B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure"

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B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure"
Compilation album by B'z
Released September 17, 2008
Genre Rock
Length 1:13:26 (Disc 1)
1:02:34 (Disc 2)
0:05:35 (Disc 3)
Label Vermillion Records
Producer Tak Matsumoto
B'z chronology
6th Best-of
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B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure"
(2008)
7th Best-of
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B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure"
(2008)
8th Best-of
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B'z The Best XXV 1988-1998
(2013)
The band performing "SUPER LOVE SONG" during B'z SHOWCASE 2007 -19- as shown on the limited edition's bonus DVD. The tour marked one of only a select few occasions in which B'z premiered a song to fans live.
The titular track from 1999's studio album Brotherhood became the top vote-getter from fans for the collection. Two others, "F・E・A・R" in remixed form and hard rocker "Nagai Ai", were also voted from the album for inclusion on the release.
The B'z "ULTRA" collection-themed Christmas tree erected in Shibuya, Tokyo for December 2008. It was one of several times that B'z-themed Christmas trees have been on display throughout their history, including in 2002, 2003, and 2005.

B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure" is a compilation album released by B'z on September 17, 2008. Released to coincide with their 20th anniversary debut, all songs up to their 45th single "BURN -Fumetsu no Face-" in this compilation were voted by fans to appear on the album. Unlike their last request best album B'z The Best "Treasure", where voting was only possible through a postcard included with copies of B'z The Best "Pleasure", for this release fan voting could be done through the official B'z website. Therefore, anyone with internet access could vote for up to three songs per person which is the same amount as the last Treasure album.

The previous top vote-getter "Koi-Gokoro (KOI-GOKORO)" from B'z The Best "Treasure" was also voted by fans onto this album, along with "TIME", "Mou Ichido Kiss Shitakatta", "MOTEL", and "RUN" in its original form. "BLOWIN'" also returns for the album, but in a brand-new modern re-recording.

A total of 30 songs were selected by fans, in addition to the new song "Glory Days". Out of the 30 songs, "BLOWIN'" is a newly re-recorded version, while "F.E.A.R" is a remixed version. The compilation was released in both a "2CD+DVD" and "3CD" editions. The DVD enclosed is a full recording of a recent live house tour "B'z SHOWCASE 2007 -19-". The 3CD edition collects another brand new track "Itsuka Mata Koko de". Similar to B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure", all tracks on this best of album have been remastered to improve the overall sound quality.

Of the 30 songs in this best of album, only five are single tracks, with the rest of the songs comprised of a mix of album tracks and 2nd beats (B-sides). As a result, over a dozen singles are missing from both B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure" and B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure". This was eventually rectified for their 25th anniversary releases in 2013, B'z The Best XXV 1988-1998 and B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012 which included a comprehensive track list of every single released thus far.

The cover of B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure" is the same thickness as their earlier release B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure". However, unlike that album which opened from the right, this album opens from the left. Arranging these two compilations together produces a star-shaped mark as seen on the covers of both albums. With the exception of the tracks "BLOWIN' -ULTRA Treasure Style-", "Brotherhood" and "Home", all tracks are arranged in chronological order, as with B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure". Each individual who purchased a copy of the album in stores could enter into a contest to win prizes such as stickers, key holders, and clear files. On the day of release, September 17, the morning edition of the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper featured a four page colored advertisement. Notably, other than commercials promoting their new release, B'z did not make any television appearances.

Upon release, B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure" premiered in the top spot on the weekly Oricon albums chart, making it the second top selling album for the month of September. The Recording Industry Association of Japan has certified the album with Triple Platinum status for sales exceeding 750,000. On December 9, 2008, Christmas-themed editions, limited to 100,000 copies each, for both this and its companion album were re-released. By December 22, the compilation climbed back to 9th place on the Oricon charts. In total, the compilation has appeared on the Oricon charts 33 times and was ranked as the 16th best selling album of 2008.

Track listing

All music and guitar by Tak Matsumoto. All lyrics and lead vocals by Koshi Inaba.

Disc 1

  1. BLOWIN' -ULTRA Treasure Style-
    Re-recorded version of the 10th single. Unlike the original, this arrangement uses raw drums and bass, along with increased emphasis on guitar sounds. The ending has also been re-arranged to include the lyrics found in the chorus. This version is similar to live renditions performed by B'z in recent years.
  2. Wonderful Opportunity
    From 5th album IN THE LIFE.
  3. Mou Ichido Kiss ShitakattaWanted to Kiss You One More Time, もう一度キスしたかった
    From 5th album IN THE LIFE. The oldest recording on this album, along with the previous track.
  4. TIME
    10th single "BLOWIN'" 2nd beat.
  5. Koi-Gokoro (KOI-GOKORO)My Heart in Love, 恋心
    11th single "ZERO" 2nd beat.
  6. RUN
    From 6th album RUN. The track available on this album is the original version. A 1998 re-recorded version can be found on B'z The Best "Treasure".
  7. Sayonara Nanka wa IwasenaiDon't Say the Word Goodbye, さよならなんかは言わせない
    From 6th album RUN.
  8. GekkouMoonlight, 月光
    From 6th album RUN.
  9. Koi Jyanakunaru HiThe Day Love Ceased to Be, 恋じゃなくなる日
    From 4th mini-album FRIENDS.
  10. Don't Leave Me
    14th single. The only track in this compilation that's also available on B'z The Best "Pleasure".
  11. LOVE IS DEAD
    From 7th album The 7th Blues. The opening telephone conversation has been cut from this version.
  12. HaruSpring, 春
    From 7th album The 7th Blues.
  13. MOTEL
    15th single.
  14. YOU & I
    16th single "Negai" 2nd beat. Single version collected for the first time on an album. A remixed version can be found on B'z The "Mixture".
  15. Yumemi ga OkaA Hill to Dream On, 夢見が丘
    From 8th album LOOSE.
  16. Kienai NijiEverlasting Rainbow, 消えない虹
    From 8th album LOOSE.

Disc 2

  1. Brotherhood
    From 10th album Brotherhood.
  2. Swimmer yo!! — スイマーよ!!
    From 9th album SURVIVE.
  3. Happiness — ハピネス
    From 9th album SURVIVE.
  4. ONE
    26th single "girigiri chop" 2nd beat.
  5. F.E.A.R -2008 Mix-
    From 10th album Brotherhood. This remix includes changes in the drums and heavy emphasis on the rhythm and lead guitars. In addition, the original version's bass is no longer as noticeable.
  6. Nagai AiNagai Ai, ながい愛
    From 10th album Brotherhood.
  7. ROCK man
    31st single "ultra soul" 3rd beat. Collected for the first time on a B'z album.
  8. DEVIL
    English version of the track TOKYO DEVIL from the album ELEVEN. It was originally exclusively released in 2002 as part of a South Korea only mini-album known as DEVIL and was also available on the Korea/Japan edition of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Official Album. Collected for the first time on an album.
  9. New Message
    34th single "IT'S SHOWTIME!!" 2nd beat. Collected for the first time on an album.
  10. ArakurePanic, アラクレ
    From 13th album BIG MACHINE. The most recent album track available on this compilation.
  11. Yuruginai Mono HitotsuOne Sure Thing, ゆるぎないものひとつ
    41st single.
  12. Pierrot — ピエロ
    41st single "Yuruginai Mono Hitotsu" 2nd beat.
  13. BURN -Fumetsu no Face--Eternal Face-, -フメツノフェイス-
    45th single. Collected for the first time on an album.
  14. Home
    English version of the 25th single "HOME". Originally released in 2007 on their self-titled EP known as B'z. Collected for the first time on an album.
  15. Glory Days — グローリーデイズ
    The tour title tune for B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2008 -GLORY DAYS-. According to Inaba, the theme of this song is said to be "You're the best".

Disc 3 (3 CD Edition Only)

  1. Itsuka Mata Koko deHere Again Someday, いつかまたここで
    Available only on the 3CD edition of this compilation. The promotional video, originally published on their official site, features footage from past LIVE-GYM concerts. Rather than including the lyrics in the booklet, the lyrics for this track is shown below the CD tray of the album. This track was used as the theme song for TV Asahi's Thursday drama series "Shōni Kyūmei" (小児救命). It has been 11 years since a B'z song, "Calling", was used for a drama series. According to the Recording Industry Association of Japan, this song is certified Gold in the Chaku-Uta Full rankings.

DVD (2CD+DVD Edition Only)

In 2010, a Blu-ray home video release comprised of this concert and B'z LIVE in Namba 2006 was released. Unlike B'z LIVE in Namba 2006, which is available as a DVD separately, the DVD version of this SHOWCASE is only available on the "2CD+DVD" edition of this album.

  1. SUPER LOVE SONG
    Video editing differs from the live footage in the limited edition DVD included with the single.
  2. FRICTION
  3. HOT FASHION -Ryuukoukata-
  4. Ai no Bakudan
  5. ultra soul
    The interlude guitar solo used is from the 1985 debut single "Blue Revolution" by Mari Hamada, for which Tak originally performed the guitar.
  6. Lonely Stars
  7. Naite Naite Nakiyandara
  8. Eien no Tsubasa
  9. Taiyou no Komachi Angel
  10. Gin no Tsubasa de Tobe
  11. Haru
  12. Nagai Ai
  13. F・E・A・R
  14. Arakure
  15. BANZAI
  16. ALL-OUT ATTACK
    The intro used is from the track "juice". "Arakure" and "juice" alternated for parts of the tour.
  17. Out Of Control
  18. ARIGATO
    The only single that makes its first appearance in a LIVE-GYM SHOWCASE. The track is played at a lower key compared to the single version. The song has not been played live in any subsequent LIVE-GYM concerts since 2008.
  19. Odekake Shimasho

Voting results

Voting started in April 22, 2008 and ended in June 30. Voting lasted for 70 days, and the total number of votes made by fans was over 400,000.

In June 10, midway results were released, the final results were released in July 16. A number of songs climbed several places within that time span. For example, "TIME" was originally 21st but ended at 9th place, and "F.E.A.R", originally in 32nd place, made it into the compilation at 26th place. In a turn of events "OH! GIRL" midway through was at 23rd place but did not eventually make it into the best of album.

The following is a table of the voting results:

NOTE: "Midway Result" in the table below refers to the results revealed halfway through the polling period, showing the positions of the songs at that time.

Final
Result
Song Title Midway
Result
Treasure
Result
1 Brotherhood 1
2 Koi-Gokoro (KOI-GOKORO) 3 ★1
3 ONE 2
4 Wonderful Opportunity 4 20
5 BURN -Fumetsu no Face- 5
6 Yumemi ga Oka 7 35
7 New Message 6
8 Sayonara Nanka wa Iwasenai 8 18
9 TIME 21 ★5
10 Koi Jyanakunaru Hi 9 29
11 BLOWIN' 16 ★2
12 RUN 15 ★12
13 Mou Ichido Kiss Shitakatta 14 ★4
14 DEVIL 11
15 Swimmer yo!! 12 15
16 YOU & I 17 21
17 Home (English Version) 13
18 Pierrot 10
19 Gekkou 18 26
20 Arakure 19
21 Nagai Ai 20
22 MOTEL 28 ★9
23 ROCK man 22
24 LOVE IS DEAD 24 57
25 Yuruginai Mono Hitotsu 25
26 F・E・A・R 32
27 Don't Leave Me 30
28 Kienai Niji 26 25
29 Haru 27 53
30 Happiness 29 24

Beyond the thirty included in the final release, the next ten songs out that didn't make the cut were also announced:

Final
Result
Treasure
Result
Song Title
31 16 OH! GIRL
32 ALL-OUT ATTACK
33 Taiyou no Komachi Angel
34 Magnolia
35 ★7 Liar! Liar!
36 ★10 Real Thing Shakes
37 30 GIMME YOUR LOVE - Fukutsu no LOVE DRIVER -
38 22 Dakara Sono Te wo Hanashite
39 23 NATIVE DANCE
40 17 MOVE

Sales data

No. Cover Compilation Physical Copies Sold Chart Positions Certification
FIRST WEEK LIFETIME WEEK MONTH YEAR
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B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure"
2008.09.17

413,038+

750,000+

1

2

16

3x Platinum