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View Poll Results: What is your favourite version of Koufukuron?
Album version 13 44.83%
Single version 16 55.17%
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Old 2011.11.24, 07:08 PM   #21
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Album version. Because it is totally badass and the only song closest to Ringo doing a screamo.
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Old 2011.11.30, 10:46 AM   #22
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I prefer the single version for a lot of reasons. I love the opening guitar line, the softer verses, the song is slowed down more so you can really relish the melody, and I especially prefer her singing to be more clear and not so distorted. I used to hate the album version but it really grew on me after a while and it fits perfectly into the context of the album if you listen to it from start to finish, definitely more so than the single version would.

But yeah, the single version is just a very well-crafted pop song. It's one of my favorite early tracks of hers.
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Old 2011.11.30, 11:13 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by karateexplosion View Post
I changed my mind. Ringohan version is the best.
^this!
I personally can't stand the album version, though live versions of it can be fun in the right mood
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Old 2011.12.09, 07:10 AM   #24
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100% single. I know it was all pop-ified and not the style Ringo wanted, but I just vastly prefer it. It was one of the first Ringo songs I ever heard and I'm just attached. In fact, I HATE the etsuraku-hen (album version) with a burning passion. I choose to never listen to it.
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Old 2012.10.19, 09:04 PM   #25
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Question? Are there 3 versions of this song?

1st version: the one on the mini CD single, very sugary pop arrangement and clean vocals.

2nd version: the reissue that contains an extra track. Noisier, more rock-oriented arrangement and clean vocals.

3rd version: album version, the one with distorted vocals.
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Old 2012.10.19, 11:17 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by Inseu View Post
Are there 3 versions of this song?
There's the PV version (found throughout the singles), and there's the -Etsuraku Hen- version (found in the album and briefly in the Electric Mole DVD). The fact that the single and the album have been re-packaged in various ways, doesn't change the fact that there's really only 2 distinct studio versions. There's probably 3+ masterings of the Single version, and 2 masterings of the Album version.

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the one on the mini CD single, very sugary pop arrangement and clean vocals.
That was TODT-5144, released on 1998.05.27.
This was also the version of the song used in the PV.
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the reissue that contains an extra track. Noisier, more rock-oriented arrangement and clean vocals.
Are you talking about TOCT-22011, released on 1999.10.27 (same day as Honnou)?

There's 3 tracks on that single, and only 1 of them is a version of Koufukuron. The one version of Koufukuron that you get on the reissue, is the same recording as the mini-CD, but with different mixing/mastering decisions. It's not different enough from the mini-CD or the PV, to be called a remix or a different arrangement.

The reissue A-side is different in arrangement, only from the album.

Originally Posted by Inseu View Post
album version, the one with distorted vocals.
Muzai Moratorium (1999.02.24) actually came before the Koufukuron reissue, but you're correct about this being another version of the song.
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Old 2014.05.05, 11:41 PM   #27
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The album version grew on me after watching it performed live enough times. But if I don't have that visual aid to go along with the constant franticness, I prefer to listen to the single version.
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I skip the album version when I can, heard it before I knew of the single ver., which I consider vastly superior and not such an earsore
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Old 2014.05.20, 04:52 PM   #29
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I thought the album version was far too noisy when I first heard it. Then I heard the single version. And I thought it was far too poppy when I first heard it. Then I realized that it's just a good song with a catchy melody. And you can hear that melody with less stress in the original single. The transition from the album to the single version made me appreciate the melody, I think. I was humming the chorus for weeks. Although, I wonder if it would have been better if she released Suberidai instead as a debut single like she wanted.
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Originally Posted by kalmia View Post
I wonder if it would have been better if she released Suberidai instead as a debut single like she wanted.
This guy seems to have the Japanese music industry mostly figured out, though you'll have to forgive his frequent and severe off-topic-ness.

Of particular interest is this section:
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2. [the artist] make[s] a song. It's usually not very good.

3. They make more songs. One of them ends up alright. One of them ends up as something handed down by God.
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7. The [artist] records a demo.
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8. The producer hears the demo, picks two songs -- the alright one, and the one handed down by God -- and decides to re-produce them as a single.

9. The just-alright song is the A-side. The God-handed song is the B-side.
This happens to be the truth with most of the Japanese artists I follow. When this isn't true for a particular artist, that's usually because none of their tracks on any of their releases have ever been handed down by God.
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