Ayumi Hamasaki Complete Discography (Mini-Albums / EPs)
Alongside Ayumi Hamasaki's studio albums, she has released a total of three "mini albums", or EPs. The most interesting thing to note about these releases are that, thus far, they have all been released eight years apart. With the exception of the first mini-album, NOTHING FROM NOTHING, each of Hamasaki's mini-albums have a notable array of styles and genres included in the contents, along with a DVD containing a music video for every song.
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#0 - NOTHING FROM NOTHING
Released: December 1st, 1995
1. NOTHING FROM NOTHING (Single Version)
3. PAPER DOLL
4. Gut it-Pez
5. NOTHING FROM NOTHING (Album Version)
NOTHING FROM NOTHING was Hamasaki's first (and technically first album ever) and only album release under the Columbia Japan label. It included the two tracks from her first, same titled single along with two new songs. This release is quite notable for Hamasaki's high-pitched, squeaky rapping that has yet to return to her repertoire.
Due to its incredibly low sales and placing on the Oricon album chart, Hamasaki was dropped from her contract at Columbia.
#1 - Memorial address
Released: December 17th, 2003
1. ANGEL'S SONG
2. Greatful days
3. Because of You
5. HANABI ~episode II~
6. No way to say
8. Memorial address (take 2 version)
1. ANGEL'S SONG (Promotional Video)
2. Greatful days (Promotional Video)
3. Because of You (Promotional Video)
4. ourselves (Promotional Video)
5. HANABI ~episode II~ (Promotional Video)
6. No way to say (Promotional Video)
7. forgiveness (Promotional Video)
8. Special Digest from A museum ~30th collection live~
Memorial address is considered Hamasaki's first official mini-album, released five years into her career and as the culmination of her 30th single celebration. Five of the songs were previously released as singles. The song "Because of You" is considered Hamasaki's first foray into the "rock" genre, while the other songs cover bubblegum pop, dark pop, power ballads and quiet ballads. The song "Memorial address -take 2 version-" is the only song to not have an accompanying music video and is considered a bonus track. This is her first album release to come with a DVD version.
#2 - FIVE
Released: August 31st/November 9th (BDM), 2011,
2. ANother song feat. URATA NAOYA
3. Why... feat. JUNO
6. Why.... feat. URATA NAOYA (CD+DVD Version Hidden Track)
7. beloved (Orchestra version) (CD Only Version bonus track)
1. progress (Promotional Video)
2. ANother song feat. URATA NAOYA (Promotional Video)
3. Why... feat. JUNO (Promotional Video)
4. beloved (Promotional Video)
5. BRILLANTE (Promotional Video)
6. progress (Making Off-Shot)
7. ANother song feat. URATA NAOYA (Making Off-Shot)
8. Why... feat. JUNO (Making Off-Shot)
9. beloved (Making Off-Shot)
10. BRILLANTE (Making Off-Shot)
FIVE is the first album release in the twelve years since Hamasaki's debut to not include any singles. Each song represents a different genre style, including Hamasaki's first (two, technically) official collaborations. The title comes not only from the five songs released, but also because it was released five months after the March 11th earthquake - the font on the cover can be read as "HOPE", Hamasaki's theme for the year after the earthquake.
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