Under the Sun (Yosui Inoue album)

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Under the Sun
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 15, 1993
RecordedParadise Studio Komazawa, Studio Jive, Adagio Atelier, Hitokuchizaka, Burnish Stone (Tokyo, Japan)
Little Mountain, Warehouse (Vancouver, Canada)
GenreJ-pop (Folk rock, adult contemporary)
Length52:21
LabelFor Life
Yosui Inoue chronology
The Night Without a Guide
(1992)
Under the Sun
(1993)
Eien no Shuru
(1994)
Singles from Under the Sun
  1. "Gogatsu no Wakare"/"Be-Pop Juggler"
    Released: March 19, 1993
  2. "Make-Up Shadow"
    Released: July 21, 1993
  3. "Canadian Accordion"
    Released: November 3, 1993

Under the Sun is the 16th studio album by a Japanese singer-songwriter Yōsui Inoue, released in September 1993.

Two songs "Gogatsu no Wakare" and "Make-Up Shadow" were released as a single prior to the album, and the latter became a massive hit.

"Make-Up Shadow" was featured as the theme song for Subarashikikana Jinsei, a television drama aired on Fuji TV. The music was composed by Jun Sato (who used the pseudonym Utsuru Ayame), and Inoue wrote the lyrics. A song became the highest charting single for Inoue, reaching the number-two on the Japanese Oricon Weekly Singles and selling in excess of 800,000 copies. Sato also arranged the song, and his arrangement won the 35th Japan Record Awards.[1]

The album debuted at the number-one on the Japanese Oricon, and became his fifth chart-topping non-compilation album since 9.5 Carats released in 1984.[2]

Track listing[edit]

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

  1. "Be-Pop Juggler" - 3:10
  2. "Eleven" - 4:43
  3. "Mizugameza no Yoru (水瓶座の夜)" - 4:37
  4. "Power Down" - 4:42
  5. "Make-up Shadow" (Utsuru Ayame/Inoue) - 4:07
  6. "Canadian Accordion (カナディアン アコーデオン, Kanadian Akōdeon)" (Kyouhei Tsutsumi/Inoue) - 5:34
  7. "Kagi no Kazu (鍵の数)" (Inoue/Natsumi Hirai) - 4:28
  8. "Stoic (ストイック, Sutoikku)" (Inoue/Jun Satō/Yasushi Akimoto) - 5:50
  9. "Go-gatsu no Wakare (5月の別れ)" - 5:06
  10. "Under the Sun" - 5:41
  11. "Nagai Hanashi (長い話)" (Inoue/Banana-UG-Kawashima) - 4:06

Personnel[edit]

  • Yosui Inoue - Lead and background vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Jun Sato - Piano, electric piano, keyboards, synthesizer, acoustic guitar, percussion, background vocals
  • Banana-UG-Kawashima - Synthesizer, piano
  • Yoshinobu Kojima - Organ, piano
  • Yasuharu Nakanishi - Piano
  • Yasuhiro Kobayashi - Accordion
  • Tsuyoshi Kon - Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar
  • Susumu Osada - Electric guitar
  • Haruo Kubota - Electric guitar
  • Koki Ito - Bass guitar
  • Chiharu Mikuzuki - Bass guitar
  • Hiroshi Igarashi - Auto harp, banjo, steel drums
  • Motoya Hamaguchi - Percussion, kalimba
  • Nobu Saito - Percussion
  • Hideo Yamaki - Drums
  • Jun Aoyama - Drums
  • Shin Kazuhara - Trumpet
  • Jake H. Conception - Saxophone
  • Taro Kiyooka - Trombone
  • Hidefumi Toki - Clarinet
  • Aska Strings (conducted by Aska Kaneko) - Strings
  • Ma*To - Computer programming
  • Keishi Urata - Computer programming
  • Hideki Matsutake - Computer programming
  • Naoki "Taro" Suzuki - Drums programming
  • Seri - Background vocals
  • Nisa - Background vocals
  • Anna - Background vocals
  • Eve - Background vocals

Production[edit]

  • Arranger: Yosui Inoue (#1,4), Jun Sato (#5,6,8,9), Tsuyoshi Kon (#2), Banana-UG-Kawashima (#3,11), Yasuharu Nakanishi (#7), Haruo Kubota (#10)
  • Composer: Yosui Inoue (All tracks except #5,6), Utsuru Ayame (#5), Kyohei Tsutsumi (#6), Natsumi Hirai (#7), Jun Sato (#8), Banana-UG-Kawashima (#11)
  • Lyricist: Yosui Inoue (All tracks except #9), Yasushi Akimoto (#9)
  • Mixing Engineer: Tamotsu Yoshida, Jun Tendo, Takayoshi Yamanouchi, Yuta Kagema
  • Recording Engineer: Jun Tendo, Junichi YAmazaki, Takayoshi Yamanouchi, Yuji Kuraishi, Kazuya Yoshida, Kazuya Miyazaki
  • Session Support Engineer: Kenji Igarashi, Yutaka Uematsu, Motoyoshi Komine, Junichi Hohrin, Yuko Suzuki, Hajime Nagai, Kenji Matsunaga, Kaoru Matsuyama
  • Mastering Engineer: Toru Kotetsu, Masayoshi Nakajo
  • Art/Styling: Sachico Ito
  • Photographer: Kenji Miura
  • Artwork producer: Noriko Shimoyama
  • Artwork designer:Shuzo Hayashi
  • Artwork supervisor: Tomio Watanabe
  • Artwork: Hiroshi Shoji
  • Promotion Staff: Mitsuo Sakauchi, Yasuhide Sasa
  • Production Coordinator: Sei Sato, Takashi Yokoo, Yasuko Makino, Chiharu Senoma
  • Production Manager: Nao Funatsu
  • Production Assistant: Hidenori Muto, Rie Nishioka, Satoko Ishizaki

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Album Chart Position Weeks Sales RIAJ Certification
1993 Under the Sun Japanese Oricon Weekly Albums Chart (Top 100) 1 13 370,000 Platinum

Singles[edit]

Year Single B-Side Chart Position Weeks Sales RIAJ Certification
1992 "Gogatsu no Wakare" "Be-Pop Juggler" Japanese Oricon Weekly (top 100) 27 8 89,000 Gold
"Make-Up Shadow" "Present" 2 16 817,000 3x Platinum
"Canadian Accordion" "Hikiage Mono no Uta" 35 3 24,000

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog number
Japan September 15, 1993 For Life Records CD FLCF-30220
Audio cassette FLTF-28040
March 25, 2009 For Life Music Entertainment/BMG SHM-CD FLCF-5013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of the Japan Record Awards - List of the 35th Award Winners" (in Japanese). Japan Composer's Association. Archived from the original on 2008-06-15. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  2. ^ "Yamachan Land (Archives of the Japanese record charts) - Albums Chart Daijiten - Yosui Inoue" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2007-06-19. Retrieved 2009-04-12.