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Old 29th August 2008, 10:33 AM
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Need for SPEED Thread -Part 1-


from left to right : Uehara Takako, Imai Eriko, Shimabukuro Hiroko, Arakaki Hitoe

SPEED are SHIMABUKURO HIROKO - IMAI ERIKO - UEHARA TAKAKO - ARAKAKI HITOE

SPEED is a famous and highly respected female Jpop group consisting of four members hailing from Okinawa Japan: Hiroko Shimabukuro, Eriko Imai, Takako Uehara, and Hitoe Arakaki. The girls all attended the Okinawa Actors School (OAS) which also counts Namie Amuro, MAX and Da Pump among its alumni members. With their 6 albums & 11 singles, they have sold over 19.28 million records. With their success and accomplishments, they paved the way for many other youthful female groups such as Folder 5, Morning Musume and Zone.

The four member girl's group SPEED, who broke up in March 2000 are getting back together. They will give a concert on Nihon TV's '24 hr TV 31: Love will Save the World' on the 30th.

The group has reunited for special causes twice, but it looks like this time the reunion will be permanent. Vocalist Eriko Imai (24) is also going public about her 3 year old son's hearing deficiency. She says happily, "I'm glad to be able to show my son our concert."

It's been 8 years since SPEED's shocking disbandment at the height of their popularity. The members, who debuted at the median age of 13.5, and went on to become legendary, becoming the music world's youngest record breakers in Japan's history. Now the girls have become women with a median age of 25.

The impetus for the reunion came from an idea by the producer of '24 hr TV'. The girls had acted as hosts for the show in 1999, where they met Yui Nojiri (21), who suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, with whom they have remained in contact. Last year Yui turned 20, the age of majority in Japan, so the program staff came up with the idea of the four women appearing together on the show to meet her again. Since it would be the first time all four members have appeared together in quite a while, they decided to have a concert.

Imai, the only member with children, was the first to agree to the idea. She revealed that her son Raimu is hearing deficient, and said she had decided that, "My son can't hear his mother's voice, but I'd to give him songs as SPEED." The other three members shared her feelings.

The group will perform a 25 minute concert during the latter half of the show on the 31st, at Nihon Budokan. It will be a medley of their hit songs, including 'White Love'.

SPEED reunited for a single night in January of 2001, and in Fall of 2003 they reunited to give a tour in support of Save the Children. This will be their first concert in 5 years. But unlike those former limited reunions, this time it appears that the reunion will be permanent.

Imai had this to say regarding the band's plans to get back together: "We can only do this because we all want it. I'm sure it will make Raimu see that he's not alone. The other girls are so amazing: they're coming together to use everything we've got to help people understand about disabilities, and I know we can get through anything." At the concert, she will also speak in sign language, which she and Raimu have begun learning together since Spring.
credit to : oritsu_luv

live will be broadcast on NTV at around 4:00 (GMT+9) in the afternoon of August 31st.

There is currently a cellphone digital download promotion to commemorate SPEED's 12 year anniversary through RecoChoku. The downloads will be rolled out throughout August.


- 08.08.05: Body & Soul ~ Starting Over
- 08.08.13: Wake Me Up! ~ RISE
- 08.08.20: ALIVE ~ Long Way Home
- 08.08.27: Video clips: Body & Soul ~ Long Way Home

Singles
1996.08.05 **4 *,637,880 「Body & Soul C/w I remember」
1996.11.18 **2 1,278,660 「STEADY c/w HAPPY TOGETHER」
1997.03.26 **1 *,664,940 「Go! Go! HEAVEN c/w "oyasumi....."」
1997.08.06 **2 *,671,280 「Wake Me UP! c/w Nettaiya」
1997.10.15 **1 1,844,790 「WHITE LOVE c/w Namaiki」
1998.02.18 **1 1,474,700 「my graduation c/w Brand New Weekend」
1998.07.01 **1 *,965,000 「ALIVE c/w Up to you」
1998.10.28 **1 1,221,090 「ALL MY TRUE LOVE c/w Tsumetaku shinai de [Eriko with Crunch]; Mitsumeteitai [hiro]」
1999.02.17 **2 *,622,580 「Precious Time」c/w Kisetsu ga Iku Toki
1999.05.19 **2 *,582,040 「Breakin' out to the morning c/w Adam & Eve; EVERYDAY, BE WITH YOU [Eriko with Crunch]」
1999.11.03 **2 *,613,360 「Long Way Home c/w Naite mo Ii yo; Confusion」
2001.12.12 **5 *,136,310 「One More Dream」
2003.08.27 **2 *,126,147 「Be My Love c/w Shuka」.
2003.11.27 *11 *,*29,378 「Walking in the rain/Stars to shine again」
2008.11.12 **3 *,*75,223 Ashita No Sora
2009.05.27 **? *,***,*** S.P.D

Albums

1997.05.21 **1 1,925,500 「Starting Over」
1998.04.29 **1 2,048,270 「RISE」
1998.12.16 **1 2,318,970 「MOMENT」
1999.12.22 **1 *,884,980 「Carry On my way」
2000.03.29 **4 *,505,610 「Dear Friends 1」
2000.03.29 **3 *,522,470 「Dear Friends 2」
2001.12.19 **7 *,*83,590 「SPEED MEMORIAL LIVE “One More Dream”+ Remix!!!」
2003.11.27 **9 *,*98,242 「BRIDGE」
2004.02.11 *15 *,*19,264 「BEST HITS LIVE 〜Save The Children SPEED LIVE 2003〜」 * movie soundtrack
** best compilation
*** live album

Videos

97.11.19 - SPEED First Live ~Starting Over from ODAIBA~
98.03.18 - SPEED VIDEO CLIPS "SPEED SPIRITS I"
98.12.21 - Andromedia & Prologue *
99.01.20 - SPEED TOUR RISE IN TOKYO DOME
00.03.01 - SPEED FINAL DOME TOUR REAL LIFE
00.09.27 - SPEED VIDEO CLIPS "SPEED SPIRITS II"
00.12.20 - SPEED VIDEO CLIPS "SPEED SPIRITS COMPLETE"
03.12.25 - Save the Children SPEED LIVE 2003

* movie

Books

97.04.25 - SPEED
98.06.27 - SPEED in Andromedia
98.11.01 - SPEED YES, LOVE! make a rising
00.01.21 - SPEED RUNS, Our Graduation
00.02.14 - Hai! SPEED de Ikou!
00.02.15 - SPEED Spirits 1335days
00.03.25 - LEGEND of SPEED-BEST MEMORIAL BOOK 1995-2000
04.01.09 - BRIDGE

SPEED Official Site and Vision Factory
SPEED forum

MEMBERS

Shimabukuro Hiroko

Birthdate: 84.04.07 Okinawa, Japan
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-Single-
1999.08.18 **2 812,020 「AS TIME GOES BY」
2000.02.16 **2 427,720 「Bright Daylight」
2000.10.25 **2 602,390 「Treasure」
2001.08.01 **3 227,970 「Your innocence」
2001.11.21 **3 172,180 「Confession」
2002.04.17 **3 103,750 「love you」
2002.06.05 **2 *85,430 「Eternal Place」
2002.07.17 **8 *37,600 「Notice my mind」
2003.02.26 **9 *38,056 「Baby don't cry」
2003.07.24 *12 *29,546 「愛が泣いてる」
2004.09.23 *12 *28,954 「光の中で」
2005.08.03 *18 *20,358 「clover」
2006.02.01 *40 **6,644 「ヒーロー☆」
2006.08.23 *18 *20,377 「いつか二人で/I will take you」
-Album-
2001.01.31 **2 429,520 「BRILLIANT」
2002.08.07 **2 235,970 「Naked and True」
2006.02.01 *26 **9,250 「寛 スペシャル・ボックス」
2006.02.01 **7 *43,677 「寛 シングル・コレクション」

Coco d'Or
-Album-
2004.08.04 *13 *49,306 「Coco d'Or」
2005.01.01 *50 *10,803 「Coco d'Or Parfait」
2006.07.26 *20 *18,418 「Coco d'Or 2」


Imai Eriko

Birthdate: 83.09.22 Tomigusuku, Okinawa,
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Eriko with Crunch
-Single-
2000.03.15 **3 245,940 「Red Beat of My Life」
2000.08.02 **3 189,540 「Luv is Magic」

今井絵理子 (Imai Eriko)
-Single-
2000.11.22 **3 136,840 「in the Name of Love」
2001.03.07 **6 *92,830 「identity」
2001.06.06 **8 *51,300 「Set My Free!」
2002.01.23 *11 *38,240 「Don't stop the music」
2002.07.10 *15 *20,290 「Our Relation」
2003.07.02 *15 **9,233 「Butterfly」
-Album-
2001.07.18 **7 *93,780 「My Place」
2004.11.25 *49 **6,677 「Single Collection ~Stairway~」

elly
-Album-
2006.09.27 165 **1,200 「Neverland」

Uehara Takako

Birthdate: 83.01.14 Tomigusuku, Okinawa, Japan
Official Site


上原多香子 (Uehara Takako)
-Single-
1999.03.25 **1 530,570 「my first love」
1999.09.29 **3 217,330 「Come close to me」
2000.04.19 **4 125,150 「my greatest memories」
2001.04.18 *17 *30,140 「SWEET DREAMS」
2002.03.13 *15 *33,270 「kiss you 情熱」
2002.05.22 *15 *27,900 「GLORY -君がいるから-」
2002.09.19 *16 *13,870 「Air」
2003.03.12 *29 *11,336 「Make-up Shadow」
2004.02.25 *33 *14,265 「ブルー・ライト・ヨコハマ」
2004.10.20 *35 **7,984 「Galaxy Legend/Ladybug」
-Album-
2000.07.26 **7 *89,190 「first wing」
2003.03.26 *43 *14,419 「pupa」
2007.03.14 *71 **4,772 「depart ~takako uehara single collection~」

Arakaki Hitoe

Birthdate: 81.04.07 Okinawa, Japan
Official Site


HITOE'S 57 MOVE
-Single-
1999.06.30 **2 225,470 「INORI」

仁絵
-Single-
2002.12.18 *70 **1,888 「I Got You」
2003.02.05 135 ***,843 「I'll Do It My Way」
-Album-
2002.12.18 *85 **6,753 「I'll Do It My Way」


NEW SINGLE
Ashita No Sora
2008/11/05



Catalog No.: AVCD-16166
Label/Distributor: avex trax
Format: CD
Number of discs (or other units): 2
Release Date: 2008/11/05
Price: 1714yen (1800yen Tax incl.)
[US$ 15.87]

Description
The First single from SPEED after their reunited includes theme song of a TV series. The song is written by Hiromasa Ijichi. Also includes bonus DVD with music video and behind-the-scenes footage. *Unless otherwise indicated, DVDs are region-2 encoded (Japan, Europe, and Middle East), and carry no subtitles.

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=AVCD-16166

Ashita no Sora

Catalog No.: AVCD-16167
Label/Distributor: avex trax
Format: CD
Number of discs (or other units): 1
Release Date: 2008/11/05
Price: 1000yen (1050yen Tax incl.)
[US$ 9.26]

Description
The First single from SPEED after their reunited includes theme song of a TV series. The song is written by Hiromasa Ijichi.

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=AVCD-16167


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SPEED
S.P.D.
AVCD-16180
CD+DVD
1800yen (Tax included)

SPEED
S.P.D.
AVCD-16181
CD only
1050yen (Tax included)

BUY IT HERE
CDJAPAN - CD+DVD - http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=AVCD-16180
CDJAPAN - CD only - http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=AVCD-16181
HMV - CD+DVD - http://www.hmv.co.jp/product/detail/3566526
HMV - CD only - http://www.hmv.co.jp/product/detail/3566529


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this is niceeeee!!!!

thanks for the thread, riozz!!!
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Awww!! SPEED is reuniting permanently? That's so nice! It was kind of sudden that they disbanded when they were so popular. I've heard from Mami several times taht she missed them also. -__-;;

But it's also so nice, their cause to make people aware of disabilities.

Very exciting indeed.
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I love my graduation and WHITE LOVE

Hopefully their comeback is successful.
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^ woow I dunno if you like SPEED too...

I hope the will sing Bridge to heaven


Eriko is having a "LIVE&TALK" event on 9/30, held at the Harajuku Astro Hall.
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DONE...
picts taken from 24tv show
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Of course I love SPEED. I 90's music

I'm so happy that they did 24h tv too, I can't wait to see the video.
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^ me too.
hope somebody will upload it

from JPM said they sang
White Love
STEADY
ALL MY TRUE LOVE
ALIVE
Body & Soul

maybe?

Cant wait to see their performance
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someone has uploaded their performance on Youtube
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More SPEED at 24h tv, it's so sad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBmLy20lD7A
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aw~ i really miss SPEED, they are my only fav jpop girl band. i can't wait for more!

Does anyone have the RISE and Starting Over albums in 320kps?
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Thanks rio for the information; i got to know more about SPEED! =D
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^ you should try it,Joel

this is the performace in HQ
http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=aNLYAufLSKA&fmt=18

another link
http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=gBmLy20lD7A

Here's the complete documentary portion:
http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=omsqJwFsVHQ&feature=user
http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=UcayARmWVsc&feature=user
http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=q0H0Sl-w8C4&feature=user

Genie : check this thread
http://www.ahsforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=78277
and this thread
http://www.ahsforum.com/forum/showth...ighlight=SPEED
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omg HITOE's looking rough in that pic D:
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^ yah.. her face looks rough

btw on CDTV announced special GUEST on 24 sept show..
I Hope that's SPEED
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24 hr TV 31: Love will Save the World' pulled an average of 18.6% rating, becoming the 2nd highest rated 24hr Charity show in history. The highest rate was during 2005 with 19%

which mean ppl are waiting for their return
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^ That's something gratifying =)

I like BODY & SOUL's performance; full of energy!
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^ yaiiy.. you like it..
their old performance more energic

you should watch this link
http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=gBmLy20lD7A
It's so sad
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riozz I know you wanted their lives right?
I found a thread on KMC with their PVs and Lives.

http://jpmp3.com/viewtopic.php?t=563...=music+station

I didnt saw if the links were dead or alive , I am in a hurry. Go there and see xD

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^ ahhhhhhhhhhhhh
thanks, Jess.. muah

EDIT : I tried all LIVE performance and the links already dead

anyway thanks for your help

I found this
White Love #75 and ALIVE #76
http://recochoku.jp/recochoku_ranking/full.html

White love #10, ALIVE #19, STEADY #23, ALL MY TRUE LOVE #25, My graduation #27, Body & sould #35, Precious time #43, brakin out to the morning #63, Long way home #64, wake me up #68 Gogo heaven #87,
http://recochoku.jp/recochoku_ranking/videoclip.html
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