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Seasons

CD Art
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Single
SEASONS
Released
2000.06.07
Catalog Number
AVCD-30119
Price
¥1,260
Tracklist
  1. SEASONS "Original Mix"
  2. SEASONS "Acoustic Orchestra Version"
  3. TO BE "Acoustic Orchestra Version"
  4. SEASONS "so happy so sad mix"
  5. SEASONS "Jonathan Peters' Radio Mix"
  6. SEASONS "Rays of Light Mix"
  7. SEASONS "Neutralize: Final Attack Mix"
  8. SEASONS "D-Z BLUE SUNBEAM MIX"
  9. SEASONS "Dub's Rain of duv Remix"
  10. SEASONS "Original Mix -Instrumental-"
  11. ever free "HΛL'S MIX 2000"

Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Vinyl
SEASONS
Released
2000.08.10
Catalog Number
RR12-88176
Price
¥1,427
Tracklist
  1. SEASONS "Jonathan Peters' Radio Mix"
  2. SEASONS "D-Z BLUE SUNBEAM MIX"
  3. SEASONS "Original Mix"


Information

"SEASONS" is Hamasaki Ayumi's 16th single. It was used as the theme song for the dorama Tenki Yohou no Koibito, while "TO BE "Acoustic Orchestra Version"" was an insert song. "SEASONS "D-Z BLUE SUNBEAM MIX"" was used as the CM song for KOSÉ VISÉE's Henkou Metallic series of makeup. This single reached #1 on the Oricon charts and sold 1,362,740 copies in 2000, becoming the #5 single of the year. It charted for 21 weeks and sold a total of 1,367,400 copies.

"SEASONS" was released as part of Hamasaki's 2000 single trilogy, and was preceded by "vogue" and "Far away". 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
D・A・I
Other Information
Original Mix
Arrangement: Suzuki Naoto
Keyboards: Suzuki Naoto
Guitar: Hayashibe Naoki
Programming: Iida Takahiro
Background Vocal: Hirotani Junko
Mixed by Hattori Atsushi
"Acoustic Orchestra Version"
Arrangement: Honma Akimitsu
Acoustic Guitar: Furukawa Masayoshi
Keyboards: Honma Akimitsu
Melodica: Honma Akimitsu
Mixed by Hattori Atsushi
A Classical ver.
Arrangement: Ishikawa Hiromitsu
Bassoon: Inoue Toshitsugu, Sato Yuki
Clarinet: Nakamura Megumi, Itoi Yumiko
Flute: Takakawa Hideyo, Wakamatsu Junko
Harp: Asakawa Tomoyuki
Horn: Jonathan Hammill, Hagiwara Kensho, Uema Yoshiyuki, Ohno Yuta
Oboe: Oka Hokuto, Morieda Mayuko
Piano: Miyamoto Hajime
Strings: Yoshida Uchu Strings
Timpani: Kayatani Ryoichi
Trombone: Nakagawa Eijiro, Shishiuchi Kanade, Nonoshita Koichi
Trumpet: Sato Tomonori, Kumashiro Yuko
Tuba: Furumoto Taichi

Music Video

PV Shot

The music video for "SEASONS" was directed by Takeishi Wataru. It's the final part of the "vogue/Far away/SEASONS" trilogy PV. The "SEASONS" part shows drawings in the sketchbook of the world around them before it was destroyed, and Hamasaki is singing in black funeral garb.

  • 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

Credits

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  • Produced by max matsuura
  • All Lyrics written by ayumi hamasaki


  • Sound Produced by Naoto Suzuki
  • Production Assistant: Yuka Akiyama (prime direction inc.)
  • Mastered by Shigeo Miyamoto (JVC VICTOR STUDIO)
  • A&R Coordination: Yasuyuki Tomita (avex trax)
  • A&R Supervisor: Nobuhito Ikehata (avex trax)
  • Executive Supervisor: Katsuro Oshita (avex trax)
  • Artist Promotion: Toshiyasu Takahashi (avex trax)
  • Sales Promotion: Kentaro Furusawa, Akihiro Terada, Yasuhiro Yamamoto (avex distribution)
  • Artist Management: Yuka Kikuchi, Junichi Kamitoku (avex inc.)
  • Advisory Producers: Ryuzo Shoji (to max), Ryuhei Chiba, Motohiro Abe, Ayumu Kurose (avex inc.)
  • General Producer: Shinji Hayashi (avex trax)
  • Specially Coordinated by Tom Yoda (avex group)


  • Art Direction: Shinichi Hara
  • Design: Shigeru Kasai (RICE)
  • Creative Coordination: Toshikuzu Sakawa (avex trax)
  • Photographer: Toru Kumazawa
  • Assistant Photographer: gina
  • Stylist: Koji Matsumoto
  • Assistant Stylist: Hiroyuki Ishii, Hirozumi 'Joe' Kurose, Takako 'esp.' Mishina
  • Hair & Make up: CHIKA (HAIR DIMENSION)
  • Assistant Hair & Make up: TARO (HAIR DIMENSION)
  • Nail Artist: Kanako Miura

Disambiguation

Alternative Cover

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

SEASONS
Found on the Duty album as track #9. This is the standard version of the song. It is often referred to as "Original Mix".
SEASONS "Acoustic Orchestra Version"
Found on the "SEASONS" single as track #2, on the ayu-mi-x III Acoustic Orchestra Version remix album as track #2 and on the ayu-mi-x 4 + selection Acoustic Orchestra Version remix album as track #6. This is an orchestral version of the song, arranged by Honma Akimitsu.
SEASONS "so happy so sad mix"
Found on the "SEASONS" single as track #4. This is a remix by Ram Doubler.
SEASONS "Jonathan Peters' Radio Mix"
Found on the "SEASONS" single as track #5. Remixed by Jonathan Peters and mixed by Jonathan Peters and Tony Coluccio.
SEASONS "Rays of Light Mix"
Found on the "SEASONS" single as track #6. This is a remixed version by Ikebuchi Shuichi.
SEASONS "Neutralize: Final Attack Mix"
Found on the "SEASONS" single as track #7. It's a remix by HIROKEY.
SEASONS "D-Z BLUE SUNBEAM MIX"
Found on the "SEASONS" single as track #8. This version was remixed by D-Z and produced by C-NTALOW and K-ZILLOW.
SEASONS "Dub's Rain of duv Remix"
Found on the "SEASONS" single as track #9. This is a remix by Izumi "D·M·X" Miyazaki.
SEASONS "Original Mix -Instrumental-"
Found on the "SEASONS" single as track #10. This is the vocal-less version of the original song.
SEASONS "BUMP & FLEX RADIO EDIT"
Found on the "SURREAL" single as track #3 and on the ayu-mi-x III Non-Stop Mega Mix Version remix album as track #15. This is a remix by BUMP & FLEX.
SEASONS "Vocal Track"
Found on the "AUDIENCE" single as track #11. This is the vocals-only version of the original song.
SEASONS "Yuta's weather report mix"
Found on the "M" single as track #3. This was remixed by Nakano Yuta.
SEASONS "MAIN MIX"
Found on the ayu-mi-x III Non-Stop Mega Mix Version remix album as track #3. This is a remix by Hex Hector.
SEASONS "Jonathan Peters' Mix"
Found on the ayu-mi-x III Non-Stop Mega Mix Version remix album as track #20. This is a remix by Jonathan Peters and Tony Coluccio.
SEASONS -Inst Melo Version-
Found on the ayu-mi-x III Acoustic Orchestra Version remix album as track #9. This is a vocal-less orchestral version of the song, with Takahashi Naoto on violin.
SEASONS "H-H remix"
Found on the "NEVER EVER" single as track #3. This is a remix by Atsumi Naoki + MC Rally. This version was used in most of Hamasaki's concerts before the encore.
SEASONS / Hex Hector RADIO
Found on the "excerpts from ayu-mi-x III CD006" remix single as track #1. This is a remix by Hex Hector.
SEASONS (A Eurobeat Mix)
Found on the SUPER EUROBEAT presents ayu-ro mix 2 remix album as track #3. It's a remixed version by Sergio Dall'ora & Luca Degani.
SEASONS / Hex Hector MAIN VOX
Found on the "excerpts from ayu-mi-x III CD006" remix single as track #2. This is a vocal remix by Hex Hector.
SEASONS / Hex Hector DUB
Found on the "excerpts from ayu-mi-x III CD006" remix single as track #3. This is a dub remix by Hex Hector.
SEASONS / Jonathan Peters' Trance Radio
Found on the "excerpts from ayu-mi-x III CD006" remix single as track #4. This is a trance radio edit by Jonathan Peters & Tony Coluccio.
SEASONS / Jonathan Peters' Trance Main
Found on the "excerpts from ayu-mi-x III CD006" remix single as track #5. This is a trance remix by Jonathan Peters & Tony Coluccio.
SEASONS / Jonathan Peters' Trance Dub
Found on the "excerpts from ayu-mi-x III CD006" remix single as track #6. It's a trance dub remix by Jonathan Peters & Tony Coluccio.
SEASONS "Non-Stop Mega Mix Version"
Found on the ayu-mi-x 4 + selection Non-Stop Mega Mix Version remix album as track #6. This is a mixed version between remixes by BUMP & FLEX, Jonathan Peters and Atsumi Naoki + MC Rally.
SEASONS "2003 ReBirth Mix"
Found on the A BALLADS best album as track #10. This version has a new mixing by Morimoto Koji.
SEASONS "Acoustic Version"
Found on the "No way to say" single as track #3. This version has an acoustic arrangement by Honma Akimitsu and mixed by Hattori Atsushi.
SEASONS (John O'Callaghan remix)
Found on the ayu-mi-x 7 presents ayu trance 4 remix album as track #3. This is a remix by John O'Callaghan.
SEASONS - A Classical ver.
Found on the A Classical remix album as track #3. This version has a classical arrangement by Ishikawa Hiromitsu.
SEASONS - ayumi hamasaki ~POWER of MUSIC~ 2011 A ver.
Found on the ayumi hamasaki ~POWER of MUSIC~ 2011 A LIMITED EDITION live album as track #7. This is the live recording of her performance on the ayumi hamasaki ~POWER of MUSIC~ 2011 A tour.
SEASONS [Dvorak: Ieji (Koukyoukyokudai 9-ban "Shinsekaiyori"~Dai 2 Gakushou)]
Found on the LOVE CLASSICS album as track #2. This is a mash-up between the original song and Antonín Dvořák's "Going Home".

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