Treasures consists mostly of his singles released under Moon Records, Yamashita's own label which was established after completing his contract with RCA Records. At first, he was supposed to release the studio album entitled Dreaming Boy in autumn 1995. However, recording of the album ran aground, and the project itself was eventually postponed over the years. The artist decided to release "greatest hits" album instead, responding to the order of alternative release from the distributor EastWest Japan.
Treasures was the first compilation album spanning his post-RCA materials. The album features his only chart-topping million-seller "Christmas Eve", and also includes other smash hit singles like "Get Back in Love", "Endless Game", and "Sayonara Natsu no Hi". The running order of the compilation was finally determined by his spouse Mariya Takeuchi. On the closing number for the album, Yamashita picked out one of his most early efforts called "Parade". It was originally included on the album Niagara Triangle Vol.1 issued in 1976, the project recorded by the supergroup composed of Yamashita, Ginji Itō and Eiichi Ohtaki. The song (newly remixed by Ohtaki) became a minor hit 17 years after the first release, featured on the children's program Ponkickies and released as a solo single by Yamashita. Because it gained attention moderately at the time, he added the song as the bonus track to this compilation.
A submarine is a watercraft capable of independent operation underwater. It differs from a submersible, which has more limited underwater capability. The term most commonly refers to a large, crewed, autonomous vessel. It is also sometimes used historically or colloquially to refer to remotely operated vehicles and robots, as well as medium-sized or smaller vessels, such as the midget submarine and the wet sub. Used as an adjective in phrases such as submarine cable, "submarine" means "under the sea". The noun submarine evolved as a shortened form of submarine boat (and is often further shortened to sub). For reasons of naval tradition, submarines are usually referred to as "boats" rather than as "ships", regardless of their size.
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