Rainbow (stylized as RINBOW) is the fifth studio album by Japanese recording artist Ayumi Hamasaki, released on 18 December 2002 by Avex Trax that January; All lyrics were written by Hamasaki, and Japanese producer Max Matsuura returned to produce the album. The album was Hamasaki's first to feature conversational English lyrics, where in her previous works she had only used single words.
Rainbow (Ayumi Hamasaki album). Rainbow (stylized as R. INBOW) is the fifth studio album by Japanese recording artist Ayumi Hamasaki, released on 18 December 2002 by Avex Trax that January; All lyrics were written by Hamasaki, and Japanese producer Max Matsuura returned to produce the album. This was the first time I had ever written a song from this viewpoint, and I even surprised myself! (Laughs) The lyrics to the tracks from Rainbow are written by Hamasaki, Hamasaki performed for the first time outside Japan at the 2002 MTV Asia Music Awards in Singapore.
Rainbow (CD, Album, Copy Prot. Avex Trax, China Record Shanghai Corporation (CRSC). AVTCD-95655/B, SCD-784. Rainbow (CD, Album, Copy Prot. Rainbow (CD, Album, Unofficial). Alion International Records Co. Ltd. ALCP-6002. Rainbow (Cass, Album).
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RAINBOW is Hamasaki Ayumi's fifth full-length album. Fans were asked to send keywords and thoughts on the clip, which Hamasaki used as inspiration for the song lyrics. The completed song was released on the A BALLADS compilation several months later
Each song coincides with each other, making smooth transitions between. Each of the fifteen tracks on the seventy-one minute epic combine nicely to form one unique and beautiful piece of art. It establishes itself as more of a journey than just an album with a bunch of singles on it, something that many artists fail at miserably. Overall, even with its non-shining moments, Ayumi Hamasaki’s Rainbow is still a very decent album. It has some low points, but it has some high points as well. I’d recommend this album to anyone interested in exploring the J-pop genre, though I must mention that Rainbow is not entirely representative of typical J-pop.
Before she was a megastar, Ayumi Hamasaki was still a formidable star in the cosmos of Japanese pop. Rainbow came after a string of high-charting albums, itself not reaching the same heights thanks to some interesting but uneven experimentation with her sound. The album opens with some light ambient introductions before going into an energetic bit of stereotypical J-pop drama in "We Wish.
Artist: Ayumi Hamasaki. Ayumi Hamasaki (浜崎あゆみ) is a Japanese pop singer-songwriter. With record sales of over 50 million copies, of which is in Japan alone, Hamasaki is one of Japanese music’s highest earning performers and a legend in the industry. Her appearance and style has had a huge impact on Japanese fashion, even influencing countries in other parts of Asia. She is also an energetic performer, known for her intricate and flashy live shows
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Music By, Arranged By, Programmed By – CMJK
Arranged By, Programmed By – HAL Coordinator [Product] – Masaji AsakawaGuitar – Takehito ShimizuMusic By – D.A.I.
Arranged By, Programmed By – CMJKGuitar – CMJK, Masato IshinariMusic By – D.A.I.
|A4||Free & Easy
Arranged By, Programmed By – HAL Coordinator [Product] – Masaji AsakawaGuitar – Takehito ShimizuMusic By – CREA, D.A.I.
Arranged By [Strings] – Ken ShimaArranged By, Programmed By – TasukuCoordinator [Player] – Yoji SugiyamaGuitar – Tasuku, Yozo NakatsugawaMusic By – CREAStrings – Gen Ittetsu Group*
Arranged By, Programmed By – Atsushi Sato , Toshiharu UmesakiCoordinator [Product] – Masaji AsakawaGuitar – Takehito ShimizuMusic By – CMJK
Arranged By, Programmed By, Guitar – CMJKBacking Vocals – Junko HirotaniCoordinator [Player] – Yoji SugiyamaMusic By – CREA, D.A.I.
Music By, Arranged By, Programmed By, Guitar – Tasuku
Arranged By, Programmed By – CMJKGuitar – CMJK, Norihiro "BERA" Ishizuka*Music By – Pop
Arranged By, Programmed By – TasukuBass – Susumu NishikawaGuitar – Susumu Nishikawa, TasukuMusic By – CREA, D.A.I.Scratches – DJ Cool-K
Arranged By [Strings] – Yuta NakanoArranged By, Programmed By – HAL Cello – Miyuki OnumaCoordinator [Product] – Masaji AsakawaMusic By – CREAViola, Violin – Yuko Kajitani
Coordinator [Product] – Masaji AsakawaGuitar – Takehito ShimizuMusic By, Arranged By, Programmed By – HAL
Arranged By, Bass [Synth], Wind Chimes, Piano – Ken ShimaBacking Vocals – Andrea L. Hopkins, Daniel Morgan, Junko Hirotani, Yasuhiro KidoCoordinator [Player] – Yoko SakakiGuitar – Hirokazu OguraMusic By – CREA, D.A.I.Programmed By – Takahiro Iida, Yoshinori KadoyaProgrammed By [Rhythm Operation] – Genta EgawaStrings – Gen Ittetsu Group*
|B6||Close To You
Arranged By, Bass – Seiji KamedaBacking Vocals – Junko Hirotani, Kayoko Wada, Takao SaitoMusic By – CREAOrgan, Piano – Hiroshi UesugiProgrammed By – Nobuhiko Nakayama
Arranged By, Programmed By – TasukuGuitar – Tasuku, Yukio NagoshiMusic By – CREA, D.A.I.Voice [Audience] – A*, Hamo Hamo Boys
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Avex Inc.
- Copyright (c) – Avex Inc.
- Manufactured By – PT. Indo Semar Sakti
- Distributed By – PT. Indo Semar Sakti
- A&R, Directed By – Yasuyuki Tomita
- Art Direction – Shinichi Hara
- Coordinator [Composer] – Hiroaki Ito, Shigeru Kajita, Tadayoshi Matsuzaka
- Coordinator [Player] – Fumimasa Sawa
- Design – Shigeru Kasai, Tsukasa Yagi
- Engineer [2nd] – Isamu Hanashima, Kazuo Saimoto, Kazutaka Mori, Kiyoko Asai, Makoto Hoshino, Mamiko Katakura, Momoko Yamaguchi, Takahiro Mikami, Takayuki Aikawa, Yukie Sugimoto, Yusuke Abe
- Mastered By – Shigeo Miyamoto
- Photography By – Leslie Kee
- Producer – Max Matsuura
- Recorded By – Hiroyuki Shiotsuki, Koji Morimoto, Motohiro Tsuji, Satoshi Kumasaka, Yasuo Matsumoto, Yoichiro Kano, Yuichi Nagayama
- Translated By – Rie Eto, Stanley Izumi Kim, Ward Sexton
NotesFor sale in Indonesia only
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 8993122150284
|AVCD-17239||Ayumi Hamasaki||Rainbow (HDCD, Album, Copy Prot.)||Avex Trax||AVCD-17239||Japan||2002|
|AVTCD-95655||Ayumi Hamasaki||Rainbow (CD, Album, Copy Prot.)||Avex Trax||AVTCD-95655||Hong Kong||2002|
|AVAD-91200||Ayumi Hamasaki||Rainbow (DVD-A, Album)||Avex Trax||AVAD-91200||Japan||2003|
|AV CD 0280103||Ayumi Hamasaki||Rainbow (CD, Album)||Avex Trax||AV CD 0280103||Indonesia||2002|
|AVCS-10783||浜崎あゆみ*||Rainbow (CD, Album, Copy Prot., Promo, Smplr)||Avex Trax||AVCS-10783||Japan||2002|