When the post office left a notice saying that a parcel was too large to fit into our lock boxes I was guessing it was due to the inclusion of a poster coming with Tackey's latest single release……but what I didn't anticipate was just how large those posters would turn out to be!! 😮 In the past CDjapan has sent along with first press editions other special posters but they've always fit into out lock boxes…….these two posters (photographed below) however measure approximately a whopping 40 1/2" X 28 1/2"!!…and yes there was absolutely no way that anything that long would fit!
Both are definitely suitable for framing…with a really large frame!~…and both prints of Tackey are completely mesmerizing!!!! ………(゜∀゜)………。
….I have really no wall space anywhere to hang these up so sadly they'll remain rolled up in storage for now. These are two of the most visually stunning posters that I have ever seen!!….and they're so gigantic!..it's amazing! =)
Purchasing all three editions for a single release probably sounds a bit crazy……but in my um defense they were all must haves due to the included extras that each edition offered~. XD Jacket type A includes a bonus DVD with the pv for the title track and also an "Off Shot" extra clip for an approximate running time of 8 minutes…….jacket B includes the pv for the coupling with track "Mugen no hane" (Tackey Special Version)~……and yes! even the "Regular Edition" has extras to boast which includes a bonus song♪♪ not included on either jackets A or B and also karaoke versions of all three tracks just in case you decide to take your *show* on the road and need a bit of practice time or perhaps just a personal concert in the comforts of your *shower*~. =)
Following up after such an impressive debut single release which introduced fans to Tackey's musical writing talent is another perfect double A side with the title track "Sha la la" (pv clip is above) and "Mugen no hane" with the latter's lyrics & music being credited to Tackey solely~. Avex just seems to lend themselves to incredible budgets when it comes to any of their flagship productions and the sheer beauty of "Sha la la"'s pv is readily evident in slick and complex dance choreography complete with professional dancers…..an eye catching bar/club set..all in working harmony with the jazzy big band flavored track~. T&T has long favored dance choreography with showtune like distinctions which lends so seamlessly here…..throw in a flashback composition that's heavily Glenn Miller inspired..add all of the *trimmings*…and "Sha la la" is a big band *dream* come true~ both aesthetically and musically♪♪~.
Type A's DVD also provides a look behind the scenes with its "Off Shot" clip (above) which has a running time of the track's length itself….and although it's rather dialog light the focus on the dance choreography and filming production is an absolute *delight* to watch here!! =) Tackey's sense of humor long been one of the very best in Johnny's groups and I think you'll probably agree that he's so great to look at as well~.(*´∀｀*)
….oh and did I mention that this is indeed a double A-side~! "Mugen no hane" was penned completely by Tackey himself and in no way does if fair to it's counterpart!! This song is so purely *sexy* with a lovely moodyness in its verses and chorus~….just ~♥~ the melody♪♪ so much as this one's a love at first listen. Its pv clip (above) is included with the type B release and the visuals switch between color and black & white giving the video a *sweet* warm appeal~ throughout. The video is presented as a kind of in studio recording/writing session showing Tackey both at the mic and the mixing boards with personal notes being jotted down….and a cute little touch added throughout is this cute little friend of Tackey's whose presence lingers in animation…well actually at first I had no idea what she was but it becomes evident near the end of the clip~. =)
As aforementioned the regular edition includes in addition to 3 karaoke tracks, a bonus track! Often times Johnny's releases just find the perfect balance of offering much varied genres in a single release…..and to go along with the big band *goodness* of "Sha la la" and the *sweet* moods of "Mugen no hane", "YOU yacchainayo!!" is written in that distinctly familiar Johnny's upbeat euphoria which fans are so accustomed to hearing which dates back to Smap and beyond~. I'll just call this one the *fun* track for now! ＾ ＾