| March 21, 1981|
A Long Vacation
21 March 1981
| CBS/Sony Roppongi & Shinanomachi|
Niagara Triangle Vol. 2
Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
Eiichi Ohtaki albums, Other albums
A Long Vacation is an album by Japanese musician Eiichi Ohtaki, released on March 21, 1981. It was named "Best Album" at the 23rd Japan Record Awards, and was certified double platinum by the RIAJ. It has been called one of the greatest Japanese rock albums of all time, including by Rolling Stone Japan
All three of Ohtaki's Happy End band mates contributed to A Long Vacation; Takashi Matsumoto wrote the lyrics for every song except one, Shigeru Suzuki contributed guitar, and Haruomi Hosono played bass guitar.
Although having never been to the Canary Islands, Matsumoto wrote "Canary Islands Nite" based on how he imagined it to be and on the assumption that it was like Hawaii. When he finally did visit in 1999 for a Carlos Kleiber performance, he found it very different.
"Farewell Trans-Siberian Railway" was first released as a single by Hiromi Ōta in November 1980.
The end of "Fun x 4" includes the line "Fun, fun, fun now that daddy took the t-bird away" from the Beach Boys' 1964 song "Fun, Fun, Fun".
The album cover illustration was created by artist Hiroshi Nagai. Nagai said Ohtaki approached him to collaborate on a picture book, also titled A Long Vacation, which was published in 1979. He also claimed that the musician was inspired by his pieces when writing the songs that became the album. After the album's release, Nagai's life was never the same and he was flooded with requests for similar work. The artist provided the cover for several other albums by Ohtaki.
A Long Vacation was released on vinyl and cassette on March 21, 1981. Four months later, the album Sing Along Vacation was released on July 21, 1981 limited to 10,000 copies. It is an instrumental version of A Long Vacation, excluding "Farewell Trans-Siberian Railway".
On October 1, 1982, A Long Vacation became one of the first albums to be issued on CD. A remastered version was released on March 21, 1991, marking its tenth anniversary. Ten years later, a 20th anniversary edition was released that includes the instrumental material from Sing Along Vacation. A two-disc 30th anniversary edition was released on March 21, 2011 with the instrumental material plus the single and "Original Basic Track" versions of "Kimi wa Tennen Shoku".
A Long Vacation reached number two on the Weekly Oricon Album Chart and was the eighth best-selling album of the 1980s in Japan. The 20th anniversary edition reached number 13 and the 30th anniversary edition peaked at 19. Following Ohtaki's death in December 2013, the 30th anniversary edition jumped to number 25 and the 1991 edition to number 26 in January 2014.
In 2007, it was named the 7th greatest Japanese rock album of all time by Rolling Stone Japan. In its September 2010 special issue, Record Collectors' Magazine named it first on their list of the Best 100 Japanese Rock Albums of the 1980s. Ian Martin of The Japan Times referred to A Long Vacation as a masterpiece and one of the best Japanese albums of all time. "With sounds ranging from Brian Wilson-style harmonies to modern synths, it’s very much a producer’s album." He cited innovative moments such as "chirpy synth effects" on "Fun x 4" as the song switches styles and the male and female vocals on "Velvet Hotel" finishing each-others lines.
Every song on the album was covered by different female singers for a 2009 album called A Long Vacation From Ladies, including Amii Ozaki, Miki Imai and Ayano Tsuji.
All lyrics written by Takashi Matsumoto, except track 4, written by Eiichi Ohtaki, all music composed by Eiichi Ohtaki.Guitar - Hiromi Yasuda, Takuji Mihata, Toshiaki Usui, Toru Fukuyama, Eiji Kawamura, Makoto Matsushita, Mikihiko Matsumiya, Chuei Yoshikawa, Hirofumi Tokutake, Kunio Muramatsu, Shigeru Suzuki
L. Perc - Eiji Narushima, Yoshiyuki Kato, Tatsuji Yokoyama, Masato Kawase, Taro Fussafussa, Larry Sunaga, Noboru Takasugi, Shigemitsu Katayama, Masami Kawahara, Kimura Kimuchi
Keyboards - Hidetoshi Yamada, Naoko Yamanaka, Koji Suzuki, Akira Inoue, Elton Nagata, Yasuharu Nakanishi, Fumitaka Anzai, Kazufumi Ohama, Gako Ikawa, Yumin Teishu
Bass - Shogo Kindaichi, Michio Nagaoka, Haruomi Hosono, Kimio Koizumi, Yasuo Arakawa
Drums - Hiroshi Uehara, Tatsuo Hayashi
Flute - Jake H. Concepcion
Trumpet - Koji Yoshioka
Marimba, timpany - Isao Kanayama
Strings - Norio Maeda, Masataka Matsutoya
1Kimi wa Tennen Shoku5:07A Long Vacation Wikipedia
3Canary Islands Nite4:02