Tonight I have for you the Spirited Away soundtrack, Home Made Kazoku's debut album "Rock the World!" and the "Fullmetal Alchemist Complete Best" collection. Three excellent CDs, I daresay. Here goes:
HOME MADE KAZOKU - ROCK THE WORLD!01. It's da Dai Naka SHOW!!!
02. Home Party
03. On the Run
04. Aikotoba05. Asunaro no Ki
06. Kuuneru Asobu
07. Oooh! Ie~!
08. Koi no Decibel09. Thank You!!
11. Live on Direct pt. 3
12. Mr. Tough Guy13. Summer Time Magic
14. Homerareru to Nobiru Type
15. Home Sweet Home (Reborn)
16. Life Goes On and On
I *love* Home Made Kazoku. They're one of my favorite bands, English or Japanese or any other language. I'd classify their style as a really kickass combination of funk and hip-hop. They have a wonderful, upbeat, cheerful feel and never fail to put a smile on my face. They've got lots more songs than the sixteen featured here but Rock the World! is a nice first taste. If any of you have heard the Bleach ending song "Thank You!!" (available here), or the Eureka Seven opening song "Shounen Heart" (available on HMK's sophomore release, Musication) you should already know how crazy awesome these guys are. The best part is, their range is not limited to "chill" songs like "Thank You!!" or upbeat songs like "Shounen Heart." They've got lots of different fun to offer. I *highly* recommend you check them out. My favorites from this album are "On the Run," "Asunaro no Ki," "Homerareru to Nobiru Type," and "Home Sweet Home (Reborn)."
SPIRITED AWAY ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK01. One Summer's Day
02. A Road to Somewhere
03. The Empty Restaraunt
04. Nighttime Coming
05. The Dragon Boy06. Sootballs
07. Procession of the Spirits
09. Bathhouse Morning
10. Day of the River11. It's Hard Work!
12. The Stink Spirit
13. Sen's Courage
14. The Bottomless Pit
15. No Face16. 6th Station
17. Yubaba's Panic
18. The House at Swamp Bottom19. Reprise
21. Always With Me
Joe Hisaishi is a genius. He shares the spot of my favorite composer with Yoko Kanno. Hisaishi, in case you're unfamiliar with the name, is the composer best known in the otaku world for his soundtracks for Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli films. He's composed the music for Nausicaa, Laputa, Kiki, Porco Rosso, Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl, so if you've seen any of these movies and thought the music was good, Joe Hisaishi is why. Of course, he's done plenty outside of Studio Ghibli, including another fan favorite, the soundtrack to the movie "Kikujiro," famous for its unforgettable main theme "Summer." The sountrack to Spirited Away is no exception to Hisaishi's greatness. Of course, the music is much more enjoyable if you've seen the movie, but Hisaishi is one of those composers you can enjoy even without having seen the source material. Scene association does help bring out the best in each track, though, and Spirited Away is nothing short of a perfect movie (just like almost every other Ghibli movie out there) so if you haven't seen it, you're really missing out...
FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST COMPLETE BEST01. "Melissa" by Porno Graffitti02. "Kesenai Tsumi" by Nana Kitade03. "READY STEADY GO" by L'arc~en~Ciel04. "Tobira no Mukou he" by Yellow Generation05. "UNDO" by COOL JOKE06. "Motherland" by Crystal Kay07. "Rewrite" by Asian Kung-Fu Generation08. "I Will" by Sowelu
Fullmetal Alchemist is one of my favorite anime series. It's an action/adventure by BONES. BONES is an anime studio with a nearly perfect track record (RahXephon, Wolf's Rain, Scrapped Princess are the best-known ones aside from FMA, though I'd argue that Eureka Seven is their best). Anyway, with FMA and Eureka, BONES adopted a "new op/ed per quarter" policy. The songs here are arranged thus: first opening, first ending, second opening, second ending, and so on. With both FMA and Eureka, BONES pulled some really good ones on us! Let's look at this collection, though, since that's the one offered. Established and well-respected artists such as Porno Graffitti, L'arc, AKFG, and Sowelu made a showing, whereas totally new artists such as Nana Kitade and COOL JOKE also made their breakthroughs here. Honestly, I recommend *every* song in this collection. Okay, okay, Motherland may not have exactly fit FMA, but it sure was a solid pop song! So yeah. If you're a J-rock/J-pop fan, you can't pass this by. My favorites are ... actually, I don't really have favorites. All eight songs are just too damn good.
All files are in .wma format. Enjoy~! And please comment if you download anything!