Best of the Best: Mild and Wild

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Best of the Best:
Mild and Wild
Gackt - Best of the Best.jpg
Box set with both albums: Mild (left), Wild (right)
Compilation album by Gackt
Released July 3, 2013 (2013-07-03)
Recorded 2009-2013
Genre Alternative rock, art rock, pop rock, hard rock, neo-progressive rock
Length 58:00
61:00
Label Avex Trax
Producer Gackt
Gackt chronology
The Eleventh Day
(2010)The Eleventh Day2010
Best of the Best: Mild and Wild
(2013)
Mysteries of Yoshitsune I&II
(2014)Mysteries of Yoshitsune I&II2014

Best of the Best: Mild and Wild are Japanese recording artist Gackt's two separate compilation albums released on July 3, 2013, and include songs released throughout his career, some never performed live and released before on an album.[1]

Overview[edit]

The new tour titled "Best of the Best Vol. I" represented Gackt's comeback to his solo career, and his first solo tour in four years.[2] It started on May 11, at Katsushika Symphony Hills Mozart Hall, and ended with three consecutive shows on July 7 at the Yokohama Arena, with twenty-two concerts in total, and attendance of eighty thousand people.[1][3]

Composition[edit]

The albums were released in two editions, "Mild", themed around milder ballads, and "Wild", themed around rock songs. Both albums include one new song, the first "Sakura, Chiru...", and the second "Claymore". Several older songs, like "Doomsday", "Missing" and "Emu ~for my dear~", were re-recorded.

The music video of "Sakura, Chiru..." (サクラ、散ル..., lit. "Sakura, Falling...") shows the worldwiew of the Moon Saga - Mysteries of Yoshitsune I&II theatre stage play in the late Heian period, and features reprisation of Taichi Saotome's role as the mysterious ghost Mononoke.[4][5] The song "Claymore" was used as the theme song for the Japanese release of the movie Silent Hill: Revelation.[6][7]

Release[edit]

Both albums were released in standard (CD) and limited (CD+DVD) edition, as well together in a limited box set. Limited editions for both albums were also released in both DVD and Blu-ray editions, including music videos, also of "Claymore" and "Sakura, Chiru...", while the box set included both limited edition albums.

Both albums charted on the Oricon charts, where reached number eight and nine, and charted for six and five weeks.[8] The box set reached number eight and charted for six weeks.[8] On the Top Albums list of Billboard Japan reached number twenty-one and twenty-three, while the box set nineteenth place.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Gackt C., exception #5 and #10 in Mild, #4 and #13 in Wild, with Shoko Fujibayashi and Ryo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "For the first time in 4 years Gackt is to start his nationwide Best tour; 'Omou Zonbun, Meippai Sawaide Kure'". en.barks.jp. Global Plus. 2013-05-19. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Gackt、新曲が映画のイメージソングに決定。新曲収録の予告編を世界初公開". barks.jp (in Japanese). Global Plus. 2013-05-10. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Gackt、40歳の誕生日に横アリで記念ライブ!1万人が歌うバースデーソングに感動". listenmusic.jp (in Japanese). 2013-07-15. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Taichi Saotome Featured in Gackt's New Music Video, 'Sakura, Chiru...'". en.barks.jp. Global Plus. 2013-07-17. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Gackt、新曲「サクラ、散ル…」のMVで早乙女太一と共演!". listenmusic.jp (in Japanese). 2013-06-18. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Gackt、「独特の世界観と美しい映像美がすごいんですけど、でも怖い」". barks.jp (in Japanese). Global Plus. 2013-07-18. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Gackt、映画『サイレントヒル』吹き替え声優に!ゲーム主人公の一人演じる" (in Japanese). Cinematoday. 2013-06-28. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Gackt albums on Oricon" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Billboard Japan Top Album July chart" (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 

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