Title: 2nd STAGE

Release date: 2000.09.27

Catalog nr: EPCE-5068
Label: zetima

First press: unknown


«2nd STAGE» is T&C Bomber‘s first album after the group’s name change, but second album overall. It was also marketed as their final disc, as it was released shortly after the announcement of their disbandenment.

It was released on October 27th, 1999, on the record label zetima.
Out of the 11 tracks, 6 of the songs are new tracks.

The album reached #23 on the Oricon charts,  and it sold 12,870 copies in its first week and 16,610 copies total.

 

Tsunku said about this album:
«The girls started off as “Taiyou To Ciscomoon”and it’s been only a year and a half since its debut. Although it seems like such a short time, it has been a real proud achievement for us.

I think they have been fully enjoying the music. Inaba, Kominato, RuRu had enough experiences before joining the group, so I didn’t need to give too many instructions. Although, one thing I was focused on as a producer was an overall balance as a group because dance moves and singing voices had to look and sound good as a group. In terms of Shinoda, who had no previous musical experience, she had a much harder time catching up with other members, I think. I could tell she was making extra effort to catch up with everyone else.

The first album was created when they were still spending lots of time trying to perfect their ability as a group in terms of chorus and teamwork. Thanks to the previous experiences on creating an album and live performances, creating the 2nd album was much better than before. After seeing the girls’ progress, I am certain that they are able to express their unique abilities for any genre of music they come across in the future.

Unfortunately, T&C Bomber will no longer be together. However, I believe this is a new beginning for the girls. I wish best of luck on their future endeavors!

In regards to the title, ‘2nd Stage':

The unit started as “Taiyou To Ciscomoon”. Since the 2nd stage, the name has been changed to T&C Bomber. Their true“2nd stage” begins after leaving the group. And that’s the meaning behind the title.»

Taiyou to Ciscomoon said about this album:

RuRu;
«We’ve been focusing on utilizing our unified sound. 
This time around, we tried a new approach of adding our individual characters to our music. 
I think it went successfully.»

Miwa Kominato;
«The album has more depth now that our solo tracks are featured for the first time. 
It took only a year and a half for us to developed distinct singing styles. 
Please enjoy the tracks as you continue your journey to find the true love.»

Atsuko Inaba;
«Although it is our final album, it is not our way to say
“thank you for all those great years of your support.” 
It contains our genuine hope that the fans would continue
to support us for a long time.»

Miho Shinoda;
«When I received the final product, I could easily
listen to the entire tracks from the beginning to the end. 
I was left with a feeling of wanting to listen to a
few more songs. The album is very nicely done.»


TRACK LIST


01. HEY!真昼の蜃気楼 (Hey! Mahiru no Shinkirou; Hey! Midday Mirage)
02. Be My LOVE
03. DON’T STOP恋愛中 (Don’t Stop Renaichuu; Don’t Stop When We Are in Love)
04. 愛の回数 (Ai no Kaisuu; Counting the Love)
05. またやっちゃった~渋谷でALLの日~ (Mata Yachatta -Shibuya de All no Hi-; I Did It Again! -All Day in Shibuya)
06. 丸い太陽(4人ver) (Marui Taiyou -4nin Ver.-; The Round Sun -4 People Ver.)
07. 愛する人へ (Aisuru Hito e; Dear My Darling)
08. Office Love
09. ゴーゴー東京 (Go Go Tokyo)
10. かわいい男性 (Kawaii Hito; My Cute Darling)
11. YES!しあわせ (Yes! Shiawase; Yes! Happiness)


CREDITS


HEY!真昼の蜃気楼 (Hey! Mahiru no Shinkirou)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Ken Matsubara

This is the A-side to their 8th and final single.

 

Be My LOVE

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Shin Kouno

 

DON’T STOP恋愛中 (Don’t Stop Renaichuu)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Shin Kouno

This is the A-side to their 7th single.

 

愛の回数 (Ai no Kaisuu)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: AKIRA

This track is a solo song by Atsuko Inaba.

 

またやっちゃった~渋谷でALLの日~ (Mata Yachatta -Shibuya de All no Hi-)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Shunsuke Suzuki

This track is a solo song by Miwa Kominato

 

丸い太陽(4人ver) (Marui Taiyou -4nin Ver.-)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Takao Konishi & Kyoudai Shitamachi

The song «Marui Taiyou» was released on the group’s 6th single as «Marui Taiyo -winter ver.-«, but at this time Miwa Kominato had left the group. After her return, the group changed it’s name and  the song was re-arranged and Kominato’s vocals added. Hence the change in the title; «Marui Taiyo -4nin Ver.-» 

 

愛する人へ (Aisuru Hito e)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Ken Matsubara

This track is a solo song by RuRu Honda.

 

Office Love

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Yuichi Takahashi

This track is a solo song by Miho Shinoda.

 

ゴーゴー東京 (Go Go Tokyo)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Yuichi Takahashi

This is the B-side to their 7th single, Don’t Stop Renaichuu.

 

かわいい男性 (Kawaii Hito)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Shunsuke Suzuki

This is the B-side to their 8th and final single, Hey! Mahiru no Shinkirou.

 

YES!しあわせ (Yes! Shiawase)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: SATOSHI HIDAKA

In 2006, C-ute released a cover of Yes! Shiawase on their debut album.


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