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Dearest (Hamasaki Ayumi)

CD Art
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Single
Dearest
Released
2001.09.27
Catalog Number
AVCD-30294
Price
¥1,260
Tracklist
  1. Dearest "Original Mix"
  2. Dearest "Depth Nostalgic windmix"
  3. NEVER EVER "Jonathan Peters Radio Mix"
  4. Dearest "Energized Mix"
  5. Dearest "Huge '20011002' mix"
  6. Endless sorrow "Hex Hector Main Radio Mix"
  7. Dearest "Laugh & Peace Mix"
  8. Dearest "Fresh energy MIX"
  9. M "Johnny Vicious RADIO VOX"
  10. Dearest "Original Mix - Instrumental"
  11. Dearest "Acoustic Piano Version" (Bonus Track)

Vinyl Cover
Vinyl Art
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Vinyl
Dearest
Released
2002.07.13
Catalog Number
RR12-88364
Tracklist
  1. Dearest "Jonathan Peters' Club Mix"
  2. Dearest "Razor's Dub Mix"
  3. Dearest "Original Mix"


Information

"Dearest" is Hamasaki Ayumi's 24th single. The title track was used as the third ending theme for the anime InuYasha. This single reached #1 on the weekly Oricon charts and sold 696,990 copies in 2001, becoming the #17 single of the year. It charted for 17 weeks and sold a total of 750,420 copies.


Live Performances

Song Information

Lyrics
Hamasaki Ayumi
Music
CREA + D・A・I
Other Information
Original Mix
Arrangement: Suzuki Naoto
Keyboards: Suzuki Naoto
Programming: Iida Takahiro
Guitar: Hayashibe Naoki
Background Vocal: Hirotani Junko
Mixed by Inada Noriki
Acoustic Orchestra Version
Arrangement: Shima Ken
Piano: Shima Ken
Harp: Asakawa Tomoyuki
Strings: Hiroyuki Koike Strings
Mixed by Okawa Masayoshi
A Classical ver.
Arrangement: Kobayashi Yohei
Harp: Asakawa Tomoyuki
Piano: Miyamoto Hajime
Strings: Yoshida Uchu Strings

Music Video

PV shot.

The music video for "Dearest" was directed by Takeishi Wataru. It shows Hamasaki surrounded by security guards, while marketeers discuss her promotions and future. She ends up running away, with bodyguards chasing her and the crowd cheering her up. The PV ends up with Hamasaki singing in a wind farm, as a symbol of freedom.

  • Cast: John Henesley, Stephen Barnes, Frederick Mancuso, Stanley Izumi Kim, Acy Mayfield, Katie Cerio, Mikayla Hunziker, Keith Corbalis, Carmen, Karen Hajek, Christy Jackson, Terryn Westbrook, Bob Sattler, Chung Jag Hoon, Shin Koyamada, Brandon Waugh, Justin Knight, Steve Donan, Jin Park, Johnny Garcia, Gerard Zobel, Pascale Groulier, Melissa Jenkin, Melishach Moore, Grett Nemmeks, Glen Meadows, Cynthia Lane, Ratsy Kemp, Christine Beale
  • Director: Wataru Takeishi (Dee DRIVE inc.)
  • Producer: Daisuke Shimada (to max inc.)
  • Assistant Producer: Kiyoshi Utsumi (to max inc.)
  • P.Producer: Yoshiko Ishibashi (Dee DRIVE inc.)
  • Production Manager: Shinichiro Sato (Dee DRIVE inc.)
  • Director of Photography: Tetsuya Kamoto (JPN Production)
  • Light: Yusuke SHimada, Kenji Watanabe
  • Fashion Director: Koji Matsumoto
  • Stylist: Hiroyuki 'Ushiko' Ishii, Sohei 'Hanchin' Nakahashi (OFFICE an-gel), Hiroshi 'Nobita' Dendo (OFFICE an-gel)
  • Hair & Make up: CHIKA (artifata)
  • Assistant Hair & Make up: Shusaku 'Macchi' Shoji (artifata)
  • Nail Artist: Kanako 'Bancho' Miura
  • Stand in: Atsuko 'Minori' Kubota
  • U.S. Coordinator: SHingo Kidaka, Luis Hernandez Ishii, Takayuki Kawazu, Masayuki Kobayashi, Shin Uchikoshi (Day-O Production, Inc.), Stanley Izumi Kim

Credits

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Hamasaki Ayumi promoting the single.
  • Production Assistant: Yuka Akiyama (prime direction inc.)
  • Mastered by Shigeo Miyamoto at FLAIR
  • A&R Coordination: Yasuyuki Tomita (avex trax)
  • A&R Supervisor: Nobuhito Ikehata (avex trax)
  • Executive Supervisor: Katsuro Oshita (avex trax)
  • Artist Management: Yuka Kikuchi, Junichi Kamitoku, Kouji Hashimoto (avex inc.), Ayumi Ogata (Premium Promotion)
  • Artist Promotion: Toshiyasu Takahashi & avex Domestic Repertoire Promotion Dept3, Akira Akutsu & avex inc. Advertisement Division
  • Sales Promotion: Tomotsugu Ota, Kazuo Kosugi, Akihiro Terada, Yasuhiro Yamamoto (avex distribution)
  • Advisory Producers: Ryuzo Shoji (to max), Yoshihisa Nagata (prime direction inc.), Ryuhei Chiba, Motohiro Abe (avex inc.)
  • General Producer: Shinji Hayashi (avex trax)
  • Specially Coordinated by Tom Yoda (avex group)
  • Cooperation: Hiroaki Itoh, Kazuki Muraishi (avex inc. producers room)
  • Art Direction: Shinichi Hara
  • Design: Shigeru Kasai (RICE)
  • Creative Coordination: Naoki Ueda (avex trax)
  • Photographer: Keita Haginiwa
  • Stylist: Koji Matsumoto
  • Assistant Stylist: Hiroyuki 'Ushiko' Ishii, Hiroshi 'Nobita' Dendou, Shuhei 'Hanchin' Nakahashi
  • Hair & Make up: CHIKA (artifata)
  • Assistant Hair & Make up: Shunsaku 'macchi' Shoji (artifata)
  • Nail Artist: Kanako 'Bancho' Miura
  • Stand In: Atsuko 'Minori' Kubota
  • Location Coordination: Day-O Productions Inc.

Disambiguation

The following are the different versions of this song released throughout Hamasaki Ayumi's discography, listed chronologically.

Dearest
Found on "Dearest" single as track #1 and on I am... album as track #13. This is the standard version of the song and often referred to as "Original Mix".
Dearest "Depth Nostalgic windmix"
Found on "Dearest" single as track #2. This is a remix by CMJK.
Dearest "Energized Mix"
Found on "Dearest" single as track #4. It was remixed by KO・I.
Dearest "Huge '20011002' mix"
Found on "Dearest" single as track #5. It was remixed by Huge.
Dearest "Laugh & Peace Mix"
Found on "Dearest" single as track #7. It is a remix made by Laugh & Peace.
Dearest "Fresh energy MIX"
Found on "Dearest" single as track #8. It's a Ise Satoshi remix.
Dearest "Original Mix - Instrumental"
Found on "Dearest" single as track #10. This is the standard version without the main vocals.
Dearest "Acoustic Piano Version"
Found on "Dearest" single as a bonus track and on ayu-mi-x IV + selection Acoustic Orchestra Version album as track #13. This is a piano version and has another arrangement with strings, harp and piano features.
Dearest "Non-Stop Mega Mix Version"
Found on ayu-mi-x IV + selection Non-Stop Mega Mix Version remix album as track #1. This is a mixed version between "Jonathan Peters Remix" by Jonathan Peters and "RAZOR Remix" by Razor.
Dearest (Acoustic Orchestra Version)
Found on the ayu-mi-x 4 + selection Acoustic Orchestra Version remix album as track #13 and on the "No way to say" single as track #4. This version has an orchestra arrangement by Shima Ken and mixed by Okawa Masayoshi.
Dearest "Jonathan Peters Radio Mix"
Found on the second disc of ayu-mi-x IV + selection Non-Stop Mega Mix Version remix album as track #1. This is the shorter of the remix version by Jonathan Peters.
Dearest "The Implication DUB Mix"
Found on the second disc of ayu-mi-x IV + selection Non-Stop Mega Mix Version remix album as track #7. It is remixed by Qeezy.
Dearest "Jonathan Peters' Club Mix"
Found on the "Dearest" vinyl as track #1. This is a club remix by Jonathan Peters & Tony Coluccio for Jonathan Peters Enterprises.
Dearest "Razor's Dub Mix"
Found on the "Dearest" vinyl as track #2. Remixed by Razor.
Dearest ~Rank 1 remix~
Found on Cyber Trance presents ayu trance 2 album as track #5. This is a remix made by Rank 1.
Dearest "Sentimental Euro Mix"
Found on the ayumi hamasaki RMX WORKS from SUPER EUROBEAT presents ayu-ro mix 3 remix album as track #3. It is a Laurent Newfield remix.
Dearest (Razor 'N Guido Club mix)
Found on ayu-mi-x 7 -version HOUSE- remix album as track #2. This is a remix by Razor N' Guido.
Dearest - A Classical ver.
Found on the A Classical remix album as track #10. This version has a classical arrangement by Kobayashi Yohei.
Dearest [Dvorak: Humoresque Dai 7-ban]
Found on the LOVE CLASSICS album as track #7. This is a mash-up between the original song and Antonín Dvořák's "Humoresque No. 7".

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