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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! ("B'z XX9" Out 9.21.17! Final Sign Ups Open Now!)

Postby Jd- » September 18th, 2017, 7:35 pm

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B'z XX9. Available September 21st, 2017 by request ONLY.

PLEASE NOTE: This will never be released publicly, at any point in the future, for any reason.

We're coming down to the wire! This is the biggest project we've attempted of this kind and it's required an all-hands-on-deck approach. For once, we're not actually finished long ahead of time—we're still making adjustments as I write this! No matter who you are, there is something here for everyone, and some of it is very... well, original! The theme for B'z XX8 was "history". For B'z XX9, the theme is "celebration".

This is intended to be shared directly amongst fans; if you wish to receive it directly, send a PM at this link by September 20th, 2017. The package will be sent in reply on September 21st, 2017 at 6:00 PM Eastern US time.

NOTICE: If you haven't received a response to your sign-up PM, don't worry! I'll be carefully combing through all of them on Thursday, including any and all submissions/inquiries for the International Showcase project as well. Hang in there!
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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! ("B'z XX9" Out 9.21.17! Final Sign Ups Open Now!)

Postby Folka » September 21st, 2017, 2:54 am

Can't wait!!!
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Postby Jd- » September 21st, 2017, 3:43 pm

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TWO AND A HALF HOURS REMAIN

If you want this release at that time, send me a PM beforehand and you'll get it!



shinichi'sapprentice wrote:How about that Dinosaur album

https://youtu.be/9dWc8JZRuEM

Hype levels have exceeded healthy threshold beep beep

I also love that the LIVE-GYM this time will be called B'z LIVE-GYM 2017-2018 "LIVE DINOSAUR" to kick off the 30th anniversary year. B'z have always had a good sense of humor about their ability to hang around forever but this may be their best yet.

Annnnd of course, because today's the anniversary, the Daily B'z section on www.offthelock.com is a fun one today!
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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! ("B'z XX9" OUT NOW! Check your inboxes!)

Postby Jd- » September 21st, 2017, 6:00 pm

B'z XX9 is now available! Check your inboxes!



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Today is the 29th anniversary of the day that B'z debuted on the music scene in 1988. Last year, to mark the previous anniversary, a special release entitled B'z XX8 was made available to those that signed up to receive it. The overwhelming reaction with so many reaching out and expressing how much they enjoyed it made B'z XX9 an inevitability. For last year, the theme was "history". This year, the theme is "celebration". The idea behind the B'z XX— series is to provide commemorative experiences you cannot get elsewhere and to create entertaining memories that otherwise wouldn't exist. Whether you are a long-time fan or were one of those whose first exposure to B'z has been in recent years, this is hopefully something you will consider a must-see that is packed with surprises, hidden gems, and beloved classics.

As part of this year's theme celebrating the band's entire catalogue, half (!) of the setlist has never been subtitled in any form before. Some new, some old, some in-between, but all great and all worthy of inclusion here. Expect the unexpected with this one, and be sure to stick around to see what the future holds after the final song winds down.

As stated last year, it's always been a pleasure to help spread the hype and I hope it's something we'll all be able to partake in together again in the future. So long as B'z keeps on running, I'm sure we all will as well! Enjoy!




As for what you can expect in B'z XX9...

XX9 Liner Notes
1. One could reasonably expect this song to make its way into numerous setlists long into the future—it's that good.
2. It was asked recently if there was another version of this song to be subtitled. There is!
3. Possibly the most popular modern song by the band that isn't a part of the B'z singles discography and isn't "Ichibu to Zenbu".
4. This song features more mathematical lyrics by Koshi. Do you know the others off-hand? (One was the last single from this particular song's source album...)
? ? ? Interlude to showcase... what, exactly?
5. There has been a renewed interest in the band's English songs by a few of you, so it seemed only appropriate we go with one of the best (especially given how this show was viewed together with many from this community all those years ago—!).
6. Discussed at length in a certain documentary, this song has been requested numerous times over the years. In retrospect, it's fun to think of this as the teenage sequel to "Koi-Gokoro".
7. Did you think this was forgotten? Just wait until you hear that first note. There is no further teasing for this because it's a surprise no one will be expecting.
8. Some of Koshi's finest lyrics with an incredible hook—only he brings this outlook to rock music.
9. The only rendition of this version of a great, universally-praised song within the community.
10. Relentlessly upbeat and catchy, there are few songs like it in the rock arena. It's always welcome in any B'z setlist for good reason.
11. I wonder if anyone anticipated this would be included? I mean, how could it be, right? It was totally out of reach, after all, so... how!? Seeing it live and translated will give you a whole new appreciation for this one.
12. Some have likely not seen any footage from this special occasion, with such a drastic alteration to the original arrangement.
13. The only suitable compliment to the previous song...?
14. I challenge anyone to not feel the groove of this tune. The creative lyrics are just the beginning.
15. A masterclass in guitar as part of an underappreciated ballad. This is the kind of performance that will beg that you learn to play yourself.
16. Because of an earlier inclusion, I know those in the know would see it as a shame if this didn't make the cut too.
17. Having a career that has spanned their entire adult lives, it's interesting to see how the outlook in B'z songs have changed from one era to the next. This one has that familiar air of early adulthood that characterizes much of their earlier works.
18. Surely everyone likes to hear a certain band member sing, and this one is one of the most overlooked times because of the nature of its release.
19. It was difficult to settle on "just one" from this show because so much of it was so good.
20. It is impossible for any performance of this song to not inspire hype. It's inherent to its nature!
21. This song has been a staple throughout Weekly B'z to now. This performance is especially noteworthy for reasons all too obvious as you watch it.
22. It only makes sense to return to this moment, on this occasion, in this way.
(One song credited here was removed at the last minute—maybe it will headline B'z XX10!?)
23. The only appropriate follow-up—and there's one recipient on the list that will likely be especially pleased to see it included.
24. Special Teaser for ? ? ? ? ?
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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! ("B'z XX9" OUT NOW! Check your inboxes!)

Postby shinichi'sapprentice » September 22nd, 2017, 5:00 am

The immense content of this release messed up my counting on which performance I was watching/listening to. I just couldn't NOT post after that ending! This has yet been another treasure to keep and be added in my B'z HYPE folder. A big round of applause to everyone involved in this project coz OMG #7 AND DAT LAST THING AND ? ? ? ? ?

Spoiler:
1. I smiled when I heard this as the opener for this release. Such a nice treat for those who haven't gotten the CD + DVD Edition of this Single (such as myself; I got UCC Black instead!).

2. I'm starting to wonder if B'z always does a huddle before performing. :D Thanks to Conan, I'm able to sing-along with this song without looking at the lyrics.

3. A version that is not from 2012! xD I like how I was listening to this song earlier in the car while I was driving home :D

4. This one is in my Top 5 B'z Songs that I really liked from the Ballot list I was asked to select a song from a couple years back. It was during that time that I started liking B'z! I really like this song's translated lyrics. And guess what? I just ordered this song's source album, together with three other albums (yay, cdjapan free shipping!), about a week ago! :D

—INTERLUDE—

This part is where I started messing up my counting! xD Thanks to the Liner Notes, I was able to get back on track. Out of the three songs, I think it's my first time hearing the second one :o I don't remember where exactly I first heard/watched the first one but I think it has a fun lyrics. I like Koshi's performance in there. Where is that footage from? The third one indeed not have to be labeled for the background gives away the title of the song. :D

5. If I am remembering correctly, I first heard this song from this post here (wow, I actually found it!). Second (?) time seeing this performance here as I was not in this forums yet when this live stream happened :'( Anyway! While I was watching this part, an idea came to mind which I will continue writing in Track #7...

6. I think this is the first time I'm also seeing a live performance of this song? Which documentary was this in?! I've listened to this song a lot of times because I have the album where it came from but I can never remember its title because it's written in Japanese xD

#7. THIS. SONG. So! Continuing the story from Track 5, while I was listening to it, I suddenly had an idea of making a birthday video present for a certain someone (I wonder if they're reading this right now...) using a song that B'z covered, that this certain person really liked... Ohhhhh, imagine my surprise and excitement when I reached this song! Reminder to self, that I need to ask Jd- something after finishing writing this whole thing... Two thumbs up to CREDITS SPOILERS: dumytru and Jd- for a job well done!

8. When Koshi yelled "Budokan", I had a feeling this would be one of his solo works concert. I don't think I've seen a lot of B'z LIVE-GYMs in Budokan xD That aside, maaaan, check out dat guitar solo!

9. Going back to my story from Track 5 and #7, I just laughed when I reached this song. I've always wanted to see other variety of this song because I've only seen the acoustic version.

10. Barefoot Goddess. I can never remember its Japanese title. This stage reminded me of BLOWIN from Community Selection Week 9 :D

11. HOW IS THIS ITS FIRST SUBTITLE DEBUT?! MADNESS!

12. Every time I see this stage, I automatically assume that it's a LOVE PHANTOM performance so seeing this performed here is indeed a rare thing!

13. I had to go back and re-count to make sure I didn't lose track again! Contrary to Barefoot Goddess, I can sing the whole title of this song here! xD I actually like this version than the original one.

14. One of my favorite songs from the album this one came from! It's also my very first B'z Album thanks to Kogorou :D

15. Another subtitle debut, huh. I actually have never heard of this before :o

16. If not for having XXV, I probably would not have known about this yet another song having its subtitle debut. I really enjoyed watching this performance!

17. Aaaaaaand another one! I first thought of BAD COMMUNICATION when I heard the woman's voice for some reason. It's always fun to see B'z makin' those dance moves in these rare finds!

18. I've been waiting for a Tak solo after seeing Track 8 and this was a surprise!

19. I haven't checked out Koshi's most recent collaboration yet but this was a fun one!

20. Here's to another classic!

21. After listening to this song's English version multiple times because of a certain special project, it's good to finally see a performance of the original version once again! :D

*BONUS*

I'm listing this as a bonus 'coz of that EPIC guitar solo right after the previous song.

22. :')

23. OH. MY. GOsasdfghjklldfsnkdsl!!--- I've been peeking at the Liner Notes while watching this entire video and I have been really curious and excited to see what could be the last song. To be honest, I was actually hoping it will be this song and throughout the entire almost two hours of watching before reaching this finale, I wondered to myself if it's possible to see a parallel of ALL the versions of this song............ IT'S EXACTLY WHAT I GOT OMFG. This is that song I chose from the Ballot list I was talking about in Track 4 above. To sum it all up, there were tears in my eyes.

24. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT RELEASE! I'm sure it will be worth the wait whenever it will be available!


A huge ARIGATO for all the hard work and cheers to another decade of B'z!
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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! ("B'z XX9" OUT NOW! Check your inboxes!)

Postby fubako » September 23rd, 2017, 11:01 pm

Thanks for sending me the link even though I just decided to check up here yesterday XD

Firstly, a great set list of songs. A good half of them are songs I have permanently on my music player because they're just 100% a good time or pulling at heart strings. Pure bliss.

Memories of the LA stream. That was a great show. I'd love to be a part of something like that again.

Nice to see that lyric video revamped.... at least I'm sure I've seen it before back in youtube days.

Orchestral and new arrangements are great. I don't think it was so acoustic or that there were maracas in the original, so that was interesting and fun.

Annnnd how could you end on THAT song? How could you stop the train at the peak? XD (any chance of Kobushi wo Nigire? I don't think I've seen it live before and it's definitely one of my guilty pleasures+hype).

Thank you guys for all the hard work!
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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! ("B'z XX9" OUT NOW! Check your inboxes!)

Postby CrimsonDragon » September 25th, 2017, 5:42 am

What an amazing video! The video editing and effects is certainly incredible, definitely top-notch!

Spoiler:
1. Excellent opener, the way the video progresses with more and more effects on screen is pretty cool!

2. This was a staple for their Pleasure 2013 tour, hopefully it won't remain an exclusive and will return one day.

3. There's a very 'classic' B'z feel about this song, its arrangement and lyrics hark back to to a simpler time.

4. Much like shinichi'sapprentice, this was also the time I started listening to B'z, back in late 2007 and leading up to 2008 with the release of BURN. The PV for this was so cool! The accompanying album tour also included the most varied setlist ever for a B'z LIVE-GYM - an eclectic mix of old and new songs, including previously unperformed ones. It was certainly perfect, right?

—INTERLUDE—

Hearing such rare songs live is such a treat for fans, hopefully the full performance will be released soon!

5. Another staple of ACTION, always great to see it reappear on stage.

6. One of the few occasions where backup dancers were brought on stage as part of the performance. Actually, this was quite a fan LIVE-GYM, wasn't it? It shows how the band is willing to experiment and try new things.

7. Despite covering numerous songs live, this studio recording has never been performed yet, nor included in any compilation. I'm not sure how many fans even know that this song exists, since it's no longer for sale!

8. How cool would it be if this appeared right after #1? Koshi no longer includes solo songs on B'z tours, but who knows, maybe for Pleasure 2018?! I can only dream...

9. I always loved this version of the song - a simple arrangement that gets the message across easily.

10. What more needs to be said? This song is a classic and the 'la la la...' near the end is a staple of every performance! :)

11. Seventeen years. I can't believe it has taken that long for this to have its live home video debut. If only they could reintroduce this song to new fans, even if it's for one month only... ;D

12. You know, it would be funny if Koshi popped out to do the vocals suddenly. This version of the song fortunately appears on one of Tak's albums.

13. Despite making few appearances, this has remained a fan favourite for decades. This acoustic version looks fun.

14. Definitely one of the highlights from their 2015 album, wouldn't it be great if it was coupled with Seimei?

15. I absolutely love this song. B'z have many excellent album tracks and this was one of the tracks chosen by fans to be included in 2008's ULTRA Treasure compilation.

16. Seeing early B'z footage like this really makes me wish they released these concerts in full on home video. Maybe one day?

17. Young Koshi sure can shake those hips ;D Another early single that deserves more love.

18. Tak on vocals! That's certainly not something you get to see every day!

19. Koshi's latest collaboration album certainly has some fun tracks. I wonder if he will perform these in his solo lives?

20. Koshi running across the stage never gets old. Such a catchy tune as well.

21. The heart shapes flowing across the stage and part with the audience singing really shows how popular this song is. Koshi's matching shirt is also a nice coincidence!

*BONUS*

The guitar solo straight after was unexpected. It would've been cool if the full song was done for the last day of the tour...

22. Arguably one of the best B'z songs - one with lyrics that can resonate with B'z fans alike.

23. Seeing how this song evolves over the years is incredibly interesting - life is a journey.

24. Good things are coming and I look forward to seeing the endless possibilities :)
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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! ("B'z XX9" OUT NOW! Check your inboxes!)

Postby Jd- » September 26th, 2017, 12:00 am

Really great to hear everything went over well with those that have seen B'z XX9!

We also have the B'z International Showcase right around the corner, but we're still contemplating just how many languages we want included. There are two languages we still need translation checkers/additional translators for: Chinese and Thai. The Thai version was started by a non-native speaker so a lot of work needs to be done to get it where it should be, and for the Chinese, there are still two songs that need translating. If you would like to help translate a B'z show into your language, post or get in touch! There's still plenty of time because as the other translators can attest, it's not altogether that much work!

Oh, and... there are still two announcements to follow in the next post that should be of interest. Originally we were going to wait a little while, but with DINOSAUR releasing in a couple of months and everyone being so kind with their response to B'z XX9, let's see how this goes!
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Postby Jd- » September 26th, 2017, 12:34 am

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As those that viewed B'z XX9 discovered, there is an all-new lyric video ready for release in the form of "This Love"! B'z originally covered the Maroon 5 song in Japanese all the way back in 2005 as an iTunes compilation exclusive. The song has not been available for purchase for many years now and is highly unlikely to ever be performed by the band. A lyric video seemed a sufficient challenge and suitable answer to the conundrum of ever subtitling it in video form.

Originally, a full five years ago, I started on a concept of this lyric video and released the beginning (as fubako remembers, amazingly!). The video was not finished at that time as Weekly B'z was more of a priority. Fast forward to now, in 2017: dumytru and I decided to at long last make good on the idea of collaborating on a project of this ilk. It was a challenge but it was an immensely rewarding project that turned out better than we expected.

On Thursday, September 28, at 6:00 PM U.S. Eastern time, we'll be releasing an HD version separate from B'z XX9. And, we are considering 4K and 8K versions for the future as well! Check back on Thursday to see how it turned out!

...And... speaking of Weekly B'z...


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There is so much Weekly B'z now that it seems only suitable we revisit the older releases. It seems most prefer the specially-tailored feature-length compilations in place of the brief vignettes produced previously. Thus, in the near future, we will begin a new project to preserve those entitled Weekly B'z: The Collection Redux. As part of this project, all previous shorter Weekly B'z releases will be re-purposed into feature-length compilations similar to B'z XX8 or B'z XX9. These specially-tailored volumes will be released on a regular basis in the future. Songs that were previously subtitled together may be moved to other, more suitable setlists. We will also be incorporating new footage that has never been released as part of Weekly B'z in the past as well!

Some that have aided in releases in the past will be contacted on Thursday regarding possible participation in this project! Please check your PMs at that time as your help would be much appreciated in deciding a certain volume!

The following releases will not be re-purposed and will remain intact for those that want to keep their collections organized: Weekly B'z Community Selection Weeks 1-9 (The Finale), Weekly B'z #34 (FILM RISKY), all three documentaries, Koshi Inaba Solo Live Selection, B'z XX8, B'z XX8 Special Addition*, B'z Treasure Selection, B'z XX9.


*Commemorative addition available last Christmas; if interested, get in touch!

Additionally, on Thursday, almost all of the old Weekly B'z collection (apart from those listed above) will go offline for the time being. If you are interested in the older releases, grab those now as they will only be available by request from fellow fans after that point.
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Postby Jd- » September 28th, 2017, 5:59 pm

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In 2015, we had the first B'z lyric video in the form of "Love Bomb". While that was for an English song, it seemed only appropriate we someday try one for a Japanese song but in a manner suitable for international viewers. Today, we are making available an HD version of "This Love". This is a Japanese-English cover of the original Maroon 5 song. The B'z version was released exclusively as a bonus to those that purchased the full, deluxe digital set The Complete B'z on the Japanese iTunes. Notably, this version is no longer available for purchase on the service and has never been performed live. As such, we thought this would be the best avenue for at last giving it the subtitle treatment.

Most importantly: This video would not have been possible without dumytru. We had long planned to work on a project of this sort together but only now had the opportunity presented itself. The project required an immense amount of effort to turn around in the timeframe we had and we are very pleased with the result. Stylistically, part of this video is designed as a sequel to "Love Bomb" as thanks for those that were so supportive of the original release, so if you enjoyed the original, we're hopeful you'll enjoy this one too!

As for how the cover itself came about:

"This Love" is a cover of the popular song of the same name by American rock band Maroon 5. In addition to an added guitar solo, the song blends newly-penned Japanese lyrics by Koshi with English lyrics from the original. In Be With! Volume 67, published in September 2005, it was noted that the song came about when the Apple staff suggested the idea to cover a foreign song in the band's native language as an incentive. When asked if the song was difficult to convert to Japanese, Koshi responded: "No, it was fun." The Japanese was adjusted in terms of nuances, but attempted to remain faithful to the original. As the recording progressed, Koshi joked, "Isn't this one of our songs!?" upon hearing the result and feeling it really was just like a B'z sort of song. Ultimately, the track would never be made available outside of this collection.

You can view the lyric video from Mega in 1080p (100 MB, H264-MP4).

We have also prepared an experimental 1080p and 60 frames-per-second version that can also be viewed from Mega. This is a bonus curiosity, as though we like it, we did not design the video around this FPS.

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The aforementioned predecessor to today's release was the 2015 lyric video for the song "Love Bomb" (an English version of 2005 Japanese single "Ai no Bakudan"). Earlier this year, a 4K Ultra HD version was prepared at a resolution of 3840 × 2160! This version also makes some alterations to the original video, and as such it has been re-rendered in 1080P as well for those uninterested in a 4K release.

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Postby Jd- » September 28th, 2017, 6:19 pm

(With regard to the Complete Collection Redux messages I mentioned before, I'll need a couple of extra days to get in touch with everyone. Sorry for the delay!)
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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! ("This Love" Lyric Video Now Available!)

Postby Folka » October 16th, 2017, 7:34 am

So, I just can't wait for new infor or previews on the album. November 29th can't come soon enough!
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Postby CrimsonDragon » October 26th, 2017, 2:15 pm

DINOSAUR, what an awesome name... also great to see more tracks on the album this time! As expected, Still Alive and Seimei are included. The bonus DVD / Blu-ray is also a surprising extra! Hopefully they're saving the full SHOWCASE 2017 to be released next year... along with a few other older LIVE-GYMs, maybe even SHOWCASE 2009 and 2017 packaged together?
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Postby IrelandCalling » November 8th, 2017, 7:00 am

The Return of B'z!! This past week has seen me delve straight back into B'z world with hours of Live-Gm viewings (on YouTube and DVD) in anticipation of the upcoming 'Dinosaur' album.

ELEVEN: I hadn't listened to B'z for a while so this week has been incredible, all of the live stuff, as well as 3 of my top favourite albums - 'Brotherhood', 'Loose', 'Eleven'. I wonder, how is 'Eleven' viewed by the fandom? It's borderline heavy metal in some instances, which is why I love it - the variety in their catalogue is huge. 'Eleven', much like 'Brotherhood', features mainly very hard hitting and propulsive rock, and is a very exciting album. Four great singles ('Ring' for instance, just wow!) - and an album of all killer no filler. Is this almost heavy metal B'z fondly remembered by the fans, the whole 'Brotherhood'/'Eleven' era? I notice not many songs from these two, with the very obvious exceptions, are played live.

I ordered the 2CD/1DVD 'Best Ultra Treasure' also (I had the accompanying set with the bonus fabulous Zepp 2007 show on DVD), I love the rock versions of 'Pleasure' and 'Bad Communication'.

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