Albums (Page 3)

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).

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
  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")

Gates of Heaven
(Official Album #5)

CD+DVD/CD cover
+Produced by:   avex trax

+Catalogue #:
AVCD-17205, AVCD-17644 [Reprint],
AVJCD-10171 [Overseas/Asia/Chinese Version],
AVCD-23742 [Reprint #2 (High Quality CD format - CD Only)]

+Release Date:
November 27, 2003 (February 16, 2005 [Reprint]),
November 10, 2008 [Reprint #2]

+More Info:
This is Do As Infinity's 5th album. (^^) One of the songs, "Azayaka na Hana", was actually written for another band! Ryo originally wrote the song for his band, Missile Innovation, which he formed during Do As Infinity's 2003 hiatus.

Both songs have the same lyrics, but a VERY different sound: Do As Infinity's version has a ska sound; Missile Innovation's version has a rock sound.

This album also has TWO bonus tracks:

  • Honjitsu wa Seiten Nari [a-nation '03 Live Ver.]: This was recorded from a-nation '03, which is the first place this song debuted at.
  • Shinjitsu no Uta [Mandarin Version]: This is ONLY available on the Overseas/Asia/Chinese Version of "Gates of Heaven". The song is 100% Mandarin, and the lyrics are different than the original version! =)
I'm not sure if the Overseas Version has both bonus tracks, or just "Shinjitsu no Uta [Mandarin Version]". If you happen to own the Overseas album, could you tell me please? ^_^

Oh and I should probably mention this, too:

  • Gates of Heaven: This song is officially (mis)spelled as "Gates of heaven". But since "Heaven" is a proper noun -- and I'm pretty sure they're talking about the actual place called "Heaven", where angels live -- I had to write it the correct way. ^^;
  • Mahou no Kotoba ~Would you marry me?~ [Album Version]: In the original, CDS version, the song starts off with a boy asking "Would you marry me?"...and it ends with a girl saying "Yes I will!". The Album Version does not have this dialogue. That's the only difference between both songs.
  • Buranko: This word does NOT mean "blank", or "blanco" (which is French for "white")! It's 100% Japanese and it means "swing", like the ones you'd find on a playground. (^^) As a sidenote, this one of few songs that sounds really good if it's played regularly, sped up, slowed down, or played backwards.
Lastly, in honor of Do As Infinity's reunion, avex re-released ALL of their official 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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Live in Japan
(Live Album #2)

Cover (CD & DVD)
+Produced by:   avex trax

+Catalogue #:
AVCD-17414/-17415 [CD - 2 discs], AVBD-91175 [DVD - 1 disc],
AVBD-91309 [Limited Reprint - DVD only]

+Release Date: March 31, 2004 (June 8, 2005 [Limited Reprint])

+More Info:
"Live in Japan" is available in two formats: as video (DVD), and audio only (CD). So technically, their CD is more like a "DVD rip". (^^) Since the concert was reeaally long (and CDs store less data than DVDs do), the CD version has 2 discs. The DVD version has only 1 disc.

In 2005, the DVD was re-released in a limited, cheaper reprint. I'm not sure why the Limited Reprint is cheaper; my guess is that the video quality is lower, or they only reproduced a few DVDs. What I do know is that the Limited Edition has a bonus track, "Tsurezure Naru Mama ni".

I also recently discovered that the album and DVD were recorded on different dates from the same tour! The album was recorded on January 31, 2004, and the DVD was record on February 1, 2004. mroneder (a member of DAIForum) then stated that "DAI performed at budoukan for two days: Jan 31st 2004 and Feb 1st 2004. The DVD was recorded on day 2 and the live album on day 1. You'll notice a couple of differences on the song list.

I suppose they filmed on the second day so that Ban-chan and Ryo would be in a more relaxed state of mind and hence give a better performance. Bear in mind that was DAI's first appearance at Budokan, so they must have had some jitters on the first day! (^^) Another reason for doing so could be to differentiate the two products. No one would buy the album if they own the DVD!"

The entire concert tour was held in 2004, at Budokan. Budokan is widely considered to be the top performance hall in Japan; only really popular artists are allowed to perform when Do As Infinity was given the chance to perform here, it was a really historic and memorable moment. (^^) In fact, Van got very emotional during the encore performances; I'm sure the fact that she was in Budokan (and that the audience wanted to hear so many encore songs) must've gotten to her.

Speaking of the encore performances, I learned something from this album's Wikipedia page: "The CD is the same performance as the DVD of the same name; however, "Field of Dreams" is not from the same performance.

Tomiko Van's performance of the song on the DVD was very emotional, and avex probably felt it didn't suit an album, so switched it for another version."

"Field of dreams" is probably one of the "differences" that mronder mentioned earlier. =)

Lastly...I usually don't post samples for "live" songs, but I did make an exception this time:

  1. Rock And Roll All Nite!: This is a cover song/tribute; the original is by KISS. (^^) That of course means I also listed this song in the Tributes section.

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Do The B-Side
(B-Side Collection Album)

Limited Edition Regular Edition
+Produced by:   avex trax

+Catalogue #:
AVCD-17544/-17545 [Limited Edition - also includes a bonus CD],
AVCD-17546 [Regular Edition]

+Release Date: August 23, 2004

+More Info:
This album is historic for two reasons. For one, this is their first album to have multiple CD covers: one for the Regular Edition, and one for the Limited Edition (which had an extra CD that featured a new song, "BE FREE"). The second reason it's historic is because it compiles many of their "rare" B-side tracks (i.e.: bonus songs that were ONLY available on CD singles) onto ONE album/CD.

Since the album focuses on B-sides that were NEVER put on an album, a few singles were completely ignored (ex: Every track on the "We are." single has been used on an album; "under the sun / under the moon" is a double CD single, so it has NO B-Side tracks). Other than that, the tracks are pretty much in chronological order: "Wings" was on their 1st single (so it's Track #1); "Sariyuku Yuube" was on their 2nd single (so it's Track #2); etc. Before this album came out, the only way you could get these songs was to purchase the CD singles...and that can get expensive after a while. So this album is a great, cheaper way to collect these songs.

The album also features a "new" song, "Wings [Strong Mix]". The most obvious difference between this and the original version is that Van's voice has echoes in the Strong Mix. However there are other, more subtle nuances between both songs.

The Strong Mix's intro has less instruments than the original version, and overall, the Strong Mix has a "lower volume" than the original version. Also, during the bridge of the song (right before the chorus), the Strong Mix has a slightly different instrument arrangement.

The Strong Mix is an interesting song, but it raises one very important question: why didn't the original song get put on the album, too? The Strong Mix could have been a bonus track. And why was there only ONE song put on the bonus CD? It would've been better/more environmentally-friendly if it were a bonus track on the first disc. It's all very strange. =\

Unfortunately, those aren't the only odd things about "Do The B-Side". There are two additional, much more serious flaws with this album. The first flaw is that this album came out before Do As Infinity's 2005 breakup. That means some of their later B-sides (like "aurora") are NOT included on this album.

The second flaw is that the album only has a few B-side tracks!! None of the B-side remixes/live versions were included on the album (such as "Faces [3SV Remix]"), and some "regular" B-sides were excluded as well (ex: "Simple Minds", which is a B-side on the "Tangerine Dream" single). And since the bonus disc had plenty of space (since it only had ONE SONG), there's really no excuse. T__T

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