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A French-named yet Japanese rock act, L'Arc-en-Ciel came together in 1991, formed by bassist Tetsuya Ogawa. The original lineup went astray with two members departing in 1992, but Ogawa (aka Tetsu) was able to rope in new members and continue the band. The band released their full-length debut in April 1993. Entitled Dune, the album reached number one on the independent charts and helped get them a major-label deal with Sony in 1994. In addition to stepping up to the majors, 1994 also saw the band release its second album, Tierra. With momentum in their favor, L'Arc-en-Ciel released their next two albums in as many years, 1995's Heavenly and 1996's True. A 1997 drug bust involving drummer Sakura created a sales backlash against the band, and L'Arc-en-Ciel took a break from the spotlight. With new drummer Yukihiro in tow, the band made a successful comeback with a sellout show in Tokyo later in 1997. The band, back to full strength, returned to the forefront with 1998 album release Heart. A new high-water mark was hit when, in 1999, two L'Arc-en-Ciel albums hit the streets on the same day: Ark and Ray, which occupied the top two spots on the album chart upon their release. 2000's Real would be the band's cue to take a much needed break, with members going off and exploring solo projects and remix work. The band returned in 2003, and by 2004 found themselves at their first North American gig, at a Baltimore anime convention. The American show was eventually released on DVD, and the band went on to sign a U.S. deal with HMV in 2007. While 2005 saw the release of the album Awake and its subsequent tour, L'Arc-en-Ciel went back on hiatus for two years, with members again focusing on solo aspirations. L'Arc-en-Ciel regrouped in 2007, released the album Kiss, and began a tour that was to last from December of that year to February 2008. ~ Chris True
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  1.   Song
  2.   My Dear
  3.   Living in Your Eyes (Hitomi No Jyunin)
  4.   Time Goes On
  5.   Kiss (Kuchizuke)
  6.   Feeling Fine
  7.   Spirit Dreams Inside
  8.   Twinkle, Twinkle
  9.   New World
  10.   Coming Closer
  11.   Killing Me
  12.   Trust
  13.   Revelation
  14.   Forever (Eien)
  15.   Lover Boy
  16.   Lost Heaven
  17.   Love Flies
  18.   Ready Steady Go
  19.   All Year Around Falling in Love
  20.   Heaven's Drive
  21.   Winter Fall
  22.   Shine
  23.   Honey
  24.   Ushinawareta Nagame
  25.   Voice
  26.   Nexus 4
  27.   Bless
  28.   drink it down
  29.   Round and Round
  30.   The Silver Shining by Arc en Ciel Musica
  31.   Trick by Arc en Ciel Musica
  32.   Lose Control by Arc en Ciel Musica
  33.   Route 666
  34.   Finale
  35.   Niji
  36.   Alone en La Vida by Arc en Ciel Musica
  37.   Lies and Truth
  38.   Flower
  39.   [Untranslated]
  40.   Dive to Blue
  41.   Stay Away
  42.   Pieces
  43.   Snow Drop by Arc en Ciel Musica
  44.   Driver's High
  45.   As If in a Dream
  46.   Be Destined
  47.   Dune
  48.   Floods of Tears
  49.   Shutting from the Sky
  50.   Fare Well
  51.   I Wish
  52.   Dearest Love
  53.   Anemone
  54.   L' Heure by Arc en Ciel Musica
  55.   It's the End by Arc en Ciel Musica
  56.   What Is Love
  57.   Perfect Blue
  58.   Butterfly's Sleep
  59.   Larva
  60.   Cradle
  61.   Forbidden Lover
  62.   Time Slip
  63.   Bravery
  64.   Anata
  65.   Birth!
  66.   Shout at the Devil
  67.   Hurry Xmas by Arc en Ciel Musica
  68.   Pretty Girl by Arc en Ciel Musica
  69.   Seventh Heaven by Arc en Ciel Musica
  70.   Existence
  71.   Neo Universe
  72.   Blurry Eyes
  73.   Tsuioku no Jyokei
  74.   Ibara No Namida
  75.   Shi No Hai
  76.   Taste of Love
  77.   I Love Rock'n Roll
  78.   Caress of Venus
  79.   Good-Morning Hide
  80.   The Fourth Avenue Cafe
  81.   Kaze Ni Kienaide
  82.   Sell My Soul by Arc en Ciel Musica
  83.   A Silent Letter
  84.   The Nepenthes
  85.   Get out from the Shell
  86.   Spirit Dreams Inside (from Final Fantasy)~Spirit Dreams Inside
  87.   Milky Way
  88.   Fate
  89.   Promised Land
  90.   Loreley
  91.   The Black Rose by Arc en Ciel Musica
  92.   Spiral by Arc en Ciel Musica
  93.   As One
  94.   Kasou
  95.   Singin' In the Rain
  96.   Ophella
  97.   Entichers