Tats Yamashita* = 山下達郎*Big Wave = ビッグウェイブ

Label:Moon Records (5) – MOON-28019
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Genre:Rock, Funk / Soul, Pop, Stage & Screen
Style:City Pop, Funk, Pop Rock, Soul, Soundtrack, Surf


A1The Theme From Big Wave
BassKohki Itoh*
DrumsJun Aoyama
Lyrics ByAlan O'Day
Music By, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Piano [Rhodes], Synthesizer [Prophet 5], Vocoder, Percussion, Backing VocalsTats Yamashita*
Lyrics ByAlan O'Day
Music By, Drums, Bass, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, 12-String Acoustic Guitar, Electric Piano [Rhodes], Piano, Organ [Hammond], Vibraphone, Percussion, Backing VocalsTats Yamashita*
Soloist, Tenor SaxophoneDaisuke Inoue
A3Only With You
Lyrics ByAlan O'Day
Music By, Drums, Bass, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer [Prophet 5, OBX, Emulator], Percussion, Backing VocalsTats Yamashita*
A4Magic Ways
BassKohki Itoh*
Drums, PercussionJun Aoyama
Electric Piano [Rhodes], PianoHiroyuki Namba
Lyrics ByAlan O'Day
Music By, Electric Guitar, Autoharp, Synthesizer [Prophet 5], Glockenspiel, Percussion, Backing VocalsTats Yamashita*
A5Your Eyes
Acoustic GuitarChuei Yoshikawa
BassKohki Itoh*
DrumsJun Aoyama
Electric Guitar, Sitar [Electric]Kazuo Shiina
Lyrics ByAlan O'Day
Music By, Electric Piano [Rhodes], Percussion, Backing VocalsTats Yamashita*
Soloist, Alto SaxophoneHidefumi Toki
A6I Love You (Part 2)
Drums, Piano, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Backing VocalsTats Yamashita*
Soloist, Tenor SaxophoneSatoshi Nakamura
B1Girls On The Beach
BassKohki Itoh*
Written-ByBrian Wilson
B2Please Let Me Wonder
BassKohki Itoh*
Written-ByBrian Wilson, Mike Love
InstrumentsTats Yamashita*
Written-ByBrian Wilson, Mike Love
B4Guess I'm Dumb
BassKohki Itoh*
StringsOhno Group
Written-ByBrian Wilson, Russ Tietleman*
B5This Could Be The Night
Acoustic GuitarChuei Yoshikawa
PercussionMotoya Hamaguchi
Soloist, Alto SaxophoneHidefumi Toki
Synthesizer [Poly Moog]Ryuichi Sakamoto
Written-ByHarry Nilsson
B6I Love You (Part 1)
Drums, Piano, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Written-ByTats Yamashita*
Tenor Saxophone, SoloistSatoshi Nakamura

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Soundtrack to the film of the same name, directed by Walt Mulconery.

This Album Is Dedicated To Dennis Wilson.

Special Thanks to Mr. Alan O'Day, we couldn't have made this album without him. Thanks to Mariya for her pronunciation guidance. Hiroyuki Namba by the courtesy of RVC/Air Records.

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  • Rights Society: JASRAC
  • Price Code: ¥2,800
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): MOON-28019-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): MOON-28019-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runouts side A): MOON-28019A 〄CS 4S6 I 3-B-24
  • Matrix / Runout (Runouts side B): MOON-28019B I 3-B-23

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Big Wave (LP, Album, Promo, Stereo)Moon Records (5)MOON-28019Japan1984
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Big Wave (Cassette, Album, Stereo)Moon Records (5)MOCT 28012Japan1984
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Big Wave (CD, Album, Stereo)Moon Records (5)38XM-3Japan1984
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Big Wave (LP, Album, Repress, Stereo, Hype Sticker)Moon Records (5)MOON-28019Japan1984
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Big Wave = ビッグウェイブ (LP, Album, Test Pressing)Moon Records (5)MOON-28019Japan1984



  • wmaw's avatar
    Edited one year ago
    This album is very accessible for western listeners - it is 100% in English and is heavily influenced by Brian Wilson's work on Pet Sounds & Smiley Smile; The Beach Boys.

    However, it isn't a great example of what to expect from Yamashita's other albums. It isn't particularly rare either, as over 450,000 pressings were made.
    • crichton's avatar
      This is just un-believable - Take the best in City Pop, mix it with Brian Wilson level songwriting and get that
      • bucketvas's avatar
        It arrived super quickly and it is in great condition! Thank you!
        • Ronan266's avatar
          I have a piece of paper within the lyrics sheet saying apologies for the misprint on this, does anyone else have this?
          • BalooDP's avatar
            Edited 3 years ago
            This is the premier Japanese Citypop album in my eyes, and easily the most accessible to English listeners as Tatsuro Yamashita, the "King of Citypop" sings the entire language in perfect English. This album embodies the sunny, upbeat summer feelings equally matched in classic albums like Anri's Timely!! and serves as a perfect continuation of Yamashita's previous album For You. Big Wave sees Yamashita bring back most of the instrumentalists that also played on For You for another summer, driving down the beach jam album. On the A-Side, all tracks are original and written by Yamashita, with English lyrics by Alan O'Day.

            Big Wave sees Yamashita managing to encompass slick harmonies reminiscent of 60s Summer Pop like the Beach Boys with the beloved early-80s pop production very similar to Hall & Oates Voices and Private Eyes album. The disco-esque rhythm guitar licks, twinkly synths, piano power chords, and saxophone solos. It's as if Japan's "New Music" era managed to freeze the state of production in pop music in 1980 in the United States for a few more years, as this album came out in 1984. By that time, Hall & Oates had moved onto more robotic sounding synths and drum machines on Big Bam Boom. Big Wave however The album itself was created for a movie that apparently documented the life of surfers, however it seems to have been lost to history, much like other great soundtracks attached to forgettable movies. Yuji Ohno's Golden Dog, Earth, Wind, and Fire's That's The Way of the World, and Journey's Dream After Dream.

            Yamashita's vocals on Big Wave are flawless, from his outrageously high head voice range displayed on "Jody" and his crooner cheese magic on Your Eyes. To me, the standout track though is "Magic Ways," a catchy track very similar to "Sparkle" from For You, an upbeat rhythm-guitar backed track with the 50s-esque harmony vocals emblematic of other Yamashita produced tracks, such as his wife Mariya Takeuchi's Once Again.

            The B-Side is flawless covers of lesser known Beach Boys songs. Yamashita's selection of tracks to cover is done so well, on a playthrough of the album one would forget that Brian Wilson had even written these songs, since Yamashita went out of his way to select deep cuts like Guess I'm Dumb that Yamashita breathes new life and unforgettable harmonies into tracks like Please Let Me Wonder and Darlin' that makes Big Wave sound nothing like a cheap cover album and instead a homage to surfer pop that is fully listenable and fully unique. Darlin' sounds particularly good, as Yamashita remade the track at exactly the right time where the 80s production values make this one sound so much clearer and more energetic than the Beach Boys original did. Big Wave is fully recommended to anyone looking to get into citypop but doesn't know where to begin. Be warned though, there is much more addictive music where this came from!


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