With the Elder's Club graduated, this was such a sweet~* surprise!! A Nacchi concert release~!! Filmed at Kawaguchiko Stellar Theater, this concert DVD contains two discs for nearly 200 minutes of footage including something quite unique to H!P as in addition to the tour's "making of footage" there's also an opening act~ performance on the second disc which runs approximately 17 minutes~! edit: I just realized from maiZe that I forgot to say their name here (._.;) Nacchi's opening act~ is "Kamomejidou Gashoudan." Thank you~* maiZe…I have many a bone~headed moments here (*´艸`)！
While this DVD has a bit of higher price tag at 5000￥…I do think that the inclusion of a live band complete with a string quartet in addition to the extensive footage contained within, make this release well worth the interest of any Nacchi fan~ ＾ ＾。The instrumentation accompanying Nacchi onstage includes guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, saxophone, percussion, violin, viola and cello~ and while the string quartet is utilized in only particular arrangements~, their presence is most profound in those performances..even giving "Amasugita kajitsu" an "Eleanor Rigby" type of feel and rhythm~!
~While Nacchi's entire set~list is full of improvisation and new arrangements, the presence of a string quartet adds such possibilities which breath completely new life into her songs and at times are most reminiscent of a concert hall only that here pop and classical merge together in a venue of such open beauty (literally~!) and along with an ambiance of intimacy, allowing nature to shine in as a second audience to Nacchi's most special night~.
While the concert entails a very much even balance between uptempo~ to beloved ballads…the four performances that I've chosen to present here are perhaps more on the intimate side~ with my reasoning mostly being just how captivating Nacchi's vocals are during these song arrangements~…and I'll even go as far as saying that Nacchi here, in this venue, has her most strong and moving vocal performance to date~. "Soyo kaze" opens the concert so I really wanted to feature it here first as it showcases the strings so much…then, "Shousetsu no naka no futari" for it's heartwarming melody~♥, "Iki wo kasanemashou" for it's spice~ of ska & reggae and "Sora LIFE GOES ON" as it's my most favorite♥ Nacchi song♪～ (*´∀｀*)♥ and it's a b~side! ＾ ＾！