Collaborations (Page 2)

Collaborations are special songs that usually are done with another artist. They usually aren't available on Van's CDs, either. I've listed all of her collaborations below, in chronological order. New collaborations are always displayed on the first page.

Also, please note the following:

Bold links = done while part of Do As Infinity
Regular links = done as a solo artist

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 (and Hear all collabs): 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 collaborations have been split into several pages (hence why I alternated/color-coded the links).

regular text (no link) = song not available yet

  1. Drive me nuts (Original Version)
  2. Drive me nuts (Cyber TRANCE mix)
  3. again (Original Version)
  4. again (TATSUMAKI Remix)
  5. El Dorado
  6. Hold me...
  7. A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes
  8. TRUTH '94 -meets Tomiko Van-
  9. manacles (REIDEEN Edit ver.)
  10. Dance!
  12. Tsubasa no uta

6) Hold me...

CD cover
"Slow Dance" Original Soundtrack
(Album - 15 tracks)

+Produced by: avex trax
+Catalogue #: AVCD-17716
+Release Date: July 27, 2005

+More Info:
This is a slow, beautiful jazz song that Van sang for a drama series called "Slow Dance". (^^) This song was created BEFORE Do As Infinity broke up, but released the day of their breakup. And as you may know, Van also released this song on her first album, "Farewell", which came out 8 months later.

On the "Slow Dance" OST, I believe that Van and the other artists are listed as "S.D.Preppy". So technically, even though Van DID sing this song, "S.D.Preppy" gets the credit. It's similar to Do As Infinity: even though Van does the singing, the "singer" is still credited as "Do As Infinity". ^^

It is also worth noting that Do As Infinity, and all of their solo projects (Van's solo career, Missile Innovation and Amasia Landscape, respectively) each released a CD the same day this album was released:

  1. TAO (Do As Infinity's last CD single, before their 2005 breakup)
  2. Missile Innovation (self-titled CD; mini-album)
  3. Goldenvine (Amasia Landscape mini-album)
  4. "Slow Dance" OST (features Van's solo song, "Hold me...". Also has a song by Akico, the lead vocalist for Amasia Landscape: "Don't You Wanna")
The last 3 CDs didn't sell very well, probably because "TAO" overshadowed them.

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7) A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes

CD cover
"Cinderella" OST: Special Edition [Japan Version]
(Album - 15 tracks)

+Produced by: avex trax
+Catalogue #: AVCW-12464
+Release Date: October 19, 2005

+More Info:
Who hasn't heard of Disney's "Cinderella" movie? (^^) 2005 was the movie's 55th anniversary; in honor of this occasion, Disney remastered the movie (and the soundtrack). They even added "bonus songs" to the soundtrack.

On the Japanese soundtrack, one of these "bonus tracks" was Tomiko Van's rendition of "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes". This is the most famous song from the movie, so the fact that Van was chosen to sing it is REALLY phenomenal. (^^) Later on, Van decided to put this song on her first album...and it was also a bonus track. ^_~

Van's version is nice (although she does mispronounce a few words, like saying "face" instead of "faith". xD), but the original is still the best. Irene Woods (who played Cinderella in the film) has such a powerful and BEAUTIFUL voice...and she was only 17 when she did the song!!!! (*O*) If you like Van's rendition, then you'll probably LOVE the original version.

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8) TRUTH '94 -meets Tomiko Van-

Where to begin Lif-e-motion
(Various TRF CDs)

+Produced by: avex trax

+Catalogue #:
AVCD-17716 ("Where to begin" CD single - track 2 of 3),
AVCD-17858/-17861 ("Lif-e-motions" album - track 4 [Disc 2 of 4])

+Release Date: January 18, 2006 & February 15, 2006

+More Info:
This song is a special remake that TRF did with Tomiko Van. A few years later, Van decided to put her version of the song on her "VOICE 1" album. TRF originally made the song in...well, 1994. (xD) This is a jazz song, but the original version and Van's version have different arrangements.

Something you might not know is that "TRUTH '94" is also a remake. The originally song, called "Truth", was released in a pop song. Also, the name of the group (TRF) can be read as "Truth". ^^

TRF (which stands for TK Rave Factory) was created by Tetsuya Komuro. He's a famous composer, and a member of two well-known groups: globe, and Cyber X. globe is one of the biggest JPop/Techno groups in Japan (by the way, Tetsuya Komuro is also married to globe's lead singer, Keiko Yamada!). And Cyber X is the group who worked with Van on "Drive me nuts".

"Cyber X" is actually a spin-off group of "Cyber Trance". (^^) "Cyber Trance" is a collaboration of various trance DJs (think of the JAM Project -- which is comprised of "famous anime singers" like Hironobu Kageyama, Rika Matsumoto, and Masami Okui -- and you're on the right track)...except that "Cyber Trance" features DJs from all over the world. However, most of the DJs are from Eurpoe, because trance is HUGE there.

So now you know about "Truth '94", TRF, Tetsuya Komuro, and the 3 groups he's part of (TRF, globe, Cyber X). I know I gave you a LOT of information, but it's pretty interesting, isn't it? (^^) Who knew all these people and songs were so closely related?

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9) manacles

CD cover
REIDEEN Original Soundtrack -Dream Orchestra-
(Anime OST [Various Artists] - 30 tracks)

+Produced by: avex trax
+Catalogue #: AVCD-23299
+Release Date: July 11, 2007

+More Info:
This CD is the official soundtrack for the "REIDEEN" anime series; "manacles" was used as the opening theme song.

Unfortunately, this CD only has the short/"TV sized" version of the song on it. Which sucks. (>_<;) The full version of the song is only available on Van's self-titled 4th album.

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10) Dance!

CD cover
(Album - 12 tracks)

+Produced by: tearbridge records (part of avex trax)
+Catalogue #: NFCD-27049
+Release Date: January 30, 2008

+More Info:
This is a song by Makoto Saito. (^^) He's still a relatively new artist on tearbridge records, which is one of avex's sub-labels (it's the same sub-label that Missile Innovation is on). As far as I know, the album is ONLY available in "CD+DVD" format (which means you have no choice but to buy the DVD, even if you don't want it. xD)

Anyway...he collaboratd with Van on a song called "Dance", and it's actually quite catchy. And...a little bit dancey. (^^) It's amazing how good Van and Makoto sound together. My only "issue" is that Van should have had an actual verse in the song (instead of just doing the background vocals/chorus), but thankfully there's a lot of background vocals in the song..

Despite my one "issue", I really like Makoto Saito, and I hope he and Van work together again someday. He REALLY reminds me of Frankie Beverly (the lead singer in MAZE) for some reason. And that's a compliment, because Frankie Beverly (who is a guy) has a very unique sound to his voice. And his music is also quite catchy...which is definitely how Makoto's songs are. ^^

Seriously, go sample ALL the tracks on "POP ROCK SHOP" (via NeoWing, the Japanese version of CDJapan). All of the tracks are impressive; you might even become a fan like I did. ^^

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