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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! ("This Love" Lyric Video Now Available!)

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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And, one more thing!



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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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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! ("This Love" Lyric Video Now Available!)

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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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! ("This Love" Lyric Video Now Available!)

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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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! ("This Love" Lyric Video Now Available!)

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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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! ("This Love" Lyric Video Now Available!)

Postby IrelandCalling » November 8th, 2017, 7:02 am

PS Thanks so much JD for the message with link to B'z XX9!! Hope to d/l and view this soon as :)
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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! ("This Love" Lyric Video Now Available!)

Postby Jd- » November 12th, 2017, 9:37 pm

IrelandCalling wrote: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'.

Yo IC! Long time indeed! Glad to see you back around on the cusp of the new hype.

Brotherhood & ELEVEN is indeed part of an interesting era... In fact, there's a story as to why they are so hard rock. When B'z The Best "Pleasure" came out and was such an explosive success (after two months it was the biggest-selling album in Japanese history!), Tak said he "started to feel a sense of crisis after seeing what sort of sales [the best albums] had generated. That's why I think [the next album] Brotherhood went in a hard direction." Quite literally, the expectations around their next studio album were unprecedented. This was a real turning point for their output, because while LOOSE and SURVIVE had started to move more into hard rock territory, it was really with Brotherhood that it all changed for good. As far as the fan reaction to those albums, there are certain signature songs from them that have overtaken the others... Those songs, at the very least, have been very warmly received.

I highly recommend giving the relevant B'z Wiki article a read sometime. The backstory behind Best "Pleasure" may come as quite a surprise! (For example, did you know it was called B'z GOLDEN BEST and that both Tak and Koshi were completely against it at the time? It has quite a history now!)
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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! ("This Love" Lyric Video Now Available!)

Postby Jd- » November 13th, 2017, 8:10 pm

Kogorou wrote:Alright Folks:

This is it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jMk3NVatas

They are back!
And WOW!

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This aired on the radio with "CHAMP" earlier, to note. My first two thoughts: "Thank goodness this isn't just a 90 second intro track" and "This HAS to be the LIVE-GYM opener!". Listen to that opening guitar "roar" with the ESP Random Star (Black Star model). I'm not usually an ESP guy but I always appreciate a nice black guitar. The chorus is especially strong here, and we may get to hear it live sooner than expected because B'z will be on NTV's Best Artist 2017 the day before release. Not sure what they're playing yet, but it's probably something from the album and this one would be a hype fit for sure.

The real question now is: Will we get another PV from the album next week? If so, which song would it be? There are technically three now (counting "Seimei" and "Still Alive", which they will I'm sure).
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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! (New Album DINOSAUR Out November 29, 2017!)

Postby Jd- » November 23rd, 2017, 6:21 am

The twentieth B'z studio album DINOSAUR will be out before you know it! Below, you can check out all of its music videos, its track listing, and pre-order information in case you want to own a physical copy.

We will also have a BIG announcement next month! Hang in there!




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Track Listing

1. Dinosaur [music video]
2. CHAMP [music video]
3. Still Alive [music video]
4. Haruka — ハルカ
5. Sore Demo Yappari — それでもやっぱり, But Still
6. Seimei — 声明, Declaration [music video]
7. Queen Of The Night
8. SKYROCKET
9. Rooftop — ルーフトップ
10. Yowai Otoko — 弱い男, Weak Man
11. Itoshiki Yuurei — 愛しき幽霊, Beloved Ghost
12. King Of The Street [game video]
13. Purple Pink Orange



DVD / Blu-ray Bonus
Includes the band's full live appearance at ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2017

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1. Samayoeru Aoi Dangan
2. Liar! Liar!
3. Sayonara Kizu Darake no Hibi yo
4. Uchouten
5. Hadashi no Megami
6. Ichibu to Zenbu
7. Still Alive
8. Shoudou
9. juice
10. girigiri chop
11. ultra soul



Music Videos

"Dinosaur"
https://www.youtube.com/embed/8jMk3NVatas

"Still Alive"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l60BuSD437g

"CHAMP"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO-Dvsg0w2M

"Seimei"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqOYxaIu7Tw

"King Of The Street"
Theme song to Japanese version of Koei Tecmo video game Shin Sangoku Musou 8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fmw7HO88LDI



Pre-Orders

The album can be pre-ordered now internationally from the retailers below should you want a physical copy:

Amazon Japan: Regular Edition, Limited DVD Edition, Limited Blu-ray Edition
—Low shipping fee and usually arrives within 1-2 days of release; you can also browse the full site in English if needed

CDJapan: Regular Edition, Limited DVD Edition, Limited Blu-ray Edition
—Most expensive shipping but usually arrives on release day

YesAsia: Regular Edition, Limited DVD Edition, Limited Blu-ray Edition
—Free international shipping but may take an extra week or longer to arrive

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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! (New Album DINOSAUR Out November 29, 2017!)

Postby Folka » November 24th, 2017, 5:39 am

CHAMP is addicting. No other word is more suited! It has been I while I was stuck to a song for so long!
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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! (New Album DINOSAUR Out November 29, 2017!)

Postby IrelandCalling » November 26th, 2017, 9:01 am

Fantastic the videos to Champ and Dinosaur; hard rocking B'z is my favoured Style. I was so out of the loop, had missed Still Alive 4-track single recently and only heard Champ in full last week! Still havent heard the other two songs. Were they ballads?

The trailer for the bonus DVD looks amazing; B'z without the safety net of their own show and production, headlining a festival and absolutely rocking it!! Sounding seriously good. I'm getting the deluxe; family in law arriving from Japan on 12th so 2 weeks after release. Will be worth the wait.

I read the Wiki page as recommended JD; that Wiki is worth its weight in gold, so much wonderful information, english lyric translations etc. Without it its very hard find informatiom on them in english. Its a fabulous resource.
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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! (New Album DINOSAUR Out November 29, 2017!)

Postby k11chi » November 26th, 2017, 9:32 pm

B'z Never disappoints absolute greatness and a joy to listen to.
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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! (New Album DINOSAUR Out November 29, 2017!)

Postby IrelandCalling » November 29th, 2017, 8:13 am

Thoughts?? I'm receiving my copy in 2 weeks time; but have to know - how is the album?? How does fare against the last few?

Looking forward very much :)
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Re: The B'z Hype Topic! (New Album DINOSAUR Out November 29, 2017!)

Postby shinichi'sapprentice » November 29th, 2017, 1:11 pm

my tracking says it's still in Tokyo xD

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