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Old 4th January 2021, 01:00 PM
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what is the most likely tracklist at this point on two CDs?
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Old 4th January 2021, 01:11 PM
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Argh, I caved and bought the 2 Bluray set. I don't want it to go out of stock like Made in Japan Team Ayu version did when I didn't buy it straight away.
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Old 4th January 2021, 04:39 PM
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what is the most likely tracklist at this point on two CDs?
Probably most ballads tracks after RAINBOW.
There are too many potential songs...

- forgiveness
- No way to say
- Memorial address (?)
- Liar (?)
- Hope or Pain
- Happy Ending
- Moments
- Walking proud
- Carols
- Pride
- Will
- Heaven
- rainy day
- It was
- Jewel
- Secret
- Momentum (?)
- Fated
- Together when...
- Marionette (?)
- untitled ~for her~
- Days
- Green (?)
- Curtain Call
- Sunset ~Love is all~
- Ballad
- Last Links
- You were...
- Red Line (for TA)
- Moon
- Love song
- crossroad
- sweet season
- november
- Virgin road
- How Beautiful You are

.... and so on.

Also, would she cover someone else song again? If she did, she should cover two cover songs she sings in Team ayu xmas live. She performed so well in live and fit her current voice.
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Old 4th January 2021, 05:12 PM
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what is the most likely tracklist at this point on two CDs?
This past weekend I was talking to some friends and this is what I came up with

(singles)

01. Hanabi ~episode II~
02. forgiveness
03. No way to say
04. Moments
05. CAROLS
06. HEAVEN
07. Pride
08. fated
09. Together when...
10. Days
11. Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~
12. You were...
13. BALLAD
14. MOON
15. Virgin Road
16. how beautiful you are
17. Zutto...
18. Pray
19. Hello new me
20. Ohia no Ki
21. Pray for you

(album tracks)

22. walking proud
23. winding road
24. JEWEL
25. momentum
26. Secret
27. part of Me
28. MY ALL
29. beloved
30. Ivy

Ofc there are some left like she'd probably pick like Anything for You, or surprises like Shape of Love or You're the only one, etc, that's my take.
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Old 4th January 2021, 08:20 PM
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I hope they will not take much from other already released compilations
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I don't understand people hoping for new vocal and new arrangements when the announcement mentioned the songs will be remastered from the master tapes.
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Old 4th January 2021, 09:04 PM
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^I don't think it is to far of to hope for one or two new vocal or ararngements. The original A Ballads had it too.
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Old 4th January 2021, 09:05 PM
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So excited for this album (if it's like A BALLADS, with re-recordings and new mixings)

If it was for me, the tracklist would be the following (some of them I don't know if they are considered as ballads, but, who knows):

RAINBOW (2021 special ver.)
Anything for you
BRILLANTE
CAROLS
criminal (please, give this song a moment to shine!!)
crossroad
Curtain Call
fated
forgiveness
HANABI ~episode II~
HEAVEN
Hello new me
how beautiful you are
JEWEL
Marionette
Melody
NO FUTURE
Ohia no Ki
part of Me
Pride
rainy day
Return Road
SEVEN DAYS WAR
Sweet Season
The GIFT
Together When…
Walk
Will
winding road
You were…

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omg they are releasing it on the same day A BALLADS was released, what a nice touch!

I will not hope for new arrangements, but if there are any I will LOVE it. There's so much she could do with this release, from the shooting to the DVDs content, I gotta keep myself from dreaming too much I can see aeternal being in this btw, that songs deserves all attention it could get.
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Old 5th January 2021, 01:19 AM
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^I don't think it is to far of to hope for one or two new vocal or ararngements. The original A Ballads had it too.
Yeah... I'm definitely in the "hope" camp, but at the same time, she was more popular then and so were ballads. I imagine that gave her more leverage and creative control. If all this ends up being is a playlist with only two new songs, I'm going to be very disappointed. I hope they do something to make this release special like the first one.
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Old 5th January 2021, 03:45 AM
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The most surprised remake song in A BALLADS would be A song for xx.
The remake sounds like the song for rock album, imo.
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Old 5th January 2021, 03:56 AM
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While I'm looking forward to the release (particularly for remasters of tracks like -hopefully- forgiveness) as it is one I have been hoping for for a long time, I think that the fact that there are two CDs doesn't bode well for potential re-arrangements and covers. Like others have mentioned, I feel like we're going to receive something like A SUMMER BEST, which is essentially a playlist + new song.

I hope I'm wrong, but this has been the format of Ayu's compilation albums for a while now. tbh, I think that Ayu should have gone with one disc as opposed to two, to produce a stronger album. i.e. including the best of the best between 2003-2020, as opposed to a wider selection. Alternatively, committing to a meaningfully selected and curated track list is also easier to achieve on one disc. This is the strength of the original A BALLADS - I mean, a handful of great Ayu ballads between 1998-2002/3 were not included, but the album is still fantastic.

Anyway, I'm really excited for the release regardless, and I think that there have been hints of renewed creativity expressed by Ayu and her team, so I hope that they blow my expectations out of the water. But if they don't, that's cool too, I'm looking forward to ballad remasters.
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Old 5th January 2021, 04:09 AM
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I think that Ayu should have gone with one disc as opposed to two, to produce a stronger album. i.e. including the best of the best between 2003-2020, as opposed to a wider selection. Alternatively, committing to a meaningfully selected and curated track list is also easier to achieve on one disc. This is the strength of the original A BALLADS - I mean, a handful of great Ayu ballads between 1998-2002/3 were not included, but the album is still
That is 4 years versus 17. I think 2 CD is well deserved, it will be like a winter version of Summer best.
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Old 5th January 2021, 11:06 AM
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Preordered the 2CD+DVD from cdjapan, I'm excited!
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Old 5th January 2021, 12:16 PM
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I don't understand people hoping for new vocal and new arrangements when the announcement mentioned the songs will be remastered from the master tapes.
it's not too hard to understand. the original A BALLADS has rearrangements, so when a new album claiming to be a sequel of it is announced, it's not unreasonable to hope for something along those lines.

like koumori said, I'm all for managing expectations but some ayu releases have proven to exceed what was written in their original announcements. Secret was announced as a 7-track mini-album and turned out to be a full album. NEXT LEVEL was announced with 13 tracks, has 14.
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Old 5th January 2021, 04:41 PM
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Disc 1 - Original A Ballads.
Disc 2 - 2021 Remaster.

LOL

In all seriousness, I'm a little more curious what the video contents will be vs. the album itself at this point.
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Old 5th January 2021, 04:58 PM
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Disc 1 - Original A Ballads.
Disc 2 - 2021 Remaster.
a world of pain but it's unfortunately not impossible from someone who's subjected fans to many pointless releases over the years!

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In all seriousness, I'm a little more curious what the video contents will be vs. the album itself at this point.
at this point I've sort of accepted that at least *one* of them will be a concert footage.
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A Ballads is one of my favorite albums of all time.

Manifesting thoughtful rearrangements...

Maybe there’ll be three ayu’s on the cover ��
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If this turns into a remastered Spotify playlist, I am not buying it �� It needs to have some new content. The fact it had 2 cds is already making it feel like they are throwing random stuff around sadly...
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The first disc gonna be A Ballads - remastered.
The second disc gonna be songs from 2003 onwards - remastered.
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