A Ballads


A Ballads

Infobox Album |
Name = A Ballads
Type = Compilation album
Artist = Ayumi Hamasaki


Released = March 12, 2003
Recorded =
Genre = J-pop
Length = 72:03
Label = AVEX Trax
Producer =
Reviews =
Last album = "Rainbow"
(2002)
This album = "A Ballads"
(2003)
Next album = "Memorial address"
(2003)

" A Ballads" is a ballad compilation album by Ayumi Hamasaki released on March 12, 2003. The initial pressings of the album had four different covers. As of 2007, "A BALLADS" surpassed the million mark with 1,041,000 copies sold.

ongs

"Rainbow" is the title track to her previous album "Rainbow", but was not included on the album. As a promotion for both albums, the purchasers of the initial pressings of "Rainbow" were given a password to a website, where they could download part of instrumental version of the song, and submit their own lyrics. Over 100,000 people accessed the website. The tracklistings of initial pressings of the album "Rainbow" had track 00 that said "Rainbow", but the song was not included on the album, and was scheduled to be released as a single after participation ended.

Both "appears" and "M" were dramatically remixed by HAL to fit in with the ballad image of the album.

"You", "A Song for XX" were rearranged and resung for this album and added rocky and acoustic feel to the songs. These songs display the change in Hamasaki's voice since her debut.

"To be" and "Seasons" were only minimally changed for the album with heavier percussions.

The final track, "Sotsugyou shashin" was originally by Matsutoya Yumi, and is the only cover that Ayumi Hamasaki has done to this date on an album.

The numbers in A Song for XX's title is the date in which it was recorded (YYMMDD)

Track listing

# "RAINBOW"
# "appears" (HΛL'S Progress)
# "Key" ~eternal tie ver.~
# "YOU" (northern breeze)
# "TO BE" (2003 ReBirth Mix)
# "HANABI"
# "M" (HΛL'S Progress)
# "Dearest"
# "Dolls"
# "SEASONS" (2003 ReBirth Mix)
# "Voyage"
# "A Song for ××" (030213 Session #2 Take)
# "Who..." (Across the Universe)
# (Yumi Arai cover)

Charts

;Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)
* Total Sales: 1,041,000 (Japan)
* Total Sales: 2,000,000 (Asia)

External links

* [http://wiki.theppn.org/2002-2007_Oricon_Top_50_Albums 2002-Current: Top 1,000,000 Selling Albums] ja icon


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