Mind Game (album)

Mind Game (マインド・ゲーム, Maindo Gēmu) is the seventh studio album by Japanese entertainer Miho Nakayama. Released through King Records on July 11, 1988, the album was Nakayama's second release after One and Only to not feature any singles. The album cover is a painting of Nakayama in a bikini by Robert Blue; it was also used as the jacket cover of the single "Mermaid".[1][2]

Mind Game
Miho Nakayama - Mind Game.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 11, 1988 (1988-07-11)
LabelKing Records
ProducerAkira Fukuzumi
Miho Nakayama chronology
Catch the Nite
Mind Game
Makin' Dancin'

"Long Distance to the Heaven" was written by Nakayama (under her pseudonym "Mizuho Kitamura") in memory of friend Yasuko Endō, who committed suicide on March 30, 1986. The song was originally titled "Long Distance Tengoku e" (Long Distance 天国へ), but it was retitled after Endō's debut single "In the Distance" was cancelled due to her death.[3]

The album peaked at No. 2 on Oricon's albums chart and sold over 252,000 copies.[4][5]

Track listingEdit

All music is arranged by Takao Sugiyama, except where indicated.

Side A
1."Into the Crowd"Mizuho KitayamaIchirō HadaHada1:07
2."Strange Parade"Rui SerizawaHada 3:24
3."Why Not?"SerizawaHada 3:31
4."Cat Walk"SerizawaKitarōKitarō3:43
5."Moonlight Sexy Dance"Chinfa KanHada 4:26
6."In the Morning"Masumi KawamuraToshinobu Kubota 5:19
Total length:21:41
Side B
1."Mind Game"Serizawa
  • Cindy
  • Hada
2."I Know"SerizawaCindy5:29
3."Velvet Hammer"KawamuraKubota3:40
4."Take It Easy"KawamuraKubota4:30
5."Long Distance to the Heaven"KitayamaKitayama5:20
6."Husky Town"SerizawaHada2:26
Total length:26:03


  • Miho Nakayama – vocals
  • Yōichirō "Iseley" Kakizaki – synthesizer (A1–2), electric piano (A2), Fender Rhodes (B2)
  • Takao Sugiyama - synthesizer (except A4), drum programming (A2, A5–6), bass (A5)
  • Ichirō Hada - guitar (A1–6, B1, B3–4), drum programming (A1)
  • Hiroshi Narumi – acoustic guitar (B2)
  • Kitarō – bass (A1–4, B1–5), synthesizer (A6), drums (B1), backing vocals (B4)
  • Kaoru Abe – drums (A3, B2–4)
  • "Kimuchi" Kimura – percussion (A4, B2, B4)
  • Toshihiko Furumura – saxophone (A3)
  • Amazons – backing vocals (except B1–2, B6)
  • Tomoko Yoshikawa
  • Kumi Saitō
  • Yūko Ōtaki
  • Darek Jackson – backing vocals (A4)
  • Yoshie "Cherry" Shimizu – backing vocals (A4)
  • Cindy – backing vocals (B1–2)
  • Mine Matsuki – backing vocals (B1–2)
  • Michael Wilson – backing vocals (B1–2)


Weekly charts

Chart (1988) Peak
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[4] 2

Year-end charts

Chart (1988) Peak
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[4] 36


  1. ^ "中山美穂". Idol.ne.jp. 2019-01-03. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  2. ^ "中山美穂 / MIND GAME [廃盤]". CDJournal. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  3. ^ Nakayama, Miho (2009). Nazenara Yasashii Machi ga Atta Kara. Shueisha. pp. 89–91. ISBN 9784087805253.
  4. ^ a b c "Mind Game | 中山美穂". Oricon. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  5. ^ "中山美穂". Yamachan Land (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2011-08-14. Retrieved 2021-08-03.

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