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Old 3rd January 2021, 01:38 AM
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That is so true. For the longest time, I considered A BALLADS to be my favorite Ayu album even though I knew it was a "best of" album. But listening to the whole thing really doesn't feel like it's a compilation of songs thrown together... A BALLADS really has a life of its own.
ASFxx rendition from A BALLADS is the definitive version of the song for me (at studio, the a-nation '08 is the definitive live version).
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I think it would be awesome to recreate the original covers, not exactly the same but I think having current Ayu (an experienced woman, a mother, wiser and stronger) embracing her younger self (the young girl who was lost, who didn't feel like she had a home or a place to belong to). Both CDs could be such a really nice story telling if we take her ballads in chronological order, from songs like A song for XX and SEASONS to Ohia no Ki, you can really tell how much her life has changed, her more recent ballads (I'd even say from How Beautiful You Are onwards) have become more... heart-warming imo.

Again this is just me being optimistic, knowing Avex they'll probably just put an "A" logo on the cover with "A Ballads 2" written in Arial lol

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Old 3rd January 2021, 02:34 AM
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I’m excited for this album! Her latest physical compilation albums: A Classical, Love Classics and Winter Diary were all rearranged even though they weren’t projected to sell huge numbers. So I expect A Ballads 2 to feature at least a few rearrangements, unreleased live versions and/or remixes.
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Is there anything extra for TA version or can I just get "2CD+2Blu-ray+GOODS" from mu-mo without joining TA and not losing any bonuses?
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I definitely feel that her new song, Pray for You, is gonna be on this... :3
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ASFxx rendition from A BALLADS is the definitive version of the song for me (at studio, the a-nation '08 is the definitive live version).
I agree

I do hope there’s at least one rerecording.
I feel the lack of any info beyond the release date is because, as we know, Ayu is quite last minute with things lol. There’s still hope she has this planned.
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ASFxx rendition from A BALLADS is the definitive version of the song for me (at studio, the a-nation '08 is the definitive live version).
SAME! Whenever I sing along in my head, it's always the A BALLADS ver.
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you know what I would truly love to be included in this album, but I know for a fact that it's an impossible pipe dream?

• kanariya (with CDL1617 arrangement)

• ever free (with PoM18 arrangement)

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Is there anything extra for TA version or can I just get "2CD+2Blu-ray+GOODS" from mu-mo without joining TA and not losing any bonuses?
It wasn't announced yet. The only difference may be in external bonus, like will it be postcard, clear file or whatever else
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ASFxx rendition from A BALLADS is the definitive version of the song for me (at studio, the a-nation '08 is the definitive live version).
THIS!
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I can't say I'm excited for this release at all but if she rearranges a song that sounds half as good as what she did for ASFxx, she can take my money.
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Old 3rd January 2021, 01:10 PM
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I’m excited for this album! Her latest physical compilation albums: A Classical, Love Classics and Winter Diary were all rearranged even though they weren’t projected to sell huge numbers. So I expect A Ballads 2 to feature at least a few rearrangements, unreleased live versions and/or remixes.
Those were classical remix albums though, not compilations
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you know what I would truly love to be included in this album, but I know for a fact that it's an impossible pipe dream?

• kanariya (with CDL1617 arrangement)

• ever free (with PoM18 arrangement)

If only!

I do hope it's akin to the first A BALLADS and not just a compilation! The fact that she's teasing it so long in advance makes me hope it's going to be more exciting than just a best album.

My only hope is that Ohia no Ki and Pray for you end up on it and stay there so we don't end up with another TROUBLE situation with the next album where we already know most of the songs.
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I can see Ohia and Pray For You appearing on both A Ballads 2 and the eventual next album tbh.
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I think Ohia will be on the next album, especially since it has a PV.
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you know what I would truly love to be included in this album, but I know for a fact that it's an impossible pipe dream?

• kanariya (with CDL1617 arrangement)

• ever free (with PoM18 arrangement)

I was thinking the same regarding kanariya. It’d be a good excuse to include the CDL as a DVD/BluRay (knowing it’s already edited).
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Old 3rd January 2021, 07:13 PM
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I think Ohia will be on the next album, especially since it has a PV.
Yeah I suppose you and milkshake are right...

Well, here's to hoping the next album will have more than five songs then!
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O...kay.... Where is A BEST 3 though uuhg.
Totally not expected this as well. Hope the concept will be as good as the first one.
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Old 4th January 2021, 12:47 AM
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I think speculation is all good, but we have already had it confirmed on the TA store that the album will only include songs released after the first A BALLADS. Also, no rearrangements or re-recordings have been mentioned in the announcement text - only remasters.
I'm also hoping we're surprised by more details (since it does say things could change in the same description) but I'm managing my own expectations based on those details. I've edited the first post with this information as well now that we have it.
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you know what I would truly love to be included in this album, but I know for a fact that it's an impossible pipe dream?

• kanariya (with CDL1617 arrangement)

• ever free (with PoM18 arrangement)

I think TA members should write messages asking for this. Maybe not on this album, but someday would be nice. The only way to listen to a "studio" live versions was to listen to the rehearsals - they tend to use OG studio vocals placed on live arragenments (sometimes sounds weird when they had to change pitch).

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