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Toshl's first cover album 'IM A SINGER' (2018.11.28)

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on: September 30, 2018, 03:41:50 PM
I just noticed today on Toshl's official website there is an upcoming cover album to be released on 2018.11.28, called 'IM A SINGER' (misspelling included). Since I didn't seem to find any topic on this, here it goes: https://www.universal-music.co.jp/toshl/products/tyct-60124/ 



Edited: It will contain the 10 following songs, and we got some preview studio recordings on YouTube, to start getting a taste of what is coming.

1. 手紙 ~拝啓 十五の君へ(作詞・作曲:アンジェラ・アキ オリジナル:アンジェラ・アキ[2008]) (Preview studio recording)
2. 365日の紙飛行機(作詞:秋元康 作曲:角野寿和、青葉紘季? オリジナル:AKB48[2015]) (Preview studio recording)
3. チキンライス(作詞:松本人志 作曲:槇原敬之 オリジナル:浜田雅功と槇原敬之[2004]) (MV)
4. 糸(作詞・作曲:中島みゆき オリジナル:中島みゆき[1998]) (Preview studio recording)
5. 赤いスイートピー(作詞:松本隆 作曲:呉田軽穂 オリジナル:松田聖子[1982]) (Preview studio recording)
6. 道(作詞:SHOGO KASHIDA 作曲:MIWA FURUSE オリジナル:EXILE[2007]) (Preview studio recording)
7. ひこうき雲(作詞・作曲:荒井由実 オリジナル:荒井由実[1973]) (Preview studio recording)
8. Everything(作詞:MISIA 作曲:松本俊明 オリジナル:MISIA[2000])
9. I LOVE YOU(作詞・作曲:尾崎豊 オリジナル:尾崎豊[1983])
10. 幸せのちから(作詞・作曲:M.Y オリジナル:和田アキ子[2008]) (Preview studio recording)

(transcribed below)

1. Angela Aki - Tegami ~Haikei juugou no kimi e~
2. AKB48 - 365 nichi no kami hikouki
3. Masatoshi Hamada & Noriyuki Makihara - Chicken rice
4. Miyuki Nakajima - Ito
5. Seiko Matsuda - Akai sweet pea
6. EXILE - Michi
7. Yumi Arai - Hikouki gumo
8. MISIA - Everything
9. Yutaka Ozaki - I LOVE YOU
10. Akiko Wada - Shiawase no chikara

Here's a 30 second commercial for the album:
Toshl『IM A SINGER』30秒CM

So that's something for me to be excited about, since there is no X album yet on sight any time soon. I already know some of these songs and will research the few unknown songs in preparation for the release.

This album will definitely have a different sound than usual (as much as I like and want to support Toshl, I can't help but feel all the recent Toshl era songs sound very much the same).

So what do you guys think?  ;D
« Last Edit: November 23, 2018, 12:14:28 PM by sanorin »



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Reply #1 on: September 30, 2018, 08:57:44 PM
Yes! This is good news! Toshi seems to be putting out a lot of stuff at the moment which is good for us fans. I like the title 'I'm a singer'  :D It's modest...Toshi is THE singer!  :D :D

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Reply #2 on: October 01, 2018, 06:58:04 PM
Is it me or does Toshi sound distinctively more American?  (after listening to some bits from this weekend's concerts)



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Reply #3 on: October 16, 2018, 07:02:14 PM
So the 10th song of the album has been announced to be "I love you" from the late singer 尾崎豊 (Yutaka Ozaki). We also got the album cover image, and the preview studio recording of 3 of the songs on YouTube, to start getting a taste of what is coming. I'm super excited for this album!  ;D

「ひこうき雲」
「糸」
「幸せのちから」




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Reply #4 on: October 17, 2018, 12:31:47 PM
Thanks for the links :) Looks like a ballad album.




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Reply #6 on: October 19, 2018, 10:35:57 PM
I will love it no matter what.  I love Toshi's voice on every single song I've ever heard him sing.  No reason for that to change.  He's the greatest!  :)

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Reply #7 on: November 18, 2018, 11:17:28 AM
We got some more preview studio recordings, and a 30 second commercial for the album:

「手紙 ~拝啓 十五の君へ~」 (Tegami ~Haikei juugou no kimi e~ by Angela Aki)
「365日の紙飛行機」 (365 nichi no kami hikouki by AKB48)

Toshl『IM A SINGER』30秒CM

Just 10 days until the release, can't wait!!  ;D



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Reply #8 on: November 22, 2018, 12:39:37 PM
I like the song "Chicken Rice" :D

Watched the video a few days ago. It's cute. <3

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Reply #9 on: November 24, 2018, 07:55:54 AM
I know the album will be available for release as mp3s or downloads.  Is it also available as a hard copy, CD and if so, where?

Thankees!

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Reply #10 on: November 24, 2018, 10:51:09 AM
I know the album will be available for release as mp3s or downloads.  Is it also available as a hard copy, CD and if so, where?

Thankees!

You can buy it on cdjapan: http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/TYCT-60124

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Reply #11 on: November 24, 2018, 11:30:00 AM
I know the album will be available for release as mp3s or downloads.  Is it also available as a hard copy, CD and if so, where?

Thankees!

You can buy it on cdjapan: http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/TYCT-60124

Cool! Thanks, Kasumi!

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Reply #12 on: December 01, 2018, 06:39:58 AM
So I got the album as mp3 in Amazon Spain for 9,99 EUR. How about you guys?

As I expected, it's fantastic!  ;D



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Reply #13 on: December 01, 2018, 06:54:52 AM
I have it on Spotify for the time being.  I love it!

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Reply #14 on: December 01, 2018, 11:10:00 AM
I love it! His voice sounds beautiful. Some of my favorites are Everything and Shiawaseno Chikara



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Reply #15 on: December 01, 2018, 02:12:59 PM
https://twitter.com/Toshlofficial/status/1068806621533368321?s=19

Have you heard this clip of Toshi's on his twitter feed promoting his album in shopping malls in Japan?

I love it! His voice is in such good condition and hitting the high notes perfectly! ❤❤❤ Wow!

Damn I wish we had singers like Toshi singing in our shopping malls here. It would make me want to tolerate the crowds for Christmas shopping!

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Reply #16 on: December 01, 2018, 02:19:13 PM
https://twitter.com/Toshlofficial/status/1068806621533368321?s=19

Have you heard this clip of Toshi's on his twitter feed promoting his album in shopping malls in Japan?

I love it! His voice is in such good condition and hitting the high notes perfectly! ❤❤❤ Wow!

Damn I wish we had singers like Toshi singing in our shopping malls here. It would make me want to tolerate the crowds for Christmas shopping!
Wow! *___* That's awesome. Please come and sing in our shopping mall too! XD Will never happen, but wow that must be so cool to go shopping and then hear Toshis singing. <3 These lucky people...

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Reply #17 on: December 01, 2018, 04:37:34 PM
Toshi’s 2 minute preview of 365Nichi Kimi Hikouki already has 1.000.000 views in like 2 weeks. Interesting that La Venus and Without You has 700.000 and 800.000 since March 2017 and the official Jade video has 1.5 Millions since 2011... I think it says a lot about the current state of X Japan



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Reply #18 on: December 01, 2018, 05:42:01 PM
I listened the samples on iTunes. His voice is really nice.
Only I am not too into this style of songs.... they make me sleepy....  ::)



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Reply #19 on: December 02, 2018, 01:29:48 AM
I listened the samples on iTunes. His voice is really nice.
Only I am not too into this style of songs.... they make me sleepy....  ::)

I know what you mean. I listened to this yesterday in the car and if I'm honest I really wanted to like it more than I do. I like the song Chicken Rice but for me there was no stand out song that made me say "oh I love this" and I really did want to love it because I love Toshi. His voice is beautiful on this though. Perhaps singing these types of songs helps him rest his voice more and helps with the higher notes? His voice sounds crystal clear lately and in really good condition.

Maybe this album will be a 'grower' for me if I give it a few more listens. It's a plesant Christmas album but I just feel like its been marketed for the mums and the grans to get in their stockings at Christmas, which is no bad thing as cover albums always sell quite well at this time of year and Toshi deserves happiness.

Ah I guess I'm just a little dissapointed that there isn't a 'I want to play this to death' song on here for me. Perhaps its a little too easy listening for me. I think  I need more angst in my music. lol!

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Reply #20 on: December 02, 2018, 02:08:45 AM
Toshi’s 2 minute preview of 365Nichi Kimi Hikouki already has 1.000.000 views in like 2 weeks. Interesting that La Venus and Without You has 700.000 and 800.000 since March 2017 and the official Jade video has 1.5 Millions since 2011... I think it says a lot about the current state of X Japan


Well X is a largely dormant band so I think its kinda normal. Rock isn't really as mainstream as it used to be years ago either so combined with these things I think the views reflect that. Toshi's new album is really for a different market as I imagine it wouldn't appeal to old X fans as much but I imagine there is a bigger following of ladies who 'love that sweet guy in the glasses from that " X japan" band with his cute dog baking cakes and wiping kids noses' and who can blame them. He is very lovely and always seems to be on TV lately looking all adorable and stuff.  ;D It's easy for Toshi to steal our hearts.

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Reply #21 on: December 03, 2018, 02:41:28 AM
Hmmm didn't we all like Aoi Hoshi no Tabibito?  I did but it's not something I would listen to on repeat, day after day.  Same with this new CD, IM A SINGER.  I love certain songs and am kinda meh on quite a few of the rest of them but I wouldn't call it old people music.  LOL.  IDK, he's doing what he does well.  That's what counts for him and I am happy for him as he seems to have great response from fans for having put it out.  Good for him if something goes wrong with X Japan which to me, looks like something is happening and we haven't heard an announcement about it, yet, but it seems to be happening, if you know what I mean? So let him go, let him do his thing and make good on it all because he deserves that after all he has been through in his life.   I will always continue to support what he does, whether it's with X Japan, alone or with someone else.   He's just too good of a singer and apparently y too darned nice of a person not to.   In other words, I won't be walking away, soon.   

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Reply #22 on: December 04, 2018, 11:46:20 AM
Toshi’s 2 minute preview of 365Nichi Kimi Hikouki already has 1.000.000 views in like 2 weeks. Interesting that La Venus and Without You has 700.000 and 800.000 since March 2017 and the official Jade video has 1.5 Millions since 2011... I think it says a lot about the current state of X Japan

Maybe it would get even more views if he'd do another collaboration with the original singer.



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Reply #23 on: December 06, 2018, 11:57:14 AM
This album is a bit of a bargain bin, at HMV Japan (which still exists apparently in Asia, who knew?!) release. The material needs a bloody good re-arrangement by a decent producer; not expecting George Martin level, but its a bit "The Greatest Hits of Saccharine". Not saying it is strictly 'Muzak', but its definitely something I'll be listening to in the background when I purchase my next caramel shortcake at a Japanese coffee-shop, the performance at the shopping mall is an ironic precursor as I imagine shopping malls are where it will get most of its playtime.

I can't speak for the majorities who still remain here after all these years, but lets face it; if this didn't have Toshl stamped on the album cover, would we really be listening or considering this album? And the original I Love You is actually better than the Toshi version. Now if it had been a reinvention of the classics, made a little more complex and intriguing, it might be worth the expenditure, but I presume that is not the point of the album.

But this is just my tastes. :) Voice is good though, if we have to resort to technical appraisal.
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