Free & Easy
- Hamasaki Ayumi
- Free & Easy
- 2002.04.24 (Japan)
- 2002.04.26 (Hong Kong, Malaysia)
- Catalog Number
- Free & Easy "Original Mix"
- Naturally "dolly remix"
- still alone "Warp Brothers Extended Mix"
- Free & Easy "Original Mix - Instrumental-"
"Free & Easy" is Hamasaki Ayumi's 26th single. "Free & Easy" was used as the Panasonic Stereo System "57MD" CM song. Naturally "dolly remix" was used as the KOSÉ VISEÉ CM song. It was released on the same day as "Hamasaki Republic", a collaboration Free & Easy magazine. This single reached #1 on the Oricon charts and charted for nine weeks. It sold 486,520 copies, becoming the #15 single of 2002.
HΛL received an "Arrangement Award" at the 44th Japan Record Awards with his arrangement of this song.
- [2002.04.15] HEY! HEY! HEY! MUSIC CHAMP
- [2002.04.19] MUSIC STATION
- [2002.04.20] CDTV
- [2002.04.27~06.16] ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2002 A
- [2002.05.25] MTV Japan Music Awards
- [2002.07.06~07.28] ayumi hamasaki STADIUM TOUR 2002 A
- [2002.12.31] ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2002-2003 A
- [2003.01.29] China Music Awards (named "自由自在" (zh: Free))
- [2006.12.30~31] ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2006-2007 A
- [2010.12.30~31] ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2010-2011 ~do it again~
- [2013.12.29~31] ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2013-2014 A
- [2017.09.06~2018.02.13] ayumi hamasaki Just the beginning Chapter 2 ~sacrifice~
- [2022.04.06] ayumi hamasaki ASIA TOUR ~24th Anniversary special @PIA ARENA MM~
- Hamasaki Ayumi
- CREA + D・A・I
- Other Information
- Arrangement: HΛL
- Programming: HΛL
- Guitar: Shimizu Takehito
- Mixed by Matsumoto Yasuo
The music video for "Free & Easy" was directed by Takeishi Wataru. Hamasaki is depicted as a modern Joan of Arc. It shows her locked up in a very white room in a white building. After she is fed grapes, she is picked up to be executed. All the while shots are shown of a couple of people painting and adorning a coffin.
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- produced by max matsuura
- A&R + Directed by Yasuyuki Tomita
- Mastered by Shigeo Miyamoto at FLAIR
- A&R Coordination chief: Nobuhito Ikehata (avex trax)
- A&R Supervisor: Hidemi Arasaki (avex trax)
- Executive Supervisor: Katsuro Oshita (avex trax)
- Artist Management: Yuka Kikuchi, Junichi Kamitoku, Kouji Hashimoto (avex inc.)
- Artist Promotion: Toshiyasu Takahashi & avex Domestic Repertoire Promotion Dept.3, Akira Akutsu & avex inc. Advertisement Division
- Sales Promotion: Tomotsugu Ota, Kazuo Kosugi, Yasuhiro Yamamoto & All avex distribution Staff
- Advisory Producers: Ryuhei Chiba, Motohiro Abe (avex inc.), Ryuzo Shoji (to max), Yoshihisa Nagata (prime direction inc.)
- General Producer: Shinji Hayashi (avex trax)
- Specially Coordinated by Tom Yoda (avex group)
- Art Direction: Shinichi Hara
- Design: Tsukasa Yagi (RICE)
- Creative Coordination: Naoki Ueda (avex trax)
- Photographer: Toru Kogure
- Fashion Director: Koji Matsumoto
- Stylist: Hiroyuki 0Ushiko' Ishii
- Props Creator: Sudo Art Creators
- Hair & Make up: Keizo Kuroda (NEST + Allure)
- Assistant Hair & Make up: Takahiro Yamashita
- Nail Artist: Kanako 'Bancho' Miura
- Stand In: Atsuko 'Minori' Kubota
The following are the different versions of this song released throughout Hamasaki Ayumi's discography, listed chronologically.
- Free & Easy
- Found on the RAINBOW album as track #4. This is the standard version of the song, and it is often referred to as "Original Mix".
- Free & Easy "Original Mix -Instrumental-"
- Found on the "Free & Easy" single as track #4. This is the standard version of the song without its main vocals.
- Free & Easy "Minimalistix remix"
- Found on the Cyber TRANCE presents ayu trance 2 remix album as track #6. This is a remix by Minimalistix.
- Free & Easy "Energy Mix"
- Found on the ayumi hamasaki RMX WORKS from SUPER EUROBEAT presents ayu-ro mix 3 remix album as track #11. This was remixed by Dave Rodgers.
- Free & Easy "Huge Heavenly Mix"
- Found on the ayumi hamasaki RMX WORKS from ayu-mi-x 5 non stop mega mix remix album as track #1. This is a remix version by Huge.
- Free & Easy (Plum mix)
- Found on the ayu-mi-x 7 presents ayu-ro mix 4 remix album as track #11. This is a remix by NRG Factory.
- Oricon Profile
- ayu's Official YouTube Channel: MUSIC VIDEO | "Original Mix" | "Instrumental" ver. | "Energy extended mix" | "Acapella" ver.