This is the Japanese release of the album Cupid Deranged.
Bronx born New Yorker Alan Merrill began his recording career as a teenage foreign resident in Japan, in 1968, with a band called The Lead. The band had one hit 45 rpm single, 1968's "Blue Rose" (Aoi Bara), and broke up in 1969, with Merrill then going solo.
Alan was a pioneer on untested ground, as no other foreigner had been an exclusively domestic Japan scene star before him. He became a chart topping recording artist in Japan, hosting tv shows, recording hit singles, and starring as a principal in major tv commercials like Nissan cars and Jun Clothing. He even was a regular actor on the popular tv soap opera "Ji Kan Desuyo", which is still going today, and is the # 1 soap opera in Japanese history. Merrill's rock band Vodka Collins had three 1973 hit singles off of their debut album "Tokyo-New York". The album is still in print, and a consistant seller today.
After leaving Japan in 1974, Merrill formed the chart hit London based pop band The Arrows, and had hit singles with "Touch Too Much", "My Last Night With You", and the classic original 1975 RAK records version of "I love rock n roll".
The Arrows hosted their own weekly UK TV series, and a book was written about them by Bil Harry of "Merseybeat" fame, on Everest Books.
"Cupid Deranged" (Japanese version) differs from the US version in that it contains an extra bonus track in the Japanese language, the song "Sands of time". This is a millenium re-make of a song that was a hit for Merrill in Japan in 1973, when he was the lead singer-songwriter of the Tokyo based hard rock band Vodka Collins.
The Vodka Collins' reunion "Boy's Life" album is available right here at CDBaby.com ! It is their 4th and most recent recording.
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