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!!
Best Friend/ 安倍なつみ
愛あらば IT’S ALL RIGHT with 小川麻琴/ 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
好きで×5 with 保田 圭/ 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
For tonight I’ve chosen nine of my most favorite performances which also means favorite♥ songs, enjoy =)….
~Abe Natsumi “Ame agari no niji no youni”~
~Abe Natsumi “Yume naraba”~
~Abe Natsumi “Ai araba IT’S ALL RIGHT”~
(with Ogawa Makoto)
~Abe Natsumi “Takaramono”~
~Abe Natsumi “Itoshiki hito”~
~Abe Natsumi “Senkou hanabi”~
~Abe Natsumi “Manatsu no kousen”~
~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 “Ame no furanai hoshide wa aisenai darou?”~
(with Nakazawa Yuko)