Happy End

Profile:
Seminal Japanese folk rock band featuring Haruomi Hosono, Eiichi Ohtaki, Takashi Matsumoto and Shigeru Suzuki formed by Hosono and Matsumoto after the disbanding of Apryl Fool in autumn 1969. Released the first of three studio albums in August 1970, with their second, はっぴいえんど* - 風街ろまん (November 1971), regarded as their "masterpiece", regularly topping critics polls. Prolific as sidemen, the members contributed to numerous projects during the band's lifetime and beyond, and went on to find commercial success with solo and group ventures (in Matsumoto's case as a hugely successful lyricist).

The group officially split on New Years Eve 1972, a month after the release of the first solo album by Ohtaki, and two months before the release of the band's third and final studio album in February 1973. Hosono's first solo album followed in June of the same year. Happy End's first compilation album, Happy End - City - Happy End Best Album, was issued in September, and the group reformed for a special live event with guest musicians the same month, a performance recorded and released as はっぴいえんど* - ライヴ!!はっぴいえんど the following January. The compilation Happy End - Singles featuring group and solo releases was issued in June 1974. Suzuki's debut solo album, Shigeru Suzuki - Band Wagon, was issued in March 1975.

A further one-off reunion occurred at the June 1985 multi-artist "All Together Now" concert, resulting in a four song, 12" EP はっぴいえんど* - The Happy End.

Founding member Ohtaki died in December 2013. In August 2015 the surviving members performed at the "Kazemachi Legend" event commemorating the 45th anniversary of Matsumoto's songwriting career.
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Albums

URL-1015 Happy End - はっぴいえんど album art はっぴいえんど* はっぴいえんど (Album) URC URL-1015 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
URG-4009 Happy End - 風街ろまん album art はっぴいえんど* 風街ろまん (Album) URC URG-4009 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
OFL-8 Happy End - Happy End album art Happy End = はっぴいえんど* Happy End = はっぴいえんど* - Happy End (Album) Bellwood Records OFL-8 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
OFL-20 Happy End - ライヴ!!はっぴいえんど album art はっぴいえんど* ライヴ!!はっぴいえんど (Album) Bellwood Records OFL-20 Japan 1974 Sell This Version
SM22-4009 Happy End - 岡林信康ライブ With はっぴいえんど album art 岡林信康* With はっぴいえんど* 岡林信康* With はっぴいえんど* - 岡林信康ライブ With はっぴいえんど(LP, Album) SMS Records SM22-4009 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
SOLID-1002 Happy End - Greeeatest Live! On Stage album art Happy End Greeeatest Live! On Stage (Album) Solid Records (6) SOLID-1002 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
H20K25015 Happy End - はっぴいえんど Live On Stage album art はっぴいえんど* はっぴいえんど Live On Stage (Album) Kitty Records, URC H20K25015 Japan 1989 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

URS-0029 Happy End - だからここに来た album art 岡林信康*, はっぴいえんど* 岡林信康*, はっぴいえんど* - だからここに来た (Single) URC URS-0029 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
URT-0052 Happy End - 自由への長い旅 / 今日をこえて album art 岡林信康*, はっぴいえんど* 岡林信康*, はっぴいえんど* - 自由への長い旅 / 今日をこえて (Single) URC URT-0052 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
BS-1366 Happy End - 12月の雨の日 / はいからはくち album art はっぴいえんど* 12月の雨の日 / はいからはくち (Single) King Records BS-1366 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
URT-0053 Happy End - 手紙 / それで自由になったのかい album art 岡林信康* / はっぴいえんど* 岡林信康* / はっぴいえんど* - 手紙 / それで自由になったのかい URC URT-0053 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
BS-1467 Happy End - 花いちもんめ / 夏なんです album art はっぴいえんど* 花いちもんめ / 夏なんです King Records BS-1467 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
URT-0050 Happy End - 家は出たけれど / 君を待っている album art 岡林信康*, はっぴいえんど* 岡林信康*, はっぴいえんど* - 家は出たけれど / 君を待っている(7", Single) URC URT-0050 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
OF-10 Happy End - さよならアメリカさよならニッポン / 無風状態 album art はっぴいえんど* さよならアメリカさよならニッポン / 無風状態 Bellwood Records OF-10 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
18AH 1933 Happy End - The Happy End album art はっぴいえんど* The Happy End (EP) CBS/Sony 18AH 1933 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
PRT-8395 Happy End - 風をあつめて / サルビアの花 album art はっぴいえんど*, 早川義夫* はっぴいえんど*, 早川義夫* - 風をあつめて / サルビアの花(7", Promo) Toshiba Records PRT-8395 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
TOCT-22045 Happy End - あしたてんきになあれ album art はっぴいえんど* あしたてんきになあれ(CD, EP) URC, Toshiba Records TOCT-22045 Japan 1999 Sell This Version

Compilations

OFL-26 Happy End - Singles album art Happy End Singles (Comp) Bellwood Records OFL-26 Japan 1974 Sell This Version
SKW-1021~2 Happy End - ベスト・コレクション album art はっぴい えんど* ベスト・コレクション(2xLP, Comp) Bellwood Records SKW-1021~2 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
K20A-368 Happy End - はっぴいえんど・ストーリー album art はっぴいえんど* はっぴいえんど・ストーリー(LP, Comp) Bellwood Records K20A-368 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
CM32-5141 Happy End - はっぴいえんど & 風街ろまん album art はっぴいえんど* はっぴいえんど & 風街ろまん (Album, Comp) SMS Records CM32-5141 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
K32X 64 Happy End - ベスト album art はっぴいえんど* ベスト(CD, Comp) Bellwood Records K32X 64 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
A-1012 Happy End - City - Happy End Best Album album art Happy End City - Happy End Best Album (Comp, Album) Bellwood Records A-1012 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
TKCX-70063 Happy End - Happy End album art はっぴいえんど* Happy End(Box, Comp + 4xCD, Album, RE, RM) King Record Co. Ltd, URC, King Records, Bellwood Records TKCX-70063 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
KTCR-1226 Happy End - はっぴいえんどベスト album art はっぴいえんど* はっぴいえんどベスト(CD, Album, Comp) Kitty Records, URC KTCR-1226 Japan 1993 Sell This Version