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Old 21st February 2021, 03:20 PM
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『A BALLADS 2』on sale 2021.04.08 [II]

The second installment in the Ballads Best series, 18 years after A BALLADS. The main release consists of two discs with 30 songs total (subject to change), remastered from their original master tapes. Other versions will include blu-ray discs and goods (40 page photobook).

As per the TA store, the album will only include songs released after the first A BALLADS. No rearrangements or re-recordings have been mentioned in the announcement text.

=== EDITIONS ========

[2CD+2DVD+GOODS+Sumapura Music]
¥11,400 (AVZ1-96674~5)

✦ TeamAyu / mu-mo shop limited edition
✦ Luxury BOX specification
✦ Digipak specification
✦ Goods: Special book (40 pages)
✦ Goods: T-shirt with jacket photo print
✦ Other jacket card included
‣ DISC-1 - CD
‣ DISC-2 - CD
‣ DISC-3 - DVD
‣ DISC-4 - DVD

[2CD+2Blu-ray+GOODS+Sumapura Music]
¥12,400 (AVZ1-96676~7)

✦ TeamAyu / mu-mo shop limited edition
✦ Luxury BOX specification
✦ Digipak specification
✦ Goods: Special book (40 pages)
✦ Goods: T-shirt with jacket photo print
✦ Other jacket card included
‣ DISC-1 - CD
‣ DISC-2 - CD
‣ DISC-3 - Blu-ray
‣ DISC-4 - Blu-ray

[2CD+DVD+Sumapura Music]
¥4,800 (AVCD-96668~9)

✦ sleeve packaging
‣ DISC-1 - CD
‣ DISC-2 - CD
‣ DISC-3 - DVD

[2CD+Blu-ray+Sumapura Music]
¥5,200 (AVCD-96670~71)

✦ sleeve packaging
‣ DISC-1 - CD
‣ DISC-2 - CD
‣ DISC-3 - Blu-ray

[2CD+Sumapura Music]
¥3,200 (AVCD-96672~3)

‣ DISC-1 - CD
‣ DISC-2 - CD


=== CD CONTENT =======
Spoiler:
30 tracks total, including
01 Moments
02 JEWEL
03 momentum
04 Together When...
05 No way to say
06 CAROLS
07 HEAVEN
08 Days
09 fated
10 MOON
11 forgiveness
12 You were...
13 beloved
14 BALLAD
15 HOPE or PAIN
16 Curtain call
17 SAKURA
18 rainy day
19 TODAY
20 Life
order undecided

=== DVD/BD CONTENT ====
Spoiler:
DISC-3 - Compilation of concert performances, including
01 No way to say (ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2003-2004 A)
02 CAROLS (ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2005 A ~MY STORY~)
03 HEAVEN (ayumi hamasaki 15th Anniversary TOUR ~A BEST LIVE~)
04 Days (ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2009 A ~NEXT LEVEL~)
05 fated (ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2007-2008 Anniversary)
06 MOON (ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2016 A ~M(A)DE IN JAPAN~)
07 forgiveness (POWER of MUSIC 2011 A)
08 You were... (ARENA TOUR 2016 A ~M(A)DE IN JAPAN~)
09 beloved (POWER of MUSIC 2011 A)
10 BALLAD (Rock'n'Roll Circus Tour FINAL ~7days Special~)
11 HOPE or PAIN (PREMIUM COUNTDOWN LIVE 2008-2009 A)
12 Curtain call (COUNTDOWN LIVE 2013-2014 A)
13 SAKURA (COUNTDOWN LIVE 2019-2020 ~Promised Land~ A)
14 rainy day (ARENA TOUR 2006 A ~(miss)understood~)

DISC-4 - Rare unreleased performances, including
01 Moments (第55回NHK紅白歌合戦)
02 JEWEL (第57回NHK紅白歌合戦)
03 momentum (ayumi hamasaki Special SHOWCASE ~Xmas Eve 2020~)
04 Together When... (ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2018-2019 A -TROUBLE-)
05 TODAY (TA LIMITED LIVE TOUR 2016)

=== COVERS ===========
Spoiler:
Cover photos by Kazutaka Nakamura

Stylist: Kei Ito
Haute couture: Masataka Kato
Hair: Takayuki Shibata
Makeup: Akemi Kibe


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Old 21st February 2021, 03:46 PM
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Cover photo by Kazutaka Nakamura


Video(?) by Kazuyoshi Shimomura

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Old 22nd February 2021, 05:32 AM
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Video(?) by Kazuyoshi Shimomura
Apparently the set behind her is an artwork by Ogata Kōrin, a famous artist from 17th century Azuchi–Momoyama period. I wonder which song it will be! I'm getting vibes of a new song and not pray for you.

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Old 22nd February 2021, 05:40 AM
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Apparently the set behind her is an artwork by Ogata Kōrin, a famous artist from 17th century Azuchi–Momoyama period. I wonder which song it will be! I'm getting vibes of a new song and not pray for you.

Amazing! How did you find out?

I hope it’s another song other than Pray for you, although if she actually does the unholy union, I won’t be that surprised
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Old 22nd February 2021, 06:27 PM
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Amazing! How did you find out?
Shimomura have posted it using the hashtags #Rinpa (the name of this kind of art/technique) #Gorgeous #Japan #Azuchi-Momoyama (the name of the era) #Renaissance so I just googled it and this artist came out

That kimono shot is so flawless!! It reminds of part of me. Maybe that's her thing, releasing compilations and getting full japanese historic culture traditions on a new PV lol Love it!
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Tokyo Rainbow Pride @ Yoyogi Park 2018.05.06
a-nation' 2018 @ Ajinomoto Stadium 2018.08.26
LIVE TOUR -TROUBLE- 2018-2019 A @ Nakano Sunplaza 2019.02.06
ayumi hamasaki 21st anniversary -POWER of A^3- @ Saitama Super Arena 2019.04.07

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Old 22nd February 2021, 06:13 AM
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Apparently the set behind her is an artwork by Ogata Kōrin, a famous artist from 17th century Azuchi–Momoyama period. I wonder which song it will be! I'm getting vibes of a new song and not pray for you.

amazing find! thank you for sharing. I hope it's some sort of spiritual sequel to part of Me that sounds just as great
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Old 21st February 2021, 03:54 PM
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Still not over how gorgeous she looks in that photo!
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Old 21st February 2021, 03:57 PM
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I love the cover and I'm so excited for the new MV (?) she always looks amazing wearing kimonos!
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Old 21st February 2021, 04:08 PM
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I'm glad color theme is not peach/pink

Is it ayu in kimono? I can't recognize her
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I can't. She looks soooo stunning at the cover. Love it.
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Old 21st February 2021, 05:20 PM
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The original A BALLADS was soft and gentle somehow, despite the glamour. Difficult to put into words, bet it felt personal and real. This doesn’t feel honest.
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The original A BALLADS was soft and gentle somehow, despite the glamour. Difficult to put into words, bet it felt personal and real. This doesn’t feel honest.
Agreed, but tbh her cover art game hasn’t been on point since FIVE/Party Queen so I’m not entirely shocked. The video looks pretty promising tho assuming it’s her
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Old 21st February 2021, 05:49 PM
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The original A BALLADS was soft and gentle somehow, despite the glamour. Difficult to put into words, bet it felt personal and real. This doesn’t feel honest.
This. It just looks like another beauty shot. If I want beauty shots, I'd buy a glossy magazine. I'm so over those beauty shots and couldn't care less how gorgeous she looks, which she does. But her looking beautiful is not the reason I fell in love with the artist 浜崎あゆみ, on the contrary.
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It’s certainly not inspiring but she and the colors are lovely.

I wonder how many versions we’ll get. Personally I’d love something like MY STORY, which had a great variety (IMO).
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Well it's the easy way out. You don't need a concept, nor art director, you just do a magazine photoshoot and use it for everything. It's a nice photo, but yeah, we've had a million of those by now as covers for singles and albums.
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Beauty shot, which was expected in my opinion and executed fairly well this time. I wish the title text is not translucent though - solid white would appear much more confident!

In terms of cover arts with concept, in my opinion those really started at Duty and peaked at A BALLADS. Ever since Memorial Address, which was beautiful, the cover arts have become more or less beauty shots most of the time with a big face on it...
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I really like it. It gives me an impression of her being in her thoughts during/before shooting a video or maybe a concert. That's why I see it as something more than a beauty shot It will look amazing on the box.
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Cover looks nice and I do like the color tone.
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Old 21st February 2021, 06:55 PM
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I’m so curious what the kimono video is about though! Can’t imagine that’s for Pray for you ... but still anything can happen
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