|Single by X|
|from the album Blue Blood|
|Released||December 1, 1989|
|Format||CD single (8cm)|
|Recorded||June 10, 1989 at Hibiya Yagai Ongaku (track 2)|
|X singles chronology|
"Endless Rain" is the fourth single released by Japanese heavy metal band X Japan (then named X) on December 1, 1989. It is their second single on a major record label and reached number 3 on the Oricon chart.
The title track is taken from the group's breakthrough album Blue Blood, and is their first ballad released as a single. The B-side is a live version of the song "X", recorded on June 10, 1989 at Hibiya Yagai Ongaku.
Yoshiki said that after members of Sony saw him play a composition by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky on piano while X was waiting to play at a club, they asked him to write a ballad. The resulting song was "Endless Rain".
A live performance of "Endless Rain" was included as the B-side to their 1990 single "Week End"'.
"Endless Rain" was covered by Japanese singers Angela Aki, at one of her concerts, and Ayumi Nakamura, on her 2008 album "Voice", and by Chinese singer Aaron Kwok at one of his concerts. It was also used as the theme song for the movie Zipangu.
All songs written and composed by Yoshiki.
|2.||"X" (Live Version)||9:40|
- Mixing engineer – Motonari Matsumoto
- Recording engineers – Gremlin, Tetsuhiro Miyajima, Mitsuyasu Abe
- Assistant engineers – Takashi Ohkubo, Fujishima, Naoki Yamada, Akiko Nakamura, Shigeki Kashii, Lee Chun Fin, Mitsumasa Iwata
- Orchestral arrangements – Neko Saitō
- "X Japan's Incredible Ride: Meet Rock's Most Flamboyant Survivors". Rolling Stone. 2014-10-10. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
- "Ayumi Nakamura - Releases - Oricon Style Music" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
- Ｘ ＪＡＰＡＮのシングル売り上げランキング. oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved December 10, 2011.