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X Japan - Vanishing Vision (1988)

X Japan - Vanishing Vision (1988)

Tracklist front / back album covers

Side A
1. "Dear Loser"   2:27
2. "Vanishing Love"   6:01
3. "Phantom of Guilt"   5:18
4. "Sadistic Desire"   6:09

Side B
1. "Give Me the Pleasure"   2:57
2. "I'll Kill You"   3:29
3. "Alive"   8:24
4. "Kurenai"   5:46
5. "Un-finished..."   1:32

X Japan Band Members / Musicians
Toshi – vocals
Pata – guitar, voice
hide – guitar, voice
Taiji – bass, voice
Yoshiki – drums, voice, piano, keyboards

Kinya Maekawa – director
Seiji Komura – director
Masanori Chinzei – recording engineer, mixing engineer
Hikaru Sawamura – mixing engineer
Akinori Yoshino – assistant engineer
Norio Kaziki – photography
Shiro Nishiguchi – sleeve design
NOBU – art direction & design (on CD only)
Mitsukazu "Quincy" Tanaka – digital mastering engineer (on CD only)

Vanishing Vision is the debut studio album by Japanese heavy metal band X Japan, then known as simply X. It was released on April 14, 1988 by Extasy Records, topped the Oricon indies chart and reached number 19 on the main chart.

X Japan (Japanese: エックス・ジャパン, Hepburn: Ekkusu Japan) is a Japanese rock band from Chiba, formed in 1982 by drummer Yoshiki and lead vocalist Toshi. Starting as a predominantly power/speed metal band with heavy symphonic elements, they later gravitated towards a progressive sound with an emphasis on ballads. Besides being one of the first Japanese acts to achieve mainstream success while on an independent label, the group is widely credited as one of the pioneers of visual kei, a movement among Japanese musicians comparable to Western glam.

X Japan Band Members / Musicians

Yoshiki – drums, piano, keyboards, bandleader (1982–1997, 2007–present)

Toshi – lead vocals, acoustic guitar (1982–1997, 2007–present)

Pata – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1987–1997, 2007–present)

Heath – bass guitar, backing vocals (1992–1997, 2007–present)

Sugizo – lead guitar, violin, backing vocals (2009–present) as a touring musician (2008–2009)

Yuji "Terry" Izumisawa (泉沢裕二, Izumisawa Yuji) – guitar (1982–1985, died 2002)

Tomoyuki "Tomo" Ogata (オガタトモユキ, Ogata Tomoyuki) – guitar (1984–1985)

Atsushi Tokuo (德應 淳, Tokuo Atsushi) – bass guitar (1984–1985)

Kenichi "Eddie Van" Koide (小出健一, Koide Kenichi) – guitar (1985)

Yoshifumi "Hally" Yoshida (吉田良文, Yoshida Yoshifumi) – guitar (1985)

Kazuaki "Zen/Xenon" Mita (三田一光, Mita Kazuaki) – guitar (1985–1986)

Hisashi "Jun/Shu" Takai (高井寿, Takai Hisashi) – guitar (1985, 1986)

Hikaru Utaka (宇高光, Utaka Hikaru) – bass guitar (1985–1986)

Masanori "Kerry" Takahashi (高橋雅則, Takahashi Masanori) – guitar (1986)

Satoru Inoue (井上悟, Inoue Satoru) – guitar (1986)

Isao Hori (堀功, Hori Isao) – guitar (1987)

Taiji – bass guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals (1985, 1986–1992, died 2011)

Hide – lead guitar, backing vocals (1987–1997, died 1998)

X Japan Discography Full
1988 Vanishing Vision
1989 Blue Blood
1991 Jealousy
1993 Art of Life
1996 Dahlia
TBA Untitled sixth album

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