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AKB48 Team Surprise – Itoshisa wo Marumete (Pachinko Hall Version M5) (a J!-ENT World Groove CD Single Review)

October 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Itoshisa wo Marumete” is a wonderful rock and roll track and featuring three of AKB48’s sexy performers rocking it out with instruments and Yukirin fans getting to watch her playing the drums like she did in “GIVE ME FIVE”.  But for the most part, it’s a rock and roll track and different when compared to the previous four singles.

GROUP: AKB48 Team Surprise (AKB48 チームサプライズ)

CD SINGLE: 愛しさを丸めて (Pachinko Hall Version) / Itoshisa wo Marumete (Pachinko Hall Version)

LABEL: KING RECORDS

CATALOG #: AKBS-20109/10

DURATION: 3:38

RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2014

1. 愛しさを丸めて

2. 愛しさを丸めて (off-vocal ver.)

DVD INFO: 16:9 LB, Region 2, Duration: 3:40

  1. 愛しさを丸めて Music Clip

To commemorate the release of the latest Pachinko AKB48 game machine for 2014 and a tie-in with Pachinko company Kyoraku, 16 senbatsu members of AKB48 would form a special team known as “Team Surprise” and songs featured in the pachinko game will be released each week via a CD+DVD single beginning in September 2014.

Fort this second stage release, the members chosen to participate in this special project are (note: the songs were recorded prior to Oshima Yuko, Shinoda Mariko and Itano Tomomi’s graduation from AKB48):

Team A: Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruna, Shimazaki Haruka; Team K: Kitahara Rie, Yokoyama Yui; Team B: Watanabe Mayu, Kashiwagi Yuki, Takajo Aki; Team 4: Minegishi Minami; SKE48 Team E: Matsui Rena; NMB48 Team N: Yamamoto Sayaka; NMB48 Team BII: Watanabe Miyuki and HKT48 Team H: Sashihara Rino

Each week from September through mid-November, a single plus its music video will be released via a pachinko hall version (which can be won or sold at pachinko halls) and a web version, each featuring two different covers and will come with exclusive collectors cards for the pachinko hall and another for the web version.

It’s important to note that because these releases are not sold in regular stores, the best way for those living outside of Japan to purchase these singles is through eBay.

The fifth AKB48 Team Surprise CD single for the second stage is titled “Itoshisa wo Marumete” (which translates to “Round Love”) and is sung by Kojima “KojiHaru” Haruna, Kashiwagi “Yukirin” Yuki and Yokoyama “Yuihan” Yui.

The single that I am reviewing is the pachinko hall version and features Yukirin, Kojiharu and Yuihan on the front cover with a heart background. The 8-page booklet featuring lyrics, production credits and liner notes from Ishigami and pictures of the group on stage. The back cover of the CD features Kitahara Rie in a red dress.

Also, by visiting the official website for “Itoshisa wo Marumete”, you can get access to liner notes, gallery (a few photos are what is featured in the CD insert), wallpaper and poster.

“Itoshisa wo Marumete” is a sexy rock and roll track about worrying about the person you love.  And once again, a unique track featuring the sexy KojiHaru, Yukirin and Yuihan together in a rock-driven track.  Love the guitar arrangements for this song but it happens to be one of the shorter AKB48 Team Surprise tracks as well.  But still, very enjoyable!

The second stage singles also come with a second vocal-less track of the primary single.

As for the DVD, the music video actually had an original plan to bring back the rock and roll theme of “GIVE ME FIVE” and in some sense, they did with featuring Yukirin on drums, but for the most part, it’s a sexy video featuring KojiHaru, Yukirin and Yuihan jamming with their instruments but then dancing sexy while cameras are fixated on them and many televisions featuring them in the background.  A very cool music video overall!

It’s important to note that this is a region 2 DVD and will not play on a region 1 player (unless you have a non-region DVD player) but can be played on a MAC or PC using free video playing software such as VLC or Daum PotPlayer.

Overall, the AKB48 Team Surprise CD singles may not be for everyone, primarily because there is only one vocal track and one music video and they cost the same price of a regular single. But yet, if you are an AKB48 collector and you gotta collect them all!

For the most part, “Itoshisa wo Marumete” is a wonderful rock and roll track and featuring three of AKB48’s sexy performers rocking it out with instruments and Yukirin fans getting to watch her playing the drums like she did in “GIVE ME FIVE”.  But for the most part, it’s a rock and roll track and different when compared to the previous four singles.

Looking for a rock and roll AKB48 Team Surprise track or just a KojiHaru, Yukirin or Yuihan fan?  Then “Itoshisa wo Marumete” is worth checking out!

 

AKB48 Team Surprise – Hatsukoi no Kagi (Web Version – M4) (a J!-ENT World Groove CD Single Review

October 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Yume wo Miru Nara”, the third AKB48 Team Surprise CD+DVD release for the second stage is recommended for those who don’t mind that there is only one single vocal track on the CD and DVD, and also recommended for Takamina and Tomochin fans who want to see this unlikely, but now a reality, pairing of original AKB48 members!

GROUP: AKB48 Team Surprise (AKB48 チームサプライズ)

CD SINGLE: 初恋の鍵 (Karaoke Hall Version) / Hatsukoi no Kagi (Karaoke Hall Version)

LABEL: KING RECORDS

CATALOG #: AKBS-10107/8

DURATION: 4:53

RELEASE DATE: September 27, 2014

1. 初恋の鍵

2. 初恋の鍵 (off-vocal ver.)

DVD INFO: 16:9 LB, Region 2, Duration: 5:05

  1. 初恋の鍵 Music Clip

To commemorate the release of the latest Pachinko AKB48 game machine for 2014 and a tie-in with Pachinko company Kyoraku, 16 senbatsu members of AKB48 would form a special team known as “Team Surprise” and songs featured in the pachinko game will be released each week via a CD+DVD single beginning in September 2014.

Fort this second stage release, the members chosen to participate in this special project are (note: the songs were recorded prior to Oshima Yuko, Shinoda Mariko and Itano Tomomi’s graduation from AKB48):

Team A: Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruna, Shimazaki Haruka; Team K: Kitahara Rie, Yokoyama Yui; Team B: Watanabe Mayu, Kashiwagi Yuki, Takajo Aki; Team 4: Minegishi Minami; SKE48 Team E: Matsui Rena; NMB48 Team N: Yamamoto Sayaka; NMB48 Team BII: Watanabe Miyuki and HKT48 Team H: Sashihara Rino

Each week from September through mid-November, a single plus its music video will be released via a pachinko hall version (which can be won or sold at pachinko halls) and a web version, each featuring two different covers and will come with exclusive collectors cards for the pachinko hall and another for the web version.

It’s important to note that because these releases are not sold in regular stores, the best way for those living outside of Japan to purchase these singles is through eBay.

The fourth AKB48 Team Surprise CD single for the second stage is titled “Hatsukoi no Kagi” (which translates to “Key to Love”) and is sung by Watanabe “Mayuyu” Mayu and Shimazaki “Paruru” Haruka.

The single that I am reviewing is the web version and features Mayuyu and Paruru on the front cover with a heart background. The 8-page booklet featuring lyrics, production credits and liner notes from Ishigami and pictures of the group on stage. The back cover of the CD features Kitahara Rie in a red dress.

Also, by visiting the official website for “Hatsukoi no Kagi”, you can get access to liner notes, gallery (a few photos are what is featured in the CD insert), wallpaper and poster.

“Hatsukoi no Kagi” is what you would expect from a Mayuyu and Paruru pairing.  A sweet and cute, upbeat song about unrequited love and is about being an adult and bumping into a person you have liked a long time ago.  But now as adults, can you confess to the person that you liked them long ago?

The second stage singles also come with a second vocal-less track of the primary single.

As for the DVD, the music video features both Mayuyu and Paruru wearing cute lolita outfits with stuffed animals on them.  While they perform, we see an unnecessary CG of insects and animals dancing behind them on the big screen.  But while it’s cute to see both of these idol singers together, the CG could have been left out of the equation in my opinion.

It’s important to note that this is a region 2 DVD and will not play on a region 1 player (unless you have a non-region DVD player) but can be played on a MAC or PC using free video playing software such as VLC or Daum PotPlayer.

Overall, the AKB48 Team Surprise CD singles may not be for everyone, primarily because there is only one song and one music video and they cost the same price of a regular single. But yet, if you are an AKB48 collector and you gotta collect them all!

For the most part, “Hatsukoi no Kagi” is a fun pairing of both Mayuyu and Paruru.  The song is actually quite funny and uplifting and as expected, sweet and cute.  The music video also showcases that cuteness of the two idol singers but I felt that it was a bit too much with the CG backgrounds.

“Hatsukoi no Kagi”, the fourth AKB48 Team Surprise CD+DVD release for the second stage is recommended for those who don’t mind that there is only one single vocal track on the CD and DVD and for those who can’t get enough of Mayuyu and Paruru (without the saltiness).

 

AKB48 Team Surprise – Yume wo Miru Nara (Pachinko Hall Version M3) (a J!-ENT World Groove CD Single Review)

October 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Yume wo Miru Nara”, the third AKB48 Team Surprise CD+DVD release for the second stage is recommended for those who don’t mind that there is only one single vocal track on the CD and DVD, and also recommended for Takamina and Tomochin fans who want to see this unlikely, but now a reality, pairing of original AKB48 members!

GROUP: AKB48 Team Surprise (AKB48 チームサプライズ)

CD SINGLE: 夢を見るなら (Pachinko Hall Version) / Yume Wo Miru Nara (Pachinko Hall Version)

LABEL: KING RECORDS

CATALOG #: AKBS-20105/6

DURATION: 4:28

RELEASE DATE: September 20, 2014

  1. 夢を見るなら
  2. 夢を見るなら  (Off-Vocal Ver.)

DVD INFO: 16:9 LB, Region 2, Duration: 5:05

  1. ハングリーライオン Music Clip

To commemorate the release of the latest Pachinko AKB48 game machine for 2014 and a tie-in with Pachinko company Kyoraku, 16 senbatsu members of AKB48 would form a special team known as “Team Surprise” and songs featured in the pachinko game will be released each week via a CD+DVD single beginning in September 2014.

Fort this second stage release, the members chosen to participate in this special project are (note: the songs were recorded prior to Oshima Yuko, Shinoda Mariko and Itano Tomomi’s graduation from AKB48):

Team A: Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruna, Shimazaki Haruka; Team K: Kitahara Rie, Yokoyama Yui; Team B: Watanabe Mayu, Kashiwagi Yuki, Takajo Aki; Team 4: Minegishi Minami; SKE48 Team E: Matsui Rena; NMB48 Team N: Yamamoto Sayaka; NMB48 Team BII: Watanabe Miyuki and HKT48 Team H: Sashihara Rino

Each week from September through mid-November, a single plus its music video will be released via a pachinko hall version (which can be won or sold at pachinko halls) and a web version, each featuring two different covers and will come with exclusive collectors cards for the pachinko hall and another for the web version.

It’s important to note that because these releases are not sold in regular stores, the best way for those living outside of Japan to purchase these singles is through eBay.

The third AKB48 Team Surprise CD single for the second stage is titled “Yume wo Miru Nara” (which translates to “If you Dream”) and is sung by Takahashi Minami and Itano Tomomi.

The single that I am reviewing is the pachinko hall version and features Takahashi Minami and Itano Tomomi on the front cover . The 8-page booklet featuring lyrics, production credits and liner notes from Ishigami and pictures of the group on stage. The back cover of the CD features Minegishi Minami in a red dress.

Also, by visiting the official website for “Yume wo Miru Nara”, you can get access to liner notes, gallery (a few photos are what is featured in the CD insert), wallpaper and poster.

“Yume wo Miru Nara” is an upbeat track and also features an unlikely pairing with Takahashi Minami and Itano Tomomi.  Which is great to see these long time, original AKB48 members perform together.  The song pretty much features a friendship during seasons and shows the past, present and future of these two friends.  The song is a positive track about life and looking towards the future.

The second stage singles also come with a second vocal-less track of the primary single.

As for the DVD, the music video features both Itano Tomomi and Takahashi Minami walking towards the stage while a projection shows sakura trees, blue sky, rain and snow to depict the seasons.  And while they walk to the stage, they take off a layer of clothing (or showing them in different clothing), while acting in season.  But the song is actually quite fitting as it is another goodbye to Itano song as we see Tomochin exiting the back door (like Itano’s “Saigo no Door” graduation song).

It’s important to note that this is a region 2 DVD and will not play on a region 1 player (unless you have a non-region DVD player) but can be played on a MAC or PC using free video playing software such as VLC or Daum PotPlayer.

Overall, the AKB48 Team Surprise CD singles may not be for everyone, primarily because there is only one song and one music video and they cost the same price of a regular single. But yet, if you are an AKB48 collector and you gotta collect them all!

For the most part, “Yume wo Miru Nara” is surprisingly a good pairing of both Takamina and Tomochin.  The song is quite positive but also a fitting music video and pairing as it is almost close to real life as these two have worked together for eight years throughout different seasons and in the end, Itano is saying goodbye as she exits the back door (as in real life as she graduated from AKB48) and Takamina keeps moving forward as the captain of AKB48.

“Yume wo Miru Nara”, the third AKB48 Team Surprise CD+DVD release for the second stage is recommended for those who don’t mind that there is only one single vocal track on the CD and DVD, and also recommended for Takamina and Tomochin fans who want to see this unlikely, but now a reality, pairing of original AKB48 members!

 

AKB48 Team Surprise – Hungry Lion (Pachinko Hall Version M2) (a J!-ENT World Groove CD Single Review)

October 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Hungry Lion” is one of my favorite AKB48 Team Surprise upbeat dance tracks.  I love the music for this song and also the upbeat choreography in the music video.  Also, you don’t often see this style of pairing with Oshima Yuko, may it be Mariko or Haruna, let alone Aki.  And the combination with all four members was cute and just fun to watch and listen to!

GROUP: AKB48 Team Surprise (AKB48 チームサプライズ)

CD SINGLE: ハングリーライオン (Pachinko Hall Version) / Hungry Lion (Pachinko Hall Version)

LABEL: KING RECORDS

CATALOG #: AKBS-20103/4

DURATION: 4:28

RELEASE DATE: September 13, 2014

  1. ハングリーライオン
  2. ハングリーライオン (Off-Vocal Ver.)

DVD INFO: 16:9 LB, Region 2, Duration: 4:30

  1. ハングリーライオン Music Clip

To commemorate the release of the latest Pachinko AKB48 game machine for 2014 and a tie-in with Pachinko company Kyoraku, 16 senbatsu members of AKB48 would form a special team known as “Team Surprise” and songs featured in the pachinko game will be released each week via a CD+DVD single beginning in September 2014.

Fort this second stage release, the members chosen to participate in this special project are (note: the songs were recorded prior to Oshima Yuko, Shinoda Mariko and Itano Tomomi’s graduation from AKB48):

Team A: Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruna, Shimazaki Haruka; Team K: Kitahara Rie, Yokoyama Yui; Team B: Watanabe Mayu, Kashiwagi Yuki, Takajo Aki; Team 4: Minegishi Minami; SKE48 Team E: Matsui Rena; NMB48 Team N: Yamamoto Sayaka; NMB48 Team BII: Watanabe Miyuki and HKT48 Team H: Sashihara Rino

Each week from September through mid-November, a single plus its music video will be released via a pachinko hall version (which can be won or sold at pachinko halls) and a web version, each featuring two different covers and will come with exclusive collectors cards for the pachinko hall and another for the web version.

It’s important to note that because these releases are not sold in regular stores, the best way for those living outside of Japan to purchase these singles is through eBay.

The second AKB48 Team Surprise CD single for the second stage is titled “Hungry Lion” and is sung by Oshima Yuko, Kojima Haruka, Shinoda Mariko and Takajo Aki.

The single that I am reviewing is the pachinko hall version and features the four women posing with their ’60s inspired clothing. The 8-page booklet featuring lyrics, production credits and liner notes from Ishigami and pictures of the group on stage. The back cover of the CD features Watanabe Miyuki and Yokoyama Yui in a red dress.

Also, by visiting the official website for “Hungry Lion”, you can get access to liner notes, gallery (a few photos are what is featured in the CD insert), wallpaper and poster.

“Hungry Lion” is an upbeat discotheque style single about a girl approaching adulthood and according to the liner notes, instead of using a song such as “Lion Hunter”, because it’s about a woman entering the adult world, the focus was on a “Hungry Lion”.

The second stage singles also come with a second vocal-less track of the primary single.

As for the DVD, the music video features each member in stylish ’60s clothing.  Takajo Aki, Shinoda Mariko and Kojima Haruna are seen in more elegant style clothing, while Oshima Yuko is in a summer dress and hat and each are dancing.  Very cool use of the mirrors in the music video but also like the choreography for this track!

It’s important to note that this is a region 2 DVD and will not play on a region 1 player (unless you have a non-region DVD player) but can be played on a MAC or PC using free video playing software such as VLC or Daum PotPlayer.

Overall, the AKB48 Team Surprise CD singles may not be for everyone, primarily because there is only one song and one music video and they cost the same price of a regular single. But yet, if you are an AKB48 collector and you gotta collect them all!

For the most part, “Hungry Lion” is one of my favorite AKB48 Team Surprise upbeat dance tracks.  I love the music for this song and also the upbeat choreography in the music video.  Also, you don’t often see this style of pairing with Oshima Yuko, may it be Mariko or Haruna, let alone Aki.  And the combination with all four members was cute and just fun to watch and listen to!

“Hungry Lion”, the second AKB48 Team Surprise CD+DVD release for the second stage is recommended for those who don’t mind that there is only one single vocal track on the CD and DVD!

 

AKB48 Team Surprise – Mirai ga Me ni Shimiru (Pachinko Hall Version M1) (a J!-ENT World Groove CD Single Review)

October 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Mirai ga Me ni Shimiru” may not have the magic of the last AKB48 Team Surprise first single “Juuryoku no Sympathy” but this is a pretty cool, upbeat, positive CD single.  And perhaps the new AKB48 Teams Surprise will entice people to checking these singles out this time around.

GROUP: AKB48 Team Surprise (AKB48 チームサプライズ)

CD SINGLE: 未来が目にしみる (Pachinko Hall Version) / Mirai ge Me Ni Shimiru (Pachinko Hall Version)

LABEL: KING RECORDS

CATALOG #: AKBS-20101/2

DURATION: 4:14

RELEASE DATE: September 6, 2014

  1. 未来が目にしみる
  2. 未来が目にしみる (Off-Vocal Ver.)

DVD INFO: 16:9 LB, Region 2, Duration: 4:31

  1. 未来が目にしみる Music Clip

To commemorate the release of the latest Pachinko AKB48 game machine for 2014 and a tie-in with Pachinko company Kyoraku, 16 senbatsu members of AKB48 would form a special team known as “Team Surprise” and songs featured in the pachinko game will be released each week via a CD+DVD single beginning in September 2014.

Fort this second stage release, the members chosen to participate in this special project are (note: the songs were recorded prior to Oshima Yuko, Shinoda Mariko and Itano Tomomi’s graduation from AKB48):

Team A: Takahashi Minami, Kojima Haruna, Shimazaki Haruka; Team K: Kitahara Rie, Yokoyama Yui; Team B: Watanabe Mayu, Kashiwagi Yuki, Takajo Aki; Team 4: Minegishi Minami; SKE48 Team E: Matsui Rena; NMB48 Team N: Yamamoto Sayaka; NMB48 Team BII: Watanabe Miyuki and HKT48 Team H: Sashihara Rino

Each week from September through mid-November, a single plus its music video will be released via a pachinko hall version (which can be won or sold at pachinko halls) and a web version, each featuring two different covers and will come with exclusive collectors cards for the pachinko hall and another for the web version.

It’s important to note that because these releases are not sold in regular stores, the best way for those living outside of Japan to purchase these singles is through eBay.

The first AKB48 Team Surprise CD single for the second stage is titled “Mirai ga Me ni Shimiru”, a song that translates into “Future gets in your eyes” and is sung by all 16 members of AKB48 Team Surprise.  According to the liner notes, the song’s title is a play on the popular American song, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (sung by The Platters).

The single that I am reviewing is the pachinko hall version and features images of the group members standing on two platforms. The 8-page booklet featuring lyrics, production credits and liner notes from Ishigami and pictures of the group on stage. The back cover of the CD features Kitahara Rie in a red dress.

Also, by visiting the official website for “Mirai ga Me ni Shimiru”, you can get access to liner notes, gallery (a few photos are what is featured in the CD insert), wallpaper and poster.

“Mirai ga Me ni Shimiru” is an upbeat pop track. According to Ishigami in the liner notes, he mentioned that the song separates the members into five groups and the goal was to create an upbeat, positive song.

The song is pretty much about persistence, to not be afraid of failing or when in paid because you can keep trying and to keep trying amidst the pain and darkness, to have the future in your eyes because the world is waiting.

The second stage singles also come with a second vocal-less track of the primary single.

As for the DVD, the music video features the group in their black and white checker outfits with a colorful shirt.  And you watch the group performing on a high platform and the group moves onto the main stage.

It’s important to note that this is a region 2 DVD and will not play on a region 1 player (unless you have a non-region DVD player) but can be played on a MAC or PC using free video playing software such as VLC or Daum PotPlayer.

Overall, the AKB48 Team Surprise CD singles may not be for everyone, primarily because there is only one song and one music video and they cost the same price of a regular single. But yet, if you are an AKB48 collector and you gotta collect them all!

For the most part, “Mirai ga Me ni Shimiru” may not have the magic of the last AKB48 Team Surprise first single “Juuryoku no Sympathy” but this is a pretty cool, upbeat, positive CD single.  And perhaps the new AKB48 Teams Surprise will entice people to checking these singles out this time around.

“Mirai ga Me ni Shimiru”, the first AKB48 Team Surprise CD+DVD release for the second stage is recommended for those who don’t mind that there is only one single vocal track on the CD and DVD!

 

Bob Marley and the Wailers – Legend – 30th Anniversary Edition (a J!-ENT World Groove Album Review)

July 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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For those who have never purchased “Legend” and are curious about “Legend 30th Anniversary Edition”, just know that “Legend” is an essential album for any music collector and reggae music fan. Highly recommended!

ARTIST: Bob Marley and the Wailers

TITLE: Legend – 30th Anniversary Edition

LABEL: Island Records/Tuff Gong / Universal Music Enterprises

DURATION: 68 minutes

CATALOG #: NKCD-6655

RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2014

  1. Is This Love
  2. No Woman No Cry (New – Studio Version)
  3. Could You Be Loved
  4. Three Little Birds
  5. Buffalo Soldier
  6. Get Up Stand Up
  7. Stir It Up
  8. Easy Skanking (New – Alternate Version)
  9. One Love/People Get Ready
  10. I Shot the Sheriff
  11. Waiting in Vain
  12. Redemption Song
  13. Satisfy My Soul
  14. Exodus
  15. Jamming
  16. Punky Reggae Party (New – Alternate Version)

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Photo CR: Adrian Boot – Fifty-Six Hope Road Music, Ltd.

Back in the early 1980’s, after discovering “Reggae Sunsplash” and being a grommet that would learning to surf thanks to my uncle, I was introduced to the music of the late Bob Marley.

And my first major reggae purchase on cassette would be “Legend”, a compilation album by Bob Marley and the Wailers released in 1984 by Island Records and is a greatest hits collection of singles.

The album would become the best-selling reggae album of all-time with 27 million copies sold worldwide and 15 million RIAA-certified copies in the U.S. alone.

The album has since been released several times with the original cassette having ten tracks and in 1990, a compact disc that wuld feature 14 tracks in their original album lengths and not the edited versions for single release.

In 2002, “Legend” would have an expanded 14-track edition release and would include a bonus disc with 1984-vintage remixes. To be followed up with a 2004 double CD release and would come with a music DVD.

In 2012, “Legend” would receive a high-fidelity release in various resolutions digitally.

But to celebrate the music of Bob Marley and the Wailers and the 30th Anniversary of “Legend”, Universal Music Enterprises will release “Legend 30th Anniversary Edition” as a CD/Blu-ray Pure Audio Disc combo set.

The combo set will include all tracks mixed in 5.1 by GRAMMY Award winning producer Bob Clearmountain on Blu-ray Pure Audio Disc and will include the original, early version of “No Woman No Cry”, replacing the previous live version.

Also, included are two previously unheard alternate versions of “Easy Skanking” and “Punky Reggae Party” which were recently discovered in the Marley vault.

The album would also include Marley’s hits such as “Three Little Birds”, “Get Up Stand Up”, “No Woman No Cry”, “I Shot the Sheriff”, “Jamming”, “Exodus”, “Redemption Song” and “Is This Love”.

Along with a 28-page, casebound book (or PDF if purchasing the album digitally) which features extended liner notes, unseen photos and forewards written by Sir Paul McCartney, Steview Wonder and liner notes by author Christopher Marley, who wrote the book “Marley”.

In addition to the CD+Blu-ray Pure Audio Disc release, “Legend 30th Anniversary Edition” will also be released on tri-color vinyl and pressed as a double gatefold LP allowing for a higher fidelity sound quality that is closer to the original source.

Listening to “Legend 30th Anniversary Edition”, while I’m unable to comment on the Blu-ray Pure Audio Disc and how the tracks sound via lossless 5.1 and how each channel is utilized for the music, I can say from the digital version, listening to the tracks today is just an enjoyable as it was back in the early ’80s.

While I do miss the live version of “No Woman No Cry” (it’s not a big loss as the track is easily available on previous albums),  I do enjoy the melodic and soothing flow of the studio version of “No Woman No Cry”.

And the addition of two new alternative tracks of “Easy Skanking” and “Punk Reggae Party” is a great addition to the best album.

As a person who has purchased the original cassette, the CD and the 2002 Definitive Remastered Edition, I know that for HD music enthusiasts, to listen to “Legend” in 5.1 lossless is a major plus to owning the album, especially to have the included booklet and additional tracks.

I spent many years of my life listening to “Legend” as a teenager with my Bob Marley t-shirt driving miles to go surf, a college student driving off to college and now as an adult and a parent, sharing my passion for Bob Marley and the Wailers and their music with my own family.  I literally grew up with this album and felt the music has always and consistently through the decades, continues to touch my soul.  The melodies, Bob Marley’s vocals, everything about his music is harmonious and wonderful.

For those who have never purchased “Legend” and are curious about “Legend 30th Anniversary Edition”, just know that “Legend” is an essential album for any music collector and reggae music fan.

Highly recommended!

 

Nogizaka46 – Kizuitara Kataomoi (Type-C) (a J!-ENT World Groove CD Single Review)

May 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Kizuitara Kataomoi (Type-C) is a pretty cool CD+DVD featuring a very heartbreaking Nogizaka46 song and music video featuring new center Nanase Nishino. Plus Type-C features the Nogizaka46 Undergirls and a fascinating documentary on four members of Nogizaka46. A wonderful eighth CD single!

GROUP: Nogizaka46 (乃木坂46)

CD SINGLE: 気づいたら片想い (Type-C) / Kizuitara Kataomoi (Type-C)

LABEL: Sony Music Labels

CATALOG #: SRCL-8524-5

DURATION: 26 Minutes

RELEASE DATE: April 2, 2014

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  1. 気づいたら片想い
  2. ロマンスのスタート
  3. 生まれたままで
  4. 気づいたら片想い off vocal ver.
  5. ロマンスのスタート off vocal ver.
  6. 生まれたままで off vocal ver.

DVD INFO: 16:9LB, Region 2, Duration: 1:19:12

1. 気づいたら片想い -Music Video-
2. 生まれたままで -Music Video-
3. 乃木坂の4人

With the eighth new CD single from Nogizaka46 titled “Kizuitara Kataomoi” (which translates to “realizing unrequited love”).

A single which has become Nogizaka46’s best selling single yet with over 457,000 copies sold in its first day. The single also marks the first time Nanase Nishino was featured as the center.

With four versions released (Type-A, Type-B and Type-C which are CD+DVD and regular edition which are CD only), the version that I will be reviewing is Type-C featuring 17 members of Nogizaka46 with tears streaming down their face. The 16-page booklet features photos of a few members individually and the lyrics and production credits.

The single kicks off with “Kizuitara Kataomoi”, an upbeat idol ballad with sad lyrics about loving someone so much that it is quite painful. You feel that you love someone because it’s fate but apparently the other person disagrees and how that unrequited love can be heartbreaking.

The second track is titled “Romance no Start” and is another upbeat idol ballad with happier lyrics. The song is about a person trying to ride their bike quickly to look at the person they like on a bus. And how the person is cool and thinking of how that person stole their heart. And while it’s a one-sided love, it’s the start of romance.

The third track is titled “Umarete Mamade” (which translates to “The Same When I Was Born”) and is a more pop/rock driven track.  It’s a more rebellious song as it revolves around a person who wants to experience life, so they quit school and want to have fun and live a carefree life.

The remaining three tracks are the instrumental versions of the the first three songs.

As for the DVD, the music video for “Kizuitara Kataomoi” and despite it’s song about having a painful love, the music video is quite depressing as it features Nagase Nishino playing a character who has died. The video shows the character becoming the center of Nogizaka46, going through the struggles of being in the center position and collapsing from exhaustion. As we see Nogizaka46 performing and everyone thrilled that Nanase is OK, we get a surprising, yet tragic ending.

As for the second music video for “Umarete Mamade”, the video features members of Nogizaka46 (who are typically not in the top 16) in class and having fun.  Featuring Marika Ito as the center for this undergirl track, the video features a fun video with members showing off a few rhythmic hand gestures while on the table, while everyone is having fun climbing rope, riding scooters or bikes and more.

The third and last video features behind-the-scenes of Nogizaka46 at the variety show “Nogizakatte Doko” for the seventh CD single senbatsu.  This is a documentary that focuses on the members: Sayuri Matsumoto, Nanase Nishino, Hina Higuchi and Marika Ito.  The documentary focuses on how Sayuri is one of the group’s most visible members, Nanase becoming the new center, Hina making it into the senbatsu for the first time and Marika, an undergirl waiting for her big break.

A reminder that this is a region 2 DVD and will not play on a region 1 player (unless you have a non-region DVD player) but can be played on a MAC or PC using free video playing software such as VLC or Daum PotPlayer.

Overall, “Kizuitara Kataomoi” (Type-C) is a cool CD+DVD. The song may sound quite happy, but it’s a song that features painful lyrics. But it’s the music video that touched my heart. It has the same depressing, emotional feel of AKB48’s “Sakura no Ki ni Narou” with the Nogizaka46 video featuring more tears.

I did enjoy Type-C for the fact that it gave the undergirls a chance to shine with the music video “Umarete Mamade”.

I also enjoyed this CD+DVD single because of the documentary of featuring four members of Nogizaka46 and seeing the joys of an undergirl making it into senbatsu and undergirl still waiting for her big break and breaking into the top 16 of senbatsu.  But also, seeing Nanase make it as center for the first time and Sayuringo who is a popular member but has still yet to make it as center.

I feel that the senbatsu may be more appealing to non-Japanese speaking fans versus the plays featured in Type-A and Type-B.

But it’s a solid CD+DVD single and the fact that Nanase Nishino as a center has resonated strongly with fans and the single has become their best selling single, it may mean that Nogizaka46 has found their star center.

A solid single that is recommended for Nogizaka46 fans!

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Nogizaka46 – Kizuitara Kataomoi (Type-B) (a J!-ENT World Groove CD Single Review)

May 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Kizuitara Kataomoi (Type-B) is a pretty cool CD+DVD featuring a very heartbreaking Nogizaka46 song and music video featuring new center Nanase Nishino.  Plus Type-B features a music video featuring Mai Shiraishi and Nanami Hashimoto. A wonderful eighth CD single!

GROUP: Nogizaka46 (乃木坂46)

CD SINGLE: 気づいたら片想い (Type-B) / Kizuitara Kataomoi (Type-B)

LABEL: Sony Music Labels

CATALOG #: SRCL-8522-3

DURATION: 25 Minutes

RELEASE DATE: April 2, 2014

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  1. 気づいたら片想い
  2. ロマンスのスタート
  3. 孤独兄弟
  4. 気づいたら片想い off vocal ver.
  5. ロマンスのスタート off vocal ver.
  6. 孤独兄弟 off vocal ver.

DVD INFO: 16:9LB, Region 2, Duration: 1:11:54

1. 気づいたら片想い -Music Video-
2. 孤独兄弟 -Music Video-
3. Creator’s Etude (倉持裕 編)
4. Creator’s Etude (濱口優 編)
5. Creator’s Etude (柳沢翔 編)

With the eighth new CD single from Nogizaka46 titled “Kizuitara Kataomoi” (which translates to “realizing unrequited love”).

A single which has become Nogizaka46’s best selling single yet with over 457,000 copies sold in its first day. The single also marks the first time Nanase Nishino was featured as the center.

With four versions released (Type-A, Type-B and Type-C which are CD+DVD and regular edition which are CD only), the version that I will be reviewing is Type-B featuring various members of Nogizaka46 with tears streaming down their face.  The single features photos of a few members individually and the lyrics and production credits.

The single kicks off with “Kizuitara Kataomoi”, an upbeat idol ballad with sad lyrics about loving someone so much that it is quite painful. You feel that you love someone because it’s fate but apparently the other person disagrees and how that unrequited love can be heartbreaking.

The second track is titled “Romance no Start” and is another upbeat idol ballad with happier lyrics. The song is about a person trying to ride their bike quickly to look at the person they like on a bus. And how the person is cool and thinking of how that person stole their heart. And while it’s a one-sided love, it’s the start of romance.

The third track is titled “Kodoko Kyodai” (which translates to “Lonely Brother”) and is a more pop driven track featuring Mai Shiraishi and Nanami Hashimoto.  I actually enjoy this track a lot and it’s great to see these two members together on a single.  The song is pretty much a nostalgic song of a girl dating a guy who rode a motorcycle and remembering a time being with that guy.

The remaining three tracks are the instrumental versions of the the first three songs.

As for the DVD, the music video for “Kizuitara Kataomoi” and despite it’s song about having a painful love, the music video is quite depressing as it features Nagase Nishino playing a character who has died. The video shows the character becoming the center of Nogizaka46, going through the struggles of being in the center position and collapsing from exhaustion. As we see Nogizaka46 performing and everyone thrilled that Nanase is OK, we get a surprising, yet tragic ending.

As for the second music video for “Kodoko Kyoudai”, the song features Mai Shiraishi and Nanami Hashimoto clad in leather and hanging out with Japanese bikers and taking part in upbeat dance choreography.  It’s an unlikely video to see from these two members, so that’s why I enjoyed it so much because it was unpredictable.

The last three remaining videos are various members of Nogizaka46 in “Creator’s Etude” stage plays. Each play is different and they are performing in front of an audience consisting of other Nogizaka46 members.

A reminder that this is a region 2 DVD and will not play on a region 1 player (unless you have a non-region DVD player) but can be played on a MAC or PC using free video playing software such as VLC or Daum PotPlayer.

Overall, “Kizuitara Kataomoi” (Type-B) is a cool CD+DVD. The song may sound quite happy, but it’s a song that features painful lyrics. But it’s the music video that touched my heart. It has the same depressing, emotional feel of AKB48’s “Sakura no Ki ni Narou” with the Nogizaka46 video featuring more tears.

I did enjoy Type-B a lot because of the video featuring Mai Shiraishi and Nanami Hashimoto.  So, if you are a fan of these two members, Type-B is the version to get.

I do feel that for those who don’t understand Japanese, the final three videos from the stage plays may go over the heads of people and thus only the music videos may be a bit more accessible for those fans. But it does give you a glimpse on the acting abilities of various members and how comfortable they are up on stage.

But it’s a solid CD+DVD single and the fact that Nanase Nishino as a center has resonated strongly with fans and the single has become their best selling single, it may mean that Nogizaka46 has found their star center.

A solid single that is recommended for Nogizaka46 fans!

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