Monday, November 19, 2012

Yuki Kajiura LIVE Vol.#7 “Fiction” leaked concert!

NOTE: Sorry no links here for the leak! If you know where to find it, good for you!

First of all, I would like to thank those people who recorded this amazing live; also thanks to the cpme members who were able to get a hold of this copy through that FLAC trade. Thanks guys! Really appreciated it –sniff-

Here’s the tracklist for the concert:
[this was from the first day concert]
1. overture~lotus
2. E.G.O.
3. MC1
4. I swear
5. jubille
6. March
7. blue clouds
8. MC2
9. Sis puella magica
10. My long forgotten cloistered sleep
11. Forest
12. Credens justitiam
13. MC3
14. Eternal Blue
15. Toki no Mukou Maboroshi no Sora
16. Hanamori no Oka
17. Kara no Kyoukai ~medley
18. MC4
19. heigen
20. the image them of Xenosaga II
21. MC5
22. I reach for the sun
23. maybe tomorrow
24. Encore
25. stone cold
26. zodiacal sign
27. MC6
28. Parallel Hearts
29. MC7
30. sweet song
31. MC8
[BGM] everlasting song

My Review:
M1. Lotus
The studio version of this song was sung by Hanae Tomaru with Yuki Kajiura doing the chorus. I usually mistook this one with Kara no Kyoukai BGM if I cry because of the similarities in the intro. The live featured WAKANA as the main vocalist and had the rest of FJ doing the chorus. The chorus parts are richer compared to the studio; well duh, it featured four vocals. The guitar parts were really lovely.  The violin in the bridge is sooo great! 

M2. E.G.O.
The studio version of this song was sung by Eri Ito with Yuriko Kaida on the chorus. The song started with them girls singing the chants [noticeable voice is KAORI, KEIKO, and Yuriko] until the second part of the verse where Yuriko’s voice became heavier and added a more noticeable layered voice effect. Then the soprano vocal version of the instruments of the original E.G.O. sang by WAKANA followed with KEIKO layer then finally a Yuriko layer. The finale part had KAORI, KEIKO and Yuriko singing the chant while WAKANA sings the soprano parts.

Well, I really love the original version more than the Fiction version. I felt that the techno feel of the song decreased with the addition of the vocals.


M3. I swear
The studio version was sung by Clara Kennedy with Emily Bindiger on the chorus. KEIKO was the main vocal for this song. Wow, her English really improved compared from her past performances. The first chorus had Yuriko doing the upper harmony while KAORI doing the lower harmony. The second verse was sung by both KAORI and KEIKO; pretty much how they sung the second verse of Sayonara Solitia. That KEIKO “yeeaahh” in initial part of bridge was eargasm! The final part of the bridge, I can’t distinguish much but them four sung together. Again with the KEIKO’s “yeeeaah” in the end! Love love it!

I love this live version more than the original version. Hahaha! I never actually cared for the original.

M4. Jubilee
The studio version was sung by Eri Ito with Yuriko Kaida on the chorus. There’s a new violin solo on the start but it’s not that grandiose. Yuriko is the main vocal for this one. The first chorus had the other three doing the chorus. WAKANA and KEIKO sung the second verse while Yuriko does the upper harmony.
This is better than the original version. But I still wanna hear Eri singing this.

M5. March
The studio version was sung by Emily Bindiger. The first verse was sung by KAORI with only the keyboard playing. The first verse was re-sung now with the added guitars and bass. IMHO, KAORI is the second to the best Japanese Kajiura vocalist who can sing straight English; well, she was trained by a lot of composer, she may have picked a lot of techniques along the way. The best English Japanese vocalist is Yuriko. Why? First because of lullaby and Second, I’ll explain later.

Argh. I’m not really an Emily Bindiger fan so I’m more into this live version with KAORI singing; her voice felt more alive, If you know what I mean.

M6. blue clouds
Blue Clouds is one of the many soothing Tsubasa Chronicle BGM. This featured Rie Akagi on the flute. The flute and violin duet is such an eargasm!!! Of course the keyboard was also great.

M7. Sis puella magica!
The original version was sung by Eri Ito. This was the first song to be leaked. The song started with the keyboard; yes the celtic! Then the flute added with the harmony. The first verse was sung by Yuriko and KAORI. I’m really a fan of Yuriko (main) x KAORI (chorus) duets! I really love their past performances like canta per me and L.A.. The second verse added KEIKO’s and WAKANA’s voice. Then came the flute [almost solo]. The bridge was had a new Kajiurago with KEIKO and WAKANA singing the lead; I can hear KAORI and Yuriko but only for a bit. Then the final again with Yuriko and KAORI.

Love this version more because of the bridge part.

M8. my long forgotten cloistered sleep
The studio version was sung by Emily Bindiger. The first verse was sung by both WAKANA and KEIKO. WAKANA, just like KEIKO, had her English improved. I can understand all the English she threw. The “La la la” in the bridge was sun by the four of them. The added percussion in the final verse was so uplifting. The four sung the final bridge. I think the flute in the end is of different melody than that of the original.

Love this version more. Again with the Emily Bindiger non-fan.

M9. forest
The studio version was sung by Emily Bindiger. Well, there’s a flutist now. Yes, WAKANA is really improving with her English. What I love from this song is the Yuriko’s upper harmony during the chorus which made it heavy. The kajiurago in the bridge used to have only KAORI and Yuriko but now has KEIKO.

M10. Credens justitiam
The studio version was sung by Eri Ito. Added new flute solo in the beginning. The first part of the verse was sung by KAORI and KEIKO until the higher register changed to WAKANA as the prominent voice. Sadly, WAKANA failed in that part. IMHO, almost same vocal arrangement of Kalafina’s Mirai:

The first part of Mirai was sung by HIKARU and KEIKO until the higher register where WAKANA took over then back to HIKARU again on the change of register; albeit the last word was sung by WAKANA and not by KAORI. 

The bridge vocal arrangement, bridge melody, and overall instrumental arrangement is different from Mirai! This live sounded a bit playful that Mirai.
 I love this song :0 I’ve been wanting to hear this live! More so, wanting to her FJ’s version!

M11. eternal blue
This is FJ’s [if you count all the songs starting from Parallel Hearts] Fifth original song. Yes, this was recored earlier than stone cold according to KAORI. Compared to the ustream, KAORI and WAKANA sounded livelier; maybe they still haven’t had their energy drained unlike in Vol.#9 where this was the last song to be performed.

The part I really loved in this song was the Yuriko soprano parts during the bridge but those were all masked out. I like the Vol.#9’s live version better.

M12. Toki no Mukou Maborishi no Sora
This is FJ’s third original song. The verses was said to have  similar pattern with Kalafina’s to the beginning but the beat of to the beginning as well as the bridge part is more similar to eternal blue.  The kajiurago “cantabiliya” something was sung by the four. The KEIKO parts in the bridge were kinda masked out by the other three. The violin solo was okay. I can hear the crowd getting hype. Though I wish to see the video.

M13. Hanamori no Oka
The studio version was sung by FictionJunction KAORI with Yuriko Kaida on the chorus. I really love the instrumental of this song; more so, would love to hear a with-string-quartet version. I can’t still understand the English parts in the bridge. KAORI is really great in singing progressive ballads. I wish Kajiura will composed more ballad songs for KAORI; also love her song Calling.

M14. Kara no Kyoukai Medley
a.       In the garden of sinners (aka M01 from KnK Fukan Fukei OST)
The duet of WAKANA and KEIKO was really good.
b.      IV paradigm (aka M24 from KnK Mujun Rasen OST)
The keyboard part in the intro is quite similar to the keyboard solo with Contractor. I really love this song among all the Kara no Kyoukai battle theme. I really love Yuriko in this one! She nailed the Hanae Tomaru parts. Yes, this has a different arrangement than the original version particularly the soprano parts being sung at the end. I REALLY LOVE THIS SONG!
The soprano parts were eargasm!
There’s an added keyboard solo during the end part. Again, some parts from M01 which were a bit of higher pitch compared to the first.
I wanna see this live!!!


M15. heigen
The studio version was sung by Johan Sarah Jr., Hanae Tomaru, Yuriko Kaida, KAORI, KEIKO, and Yuki Kajiura. This is my favorite in the whole FICTION II album! This song is very uplifting and nostalgic. Hafta love that Johan Sarah Jr. singing. Anyways, KEIKO wasn’t singing really low like the original version. I could barely hear her.

M16. the image theme of Xenosaga II
The studio version [of the FICTION II] was sung by Deb Lyons with Tokyo Konsei, KAORI, KEIKO, and Yuriko Kaida in the chorus. The Uillean Pipe parts were orgasm. There’s not much difference from the previously released FJ version of this song. KAORI, KEIKO, and Yuriko did the chants originally sung by Tokyo Konsei; Homaygad, they nailed it! I hope for more FJ version of Tokyo Konsei songs. WAKANA sung the Deb Lyons part with KEIKO singing the lower harmony Deb Lyons parts. The Yuriko part in the second verse, which was originally a solo Yuriko part in the previous release, now had KAORI and KEIKO.

Best part is the chanting parts! This is my favorite FJ live song evah!

M17. I reach for the sun
The studio version was sung by Emily Bindiger with Yuriko Kaida on the chorus. Not much difference from the previous FJ version. No, better English for KEIKO! Many clapping in the background; the crowd must have loved it. Again, I really loved that Yuriko (main) x KAORI (chorus) parts in the bridge. Guitars were really great. The clapping added an effect with the performance, IMHO.


M18. maybe tomorrow
The studio version [FICTION II] was sung by Emily Curtis with KAORI, KEIKO, and Yuriko on the chorus. This live is a duet with KAORI and KEIKO while WAKANA and Yuriko sung the chorus. Again, I would love to commend KEIKO because of her better English-ing. The vocal arrangement is similar to that of hitorigoto and Sayonara Solitia live: KEIKO sings in the initial and finale while KAORI sings in the middle.
This explains my second argument while Yuriko is the best Japanese Kajiura vocalist. The “notice” part was sung as no-tis while the other singer sung it as no-tes. OC much?!

I wish for more KAORI x KEIKO duets.

M19. stone cold
This is FJ’s sixth original song; also my favorite song! The PV of the song was shown during the encore parts. There’s a new overture part. On the first part of the first verse, KAORI sings with Kajiura. The English parts were sung by KEIKO, WAKANA, and KEIKO. The second part of the first verse added KEIKO and Yuriko. The chorus of the live version IMHO is better than the studio specially the part of “aidatte korogatte” and other similar parts where in Yuriko added a heavier tone. The second verse also follows the vocal arrangement of the first.

The crowd is more hype in this song than the other songs; well, it’s the encore, durr.
My favorite part was the initial part of the bridge with the extended KAORI vocals. I love the effect of the added KEIKO on the middle part, and the added Yuriko on the final part. The kajiurago in the bridge is also great, albeit the studio was better.

KAORI sung the loop part in the final part which was originally sung by WAKANA; same as what happened with Parallel Hearts and Hikari no Senritsu live.

M20. zodiacal sign
The original version was sung by Kaori Nishina. Not much difference from the previous release. KAORI sings the original melody of Nishina. KEIKO and Kajiura sing the lower harmony. WAKANA sings the upper harmony; though sometimes I hear her singing the lower harmony. Yuriko sings also the upper harmony but with the same melody as that of KAORI.
Better violin than the studio version. The studio version’s violin sounded frail. That Distance like part of KAORI in the chorus wasn’t very powerful unlike the previous lives. Crowd loved this song!

M21. Parallel Hearts
This is FJ’s first original song. Also, not much difference from the previous lives. Yes, the live version is a bit weaker than the studio version; I think it’s the instruments not the vocals. I really love that sad feeling even though the song is an upbeat song just like how I felt with Anna ni Issho Datta no ni.

Yuriko’s solo parts were more hear-able. The tic-tac-tic-tac parts were also hear-able.

M22. sweet song
The studio version was sung by Margaret Dorn with Tokyo Konsei on the chorus. The live version had KAORI singing the Margaret Dorn lines while KEIKO, WAKANA, and Yuriko sung the Tokyo Konsei parts.

Weak percussion compared to the original.

My TOP FIVE:
<newly performed songs only>
1.       Kara no Kyoukai Medley particularly that M24 parts.
2.       Stone cold
3.       Credens justitiam / jubilee
4.       Sweet song
5.       My long forgotten cloistered sleep

Final Say:

Wow! So many great lives yet unreleased… I’m sad. I really love FJ’s rendition of Kajiura’s compositions. Now I wanna hear Eri Ito, Hanae Tomaru, and Yuri Kasahara’s live rendition of their respective songs. Hopefully in the future. Also, since REMI is a Kajiura vocalist now, I wanna hear her performing the sword art online songs.

Only L.A. and everytime you kissed me were not performed in this live. I think they were present in the next live.

Only zodiacal sign was performed from the first FICTION album.

Hopefully the other lives were also recorded in this quality.

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