Ayumi Hamasaki

It's that time of year again.



This month (November 17th) "Cyber TRANCE presents ayu trance 2 -COMPLETE EDITION-" will be released:

01. independent (Cyber NATION remix)
02. independent (Cyber NATION Original Extended mix)
03. independent (Cyber NATION Dub mix)
04. HANABI (Lange remix)
05. HANABI (Lange Extended mix)
06. HANABI (Lange Extended mix Instrumental)
07. HANABI (Lange Dub mix)
08. July 1st (Flip & Fill remix)
09. July 1st (Flip & Fill Extended mix)
10. July 1st (Flip & Fill Extended mix Instrumental)
11. July 1st (Flip & Fill Dub mix)
12. Dearest (Rank 1 Vocal mix)
13. Dearest (Rank 1 Instrumental mix)
14. Free & Easy (Minimalistix Club mix)
15. Free & Easy (Minimalistix Club mix Instrumental)
16. Free & Easy (Minimalistix Dub mix)
17. Connected (Ferry Corsten Extended 12" mix)
18. Connected (Ferry Corsten Instrumental 12" mix)
19. Connected (Ferry Corsten Ambient mix)
20. Connected (Push remix)
21. Connected (Push Club Mix)
22. Connected (Push Instrumental Dub)
23. I am... (Ramon Zenker remix)
24. I am... (Ramon Zenker Extended mix)
25. I am... (Ramon Zenker Extended mix Instrumental)
26. I am... (Ramon Zenker Dub mix)
27. Daybreak (Orion Too remix)
28. Daybreak (Orion Too Extended mix)
29. Daybreak (Orion Too Extended mix Instrumental)
30. Daybreak (Orion Too Dub mix)
 
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So the trance remix album news has got me good, there are some proper smashes on there.

I’ve known about Ayumi for years and years now but I’ve never dived into her discography. Does anyone have recommendations on where to even begin?
 
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Does anyone have recommendations on where to even begin?
Allow me to refer to me:
Imo, check out her A BEST 2 albums WHITE and BLACK first to get an idea of her sound at her "peak". If you like those, check out the first A BEST to see if you like her earlier stuff. After that, I'd check out the albums of the songs you liked the best, and then honestly I'd just listen to her albums in order:
  • [1999.01.01] A Song for ××
  • [1999.11.10] LOVEppears
  • [2000.09.27] Duty
  • [2002.01.01] I am...
  • [2002.12.18] RAINBOW
  • [2003.12.17] Memorial address
  • [2004.12.15] MY STORY
  • [2006.01.01] (miss)understood
  • [2006.11.29] Secret
  • [2008.01.01] GUILTY
  • [2009.03.25] NEXT LEVEL
  • [2010.04.14] Rock 'n' Roll Circus
  • [2010.12.22] Love songs
  • [2011.08.31] FIVE
  • [2012.03.21] Party Queen
  • [2013.02.08] LOVE again
  • [2014.07.02] Colours
  • [2015.04.08] A ONE
  • [2015.08.05] sixxxxxx
  • [2016.06.29] M(A)DE IN JAPAN
  • [2018.08.15] TROUBLE
On that note, the discography in her generasia article should be useful for keeping track of things. Hope you enjoy! Don't forget to check out her remix albums as well, a lot of the reworkings of her songs are really amazing.

I definitely recommend reading translations of Ayu's lyrics - the meaning behind her songs is a huge part of what made me a fan.
 
@Orange In general, she has an amazing discography. Every album has at least a gem or two... except TROUBLE.

I don't think you can go wrong with starting with her first 5 albums. Rock solid. My personal favourite album is 'Love songs' though.
 
My favourite album is (miss)understood!

I tend to work my way backwards through an artists discography when discovering them. Trouble may not be her best work, it does have We Are The Queens which I enjoy! It is a mini album though, her latest studio album being Made In Japan.

EDIT: I feel the last few songs released are a good indication of her music - Ohia no Ki, Dreamed A Dream, Haru yo Koi and 23rd Monster although I must admit Ohia is not a favourite.
 
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EDIT: I feel the last few songs released are a good indication of her music - Ohia no Ki, Dreamed A Dream, Haru yo Koi and 23rd Monster although I must admit Ohia is not a favourite.

True, these 4 songs of single quality are a good, current representation of her sound.

It may be old-fashioned, but I'm still hoping we'll get a proper new album one day: 16 songs, 70+ minutes. There's nothing wrong with short and sweet, but something more demanding to listen to from the beginning to the end can also be a great experience (like 'I am...', 'RAINBOW' or 'Love songs').
 
Yesterday, she performed and even expanded the setlist with 2 songs (Curtain Call and Boys and Girls).

Afterwards, she was hospitalized though and was diagnosed with anaphylactic shock. Today's show is cancelled.

I hope she'll be okay and will take it easy.
 


The more you act tough
The easier I see your weakness
The more you bare your fangs
The easier I see your pain
Just be yourself
Because I will accept you
Don't be afraid
Because I understand
That we look like we're laughing
When our tears flow
And we look like we're crying
When we laugh


This hidden gem.

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The more you act tough
The easier I see your weakness
The more you bare your fangs
The easier I see your pain
Just be yourself
Because I will accept you
Don't be afraid
Because I understand
That we look like we're laughing
When our tears flow
And we look like we're crying
When we laugh


This hidden gem.

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Not this making me feel ancient



It’s still probably one of ny favourite Ayu albums. 1 LOVE and momentum were on repeat back in the day ññ
 
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