Fittingly a first press edition is available for this final release and fans are treated to in addition to the title track, individual solo tracks by each member as well as a bonus DVD containing an alternate "close up ver." of the title track's pv.
"Nannimo iwazu ni" a personal longtime favorite of mine (as it ranked as high as #13 back in October of 2002 on my favorite Momusu/former member song list) has been given a whole new sound with a newly recorded track which takes an underlying inspiration from arguably the greatest group of all time…The Beatles. I just love how that fuzzy keyboard now lies in the background in the intro the track which is very reminiscent of the one used on "Strawberry Fields Forever." ^-^ The composition is naturally rich in harmonies and Biyuuden makes the most of them in their revamped version with beautiful touches throughout the recording…60's love! When compared to the original…somehow, it's hard to explain but the song has been given a new touch of sentiment. Perhaps the draping of the orchestra arrangement has something to do with the feeling that I get listening to it….or perhaps it's just me, feeling an emotion of farewell to this much appreciated unit. In any case I truly love this new version of an old favorite made new again and for it's newly found significance I hold it up right next to the much beloved original.
Thank you Biyuuden it's been a wonderful musical journey! ^-^
Sorry about the blemish in the center of the above scan as it's the crease in the middle of the jacket of their complete PV DVD collection which sits over the spine area. I have no Photoshop or any photo touch up skills to fix it! 😛
The original pv for "Nannimo iwazu ni I LOVE YOU" was shot utilizing scenes from both the "dance shot" and "close up" versions along with the really nice touch of "home video" shot footage along the beach. The production for these scenes gives you that warm feeling of personal family videos with an added effect of a grainy look which creates a vintage effect on them. I love the whole concept behind this idea as it really adds an appropriate profoundness to the occasion that this pv represents….that being a final farewell.
Here are Biyuuden's solo member tracks from this release. I'm happy that Tsunku penned these himself (lyrics & music):
Ishikawa Rika- "Omoide wa kanata"
Miyoshi Erika- "Ano natsu no yoru"
Okada Yui- "Saigo no natsuyasumi"
Much of the pv is also shot in a really elegant looking locale with a larger than life aura represented with high ceilings, serene architecture, grand piano, and an overwhelming vastness. The girl's outfits are also equally elegant with an almost angelic touch to them.
Happily there's a dance shot version for this release as the "dance shot" footage is a bit scarce in the original version of the pv and the dance choreography is a perfect match of elegance to the overall feeling and appearance of this single. The "Dance Shot Ver." is available on Biyuuden's "Single V Clips 2~Arigatou V-u-den Debut Kara no Daizenshuu~" DVD.
Erikachan had become my favorite member of this unit over time and I really hope that each member is given a future opportunity to shine in a new group or perhaps as a solo act…? I really think that each is better suited for a group atmosphere but only time will tell…
The "Close Up Ver." is available as an extra DVD with the first pressing of this singles' release.
Biyuuden's "Single V Clips 2" DVD also includes a making of feature for the title track which has a running time of 16:48. Included are photo shoot footage, behind the scenes for each locale of the pvs' making (and in particular the beach "home video" footage is really fun to see!), as well as member comments on the pv as well as it being their last release as a group together. In addition to all of Biyuuden's original pv versions are the inclusion of alternate versions for every pv including of note: "Aisu cream to My pudding" (Pretty Dance Ver.) & ((Elegant Dance Ver.) as well as "Koi suru Angel Heart" (White Angel Ver.) & (Black Angel Ver.).
I just love this photo of Erikachan!! Isn't she adorable!!!