~Welcome to SPEEDLAND♪♪~

SPEED are Shimabukuro Hiroko, Imai Eriko, Uehara Takako, and Arakaki Hitoe…

The re-grouping of SPEED has seen a few terrific new releases thus far, this latest one taking fans down an amazing road of nostalgia~. It's really pure genius on their longtime producer Ijichi Hiromasa's part to envision such a re-working of Japan's most successful female pop group through not so much "remixes" but rather re-interpretations for a new generation of SPEED for today's music generation. SPEED still holds Japan's staggering record sales figures for a female group all time and all done in just about a three year period~.

All tracks (with the exception of "Ashita no sora" which was released sparking their most recent re-grouping) are featured with all new recordings giving quite dramatic changes to their originals all the while never losing the listener to such re-inventions that would render the songs unrecognizable…..thus keeping their endearment in tact~. No doubt, longtime fans will find themselves falling  in love with these classic J-Pop songs all over again and for reference…I've moved my original SPEED post which will guide you through their original career just below this post ↓↓↓ so a closer listening comparison may be made with the tracks side by side. ^ ^

SPEED's "SPEEDLAND" LE can be ordered here at Cdjapan. (note: first press cell phone strap is sold out.)

SPEED's "SPEEDLAND" editions can be ordered here at YesAsia.

SPEED's "SPEEDLAND" can be ordered here at HMV Japan.

Also most notable are the maturity and the nuance of changes heard in their voices with these new interpretations with their earlier discography of songs such as "Wake Me Up!", "Body & Soul" and "ALL MY TRUE LOVE" in particular being the best examples~. Hiroko's voice so piercing at times still holds that flame all the while reflecting such a polished poise and remaining most *remarkable*. Two honorable mention standouts in the re-interpretation sense would have to be the tracks "Wake Me Up!" as well as "Long Way Home" as their new arrangements are perhaps the most dramatically changed on the album~.  In all the entire album of works *shines* brightly and each song given a second life is sure to attract today's generation of J-Pop listeners~.

~Recommended listening~

"White Love"
"Wake Me Up!"
"ALIVE"
"Snow Kiss"
"Body & Soul"
"My Graduation"
"ALL MY TRUE LOVE"

While "SPEEDLAND"'s 3990 yen price may seem a bit high the *pretty* packaging which includes a beautiful plastic (pictured labeled) outer slip case, the extra DVD with approximately 24 minutes of content as well as the quality of the tracks themselves…make this release so so worth it!!! And first pressings also include a most *beautiful* SPEED poster!! (above)

The bonus DVD includes all newly shot music videos for tracks "Wake Me Up!" and "Nettaiya", the previously released pv for "Ashita no sora", making of clips for both "Wake Me Up!" and "Nettaiya", interviews as well as a cute video as seen through the lense of Eriko as she films fellow members Takako & Hitoe as well as staging a camera attack on a most amusing Hiroko!…plus more extras!

Each first press edition also gives each fan a most *cute* signal strap (right) which you'll receive in one of four colors which are randomly inserted…..I received *pink*! (*´∀`*) With two watch sized batteries your cell phone strap which is shaped to resemble a traffic signal light *illuminates*~. ^ ^

~The tracks~

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08 Snow Kiss
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10 熱帯夜
SPEED

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I chose to include SPEED's two new pvs here directly to VOX rather than YouTube as Avex tends to remove them (;´□`)! I appologize as the videos may have a lost a bit of their quality due to the max upload here being 50MB per file although I did try to maximize them as much as possible. And leave it to Avex to present such large budgets and for even two bonus videos on an album here……both shot with *flair* and a full production team behind them~. \(^o^)/☆

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Speed are….Shimabukuro Hiroko, Uehara Takako, Arakaki Hitoe & Imai Eriko.

And from the DVD extra clips~…..

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My original SPEED post (originally posted on August 3rd, 2008) is just below ↓↓↓

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About MorningBerryz

Lover and free spirit who's interests in Japanese culture and the like are insatiable. I am of pure Japanese/Okinawan descent, love my cats, sleep and am a bit naughty at times :).
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4 Responses to ~Welcome to SPEEDLAND♪♪~

  1. Wow~ these are great re-takes of their previous hits~! Did Nettaiya originally have a video? I have to admit it was one of my favorite non-single songs from SPEED.

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  2. I'm usually not that excited about remix albums but this one's so much more like they intended to reinterpret them and re-record them entirely rather than add just different beats…bass lines….along with vocal enhancements..etc. LOL I know that remix albums are much more than that….what am I trying to say.. XD Hmm…."Nettaiya" had a pv on SPEED's first "SPEED Spirits" video collection….a~h I should have included it in my original SPEED post..(._.;). Most of it was shot against a dark background with their faces visible….this is definitely a great song!! I so agree!! ^ ^

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  3. Alezra says:

    Ohhh oh crap i have to many things to buy now xD I have to get a job soon…again -_-' Guess i'll have to work my as of at my sis salon D: Oh crap!Well anyways…I love their purple dresses they looks so gorgeous on them ❤ This is the first time i've heard a song from the gal's and they are really great! ❤ Love Love Love! ❤ The vid ''Wake me up'' is really cute yet cool! Their clothing is ❤ and the song is uber cute!!! <3I'll so have to buy the album <3*hug hug ^ – ^)/

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  4. This group really has an amazing history too~….they've been on hiatus and then regrouped a few times but when they're back together it's really like they've never left as they gel together so well. I'm trying to remember which islands they shot the original "Wake Me Up!" pv on……but this new version really gives the song such a new feel and wonderful tempo~. The entire album really presents a perfect update to their songs while not losing any of their endeared melodies~ and I'm really *happy* that you enjoyed them too! ^ ^*Thank you* for listening o(*´∀`)o゛♥

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