Here’s the other 6 months of releases that were filled with best-ofs, concepts…and other releases! Once again, doing this by chronological release!, If you missed out on the first post you can find it HERE
Yui Sakakibara – LOVE×singles
Beginning the 2nd half of the year, Yui Sakakibara released this “best-of”. It is a compilation of some of her early releases because most of the songs are really cute and not my thing. Even worse, was that she included instrumentals of all the songs on the same disc. Not the best idea ever, but I guess it deems good. Still not my kind my cup of tea.
fripSide – nao complete anthology 2002-2009 -my graduation-
Since the then lead singer of the duo nao, was “graduating” I guess fripSide decided to throw this out to fans. Basically it’s a complete best-of with 10 discs from the albums to 3 discs containing unreleased stuff to shock fans with. Even the NAO! PROJECT was included. Pretty great release, isn’t it?
Hitomi Shimatani – BEST & COVERS
Hitomi isn’t really having a great year (since it’s her 10th anniversary). She released this mid-year after “SMILES”. The BEST includes most of the A-sides that were released from “Viola” to “SMILES”. However, most people will go immediatly to the COVERS disc. Some of the songs were previously released (blech “Amairo no Kami no Otome”). and some of them are old, but now finally released. There was even two new cover songs, “Nagai Aida” & “Shiroi Chou no Samba”. It depends on if you were a big fan of Hitomi’s to buy it…I think it’s worth it because of the many PV’s that are included.
capsule – FLASH BEST
It took Nakata 10 albums to finally release their first best-of album…Way too long IMO. Anyway FLASH BEST chronicles all the songs from “L.D.K. Lounge Designers Killer” to “MORE! MORE! MORE!”. Basically, it has the songs that got capsule to electro awesomeness they are today. While I think it would’ve been nice to go back farther and include the A-side at least, this release isn’t too bad. A few new rearrangements of songs (the first four tracks). Still, it’s great for electro lovers.
Ayaka Hirahara – my Classics!
Released first in September, Ayaka released this concept album which can be classified as a half-best as too because well half the songs are oldies like “Jupiter” (her biggest song), and “Campanula no Koi”. On the other side of the coin, we have new songs, but the main idea was that the songs had melodies from really old composers. It’s a mixed bag for me and I just passed it over since it wasn’t really important to review
Crystal Kay – BEST of CRYSTAL KAY
While I’ve said a million times that I’m not a huge Kuri fan, this release was just overkill. BEST of CRYSTAL KAY is clearly a best-of. Even though it doesn’t include all of her A-sides…(where’s Shadows of Desire?) and includes a few album tracks it’s not a bad choice of songs and there’s many to cater to Kuri fans as well. As a surprise there was a 3rd CD that featured new songs from Kuri, most were collaborations. It’s definitely one of the bigger releases of the year.
Mai Kuraki – ALL MY BEST
Though, biggest release has to go to Mai-K this year. Not only is this a 2 disc best-of, she released this in TEN different ways. I don’t know how you get away with releasing this in that many formats but w/e she got #1 on Oricon because of it. Now it isn’t a full collection of her A-sides (since she decided to ignore most of the “FUSE OF LOVE” singles…and there’s a few album tracks here as well as a new song, “Watashi no, Shiranai, Watashi. Good release, but it’s definitely titled wrong…it should be “MOST OF MY BEST, PLUS SOME OTHER SONGS I DID”.
ayaka – ayaka’s History 2006-2009
Since ayaka *died* I mean is taking a break from music…well not yet, but she will be, ayaka released this whopper on us. The first disc contains all of her A-sides, her collaborations with Kobukuro and the digital release for “For today”. If that wasn’t enough, the 2nd disc was a fan based best-of which is basically filled with album tracks and a new arrangement of her last single “Minna Sora no Shita”. It’s a great collection and the PV’s are also here as well.
mihimaru GT – The Best Selection of ASIA
While this was released simultaneously with “Un♥Lock” I really didn’t understand this release at all. They released their first one about 2 years ago and this release feature more than half the songs that were on their first one here. This best-of is like a pick and choose from their debut “Yakusoku” to “Girigiri HERO”. It’s such a strange collection and there were Chinese and Korean versions of their biggest song “Kibun Joujou↑↑” Nice, but was it really needed?
Diggy-MO’ – WHO THE Fxxx IS JUVE? + Remixies
Yeah, this is a DVD tour of Diggy-MO’s tour for his Diggyism album and the singles released afterwards. Point of it was though was that this release came with a remix CD that featured 5 songs remixes. I didn’t get to this release, but remixes are usually bad and with Diggy’s vocals being as whack as they are, they’re probably bad remixes.
Morning Musume – Morning Musume Zen Single Coupling Collection
Another big release, Morning Musume finally released a B-side collection which featured EVERY B-side they released. There wasn’t anything new here, but it was great to finally have all the songs collected into one huge collection of songs. It even has all of the members on it as well, old and new…It’s a great pickup if you wanna hear how much the group has grown since their debut.
abingdon boys school – Teaching Materials
Really? I guess I can’t blame them for making this move. To most JPN fans, this can be classified as a best-of, but to Europeans some will think of it as a regular album. The tracks here are of all the A-sides to B-sides from every single they released so far. The only track missing though is “STEALTH -Reigoushiki JAP-” because that’s just an English redub of “JAP”. It could’ve been a bonus track but w/e not a big loss…Otherwise, it’s a good album to start with a.b.s, I just wouldn’t recommend it if you’re already a fan though.
FLOW – Coupling Collection
Another B-side collection of the year, FLOW asked the fans to pick out the best ones and they would stick it on here. I mean sweet “ESCA” and “RISING DRAGON” are on here! It’s definitely got its high points and having 4 bonus tracks makes it even better. It’s an interesting album, though wasn’t as exciting as the other best-ofs (but that’s just cuz I don’t know many FLOW songs to begin with).
Ai Otsuka – LOVE is BEST
Why did Ai release another best-of only two years after “Ai am BEST”? At least this one doesn’t scroll down the A-sides like the first best did. This one was more of a concept album since all of the songs featured a love feel to it. You’ll see a mixture of A-sides, B-sides, album tracks. She even threw in 4 rearranged songs including “aisu×time” and a new song, Is. I guess she’s just tying us over until her next release…oh wait she did release “LOVE.IT” under her bunny moniker…w/e.
UVERworld – Neo SOUND BEST
UVERworld finally releases their first of two best-ofs, first being Neo SOUND BEST. It features most of the A-sides, a few B’s. and a few album tracks. While there isn’t new songs to point out, they snuck in “D-tecnoRize” which is a song they did when they were known as Sangoku Road and new versions of “CHANCE!” and “Yasashisa no Shizuku”. Interesting release but the lack of “GO-ON” and “endscape” made me frown hardcore.
Crystal Kay – THE BEST REMIXES of CK
Pass, We all know remix album fail to make anything better and by the tracklist alone makes me shudder altogether. There’s a mix of new and old found here like Genki Rockets version of “Koi no Ochitara” and “ONE (CORNELIUS REMIX)”. I don’t know how it’ll go, but I’m prolly not gonna enjoy it much.
Rina Aiuchi – ALL SINGLES BEST ~THANX 10th ANNIVERSARY~
I think this was long over due. 5 albums since her last best-of Rina releases a full A-side best-of. It features every single A-side she’s released since her debut and spans 3 CDs. It even includes a new song, “GIFT” which is great and all, but her music as of recent has been less than stellar, so I’m sure that some fans will prolly pass it over.
KOTOKO – ANIME’S COMPILATION BEST
Ending this year of crazy best-ofs, KOTOKO releases her first best-of comprising of her better anime tie-in songs. It includes favorites like, “Re-sublimity”, “Chercher”, and “BLAZE”. Sadly, a few of the tracks like that last one was just on her last studio album, “Epsilon no Fune” so it’s a little disappointing. Still good tracks IMO.
PHEW, I’m finally done. Look at all those releases in the year. Crazy eh? Well, coming up on the lookback of 2009, I’ll be going through the debutees of the year ^_^