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Wake Up Dreaming (Taiwan Version)

Jacky Cheung (Singer)
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The God of Songs is back! As part of the celebrations for the 30th anniversary of his debut, pop legend Jacky Cheung returns with his first new Mandarin-language album in seven years, Wake Up Dreaming! Produced using the most advanced of sound technology, the new album is an effort that undoubtedly adds to Jacky's long list of classics. It features the single "The Rest of Time," which was released digitally without any promotion at the end of October 2014, yet still shot to the top of the digital charts, once again proving the enduring appeal of the God of Songs.
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Product Title: Wake Up Dreaming (Taiwan Version) 醒著做夢 (台壓版) 醒着做梦 (台压版) 醒著做夢 (台壓版) Wake Up Dreaming (Taiwan Version)
Singer Name(s): Jacky Cheung (Singer) 張 學友 (Singer) 张 学友 (Singer) 張學友(ジャッキー・チョン) (Singer) 장 학우 (Singer)
Release Date: 2015-01-15
Language: Mandarin
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Disc Format(s): CD
Package Weight: 150 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Universal Music Taiwan
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1038049900

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只有他 值得你等待七年 張學友「Wake up Dreaming醒著做夢」


一舉一動都會引起樂壇注目的張學友,自1985年發行首張專輯後,至今30年締造了許多無人能及的輝煌紀錄。人生走過了1/2世紀, 一切的努力與成就, 奠定了張學友在華語樂壇無可取代的地位。2013年完成了「1/2世紀演唱會Live」演唱會專輯後,張學友就立刻進行全新國語專輯的籌備,回顧上一張的國語專輯,已經是2007年的「在你身邊」,7 年的時間不僅樂迷引頸期盼,唱片公司更是望眼欲穿的漫長等待。終於在2014年歲末,我們等到了張學友的全新國語專輯「Wake up Dreaming醒著做夢」。只有張學友,值得你等待七年。

張學友終於在2014年12月23日推出全新國語專輯「Wake up Dreaming 醒著做夢」,專輯收錄10首全新國語歌曲。 距離上一張國語專輯「在你身邊」雖有七年的時間,但張學友表示如果嚴格計算,從有這張音樂雛形在腦海裡,到現在作品完成,應該已經有超過10年的時間了。從1996年與香港管弦樂團完成「愛與交響曲」現場演出後,就一直很想做張管弦樂與搖滾的錄音室專輯。雖然很早就有這想法,但總在收歌階段時就遇到瓶頸,找不到適合的歌曲,學友就跑去做其他工作, 就這樣來來回回的選歌過程中,學友也完成了不少其他音樂作品與創新演唱紀錄,但這音樂概念始終記在學友心上。 張學友笑笑表示:「這也證明只要我想做的事,花多長時間我都會將它完成的。」 但時間拖越長,就越想做好這張專輯。在一路選歌過程中通常只要聽到喜歡的音樂Demo,多聽一、兩次即使沒有歌詞,學友已經可以跟著哼哼唱唱,有歌曲更是多年前唱片公司提供給學友聽的Demo,多年後學友又可以想起這首Demo,覺得旋律很適合專輯,就再找出這首歌曲。 因此在專輯的製作過程中,也衍生出這張專輯的概念歌曲「我只想唱歌」,不管什麼歌曲只要喜歡,學友就想盡力唱到好。相隔七年發行的國語新專輯「Wake up Dreaming 醒著做夢」學友不敢預期樂迷朋友的接受程度,只能做到無愧於心,做到自己最滿意就夠了。

新專輯「Wake up Dreaming 醒著做夢」張學友再次與他上張粵語大碟「Private Corner」音樂製作人及演唱會御用音樂總監杜自持共同製作,兩人自2004年國語版的「雪狼湖」音樂劇巡演開始合作,在舞台上多年的配合,音樂默契十足。這次新專輯的音樂性更令人驚艷,以氣勢磅礡的管弦樂為主調,搭配不同的音樂元素及多樣化的演奏樂器,讓整張專輯的音樂擁有豐富且多層次的聽覺享受,學友真實聲線的渲染魅力、寬廣的音域及驚人的爆發力,再再都表現的淋漓盡致,而不同曲風更能展現出學友唱功的無懈可擊。張學友一向對音樂製作擁有獨特的觸覺與想法,對音樂品質的要求更是十分嚴謹與挑剔,因此在這次專輯製作上,製作人杜自持需先以模擬音樂方式製作完成整張專輯,在確認所有音樂細節都能完全達到學友的要求後,全部音樂再請世界級樂手們,以真實樂器進行演奏錄製。在模擬專輯完成後學友曾約唱片公司老闆們開會試聽,唱片公司直認為這張模擬專輯的質量已經是一張可以正式發行的專輯品質。但7 年才發行一張國語專輯,張學友對專輯的製作絕對用盡心思,為求每首音樂編曲的準確性,除模擬製作整張專輯外,音樂製作更是下重本,管弦樂部份邀請北京國際首席愛樂樂團演奏錄製,而節奏音樂部份更遠赴英國,到全世界音樂人嚮往朝聖的殿堂級錄音室Abbey Road Studios,與世界頂尖樂手進行音樂錄音的工作。整張專輯99%音樂都以真實樂器現場演奏,更能體現出每首歌最真實的音樂性及臨場感 。專輯後製則送至美國Sterling Sound請到Grammy Awards得主Tom Coyne為母帶後期處理,讓專輯品質更加極致完美。 張學友出道三十年,在時間的焠鍊下,已經不再需要任何獎項或是任何人的背書來證明他的音樂成就,純粹就是為喜歡聽他唱歌的人而唱,沒有任何市場壓力與包袱,在音樂世界裡能盡情醒著做夢,只有張學友。

「Wake up Dreaming 醒著做夢」專輯封面的澎湃氣勢與震撼,是由金獎大師奚仲文的美術指導及合作無間的香港設計鬼才阿奇共同打造,雖然現今電腦特效已到達無所不能的地步,但七年沒發國語專輯的學友,為求作品能呈現最好的效果,仍決定赴棚外實景拍攝,但拍攝當天早上香港卻是發出暴雨警告,張學友只求作品好,不畏風雨仍衝第一站上又溼又滑的石灘上拍攝封面,雖然身旁狂浪環伺,但為了讓香港知名攝影大師夏永康能捕捉他唱歌的神韻,拍攝現場學友仍能在無音樂伴奏的情況下立即演唱新作品《我醒著做夢》,風雨漸大張學友仍面不改色專注地演唱。專輯內另附音樂錄製的工作紀錄照及學友親赴倫敦錄音室Abbey Road Studios 的錄音現場,對於外國樂手專業的工作態度印象深刻,更能證明音樂的力量是無國界的。

在現今瞬息萬變的流行市場,無窮變化的音樂潮流中,已有7年沒發行國語專輯的張學友,他不急著讓人看見他的改變,所以專輯中保留住樂迷朋友最熟悉也是最想聽的動人情歌,但當你仔細聆聽完整張專輯後,你又可以清楚地發現他的與眾不同。走過半世紀的張學友,追求進步的腳步沒有停止過,但在變與不變的平衡點上,他卻拿捏合宜。他不知道還能唱到多久,也不知道還有誰會聽,但任性地他就想唱足這一輩子,就算最後只剩下一個人在聽他唱歌,他也會唱下去, 因為張學友,就是愛唱歌,就是要唱歌,就是這麼簡單。

01. 用餘生去愛 The Rest Of Time
02. 時間有淚 Tears Of Time
03. 你說的 You Said It
04. 我愛上你 Fall In Love With You
05. 我只想唱歌 I Just Want To Sing
06. 控訴 The Accused
07. 我醒著做夢 Wake Up Dreaming
08. 來得及 It's Not Too Late
09. 白自在 Vain Ease
10. 不錯 Not Bad
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Professional Review of "Wake Up Dreaming (Taiwan Version)"

February 12, 2015

This professional review refers to Wake Up Dreaming (Hong Kong Version)
These days there may not even be ten songs per year that stay in people's minds, which is why fans especially anticipate new releases from top singers as a chance to add some new tracks to their music players instead of always replaying the same old songs. However, with the dip in the Hong Kong and Taiwan music markets in recent years, new original songs rarely make it big. People might not even have the chance to come into contact with new songs because of the increasingly conservative direction taken by record companies. Even big name singers are often relegated to remaking their own or other artists' old songs, packaged as audiophile releases. Music fans' expectations for good new Chinese songs have been left unfulfilled for many years. As such, the excitement is high for "God of Songs" Jacky Cheung's highly promoted all-new Mandarin album Wake Up Dreaming.

Wake Up Dreaming is the second release of 2014 to use Jacky Cheung's 30th anniversary as a promotional tagline. The first was the Jacky Cheung 30th BTB Boxset released early in the year by Warner, which suddenly reminded everyone that Jacky Cheung's voice has accompanied us for 30 long years already. If counting only new studio albums, Jacky Cheung's most recent album is the Cantonese album Private Corner released five year ago, while nearly eight years has passed since his last Mandarin album, 2007's By Your Side. In other words, Jacky hasn't put out a new album in a very long time, so this album should feel both familiar yet fresh to fans.

The album's many selling points include: (1) the simultaneous release of CD, Blu-ray Audio, LP and digital format versions plus pressing in Germany to cater to the needs of both mainstream fans and audiophiles; (2) recording at the famous Abbey Road Studios (and other studios); (3) one year of album preparation and a sole producer in Andrew Tuason to ensure complete and consistent conceptualization; and (4) extensive use of real instruments and an orchestra.

Overall, the album is a pleasant listen and Jacky's vocals are in very good form. His voice is still the same voice we all know: precise and controlled with no signs of aging or weakness, and even more intimate and affecting than in Private Corner. Compared to his previous Mandarin discography, this album brings no major breakthrough in style, but the songwriting standard is high. The songs are easy to remember and appealing, and not overly fancy nor dull.

The first single "The Rest of Time" (Track 1) creates the effect of flowing gradually like water, which fits in with the song title. Meaningful and subtle, the song is not of the ear-catching kind, but rather something to sit down and listen to quietly. Lin Xi's simple and touching lyrics convey joyful sentiments without being cheesy or melodramatic. A point to pick though are the repeated appearances of the phrase "Huadelai" ("worth it") feel a bit materialistic; of course, this is just my personal opinion.

With strong lyrics, melody and arrangement, "Tears of Time" (Track 2) is a love song that fans will like. The use of cello successfully lifts the song's mood and Jacky conveys the song's feelings with maturity. It's not the loud expression of young people, but rather something more suitable to the tastes of Jacky fans now.

On the one hand, "I Just Want to Sing" (Track 5) voices Jacky's personal thoughts. On the other hand, it also writes out the sentiments of many fans. The song brings out all kinds of feelings as many people in Asia grew up with the songs mentioned in the lyrics, such as "Felt at loss when singing 'First Kiss' as a child / Feel lonely sometimes when singing 'Goodbye Kiss'" and "From singing 'Love Has Died' to 'Undying Legend' / From 'Love Spark' to 'Messy Hair,' singing is breathing and living." The song's lively arrangement and interpretation are also invigorating.

Title plug "Wake Up Dreaming" (Track 7) should be popular at karaoke with its smooth and easy-to-remember melody. Jacky's performance is very emotional and offers a showcase in technicals, as if he's telling everyone that there's still fire left in the arsenal after thirty years. Written and composed by frequent collaborator Showan, "You Said It" (Track 3) is melodious in composition with straightforward lyrics and prominent vocals, making for a very simple yet richly emotional work. Among the other songs, "It's Not Too Late" (Track 8) and closer "Not Bad" (Track 10) are also worthwhile listens.

by Stephen Lee

(Translation: Sanwei)

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