ART OF LIFE (29:00)

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Art of Life is an album released by X Japan on August 28, 1993. It consists of only one song of the same name, which is nearly 29 minutes long, and was written and composed by Yoshiki Hayashi. The heavily orchestrated piece (recorded with the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) is partly based on Schubert’s unfinished Symphony No. 8 and comprises several passages of varying speed and instrumentation, including eight minutes performed solely on piano. It was rarely played live, an early performance taking place on July 30, 1992 at Nippon Budokan and two more on December 30 and 31, 1993, at the Tokyo Dome. These were later released on the Art of Life Live album and the Art of Life 1993.12.31 Tokyo Dome VHS/DVD, respectively. It was also performed at the band’s reunion concert on March 28, 2008 at the Tokyo Dome, but was cut short when Yoshiki collapsed mid-way through the song, just before the piano solo. The rest of the song was played at the same venue, two days later.

During the Hong Kong Live on 16th and 17th January 2009, X JAPAN split the song into two. performing the song from the intro to right before the piano solo on the 16th and performing the remainder on 17th January as YOSHIKI still has injuries, making him unable to play the song one shot.

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  • maryeon

    One of the most beautiful things in the world. [2]

    13 Jun 2:32pm Reply
  • Ferdokki

    One of the most beautiful things in the world.

    22 Apr 12:43am Reply
  • TheOnlyMAD

    Possibly the best song in the whole universe.

    6 Mar 2:44am Reply
  • hikaruaki

    When life is unbearable, I always listen to this song and want to live

    4 Mar 4:42am Reply
  • metaloly999

    Epic Masterpiece ! [90]

    1 Mar 7:31am Reply
  • xclaimation

    i'm still in a love-hate relationship with the piano solo a decade later.

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • chivymonrroy

    "This is how I interpret the song. The first half of the song, the person wants to die because the person he loves rejected him. The "Desert Rose" is the person's heart. The woman's voice is a personification of the depressed man's heart. The second part of the song, the piano solo, the man tries to die. In the beginning, he is unsure, but his heart beat becomes faster (when the piano starts getting faster) and attempts suicide (the piano goes crazy). Still, the piano continues but softer (he's still alive). Finally the piano stops and the orchestra comes through (meaning he was saved). The final part, he realizes he can live life. He still feels depressed and sad, but he is confident of picking up the pieces. [3]" that's is a great POV

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • DonMatt447

    This is how I interpret the song. The first half of the song, the person wants to die because the person he loves rejected him. The "Desert Rose" is the person's heart. The woman's voice is a personification of the depressed man's heart. The second part of the song, the piano solo, the man tries to die. In the beginning, he is unsure, but his heart beat becomes faster (when the piano starts getting faster) and attempts suicide (the piano goes crazy). Still, the piano continues but softer (he's still alive). Finally the piano stops and the orchestra comes through (meaning he was saved). The final part, he realizes he can live life. He still feels depressed and sad, but he is confident of picking up the pieces. [2]

    17 Aug 2014 Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    Without a doubt one of the greatest musical experiences of my life

    28 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Ramonzito-ito

    EPIC MASTERPIECE! [90]

    27 Jul 2014 Reply
  • herzblutnord

    EPIC MASTERPIECE! [89]

    29 Jun 2014 Reply
  • xclaimation

    the remastered version is so good.

    14 Jun 2014 Reply
  • SousuKe_

    The greatest masterpiece of all times in the history of the music.

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Demivee

    Does anyone know, where I can get the Studio Version?

    12 Mar 2013 Reply
  • JAMPSE

    one of the few things in life that are so beautiful they bring a tear to my eye.

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Hikarichi

    EPIC MASTERPIECE! [88]

    15 Jan 2013 Reply
  • FolkBlackDoom

    I LOVE classical music and I LOVE metal. This track is absolutely perfect.

    2 Jan 2013 Reply
  • darkonyxswe

    My life is now complete.

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Pheneks

    This is one of my favorite songs of all time. The sheer orchestration, the piano and the guitars give me goosebumps each time I hear 'em.

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    Epic 30 minutes. Holy crap.

    19 Sep 2012 Reply
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