Vodka Collins

Vodka Collins is a Tokyo based Japanese-American rock band, formed in 1971. The core band members are drummer Hiroshi Oguchi (formerly of The Tempters), singer-guitarist Alan Merrill, singer-guitarist Hiroshi "Monsieur" Kamayatsu (formerly of The Spiders) and bassist Take Yokouchi (formerly of the Four Leaves backing band, High Society). In later reunion recordings in the 1990s, Yokouchi was replaced by Masayoshi "Mabo" Kabe (formerly of The Golden Cups) on bass guitar.

All of the band's released works are original compositions by the lead singer Alan Merrill. The band has made 5 albums, the most well known being the glam rock album "Tokyo - New York" released in 1973 on EMI records. Other album titles are Chemical Reaction, Pink Soup', Boy's Life and Boys In The Band. The band's most valuable contribution territorially was recording and releasing the first single in the glam rock genre in Japanese, 1972's double a-sided single "Sands Of Time"' and '"Automatic Pilot"' on EMI records.

Vodka Collins were the opening act on the Jackson 5's first ever show in Japan on April 27, 1973 at the Imperial Theater in Tokyo. The show was broadcast live on Fuji Television.

The band's founding member and drummer Hiroshi Oguchi died January 25, 2009. There was a memorial concert for him with all the original band members performing on stage January 25 of 2010 at the Duo Exchange venue in Tokyo with Grico Tomioka taking Oguchi's place on drums.

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Releases

Sleeve Title Year Format
Vodka Collins = ウォッカ・コリンズ* - Tokyo New York = 東京-ニューヨーク 1989 CD, Album, Promo, Reissue
Vodka Collins - S/T 1998 CD, Album, Reissue, Promo
Vodka Collins - Chemical Reaction 1996 CD, Mini, EP, Promo
Vodka Collins - Sands Of Time 1973 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Promo, Stereo
Vodka Collins - Sands Of Time 1973 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Stereo
Vodka Collins - Tokyo New York 1973 Vinyl, LP, Album, Promo, Stereo
Vodka Collins - Tokyo New York 1998 CD, Album, Reissue
Vodka Collins - Tokyo New York 2011 CD, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered
Vodka Collins - Tokyo New York 1989 CD, Album, Reissue
Vodka Collins - Tokyo New York 2005 CD, Album, Reissue
Vodka Collins - Boys In The Band 2005 CD, Album, Compilation
Vodka Collins - Billy Mars 1996 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Promo, Stereo
Vodka Collins - Boy's Life 1999 CD, Album, Stereo
Vodka Collins - Chemical Reaction 1996 CD, Album
Vodka Collins - Tokyo New York 1973 Vinyl, LP, Album
Vodka Collins - Tokyo New York 1998 Vinyl, 10", Test Pressing
Vodka Collins - Chemical Reaction 1996 CD, Album, Promo
Vodka Collins - Pink Soup 1997 CD, Album
Vodka Collins - Tokyo New York 1973 Vinyl, LP, Album
Vodka Collins - Chemical Reaction 1996 CD, Album
Vodka Collins - Sands Of Time 1973 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Promo, Stereo

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