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Makoto MatsushitaFirst Light

Label:Air Records – RAL-8506
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Country:Japan
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Jazz, Rock, Funk / Soul, Pop
Style:AOR, City Pop, Funk, Jazz-Rock, Pop Rock, Prog Rock, Kayōkyoku

Tracklist

A1First Light
Lyrics ByMakoto Matsushita
4:32
A2One Hot Love
Lyrics ByAkiko Matsushita
4:20
A3Resort For Blue1:23
A4September Rain
Lyrics ByKyouko Utsumi
4:29
A5Lazy Night
Lyrics ByMakoto Matsushita
4:48
B1This Is All I Have For You5:06
B2I Know...
Lyrics ByMakoto Matsushita
1:59
B3Love Was Really Gone5:46
B4Sunset
Lyrics ByMakoto Matsushita
8:17
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Credits

Notes

Produced by Makoto Matsushita & Toshio Oguri for "UNI JAPAN MUSIC" Inc.

Original pressing released in 1981 by Air Records. Later re-released in 1982 by Moon Records with an English version of Track A4, "September Rain." No obi originally.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: JASRAC
  • Price Code (List Price): ¥2,700
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, side A): RAL-8506-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, side B): RAL-8506-B

Other Versions (5 of 22)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
First Light (LP, Album, Promo, Stereo)Air RecordsRAL-8506Japan1981
New Submission
First Light (LP, Album, Promo, Stereo)Air RecordsRAL-8506Japan1981
Recently Edited
First Light (Cassette, Album, Stereo)Air RecordsRAT-8506Japan1981
New Submission
First Light (LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo)Moon Records (5)MOON-28001Japan1982
New Submission
First Light (Cassette, Album, Reissue, Stereo)Moon Records (5)MOCT-28001Japan1982

Recommendations

Reviews

  • waifuvevo's avatar
    waifuvevo
    The difference IS THERE. I cannot get over how much I prefer this mix. Just feels more colorful compared to the 82 mix. I love this album to death, it’s an honor to own this.
    Blown away with just how much of a 5/5 this is.
    • inkquo.'s avatar
      inkquo.
      Just a note for anyone curious: WMJ and HMV are scheduled to release yet another reissue of this album in a clear color vinyl variant this November 3rd. You can find more info (and preorder it) here: https://www.hmv.co.jp/en/artist_Makoto-Matsushita_000000000029244/item_First-Light-clear-color-vinyl_14197235
      A couple other well known city pop albums are also being reissued for record day 2023.
      • Jazzual's avatar
        Jazzual
        The slick and sophisticated sound of early 80s Japan and one of the great city pop albums. You hear elements of west-coast jazz-rock, disco and soul blended in a beautifully cohesive flow. A great mix of more up tempo tracks and and more languid grooves. In some ways I think of artists like Makoto and Tatsuro Yamashita as Japan's answer to Steely Dan but the sardonic wit is replaced with a smile. Dope!
        • crichton's avatar
          crichton
          I bought an original copy of this RAL-8506 on AIR records, I must say the sound is astonishing and quite different from what I knew. Apparently since the move to Moon there was an issue in procuring the rights to the original mix which is why all current reissues have the Moon 1982 mix which is different, still good but not what the artist intended.
          • elliottpdavis's avatar
            I was initially unsure about paying high prices for an original, since the remix is so lively and detailed, and I couldn't find any high-quality digital transfers of the original mix. However, I now own a NM original copy which sounds phenomenal in every way. It is more laid back but way deeper in richness. Was worth the price.

              • Gregory22's avatar
                Gregory22
                There is a repress on vinyl for sale at HMV Japan right now if your quick!
                • NeonNightlife's avatar
                  NeonNightlife
                  First Light will receive a brand new CD re-release in mid July along his other albums!
                  • smcrowel's avatar
                    smcrowel
                    One of the best records of all time. A truly timeless treasure. Please somebody reissue this on vinyl!
                    • km669787's avatar
                      km669787
                      Must have this master piece for your health..
                      Im so serious

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