HMV Japan tell me that a new album entitled "Hayley Meets Japanese Songs 2" is scheduled for release in Japan on 11 March 2009. I will assume that its final title will be translated differently, to make it Hayley Sings Japanese Songs 2 or possibly, something entirely different (we can change the thread title when we know). There will again be a Limited Edition SHM-CD.
There is no tracklisting yet and for the moment, I think this one thread will suffice until we know more about it. I've temporarily tucked it into the board for the first Japanese album.
Hayley is also listed on her official Japanese website for a major 3 week tour in Japan starting on 12 March, clearly to coincide with the new release. See the concerts thread for more details of the tour.
I can't wait for this one! So it might still turn out to be called "Hayley sings more Japanese Songs". When I saw this thread Ithought I had got the title of the album wrong in my predictions for 2009!
Hi Maya, I heard for the first time about a new HSJS album in september, when i was at the concert in Dublin. I guess the recordings were made. after Hayley came back from Ghana. I read somewhere that her first HSJS cd, was recorded in just 3 days!!!
OOps.....can i place this Quote in the thread Dave already started??
Well, my predictions for 2009 seem to have been uncannily accurate so far. And this isn't much different to the title I predicted it would have, when, as predicted, it was released in March.
Yes, you are right, Martin. I thought the release would be not soon since her health condition was not very good. But the recordings were already made and it will be in 2 months from now.
I am hoping that the new CD will not be used too much of technique called dynamic compression by the audio engineers in the Universal Records Japan this time.
When HSJS was released last June, the Administrator Dave mentioned that the dynamic range (range of loudness) of it had been compressed more than usual for Hayley albums. It seemed to me that he was a bit disappointed as I was. At that time I had been waiting for HSJS preparing newly made digital amplifier by me and I was not very happy with it due to the limited quality of her voice and instruments containing IMD (Inter Modulation Distortion). The dynamic compression reduces the quality of the recording increasing IMD. The harmonic distortion can be almost eliminated by the filters but IMD can not be. CDs have a dynamic range of more than 90dB and this does not need strong compression as was done for conventional vinyl records in old days and the bigger dynamic range was one of the good points of CD.
The duet with Minako, "Amazing Grace" was the first song and other following songs were also compressed, I assumed.
I had known this HWI for years but I had never posted any due to my language handy cap up to that point. But I was in a mood to check how others were feeling and finally I decided to post. Then I found Dave's and other's comments which were exactly same with me. I was warmly welcomed and I felt happy knowing Hayley and knowing supporting members like you guys newly. Since then, I visit here more often and I sometimes post some comments. As I wrote you before, English is not my mother tongue and I need some efforts to read and write but visiting here makes me to get used to read fast since there comes many posts from members.
It seems to me that Hayley likes Japan and she also likes some of our songs. She is actually about to release her Japan-unique album again and I must prepare for it tuning my amplifier and expecting better sound from CD this time. maya.
. I read somewhere that her first HSJS cd, was recorded in just 3 days!!! Greetz JOYCE
Thats quite a relief to read that.
I'm looking forward to a nice easy 5 new CD's per year.
The loveliest, sweetest flower that bloomed in paradise, and the first that died, has rarely blossomed since on mortal soil. It is so frail, so delicate, a thing, it is gone if it but look upon itself; and she who ventures to esteem it hers proves by that single thought she has it not. Humility - Fry
It doesn't give a lot away, but suggests it is a Hayley Westenra album due for release on 11/03/2009 with a track listing of sorts: funny translations have been given to many of the song titles. I wonder if any of our Japanese members can shed any more light on these songs?
What is also interesting here is that it adds to the rumour that the first disc is an SHM-CD and the second a DVD containing promotional songs and a photo gallery.