yoshio Okujima
  • Recording & Mixing Engineer: Yoshihiko Kaminari, Koji Sakakibara, Shoya Mizutani
  • Manager: Hiroshi Kojima
  • Assistant Promotion Manager: Kunio Kaneko
  • Disk Co-ordinator: Yuzo Watanabe
  • Costume Designer: Mihoko Kiyokawa
  • Art Director: Jin Tamura
  • Remixing & Mastering Engineer: Kinji Yoshino
  • General Producer: Genichi Kawakami
  • Special Thanks to Sailor Shinohara

Chart positions[edit]

Year Country Chart Position Weeks Sales
1979-80 Japan Oricon Weekly LP Albums Chart (top 100)[5] 2 33 533,000
Oricon Weekly CT Albums Chart (top 100) 3 32

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