Hai to Diamond
|Hai to Diamond|
|Studio album by Glay|
|Released||May 25, 1994|
|Recorded||October 1993 - January 1994 at Studio 540, Bazooka Studio|
|Genre||Pop rock, power pop, progressive rock|
|Label||Extasy Records (1994)
Warner Music Japan (2000)
Loversoul Music & Associates (2014)
Hai to Diamond (灰とダイヤモンド?, "Ash or Diamond") is the debut album by Japanese rock band Glay. It was released on May 25, 1994 on the independent label Extasy Records and peaked at #26 on the Oricon chart, with more than 100,000 copies sold.
The drums on Hai to Diamond were performed by Akira, who left the group in January before its release. Although "Rain" was written and demoed under the title "Julia (Reason For So Long)" prior to this album, the finished version includes lyrics and co-composition by Yoshiki. It and its fellow singles, "Manatsu no Tobira" and "Kanojo no "Modern..."", were all re-recorded for their second album Speed Pop.
"Manatsu no Tobira" was used in the 1994 anime Yamato Takeru. It was also covered by v[Neu] for the compilation album Counteraction - V-Rock covered Visual Anime songs Compilation-, which was released on May 23, 2012 and features covers of songs by visual kei bands that were used in anime. "Kanojo no "Modern..."" was covered for Crush! 3 - 90's V-Rock Best Hit Cover Love Songs-, which was released on June 27, 2012 and features current visual kei bands covering love songs by visual kei bands of the 90's. It was performed by Crash49, a one-off supergroup consisting of Mitsu from v[Neu], Yoshihiro from Guild, Aki from -Oz-, Karin from Nogod and Hiroki from D.
In celebration of their 20th anniversary, Glay released Hai to Diamond Anthology (灰とダイヤモンド Anthology?) exactly 20 years later on May 25, 2014. The two CD/one DVD set includes remastered tracks, re-recordings, demo versions, and a live medley.
- "Manatsu no Tobira (Glay Version) (真夏の扉 (GLAY VERSION)?)" - 5:19
- "Kanojo no "Modern..." (彼女の "Modern…"?)" - 4:40
- "Kissin' Noise - 4:50
- "Hidoku Arifureta White Noise wo Kure (ひどくありふれたホワイトノイズをくれ?)" - 6:07
- "Rain (Glay Version)" - 6:45
- "Lady Close" - 4:48
- "Two Bell Silence" - 4:09
- "Sen no Knife ga Mune wo Sasu (千ノナイフガ胸ヲ刺ス?)" - 5:03
- "Burst" - 3:21
- "If -Hai to Diamond- (if〜灰とダイヤモンド〜?)" - 4:45
- Teru - vocals
- Takuro - electric guitar, acoustic guitar
- Hisashi - electric guitar
- Jiro - bass
- Akira - drums
- Mr. Kitaguchi - keyboards
- Makoto - keyboards
- Takuya Kon - violin
- Naoki Ichikawa - piano on track 5
- "V-Kei Anime Song Cover Compilation "Counteraction!" and MJP TV to Collaborate! Live Talk Program with Asai Hiroaki and the Artists Participating!". musicjapanplus.jp. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- "Crush! 3-90's V-Rock best hit cover LOVE songs-". cdjapan.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-07-07.
- "GLAY Rereleases Album From Indie Days In Anthology Format". Barks. Retrieved 2015-05-16.