Re: [acid-jazz] Video :: bird - tour 2003 ~alcohol~ Vol. 1 !!!

From: Wesley (
Date: 2003-07-08 00:51:43

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    there are several ways to pick up bird's live album and DVD. first off,
    understand there are 2 versions of the album: the limited 1st pressing
    (100,000)--which is housed in a box, contains an extra track ("Life"),
    and a big photo booklet, and the normal pressing. now that it's been
    released for so long, you'll have little chance of finding a new copy of
    a limited pressing one. the CD and video performances are different.

    i did some searching, here's some shops (all ship to US/Europe/etc) that
    currently have the CD and/or DVD in stock:

    -HMV Japan (click on English on the bottom of the page for an English
    -YesAsia (best price because of cheaper shipping)

    CD Album
    -YesAsia (not sure if it's the 1st pressing or normal press)
    -Dustygroove - they had it at one point. you could as them to restock.

    if you're in the US, you can also call your local Kinokuniya or Asahiya
    bookstore and they'll definitely be able to get the CD/DVD for you.

    lastly, should you prefer to get a used copy or hope for a 1st pressing
    copy of the CD (assuming YesAsia isn't carrying it), go here and email
    to request for the bird item(s). he'll try to find it for you.

    The Eclectic Sounds of Japan
    [Sound :: Lounge]

    Christopher Grass wrote:

    > Interesting...well, even though I paid an import price for this, I
    > wouldn't recommend anyone else do the same. I hate to be the one to
    > say "Skip It"...but...well, skip it. Then again, there's always hope
    > for a remix album. Now, back to there any way you can help
    > me pick up a copy of her live album? It was never available here in
    > the States, even through great importers like Dustygroove. I was also
    > hoping if someone could get a copy of her live DVD as well.
    > Geez...this just makes me hate US record companies even more. Not
    > only do they completely ignore great artists like the holy trinity of
    > Bird/Michiru/Osawa, but they are losing LOTS OF SALES by doing so.
    > Idiots. If I had the cash, I'd license every album from those three
    > artists' backcatalogue, and release it here...even if I had to take a
    > huge loss. Some things transcend money, you know? Still, I know one
    > of the things I'd do if I won the lottery, heheh.
    > Oh yeah, I'm also looking for Raw Deal's "This is Raw": a Japanese
    > only release on Talkin Loud that goes for $30! Anybody have one
    > they'd want to sell me??
    >> From: Wesley <>
    >> To:
    >> Subject: Re: [acid-jazz] Video :: bird - tour 2003 ~alcohol~ Vol. 1 !!!
    >> Date: Sun, 06 Jul 2003 02:30:20 -0700
    >> there's some opinions on the new Mondo Grosso album here (mostly
    >> "what happened to Mondo Grosso!):
    >> bird isn't fluent in English. i heard her sing part of a suzanne
    >> vega song once and it didn't come off very well.
    >> best,
    >> Wesley
    >> Christopher Grass wrote:
    >>> My favorite Bird album is "Mind Travel". There are elements of her
    >>> first disc that I really love, though. The third album, Gokujo
    >>> Hybrid, is good, but it veers off in a different direction...perhaps
    >>> due to the fact that Mr. Osawa produced most of Mind Travel, while
    >>> Bird did the majority of her third disc.
    >>> Oh, and I agree with you (in a way) on not having Bird sing in
    >>> English. I spin her stuff in my sets, and people either don't
    >>> notice that it's in Japanese, or they come up and ask who the artist
    >>> is. However, since I English IS my native language, just once I
    >>> would love to hear her sing a song in English. Of course, she may
    >>> not speak English at all. Look at it like this: Nina Miranda sings
    >>> in both Portuguese and English, since she is fluent in both. I love
    >>> it when she sings, period, no matter what the language...but it is
    >>> nice to be able to understand the can give even more
    >>> meaning to a song (to me). Same thing goes for Bird...but I'd love
    >>> to find out if she is multi-lingual! I listened to Bird's version
    >>> of the Mondo Grosso tune "Life", and then I listened to the English
    >>> language version...and It's really tough to say which one I prefer.
    >>> I mean REALLY tough. Bird's voice is so perfect, but I love how the
    >>> lyrics translate to English: "Life, everchanging...nothing ever
    >>> stays the same" has more meaning for me because I can understand
    >>> it! . Perhaps I should learn Japanese; that would solve any
    >>> issues I might have.
    >>> Speaking of Mondo Grosso...what is up with the new album? Talk
    >>> about a change in sound...Osawa sounds like he has been listening to
    >>> tons of trance and progressive house. I like the first few tracks,
    >>> especially "Motormouth" and the scat of "Waitin' For T", but the
    >>> HIDEOUS cover of the Beastie Boys' "Fight For Your Right (to Party)"
    >>> almost ruined the album for me. It could have been a b-side (as a
    >>> kitschy novelty), but it was just a BAD decision to put it right in
    >>> the middle of the album. The following track, "Dancefloor Combat",
    >>> was a little better, but it really struck me as a blatant attempt to
    >>> cash in on the prog house/breaks sound. On the upside, the Towa Tei
    >>> track was pretty cool, and there are some Underworld-ish tracks on
    >>> the disc that actually sound pretty good...but overall I think this
    >>> album is gonna meet with some harsh criticism, especially following
    >>> the amazing "MG4" and its remixes. I'm all for artists going in a
    >>> new direction, but I'm not too fond of where Osawa is heading with
    >>> his new sound. Anyone else agree?
    >>> Oh, and the J's Bee album "Five" is finally available stateside via
    >>> Dustygroove. If you liked the Sleepwalker album, and are into the
    >>> Freeform Arkestra...I HIGHLY recommend picking this up. No joke,
    >>> it's that good. Also, two disc to pick up if you haven't already:
    >>> the new Rithma (on OM) and the new Belladonna (Irma). Two
    >>> spectacular releases...jazzy, soulful, and surprisingly spiritual on
    >>> several tracks.