Albums


Please choose an album below. I've numbered all the official albums like this: (#1). The remaining albums are compilations/remixes of previously released songs. New albums are always displayed on the first page.

There are two ways you can sample the songs:

1) HTML: This is the original way I had it set up, where you'll have to manually download and listen to each file. Also, if you hover over the links, you'll see the kanji title of each song.

2) Flash Player: This flash player will let you listen to each sample in REAL TIME. (^^) Occasionally you can choose between different playlists (especially if the CD is a remake/tribute to another artist's work).

Here's a quick summary of how the flash player works (image opens in a new window)

Click on the 'Lyrics' icon to access the lyrics. ALL lyrics will open in ONE popup (i.e.: all of the lyrics share the same popup). This way, you won't have a TON of popups open. Besides, you can't read two lyrics at the same time, right? (^^) But if you want to open the lyrics in more than one window, feel free to right-click the links and choose "Open in New Window".

Lastly, to make the pages load faster, the albums have been split into several pages (hence why I alternated/color-coded the links).


22 ALBUMS
regular text (no link) = song not available yet

  1. (#1) Break of Dawn
  2. (#2) New World
  3. (#3) Deep Forest
  4. Do The Best
  5. (#4) True Song
  6. J-Pop Meets HARMONY: Do As Infinity MELODY
  7. avex Orgel Collection: Do As Infinity
  8. Do The Live
  9. (#5) Gates of Heaven
  10. LIVE IN JAPAN
  11. Do The B-Side
  1. (#6) Need Your Love
  2. Do The A-Side
  3. Do The Best: "Great Supporters Selection"
  4. MINUS V
  5. Do As Infinity -Final-
  6. Do The Box
  7. (#7) Eternal Flame
  8. "ETERNAL FLAME"~10th Anniversary~in Nippon Budokan
  9. (#8) EIGHT
  10. (#9) TIME MACHINE
  11. (#10) Do As Infinity X ("EKKUSU")



NEWEST RELEASE
Do As Infinity X ("EKKUSU") [Album]
(Official Album #10)

CD+DVD/CD cover CD Only
+Produced by: avex trax
+Catalogue #: AVCD-38556 [CD + DVD], AVCD-38557 [CD Only]
+Release Date: October 10, 2012


+More Info:
2012 was a very active year for Do As Infinity. This is the SECOND, full length album they released this year (another album, "TIME MACHINE", was just released in February).

"Do As Infinity X" is their 10th official album, it was released on 10/10 (October 10), and it has 10 tracks. (^^) The DVD contains a full-length concert from the "TIME MACHINE" tour. That's pretty awesome, considering their album DVDs usually have PVs/music videos on them instead. =D

At first glimpse, it looks like the album doesn't follow their "Shiritori" game (i.e., since "Time Machine" ended with an "E", this album should've started with an "E")...but it technically DOES still fit the game. A DAIForum member named boxxed stated that "X" can also be read in Japanese katakana as "Ekkusu"...and that starts with an "E", so it would technically adhere to the Shiritori game. =P

As for the actual songs...I have mixed feelings on it. The songs just felt all over the place. Some of the songs followed their latest sound ("Tokyo Anettai"), and other songs were reminiscent of their earlier works ("mannequin"). Some songs were really "mellow" and probably should've been on Van's solo album ("Renge"); and some songs felt like rip-offs of NEW songs ("Mata Asu mo..." reminds me of "Koiuta"; and "Copernicus" reminds me of "Saigo no Game", especially during the chorus).

Since this album was a mixture of their various sounds -- which is basically what the "TIME MACHINE" album was -- you could probably nickname the "X" album as "TIME MACHINE ~PART 2~"...but for some reason, the real "TIME MACHINE" album seemed to have better songs.

Like I said, I have mixed feelings on this album, so I felt it was an okay album. I love 4 of the tracks (especially "mannequin"; that was REALLY a pleasant surprise and very nostalgic!), and the rest of the album was just okay. Maybe you'll like it better though. =)

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Break of Dawn
(Official Album #1)

CD cover
+Produced by:   avex trax

+Catalogue #:
AVCD-11804, AVCD-17641 [Reprint],
AVCD-23738 [Reprint #2 (High Quality CD format - CD Only)]

+Release Date:
March 23, 2000 (February 16, 2005 [Reprint]),
November 10, 2008 [Reprint #2]


+More Info:
This is Do As Infinity's first album. (^^) This album started their trend of "playing shiritori", which is a word-linking game where the last letter of a word starts the next word. For example: MagiChickeNuggeTable.

Another note that needs to be made is that Track 12, 散り行く夕辺, is often referred to as "Chiriyuku Yuube". It's actually called "Sariyuku Yuube". I put the following note in the translated lyrics:

This song is usually called "Chiriyuku Yuube" (I used to call it that, too!!)...but most Japanese sites -- including an English avex page (which is gone, but now cached on the Internet Archive) -- list it as "Sariyuku Yuube". And since Do As Infinity works for avex, I had to go with avex's transliteration. ^^;

     Technically, they're both the same..."Chiriyuku" is the more correct (and literal) meaning. It's derived from the word 散る (chiru - to fall, to scatter). But I guess Van wanted to be creative/poetic. She probably took this word: 散華 (sange - falling [as flowers do]; dying a glorious death), or this word: 去る (saru - to leave, to go away), and made the kanji become "Sariyuku Yuube" instead of Chiriyuku Yuube". So...I suppose a more accurate translation of the title is "Dying Night", as opposed to "Falling Evening".

Lastly, in honor of Do As Infinity's reunion, avex re-released ALL of their albums...in a new format called High Quality CD format. This is a brand-new format that seems to be exclusive to Japan (for now). A nice man called george1977 explained more on this forum:

"Memory Tech, an optical disc maker from Japan, will start to produce a new kind of audio CD from August. The news discs are supposedly able to deliver higher sound quality than existing CDs.

According to Japanese newspaper reports, the company announced they will manufacture 2 million CDs of their so called HQCDs per month. Compared to conventional audio CDs, production costs are five times higher. Instead of aluminum, Memory Tech uses self-developed silver alloy to coat their HQCDs.

Aimed at fans of Jazz and classical music, the new discs will hit Japanese stores in September. It is yet unclear whether the HQCDs will be offered outside Japan as well.

Memory Tech is mainly known as a provider of recording media in this country. As of now, the company web site [JP] doesn't offer any information on the new product."

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New World
(Official Album #2)

CD cover
+Produced by:   avex trax

+Catalogue #:
AVCD-11880, AVCD-17642 [Reprint],
AVCD-23739 [Reprint #2 (High Quality CD format - CD Only)]

+Release Date:
February 21, 2001 (February 16, 2005 [Reprint]),
November 10, 2008 [Reprint #2]


+More Info:
This is their second album, and it's also their first album to reach #1 on the Oricon Charts (which is basically the Japanese equivalent of the Billboard Charts). This album also features a few remixed songs (you can get the original songs on CD singles, and a few compilation albums). All of the remixes (and one new song!) are quite special as well:

  • new world [Album Mix]: The introduction (and instrumental break in the middle of the song) sound TOTALLY different from the original, CD Single (CDS) version. But perhaps the biggest change of all is that the Album Mix has Van AND Ryo singing. The original, CDS version only had Van singing.
  • 135: This is the longitudinal direction/code for "Japan". (^^) That's why, when the original kanji lyrics say "135", Van sings it as "Nihon (Japan)". Also, as fate would have it, the demo music for this song was called M-135. You can learn about more demo songs in the Demo Songs section of Dai Nagao's site.
  • Wings510: This special remix of "Wings" has a slightly different arrangement. It's called "510" because it was released 510 days after the original song (i.e., the original song/"Tangerine Dream" single came out September 29, 1999; this song/album came out exactly 510 days later. ^^)

Lastly, in honor of Do As Infinity's reunion, avex re-released ALL of their official albums...in a new format called High Quality CD format. This is a brand-new format that seems to be exclusive to Japan (for now). I explained more about this new format on their "Break of Dawn" album.


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Deep Forest
(Official Album #3)

CD cover
+Produced by:   avex trax

+Catalogue #:
AVCD-11981, AVCD-17643 [Reprint],
AVCD-23740 [Reprint #2 (High Quality CD format - CD Only)]

+Release Date:
September 19, 2001 (February 16, 2005 [Reprint]),
November 10, 2008 [Reprint #2]


+More Info:
This is Do As Infinity's third album, which was also #1 on the Oricon Charts. (^^) Bundled on the album are, you guessed it, even more remixes (and another special song!):

  • Tooku Made [Album Version]: the Album Version has a shorter, more abrupt ending than the original, CDS version. That's the only difference I spotted, anyway. ^^;
  • Koi Otome: Kayoko Shinchi is sometimes poetic when she writes song titles. Just like with "Sariyuku Yuube", this is one of those songs where the "dictionary" reading isn't the "correct" reading to use. She wrote the song title as 恋妃. The last kanji, 妃 ("kisaki"; OR "hi" - pronounced "hee"), means "princess"...but she wanted it to be read as 乙女 (otome - "girl"). I guess she wanted to downplay the woman's power a bit. ^_~
  • SHIGUNARU (Signal) [Album Remix]: The music is completely different; it has more of a techno/rave sound to it. It's a really good remix (although I love the original, CDS version too)!
This album also features one of their most famous songs, "Fukai Mori". In fact, the album was NAMED after the song. "Fukai Mori" means "Deep Forest" in English. =)

"Fukai Mori" was used as the 3rd ending theme to InuYasha (a popular manga series made by an extremely-popular woman named Rumiko Takahashi). Because of the show's worldwide success, Do As Infinity got a larger, international audience. They even performed in the USA on a few occasions. =D

Lastly, in honor of Do As Infinity's reunion, avex re-released ALL of their official albums...in a new format called High Quality CD format. This is a brand-new format that seems to be exclusive to Japan (for now). I explained more about this new format on their "Break of Dawn" album.


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Do The Best
("Best Of" Album #1)

CD cover
+Produced by:   avex trax

+Catalogue #:
AVCD-17110, AVAD-91206 [Reprint (DVD-Audio Format - DVD Only)],
AVCD-17429 [Reprint #2 -- also includes a DVD!],
AVCD-23744 [Reprint #3 (High Quality CD format - CD Only)]

+Release Date:
March 20, 2002 (January 28, 2004 [Reprint]),
March 31, 2004 [Reprint #2],
November 10, 2008 [Reprint #2]


+More Info:
"Do The Best" is a collection of several popular Do As Infinity songs. It was re-released a few years later -- with a bonus DVD -- and called "Do The Best + (DVD)".

A more in-depth explanation is provided by the Wikipedia page for this album: "'Do the Best' is a greatest hits album by the musical group Do As Infinity, released in 2002. In 2004, a combined compilation ['Do the Best + DVD'] was released. Some of the tracks in the album have minor changes, such as "Oasis" having an actual, definite ending unlike the original single where it previously had faded out instead. "nice & easy" was a brand new song that was included; it was also used as the theme song for a LaVenus commercial featuring lead singer Tomiko Van.

The CD+DVD version of the album is a re-release which was released in 2004 and included a DVD with numerous (either live or promotional) videos of the first thirteen tracks of the CD album."

A few months after the CD+DVD version was released, avex re-released the album again -- this time, in a new format called "DVD-Audio". According to CDJapan, DVD Audio is "playable only on DVD-Audio players, and DVD players that are compatible with DVD-Audios (to find out for sure, consult the manual of your DVD player, or look for DVD-Audio logo). DVD-Audios are not playable on regular DVD players or CD players."

The GREAT TOUR BAND (GTB) is the name of their support/backup band; they help them perform live at concerts. However, these tracks were recorded in a studio (so I suppose you could call it a "studio live"), and they have a softer, more acoustic sound to them. (^^) You can learn more about the GREAT TOUR BAND on Kirin_Rammer's website, "New World".

The DVD tracklist is as follows:

    Person (and the group they're from)
  1. SUMMER DAYS   [Live at Zepp Tokyo]
  2. Tooku Made   [Promotion Clip]
  3. Hi no Ataru Sakamichi (*)
  4. Desire   [Promotion Clip]
  5. Heart   [Promotion Clip]
  6. Enrai   [Live at Shibuya Kokaido]
  7. Week!   [Promotion Clip]
  8. new world   [Live in Shibuya]
  9. Yesterday & Today   [Promotion Clip]
  10. Oasis   [Promotion Clip]
  11. 135   [Live at Shibuya Kokaido]
  12. Fukai Mori   [Promotion Clip]
  13. nice & easy   [Live at Zepp Tokyo]
(*) = I assume "Hi no Ataru Sakamichi" is also a promotional clip (which is probably the same thing as an official music video), but I'm not sure. (^^;) Oh, and I'd also like to mention that this album is a bit "rare" because it's one of few CDs that "nice & easy" is on!!!

Lastly, in honor of Do As Infinity's reunion, avex re-released ALL of their official albums (as well as "Do The Best")...in a new format called High Quality CD format. This is a brand-new format that seems to be exclusive to Japan (for now). I explained more about this new format on their "Break of Dawn" album.

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