…the length of these discs…disc 1: 112 minutes, disc 2: 108 minutes, disc 3: 131 minutes!, and disc 4: 44 minutes which is entirely dedicated to backstage footage you really can't go wrong with a set of this scope. And it's all shot in beautiful 16:9 widescreen which I whole heartedly believe that all releases should embrace! The set lists are also equally a joy for any H!P fan I'd imagine as it includes the vast majority of recent releases as well as some well selected favorites from the past…my only wish would be a new performance of "Ai no tane"!!! but of course all dreams can't come true can they? 😛
And everyone's here!!…well for the most part as any knowledgeable H!P fan would expect in the current circumstances…and I do imagine that Mikitty will be making concert appearances shortly…well I'm wishing really hard!!~! So this is where those maid outfits came from!!
While purchasing a set of such cost may seem like a leap of sorts for even the most adoring H!P fan, I wanted to share just a few clips from this set and while I admittedly have only watched the first 2 discs at this point, hopefully these few clips will help to influence a purchase! (^o^)/ I'm by no means suggesting that these are the most outstanding performances on the first 2 discs but rather just some of my happy favorites which struck me on their first viewing…as further viewings…something that a set of this magnitude rightfully deserves…will certainly produce different results from each individual fan's perspective. So with that in mind here are a few clips from H!P's 2008 Winter Live DVD Box which I've uploaded today.
Okay I have to admit their outfits which I've previously said to be one of my favorites in H!P's "outfit" history played a large role in choosing this clip! 😛 Score: "The Manpower!!!"'s togas #1…these BK outfits #2! ^-^ Mmm..take note of Rii's gesture at the very end of the performance!!…she's soooooooo cute there!! Okay I'm biased! 😛
Momusu rocks the "Wonderful Hearts" concert early with a powerful performance of "Mikan"…a single that I personally feel has been underrated in some regards. And as much as fans for the most part dislike Sayu's vocals I actually find them endearing and quite good here…hey! don't throw any eggs at me!
The J-Pop Utopia that is Buono! continues to roll!!! Hmm..this song created quite tough competition for their debut effort "Honto no jibun" which is J-Pop perfection in this century and I'm still not quite decided on which I love more…the key word being 'love' as they're both <3!!! The song writing is what really stands out here as being an old school J-Pop fan as well as a fan of the current sound and what has transpired since the days of CoCo & Ribbon to name just a couple of idol group greats who've helped pave the way for today's generation, Buono!'s song writing and the very essence of this unit and its members lives and breathes all that is right and celebrated about "J-Pop" in the very sense of the title…"J-Pop." In future posts I hope to present some foundation of what J-Pop has been built upon in a sense as I won't be going back further than the late 80's but still would like to share part of the journey that has led to the "sound" that Buono! strives on.
No introduction or reason for choosing such a performance is needed I'm thinking as the history of this song has proved timeless in a sense and through the years has spoken for itself with various versions representing different lineups brought upon fans through graduations and…well other occurrences…and with that we are presented with another noteworthy performance in terms of individual member lyrics as well as these members' presence in this moment. And if not for anything else the inclusion of Keisan, Inaba Atsuko, Ayaka…yes an Ayaka sighting!! O__O, as well as one of H!P's most celebrated members…Marippe! as she isn't held to just MC duties and is also featured here as well as thoughout the concert really adds a nice touch! ^-^
Surely one of H!P's best songs of recent memory couldn't have possibly been left off here and the performance is crisp and lively as one would hope and expect from such a talent filled unit!!…complete with Nocchi and Manoeri's adorable sighs!!! ^-^
H!P has embraced and appreciated the music of Moritaka Chisato as evidenced here and it was truly a dream come true for me when Ayaya covered my most favorite song of hers, "Watarasebashi" which is translated here. This is such a beautiful composition and I thought that sharing the original version by Moritaka Chisato who co-wrote this gem would be a nice way to share her music here as well…so please enjoy the two versions! ^-^
Moritaka Chisato deserves her own post which I hope to post in the future in greater depth but for now enjoy the original version that inspired Ayaya's and note her cute recorder solo!! ^-^
Nacchi is my overall favorite member of H!P, something that is largely due to my being a fan of Momusu since their debut in January of '98 and while many other groups that I love I have been introduced to me by friends, Momusu remains as one of the very few that I discovered on my own when I came across their debut release information in a new release catalog back in late '97 while working at Tower Records here in Hawaii. Through this I've seen the group grow from a single release and into H!P and the musical family that they are today each step of the way…and Nacchi truly embodies and represents everything that is good and right about H!P and I say that without hesitation. "Iki wo kasanemashou" is such a well written song in every aspect…catchy…lively…and with heart felt essence so it was without any question that I'd include this performance here. Sorry…I've just had a "Nacchi" moment! 😛
And H!P's very existence owes a lot to Yukosan also…and here her incomparable vocals and the richness and subtle softtness which she projects is the perfect match for a composition such as "Danna sama." A track that I argue that not many if any at all in H!P can perform with the same conviction and feel. Yukosan needs much more frequent releases UFA!!
And lastly here's Melon Kinenbi's performance of arguably their catchiest song "Akai Freejia" which personally I only see challenge from "Onegai miwaku no target" as being their best release! Think Sayu audition!…and re-enactment on Futarigoto!!! (^o^)/! Keep an eye out for the "bunny" too on stage!!!
If you'd like to order this wonderful LE box set here's the link to Cdjapan. ^-^