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Vermilion Sands
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Vermilion Sands was a Japanese symphonic progressive band formed in 1986 by Yoko Royama (vocals) and Masahiro Yamada (keyboards), originally covering music by Renaissance and Illusion. The first full band lineup also included Masumi Sakaue (guitar), Kenji Ota (bass), Takafumi Yamazaki (drums), and Hiroyuki Tanabe (flute, keyboards). After playing a number of shows, they began writing their own material, and released an album in 1987. For the album Hisashi Matoba (drums), Masumi Sakaue (guitar), and Ryoji Ogasawara (bass) had replaced the original members. The group suspended live performances in 1990 but contributed to some various artists concept albums. Yamada and Royama put together a new performing lineup in 1996 with Hideki Kurosawa (bass), Shin Yoshimune (guitar), Genta Kudo (drums), and guest violinist Tsuboy Akihisa. The group carried on for a short time, until Royama stepped out due to pregnancy. Her untimely death in 2004 spurred the surviving members to put together a second album consisting of live and studio material that had not previously been released.
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Vermilion Sands — Spirits of the Sun Vermilion Sands — Spirits of the Sun
(Musea FGBG-4917, 2013, CD)
Various Artists — Un Voyage en Progressif Vol. 2 Various Artists — Un Voyage en Progressif Vol. 2
(Musea FGBG 4300 AR, 1999, CD)
Various Artists — Seven Days of a Life Various Artists — Seven Days of a Life
(Musea FGBG.4073.AR , 1993, CD)
Vermilion Sands — Water Blue Vermilion Sands — Water Blue
(Musea FGBG 4293. AR, 1987/1999, CD)

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