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Tatsuro Yamashita = 山下達郎*メロディーズ = Melodies

Tracklist

悲しみのJody (She Was Crying)3:50
高気圧ガール4:20
夜翔 (Night-Fly)4:22
Guess I'm Dumb3:11
ひととき3:59
メリー・ゴー・ラウンド6:17
Blue Midnight4:14
あしおと3:53
黙想1:33
クリスマス・イブ4:13

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Melodies is the eighth studio album recorded by Japanese singer-songwriter Tatsuro Yamashita, released in June 1983. It was his first LP issued under the Moon Label which was distributed by the Alfa Records at the time.

Unlike his previous albums that Minako Yoshida mostly wrote lyrics, majority of the songs heard on Melodies are penned by Yamashita alone, except for "Blue Midnight" (co-written by Yoshida) and a cover version of "Guess I'm Dumb" (composed by Brian Wilson and Russ Titelman and originally recorded by Glen Campbell in 1966).

Before the album came out, "Koukiatsu Girl" was released as a lead single. It features chorus by Mariya Takeuchi, who married Yamashita in 1982 and then temporarily suspended her recording career. The most well-known song in this album is "Christmas Eve". The song did not receive much attention when it was released on 12-inch single in December 1983, but it was widely recognized through a television advertisement by the Central Japan Railway Company aired during the late 1980s. CD single of "Christmas Eve" reissued in 1986 gained huge commercial success, topping the chart in December 1989. The song was repeatedly reissued in later years and became a hit throughout the decades, entering the Oricon chart for over 20 consecutive years with sales of more than 1.8 million copies in total.[1][2]

Because of the massive success "Christmas Eve" gained, the album also enjoyed the long-term commercial success. Melodies has been the second best-selling studio album for Yamashita, retailing over 840,000 copies during its two chart runs.

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Cover of Melodies, 1983-06-08, VinylMelodies
LP, Album, Stereo
Gatefold Sleeve
Moon Records (5) – MOON-28008Japan1983Japan1983
Cover of Melodies, 1983, CassetteMelodies
Cassette, Album, Stereo
Moon Records (5) – MOCT-28008Japan1983Japan1983
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Cover of Melodies, 1983, VinylMelodies
LP, Promo
Gatefold Sleeve
Moon Records (5) – MOON-28008Japan1983Japan1983
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Cover of Melodies, 1983, VinylMelodies
LP, Album, Promo
ゆうせん – YKL-026Japan1983Japan1983
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Cover of Melodies, 1983, VinylMelodies
LP, Album
Moon Records (5) – MOON-28008, HK – MOON-28008Hong Kong1983Hong Kong1983
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Cover of Melodies, 1983, CassetteMelodies
Cassette, Album, Stereo
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Moon Records (5) – MOCT-28008Japan1983Japan1983
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Cover of Melodies, 1983-11-28, CDMelodies
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Moon Records (5) – 38XM-1Japan1983Japan1983
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Cover of メロディーズ = Melodies, 1983-06-08, Vinylメロディーズ = Melodies
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Calendar, Gatefold
Moon Records (5) – MOON-28008Japan1983Japan1983
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Cover of Melodies, 1986-12-21, CDMelodies
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Moon Records (5) – 32XM-27Japan1986Japan1986
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Cover of Melodies, 1986-12-21, CDMelodies
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Moon Records (5) – 32XM-27Japan1986Japan1986
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Cover of Melodies, 1990-12-00, CDMelodies
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Moon Records (5) – 32XM-27Japan1990Japan1990
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Cover of Melodies, 1992, CDMelodies
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Moon Records (5) – AMCM-4150, MMG Inc. – AMCM-4150Japan1992Japan1992
Cover of Melodies, 1992-11-10, CassetteMelodies
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Moon Records (5) – AMTM-4150Japan1992Japan1992
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Cover of Melodies, 1999-06-02, CDMelodies
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Moon Records (5) – WPCV-10020Japan1999Japan1999
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Cover of Melodies (30th Anniversary Edition), 2013-08-28, CDMelodies (30th Anniversary Edition)
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Moon Records (5) – WPCL-11539Japan2013Japan2013
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Cover of Melodies (30th Anniversary Edition), 2013-11-20, VinylMelodies (30th Anniversary Edition)
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Moon Records (5) – WPJL-10009Japan2013Japan2013
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Moon Records (5) – 56969-4Hong KongHong Kong
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Yohann26's avatar
Yohann26
One of the most afforable Yamashita LP. It is pretty much the middle road of his solo carreer at this point. He really perfected his City Pop style and sound. Yes the cover is ugly, but the music is good!
mitchell.nguyen.hang's avatar
I've noticed that a few people added this item in their collection thinking this is the original release instead of the Hong Kong pressing. If your copy has a light blue color and no JASRAC logo on either label, then you have the Hong Kong pressing, otherwise you have the Japanese original.
ironicmoustache's avatar
Edited 4 years ago
I stumbled upon a copy that's in a standard jacket and not a gatefold one. It is legit, as far as I can tell, just with a slightly different runout. Anybody happen to have any info (i.e., maybe it *is* some sort of pirated copy or something to that effect)?