Tonight’s concert…

Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (1)

Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (2)

Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (3)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (4)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (5)

Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 DVD

The idol tradition of birthday concerts continues with the latest from the ever lovely Nacchi~♥ as her previously FC exclusive concert DVD which was recorded at Zepp DiverCity Tokyo on August 10 of last year has now become a commercially available release.

The DVD is a whopping 129 minutes long with performance extras adding an additional 8 minutes and as per usual with these very special events, fans are treated to a live band with also the inclusion of numerous special guests, many of whom in the past were also unbeknown to the guest of honor herself making for an evening of wonderfully lively music filled with surprises. Nacchi’s live band tonight features two female musicians as part of a four piece band at its best including a simplistic and yet fully immersive experience through guitar, bass, keyboards and drums. After years of following Nacchi’s music through both her debut in Morning Musume to her solo career, it’s most notable to mention even now, just how further developed her vocals are evidenced throughout this entire performance. From a profound elegance as heard in notable ballads such as “Takaramono” and “Yume naraba” to the rich and lively ska~inspired “Itoshiki hito”, Nacchi’s vocals simply soar with her lovely touch and nuances which fans have long come to love over her career.

Here too it cannot be stressed enough of just how much Nacchi’s natural and ever present joy of performance when coupled with a live band creates such warmth and chemistry between herself and the musicians, while the presence of a live band also naturally lends to one of music’s most impactful and memorable experiences for concert goers…that being the art of musical improvisation.

Here many familiar songs from both Nacchi and her time in Morning Musume receive new interpretations bringing new breath to both the beloved and classic and you know there’s no way I’d stop babbling on here without mentioning just how radiantly beautiful Nacchi is and here we’re also treated to two wardrobe changes (the 2nd leads to a showcasing of tonight’s band where a full jam is performed!) all of which are both adorably fashionable and absolutely cute.

The venue too also plays a perfect role on this night as its intimate atmosphere provides a warm connection between stage and audience which pays tribute to the power of the smaller venue where bigger isn’t necessarily always better =). Of course too, there’s the special presentation of the birthday cake which comes care of Kei~chan and also as aforementioned, Nacchi is dramatically surprised~* by one secret guest in particular where her expressions are purely priceless! And now if only we could all get our  hands on one of those cute Nacchi Birthday shirts!!

Nacchi’s “Birthday Live 2013 + The Beating +” can be ordered @ Cdjapan

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~The setlist~

OPENING/ 安倍なつみ

雨上がりの虹のように/ 安倍なつみ

微風/ 安倍なつみ

MC1/ 安倍なつみ

夢ならば/ 安倍なつみ

Best Friend/ 安倍なつみ

MC2/ 安倍なつみ

男友達/ 安倍なつみ

MC3/ 安倍なつみ

愛あらば IT’S ALL RIGHT with 小川麻琴/ 安倍なつみ

MC4/ 安倍なつみ

雨の降らない星では愛せないだろう?/ 安倍なつみ

MC5/ 安倍なつみ

たからもの(Summer arrangement)/ 安倍なつみ

愛しき人(Birthday arrangement)/ 安倍なつみ

Band performance/ 安倍なつみ

せんこう花火/ 安倍なつみ

MC6/ 安倍なつみ

夕暮れ作戦会議/ 安倍なつみ

あなた色/ 安倍なつみ

くちびるで止めて/ 安倍なつみ

MC7/ 安倍なつみ

好きで×5 with 保田 圭/ 安倍なつみ

MC8/ 安倍なつみ

トウモロコシと空と風/ 安倍なつみ

真夏の光線/ 安倍なつみ

ENDING/ 安倍なつみ

男友達 with 新垣里沙/ 安倍なつみ

雨の降らない星では愛せないだろう? with 中澤裕子/ 安倍なつみ

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For tonight I’ve chosen nine of my most favorite performances which also means favorite♥ songs, enjoy =)….

Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (5)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (6)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (7)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (8)

~Abe Natsumi “Ame agari no niji no youni”~

Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (9)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (10)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (11)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (12)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (13)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (14)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (15)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (16)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (17)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (18)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (19)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (20)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (21)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (22)

~Abe Natsumi “Yume naraba”~

Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (23)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (24)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (25)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (26)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (27)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (28)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (29)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (30)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (31)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (32)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (35)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (33)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (36)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (37)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (34)

~Abe Natsumi “Ai araba IT’S ALL RIGHT”~

(with Ogawa Makoto)

Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (38)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (39)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (40)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (41)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (42)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (43)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (44)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (45)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (46)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (47)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (48)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (49)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (51)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (52)

~Abe Natsumi “Takaramono”~

(Summer arrangement)

Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (53)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (54)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (55)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (57)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (56)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (58)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (59)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (60)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (61)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (62)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (64)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (63)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (65)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (66)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (67)

~Abe Natsumi “Itoshiki hito”~

(Birthday arrangement)

Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (68)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (70)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (71)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (69)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (76)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (73)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (72)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (74)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (75)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (77)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (78)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (79)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (80)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (81)

~Abe Natsumi “Senkou hanabi”~

Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (82)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (83)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (84)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (85)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (86)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (87)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (88)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (89)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (90)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (91)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (92)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (94)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (93)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (95)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (96)

~Abe Natsumi “Manatsu no kousen”~

Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (97)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (98)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (99)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (100)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (101)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (102)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (103)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (104)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (108)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (105)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (106)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (107)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (109)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (110)

~Abe Natsumi “Otoko tomodachi”~

(with Niigaki Risa)

And for the last two performances I’m including these most notable which are from the DVD’s extra track, first is a duet version of “Otoko tomodachi” where Nacchi is joined by the also ever adorable Gakisan while the last clip is also an amazing duet where none other than the incomparable Yuko~san joins Nacchi for a memorable performance of “Ame no furunai hoshide wa aisenai darou?”

Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (111)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (112)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (113)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (114)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (115)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (116)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (117)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (122)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (123)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (125)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (124)

~Abe Natsumi “Ame no furanai hoshide wa aisenai darou?”~

(with Nakazawa Yuko)

Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (126)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (127)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (128)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (130)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (129)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (133)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (136)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (131)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (132)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (134)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (135)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (138)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (137)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (139)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (140)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (141)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (118)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (119)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (120)Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2013 (121)

~♡.

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5 Responses to Tonight’s concert…

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  2. philipleslie says:

    What a glorious concert! And you’ve given us just a taster, really. This has gone onto my shopping list! Beautiful versions of the classics here. I love ‘Yume naraba’, but ‘Takaramono’ is exquisite. Great band. I did wonder how her silky smooth voice would fare with live electric guitar, rather than the softer-toned acoustic instruments in the previous concerts, but it does work, doesn’t it. It was thrilling to see the old friends, especially Ogawa. Oh, and I really love the costume Nacchi’s wearing for ‘Sekou hanabi’: those spots are so 1980s! And you’re right about her being so beautiful. Thank you so much for a lovely post! I’ve enjoyed it so much.

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    • MM..! this was quite the treat from Nacchi and I’m so glad that it was released outside of her FC =D! A~h I tried picking out a good variety of songs showcasing some of the musical diversity in these new arrangements for Yes! =D some most familiar classics. U~n I too absolutely loved her acoustic performances (actually posted here somewhere) and this transition to electric was so well done and perfectly complimentary to her vocal stylings (today’s made up word) =P. Agreed! Nacchi’s wardrobes including that polka~dot one were all so perfectly adorable….H!P’s costume wardrobes are never a match for a much more personal and should I say down to earth touch ^^. Special guests were all wonderful and the interaction (though I didn’t included any of the MC’s here xD) with Nacchi was nothing short of priceless in many cases….old friends reunited. Mako-chan looked amazing ~* and so nice to hear her sing once again =D.Happy you loved it too, I had a lot of fun putting this together.

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