Following the success of her “Best Collections” of late, but preferring to ride on the success of her レコード大賞企画賞 win for 「艶華～Enka～」, Universal is releasing two versions of Akina’s Best Hits in the 90’s. This is the first time they will be collating all her single songs in her 90s (not many songs that fans like us wouldn’t have) but cleverly creating two formats – a regular and deluxe – to be released on the 27th February next year.
The regular series would contain only one disc with 17 songs from her MCA/Victor and Gauss years but this detail is subject to change (?) from the CDJapan site. If we include all the single songs, it will come up to:
(1) Everlasting Love
(2) Not Crazy To Me (Double A-side)
(4) 愛撫 (Double A-side)
(5) 夜のどこかで～night shift～
(8) Tokyo Rose
(9) Moonlight Shadow -月に吠えろ-
(11) 帰省～Never Forget～
(15) Trust Me
So, she has two more songs that she can slot in from there. The Regular series retails at 2800円. For die hard fans and others who do not own the CD singles and previous Best albums only!
The “Deluxe Edition” retails at a whopping 6800円, but contains four discs (three CDs + one DVD). The first CD will contain all the songs from her MCA/Victor years, second her GAUSS years (OMG, they are going to have difficulty in selling me this disc if it was separately retailed, and the final, her coupling songs (11 songs from above) and according to the Japanese Neowing site , previously unreleased material that did not make it to the albums. I am highly skpetical of the latter claim because it sounds so flippant, and I guess it must be from her MCA years because GAUSS probably used all of it on 「WILL」. I hope it is not some remix version of songs that were already included in the album. We have DJ Suzy for that, we don’t need more wonky remixed versions.
If this is indeed true, then I can see the “Deluxe Edition” being a true “must-have”. Notice that I totally discounted the DVD? It contains what they call “live footage and music videos from the 1990s”. Music Videos? Ewwww. Live footage? As long as they don’t remove this like they did for 「艶華～Enka～」, then I think this will be something to look forward to. Even if it is from her 95 Concert series that was never officially released, but bootleg footage that we keep seeing, it would be wonderful to have it nice and clear. But, I think that is too much to ask.
This is certainly a clever tactic. Knowing that Akina fans have saved up money over the past half year of zilch releases and no concerts, her fans are hungry for anything to hang out for. On that note, is anyone just as annoyed that 「艶華～Enka～」 did not sell better considering how that irriating 「Vocalist」 series is selling like hot cakes. Makes me wanna just chuck burning hot cakes at all those deaf customers who love that series. Arrghhhh!
On that note, I will also wish everyone (including Akina) a very happy 2008. May we be blessed with quality works from Akina. Note: No more best collections after this please!!! If they want to rehash material, then please release release full versions of the concerts like Bitter and Sweet, Femme Fatale and a Hundred Days!!