I Am... (Hamasaki Ayumi album)
- Hamasaki Ayumi
- I am...
- 2012.03.21 (PLAYBUTTON)
- Catalog Number
- AQZD-50668 (PLAYBUTTON)
- ¥2,800 (PLAYBUTTON)
- I am...
- opening Run
- NEVER EVER
- still alone
- a song is born
- no more words
- Endless sorrow ~gone with the wind ver.~
- Flower garden (Hidden track)
"I am..." the fourth album released by Hamasaki Ayumi. The first-press edition of the album comes with an extra large-sized obi with an exclusive photo on it. Those who pre-ordered from CDJapan recieved a gray A-logo button. This album came at the heels of the September 11th tragedy. Just before September 11th, Hamasaki had already come up with a concept for the album jacket and booked photography studio time to carry it out; however, in the wake of the event, Hamasaki decided that the originally planned concept was inappropriate. It was scrapped before any photos were taken. The cover ultimately depicted Ayu as a "goddess of peace", dressed in leaves, with a white dove on her shoulder. The booklet shows Hamasaki's "goddess" character walking calmly, climbing up a steep hill, collapsing, and finally setting the dove free over the course of a day.
This is the first Hamasaki Ayumi album on which Hamasaki herself composed most of the tracks. As a result, the usual "All Lyrics written by Ayumi Hamasaki" credit has been replaced with "Written and Composed by Ayumi Hamasaki"
The album's second track, an introduction called "opening Run", was released in an extended version on the "Daybreak" single. Track 3, "Connected", is a collaboration between Hamasaki and Trance artist Ferry "system F" Corsten, who had previously done remixes for Hamasaki. It is a fleshed-out version of a past song of his, "The Love I Lost." Track 12, "a song is born", is a new version of "a song is born", a duet recorded with KEIKO of globe for the VARIOUS ARTISTS FEATURING song+nation compilation, a charity effort by avex trax and producer Komuro Tetsuya. The version here is Hamasaki solo. "Flower garden" is this album's hidden track, placed after "Endless sorrow ~gone with the wind ver.~"
"I am..." charted at #1 on the Oricon charts on its first week (2 combined weeks) with 1,751,360 copies sold. In total it sold 2,308,112 copies.
A limited PLAYBUTTON edition of the album was later released on March 21st, 2012.
Oricon Chart Positions
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- Total Reported Sales: 2,308,112