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Far Away (Hamasaki Ayumi)

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CD Art
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Single
Far away
Released
2000.05.17
Catalog Number
AVCD-30118
Price
¥1,260
Tracklist
  1. Far away "Original Mix"
  2. Far away "CRAFTY Remix"
  3. Far away "Main Radio Mix"
  4. appears "Junior's Club Mix"
  5. Far away "HΛL's MIX 2000"
  6. Far away "Ocean View Remix"
  7. End roll "da urban maesto mix"
  8. Far away "Huge mutual-tried mix"
  9. Far away "POP 'e.a.' Mix II"
  10. Far away "Dub's Mute & Feedback Remix"
  11. Far away "Original Mix -Instrumental-"

Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Vinyl
Far away
Released
2000.08.10
Catalog Number
RR12-88175
Price
¥1,427
Tracklist
  1. Far away "Main Radio Mix"
  2. Far away "CRAFTY Remix"
  3. Far away "Original Mix"


Information

"Far away" is Hamasaki Ayumi's 15th single. Far away was used as the CM song for KDDI's "TU-KA" cellphones. This single reached #2 on the Oricon charts and charted for 13 weeks. It sold 510,460 copies, becoming the #43 single of 2000.

"Far away" was released as part of Hamasaki's 2000 single trilogy, and was preceded by "vogue" and followed by "SEASONS". Hamasaki has said that the singles are looking at her life from three different angles. The cover art for "vogue" is a close-up of Hamasaki's face. The cover of "Far away" has zoomed out to reveal the photo of Hamasaki standing on a deck, next to someone else who has been torn off the photo. The cover of "SEASONS" shows Hamasaki, by the ocean, holding that half of the torn photo.

There is one long PV for vogue, Far away and SEASONS. The PV uses abridged versions of the songs. The individual segments of the PVs were aired individually as the singles were released, and ultimately the long video was released as a DVD single along with a making-of video.


Live Performances

Song Information

Lyrics
Hamasaki Ayumi
Music
Kikuchi Kazuhito, D・A・I
Other Information
Original Mix
Arrangement: HΛL
Keyboards: HΛL
Programming: HΛL
Guitar: Akimoto Naoki
B.G. Vocal: Hirotani Junko
Mixed by Hattori Atsushi
"Acoustic Orchestra Version"
Arrangement: Honma Akimitsu
Keyboards: Honma Akimitsu
Mixed by Hattori Atsushi

Music Video

PV Shot

The music video for "Far away" was directed by Takeishi Wataru. It's the second part of the "vogue/Far away/SEASONS" trilogy PV. The "Far away" part shows Hamasaki exiting the drawing, and singing against the backdrop of the post-apocalyptic world introduced in "vogue".

  • Director: Wataru Takeishi (Dee DRIVE inc.)
  • Producer: Ryuzo Shoji (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 Productions), Hisao Ariga
  • Light: Masami Noguchi, Yusuke Shimada
  • Stylist: Koji Matsumoto
  • Assistant Stylist: Hiroyuki 'Ushiko' Ishii, Hirozumi 'Joe' Kurose (OFFICE an-gel), Takako 'ESP' Mishima (OFFICE an-gel)
  • Hair & Make up: CHIKA (HAIR DIMENSION)
  • Assistant Hair & Make up: TARO (HAIR DIMENSION)
  • Cast Hair & Make up: Daisuke Yamamoto (HAIR DIMENSION)
  • Nail Artist: Kanako 'Bancho' Miura

Disambiguation

Alternative Cover

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

Far away
Found on the Duty album as track #6. This is the standard version of the song. It is often referred to as "Original Mix".
Far away "CRAFTY Remix"
Found on the "Far away" single as track #2. This is a remix version by Terada Yasuhiko and Sato Seiki.
Far away "Main Radio Mix"
Found on the "Far away" single as track #3 and on the "excerpts from ayu-mi-x III:AD001" vinyl as track #1. This is a remix by Hex Hector.
Far away "HΛL's MIX 2000"
Found on the "Far away" single as track #5. This remixed version was done by HΛL.
Far away "Ocean View Remix"
Found on the "Far away" single as track #6. Remixed by CMJK.
Far away "Huge mutual-tried mix"
Found on the "Far away" single as track #8. It's a remixed version by mad FPU and Huge.
Far away "POP 'e.a.' Mix II"
Found on the "Far away" single as track #9. This is a remix by POP.
Far away "Dub's Mute & Feedback Remix"
Found on the "Far away" single as track #10. This is a remixed version by Izumi "D·M·X" Miyazaki.
Far away "Original Mix -Instrumental-"
Found on the "Far away" single as track #11. This is the vocal-less version of the original song.
Far away "Laugh & Peace MIX"
Found on the "M" single as track #5. This is a remix by Laugh & Peace.
Far away "MAIN MIX"
Found on the ayu-mi-x III Non-Stop Mega Mix Version remix album as track #4. This is a remix by Hex Hector.
Far away "RANK 1 remix"
Found on the ayu-mi-x III Non-Stop Mega Mix Version remix album as track #21 and on the "excerpts from ayu-mi-x III:AD001" vinyl as track #2. Remixed by RANK 1.
Far away "Acoustic Orchestra Version"
Found on the ayu-mi-x III Acoustic Orchestra Version remix album as track #6. This is an orchestral version of the song arranged by Honma Akimitsu.
Far away -Inst Melo Version-
Found on the ayu-mi-x III Acoustic Orchestra Version remix album as track #11. This has a vocal-less acoustic arrangement, with Furukawa Masayoshi on acoustic guitar.
Far away (ayu-ro Extended Mix)
Found on the SUPER EUROBEAT presents ayu-ro mix 2 remix album as track #9. This was remixed by Bratt Sinclair.
Far away / Hex Hector RADIO
Found on the "excerpts from ayu-mi-x III CD001" single as track #1. This is a remix by Hex Hector.
Far away / Hex Hector Main Vox
Found on the "excerpts from ayu-mi-x III CD001" single as track #2. This was remixed by Hex Hector.
Far away / Hex Hector DUB
Found on the "excerpts from ayu-mi-x III CD001" single as track #3. This is a dub remix by American producer Hex Hector.
Far away / RANK 1 12" VOCAL
Found on the "excerpts from ayu-mi-x III CD001" single as track #4. This is a remix version of the song by RANK 1.
Far away "Non-Stop Mega Mix Version"
Found on the ayu-mi-x 4 + selection Non-Stop Mega Mix Version remix album as track #. This was remixed by Hex Hector and RANK 1.

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