NONE イラーヴァティ (林原めぐみ)

King Records KICS-640
3000 yen
released 1997.08.06

This is a solo album by Hayashibara Megumi (林原めぐみ).

The songs are as follows.

  1. Good Luck!
  2. I'll Be There (ballade version)
  3. Successful Mission
  4. 魂のルフラン [Tamashii no Rufran] (Aqua Groove Mix)
  5. Deja Vu
  6. The GIFT
  7. Run All The Way! (Fire Ball Groove Mix)
  8. Just Be Conscious
  9. 心よ原始に戻れ [Kokoro yo Genshi ni Modore] (Naked Flower Version)
  10. 明日になれ [Asu ni Nare]
  11. Reflection
  12. Thirty
  13. 幻影 [Maayaa]
The lyrics booklet has many color pictures.

The first pressing comes with the following goodies.
  • 40 page (all color) picture booklet with hard cover
  • deluxe cardboard case for the CD case and booklet
[Iravati booklet]

Most of these songs are from anime or radio drama (Slayers, Evangelion, Saber Marionette J).

Megumi wrote the lyrics to Successful Mission (Saber Marionette J), Deja Vu, Just Be Conscious (Slayers Return), Asu ni Nare, Reflection (Slayers Great), Thirty, and Maayaa.

oricon rankings

This CD debuted at number 5. Then fell to 8, and 16. (Over 240,000 sold as of the third week.)

H.Doi's opinions

Some of the "new" mixes are weird, after knowing the original versions.

The version of Tamashii no Rufran is VERY slow, and different from the original. The feeling is not the same.

Sebastien's opinions

"Iravati" is the best of the best of all Hayashibara Megumi's albums. Perfect !! There's very differents kinds of atmosphere on this album who are very agreeable :

- For "Iravati", she sing a new version of "Run All The Way", but what a version !! : after the theoric end of the song, this one continue for 2 minutes around again, with a super performance of a Gospel chorus!!

- "Kokoro no Genshi Ni Modore" is very different : this song is very calm ; the lyrics talk about god and about the Bible, the melody is superb!!

- "Tamashii No Refrain" is the "Iravati" 's version of a Japanese popular song played by Youko Takahashi for "Evangelion". Megumi play this song as the Rei-chan's voice. Very relaxing song.

- "Good Luck" is my 2nd favorite song of all Hayashibara's songs. The melody is perfect, purely and simply. Megumi did, once more again, give her best of herself for this song.

- "Maayaa" goes to close by a perfect maneer this album. Megumi prove to all of ourselves she's a very great singer.

You are understand. "Iravati" is the result of a superb work from Megumi and from King Records' musicians and chorus. You must have it !

"Iravati" is a Sanskirt word. It means "refreshment".

My Top 5 ranking : 1, 2, 7, 13, 9.

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