Hamasaki attacks the track with more verve than expected, her vocals wrapping around the melody with compelling ferocity. The song takes its time its audio version is nearly a minute longer than the music video , lingering on refrains to offer a hypnotic structure.
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The compilation was released in two different formats including a physical and a digital release. Seven different artworks were released in several editions of the album. The album includes one new track, three re-recorded tracks, and the rest previously released singles. A Best was appreciated by contemporary critics who noted the quality and memorability of the tracks. Many also labelled the album as one of the best representations of Japanese pop music.
It reached number one the following week, and sold over five million units in Japan. The tour was a commercial success, and one live recording was released.
Since its release, the album brought Hamasaki a number of accolades and award nominations with a series of successful recognition throughout Eastern and Western publications.
In , Hamasaki re-released the album on that same date as a 15th anniversary celebration; this included new material and formats.
Hamasaki will promote the re-release with a Japanese concert tour, entitled Made in Japan. As of , A Best has sold over seven million units worldwide. Hamasaki had revealed plans in wanting to release her first greatest hits after a "couple more albums" when she released her studio album I Am Hamasaki originally thought the statement was a "joke", but was against the overall idea.
She felt that majority of her single material for the album was "insufficient" at the time. Hamasaki had to re-record the tracks whilst recording the material for I Am The track " End Roll " was re-recorded by Hamasaki, and re-composed by Nagao. A Best was released on March 28, in two formats; a standard compact disc , and a digital download.
A Best received positive reviews from music critics. Mori Tomoyoki from Amazon Japan was positive in his review. He also felt the lyrical content, whilst "shocking", represented Hamasaki well. The reviewer called the album "familiar" and filled with "Ayu charm.
GeoCities awarded the album five stars out of ten, giving the album a mixed review. She commented that she felt it might "be my last album This made A Best the second fastest selling album in Japanese music history, just behind Distance at first place. The album stayed inside the top ten for nine weeks, the top for 20 weeks, and eventually lasted 51 weeks in the top chart. The promotion for A Best was extensive. She travelled different areas in Japan to take part in the photo shoots, but was told several times to wait before commencing.
She also signed a deal with Japanese make-up company Kose Visee as their spokeswoman. During rehearsals of the tour, Hamasaki had to stop due to problems with her hearing in her left ear. Because of this, specific songs had to be cut from the concert tour because of its high frequency levels.
Because of this, the rehearsals had to be hurried. On July 6, , the concerts first tour date, over 30, fans lined up for the show. Both concerts were commercial success, selling out on both tour dates, and made her one of few "top-drawer" Japanese artists to hold a concert at the Tokyo Dome. Upon its release, it garnered positive reviews from music critics. By , A Best sold over 4. A Best also brought Hamasaki a number of accolades and award nominations.
She commented that she had been recognized severely as a "product" rather than a real person, and that she was considered the most "important product" to Avex. I wanted to resist the company even though I felt like I was part of it. On January 28, , Hamasaki announced via her official website the re-release of A Best. Hamasaki confirmed that the album would be released on the same date as the original album, and will be entitled the 15th Anniversary Edition.
Initial promotion of the album offered T-shirt designs of the six alternative jewel case album covers, handwritten lyrics to the album lyrics, and a specialized anniversary book.
All physical editions include the remastered 16 tracks, whilst the digital download includes three bonus a cappella versions of "A Song for Credits adapted from the liner notes of the CD.
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