Vanishing Vision

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Vanishing Vision
Studio album by X
Released April 14, 1988
Recorded 1987–1988 at Echo House, Magnet Studio[1]
Genre Heavy metal, speed metal, power metal
Length 42:03
Language English, Japanese
Label Extasy
Producer X
X chronology
Vanishing Vision
(1988)
Blue Blood
(1989)

Vanishing Vision is the debut studio album by the Japanese heavy metal band X Japan, then named X. It was released on April 14, 1988 by Extasy Records, topped the Oricon indies chart and reached number 19 on the main one.

Overview[edit]

Vanishing Vision was released on vinyl record on April 14, 1988 on Yoshiki's own label Extasy Records. Despite being an independent record label, it sold more the ten thousand copies, causing it to top Oricon's indie music chart.[2] But it also reached number 19 on the main chart, being considered by some as the first time an indie band has achieved this.[2][3] A limited pressing of five thousand picture discs was also made, that included a separate flexi disc of "Stab Me in the Back". This version of the song was originally included on the February 1987 Victor Records sampler Skull Thrash Zone Volume I, was recorded with Pata as a support guitar player,[4] and is different from the one that would later appear on their third album Jealousy in 1991.

The band toured extensively in support of the record, their Vanishing Tour Vol.2 took them to 20 locations for 24 shows from June to July, while the Burn Out Tour had 12 performances throughout October.[2] The September 4 show at Kyoto Sports Valley,[2] is a popular bootleg recording of the tour, however, only audio of "Stab Me in the Back" from it was officially released, being included on the 1999 Perfect Best compilation.

Vanishing Vision was re-released on CD on October 15, 1989.[1] This was after the release of the band's second album Blue Blood on the major label CBS/Sony. In 1990, with 158,220 copies sold Vanishing Vision was the 78th best-selling album of the year, and stayed on the charts for 47 weeks. By 1997, it had sold over 800,000 copies.[3] A digitally remastered CD version was released on September 13, 2000 by Warner Music Japan.

Composition[edit]

"I'll Kill You" is a reworked version of their 1985 debut single. "Sadistic Desire" is a song from hide's previous band Saver Tiger, originally called "Sadistic Emotion", but with rewritten lyrics by Yoshiki.[5] An alternate version of the song would later appear on X's 1991 single "Silent Jealousy". The intro to "Alive" contains an excerpt of the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.[5] The lyrics for this version of "Kurenai" are entirely in English, it would later appear mostly in Japanese on Blue Blood and be released as their major debut single, becoming one of their signature songs. Just as its title suggests, "Un-finished..." is a short incomplete ballad that suddenly cuts off.[5] It would also later be reworked and "finished" for the band's second album.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Dear Loser"     Taiji 2:27
2. "Vanishing Love"   Yoshiki Yoshiki 6:01
3. "Phantom of Guilt"   Toshi Taiji 5:18
4. "Sadistic Desire"   Yoshiki hide 6:09
Side B
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Give Me the Pleasure"   Yoshiki Taiji, hide 2:57
2. "I'll Kill You"   Yoshiki Yoshiki 3:29
3. "Alive"   Yoshiki Yoshiki 8:24
4. "Kurenai"   Yoshiki Yoshiki 5:46
5. "Un-finished..."   Yoshiki Yoshiki 1:32

Personnel[edit]

X
Production
  • Kinya Maekawa – director
  • Seiji Komura – director
  • Masanori Chinzei – recording engineer, mixing engineer
  • Hikaru Sawamura – mixing engineer
  • Akinori Yoshino – assistant engineer
  • Norio Kaziki – photography
  • Shiro Nisiguchi – sleeve design[1]
  • NOBU – art direction & design (on CD only)
  • Mitsukazu "Quincy" Tanaka – digital mastering engineer (on CD only)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "X - Vanishing Vision". discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Indies eXplosion: The Early History of X JAPAN". JRock Revolution. 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  3. ^ a b Yang, Jeff; Can, Dina; Hong, Terry (1997). Eastern Standard Time. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. p. 264. ISBN 0-395-76341-X. 
  4. ^ "SKULL TRASH ZONE I". japan-discoveries.com. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 
  5. ^ a b c "X JAPAN - Vanishing Vision". jame-world.com. 2006-09-19. Retrieved 2013-02-03.