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A Best
Compilation album by Ayumi Hamasaki
Released March 28, 2001
Recorded 1998-2000
Genre J-pop
Length 76:01
Label AVEX Trax
Producer Max Matsuura
Ayumi Hamasaki chronology
Duty
(2000)
A Best
(2001)
I Am...
(2002)

A Best is a greatest hits album that Avex forced Ayumi Hamasaki to release on March 28, 2001.

Contents

Album information

This album also features two tracks that were never released as singles ("A Song for XX" and "Who..."). Due to the large number of Ayumi Hamasaki singles, the songs on the album are fan favorites. Songs from her debut album such as "A Song for XX", "Trust", and "Depend on You" were re-recorded, showing the changes in Hamasaki's vocal qualities. The initial pressings had six different variations that each came with its own "gift".

A Best was released simultaneously with Utada Hikaru's Distance, which topped the charts on the initial week of release with 3,002,720 copies in its first week; A Best debuted at number two with 2,874,870 copies[1]. Additionally, it topped the charts the second week of its release and is the sixth highest-selling album of all time in Japan[2]. To date A BEST is Ayumi Hamasaki's highest selling album in Japan. It sold 4,301,353 copies total.

Though this was her best selling album, Hamasaki opposed it publicly, stating: "It was too early for release."

Track listing

  1. "A Song for XX" ~new vocal and mix~
  2. "Trust" ~new vocal and mix~
  3. "Depend on You" ~new vocal & mix~
  4. "Love: Destiny"
  5. "To Be"
  6. "Boys & Girls"
  7. "Trauma"
  8. "End roll"
  9. "Appears"
  10. "Fly High"
  11. "Vogue"
  12. "Far Away"
  13. "Seasons"
  14. "Surreal"
  15. "M"
  16. "Who..."

International version

A Best was later re-released in other countries outside Japan, including Singapore, the Philippines and Korea. The international version did not have new vocal mixes and had a slightly different cover art to the standard Japanese version.

  1. "A Song for XX"
  2. "Trust"
  3. "Depend on You"
  4. "Love: Destiny"
  5. "To Be"
  6. "Boys & Girls"
  7. "Trauma"
  8. "End roll"
  9. "Appears"
  10. "Fly High"
  11. "Vogue"
  12. "Far Away"
  13. "Seasons"
  14. "Surreal"
  15. "M"
  16. "Who..."

Credits

  1. "A Song for XX" (new vocal and mix)
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: Yasuhiko Hoshino
    Arrangement: Akimitsu Honma
    Keyboards: Akimitsu Honma
    Guitar: Naoki Hayashibe
    Programming: Hiroshi Kitashiro
  2. "Trust" (new vocal and mix)
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: Takashi Kimura
    Arrangement: Takashi Kimura & Akamitsu Honma
    Keyboards: Akimitsu Honma
    Guitar: Naoki Hayashibe
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
  3. "Depend on You" (new vocal & mix)
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: Kazuhito Kikuchi
    Arrangement: Akamitsu Honma & Takashi Morio
    Keyboards: Akimitsu Honma
    Guitar: Naoki Hayashibe
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
  4. "Love:Destiny"
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: Tsunku
    Arrangement: Shingo Kobayashi & Yasuaki Maejima
    keyboards: Shingo Kobayashi
    Guitar: Jun Kajiwara
    Programming: Naoki Suzuki
  5. "To Be"
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: DAI
    Arrangement: Naoto Suzuki & DAI
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Masayoshi Furukawa
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
  6. "Boys & Girls"
    Music: DAI
    Arrangement: Naoto Suzuki & DAI
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Hidetoshi Suzuki
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
  7. "Trauma"
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: DAI
    Arrangement: Naoto Suzuki & DAI
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Jun Kajiwara
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
  8. "End roll"
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: DAI
    Arrangement: Naoto Suzuki & DAI
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Naoki Hayashibe
    Bass: Naoto Suzuki
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
  9. "Appears"
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: Kazuhito Kikuchi
    Arrangement: HAL
    Keyboards: HAL
    Guitar: Naoya Akimoto
    Programming: HAL
  10. "Fly High"
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: DAI
    Arrangement: HAL
    Keyboards: HAL
    Guitar: Naoya Akimoto
    Programming: HAL
  11. "Vogue"
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: Kazuhito Kikuchi
    Arrangement: Naoto Suzuki & Kazuhito Kikuchi
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Naoki Hayashibe
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
  12. "Far Away"
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: Kazuhito Kikuchi & DAI
    Arrangement: HAL
    Keyboards: HAL
    Guitar: Naoya Akimoto
    B.G. Vocal: Junko Hirotani
    Programming: HAL
  13. "Seasons"
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: DAI
    Arrangement: Naoto Suzuki
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Naoki Hayashibe
    B.G. Vocal: Junko Hirotani
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
  14. "Surreal"
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: Kazuhito Kikuchi
    Arrangement: HAL
    Keyboards: HAL
    Guitar: Naoya Akimoto
    Programming: HAL
  15. "M"
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    music: CREA
    Arrangement: HAL
    Keyboards: HAL
    Guitar: Naoya Akimoto
    Programming: HAL
  16. "Who..."
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: Kazuhito Kikuchi
    Arrangement: Naoto Suzuki


Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
Guitar: Naoki Hayashibe
Programming: Takahiro Iida

Charts

Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)
Release Chart Peak position First Week Sales Sales total Chart run
March 28, 2001 Oricon Daily Singles Chart 1
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 1 2,874,870 4,301,353 52
Oricon Yearly Albums Chart 2
  • Total Sales: 4,301,353 (Japan)
  • Total Sales: 6,750,000 (Asia)
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Featured singles

Date Title Peak position Chart Run Sales
August 5, 1998 "Trust" 9 10 weeks 181,820
December 9, 1998 "Depend on You" 6 8 weeks 131,460
April 14, 1999 Love: Destiny" 1 26 weeks 650,790
May 12, 1999 "To Be" 4 15 weeks 571,110
July 17, 1999 "Boys & Girls" 1 16 weeks 1,037,950
August 11, 1999 "A" 1 17 weeks 1,670,000
November 10, 1999 "Appears" 2 3 weeks 290,550
February 9, 2000 "Fly High" 3 4 weeks 299,540
April 26, 2000 "Vogue" 3 17 weeks 767,660
May 17, 2000 "Far Away"" 2 13 weeks 510,460
June 7, 2000 "Seasons"" 1 20 weeks 1,367,400
September 27, 2000 "Surreal" 1 10 weeks 417,210
December 13, 2000 "M" 1 17 weeks 1,319,070

Total Single Sales: 9,215,020

Sources


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