Ride On Time (album)

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Ride On Time
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Studio album by Tatsuro Yamashita
Released September 19, 1980
Recorded CBS Sony Roppongi & Nichion Studios, Tokyo, Japan
Genre J-pop, R&B, soul, pop
Length 43:19
10:11 (additional tracks for 2002 reissue)
Producer Tatsuro Yamashita
Tatsuro Yamashita chronology
Ride on Time
On the Street Corner

Ride On Time is the fifth studio album by Japanese singer-songwriter Tatsuro Yamashita, released in September 1980.

Ride On Time has been most well known by its title track. It was used on the television commercial for Maxell's audio cassette starring Yamashita, and released as a single in May 1980. A song became first charting single for him, peaking at the number-three on the Japanese Oricon with sales of 417,000 copies in total. In 2003, the song was featured on the television drama Good Luck!! starring Takuya Kimura, and entered the top-20 on the chart again.

The album was released after the title track became a hit, and gained commercial success subsequently. It topped the Japanese albums chart for a week in October 1980, selling more than 220,000 units while it was entering the chart.

After the album came out, the song "My Sugar Babe" (ode to the band he formerly fronted) was issued as a single. It was featured as a theme song for the television drama Keishi-K starring and directed by Shintaro Katsu and aired on NTV in Autumn 1980. Yamashita composed the entire background music used on the unsuccessful TV series. At the time of reissue in 2002, an extract of them (instrumental version of "My Sugar Babe") was additionally included as one of the bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Tatsuro Yamashita, lyrics written by Minako Yoshida (except lyrics of "Ride on Time", "My Sugar Babe" and "Kissing Goodnight" written by Yamashita)

Side one[edit]

  1. "Someday (いつか?)" – 5:49
  2. "Daydream" – 4:31
  3. "Silent Screamer - 5:29
  4. "Ride on Time" [Album version] – 5:55

Side two[edit]

  1. "The Door into Summer (夏への扉 Natsu e no Tobira?)" – 4:41
  2. "My Sugar Babe" - 4:11
  3. "Rainy Day" – 5:20
  4. "Clouds (雲のゆくえに Kumo no Yukue ni?)" – 5:40
  5. "Kissing Goodnight (おやすみ Oyasumi?)" – 1:41

Bonus tracks for 2002 remastered edition[edit]

  1. "Ride on Time" [Single version] - 4:25
  2. "Interlude I" [Instrumental, previously unreleased] - 0:56
  3. "Interlude II" [Instrumental, previously unreleased] - 1:31
  4. "My Sugar Babe" [Instrumental, previously unreleased] - 3:21

Chart positions[edit]

Year Album Country Chart Position Weeks Sales
1980-81 Ride on Time Japan Oricon Weekly LP Albums Chart (top 100) 1 19 225,000[1]
Oricon Weekly CT Albums Chart (top 100) 4 19
2002-03 Ride on Time [Expanded remaster] Oricon Weekly Albums Chart (top 300) 20 14 42,000


  1. ^ Yamachan Land (Japan's charts archives) - Albumd Chart Daijiten - "Tatsuro Yamashita" Check |url= value (help) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
Preceded by
Kanpai by Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi
Japanese Oricon LP Chart number-one album
October 6, 1980 (1 week)
Succeeded by
Kanpai by Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi