Flash Back -B'z Early Special Titles-
|Flash Back -B'z Early Special Titles-|
|Released||April 24, 1997|
Flash Back -B'z Early Special Titles- is an unofficial compilation album released on April 26, 1997 by BMG Japan after B'z had left their label. While B'z retained ownership of the compositions and songs, they did not retain distribution rights to the master recordings, and thus BMG were legally allowed to publish a collection of material they owned without the band's permission. The legal entanglement with BMG would continue three years later with the release of B'z The "Mixture" in 2000, which was a new compilation by B'z that featured remixes and re-recordings of older B'z songs. An agreement would later be met in time for the first of the band's 2013 singles collections B'z The Best XXV 1988-1998, on which the first three singles were collected on an official compilation for the first time.
This two-disc compilation pooled B'z tracks still under BMG control, all of which were sourced from their self-titled debut album B'z, their second album OFF THE LOCK, their third album BREAK THROUGH, and their first mini-album, BAD COMMUNICATION. One year later, B'z released their own official compilations under the titles of B'z The Best "Pleasure" and B'z The Best "Treasure" for their tenth anniversary. The pair of official albums would go on to become the second and fifth highest selling albums in Japanese history, respectively, with over ten million copies sold between them in their release year alone.
Neither Tak nor Koshi supported this release. Because BMG were legally prohibited from using either of the band members' images on the packaging or even in promoting the release, Flash Back -B'z Early Special Titles- contains no images or insignias common to the band and instead features generic art in its place. With its unofficial status and controversial nature, the album only debuted at the second spot on the Weekly Oricon Album charts, but would go on to become the twenty-second highest selling album of the year on the B'z brand alone. The release benefited from the fact that demand for B'z items of all kinds was high, and the albums that it contained were ones that had become rarities on their own right. In time, the compilation sold enough to be certified as a "Million" seller by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.
While unofficial, the compilation has become a rarity and collector's item amongst fans since its original turbulent release due to the increasing unavailability of the older works. To this day, used copies of the collection still routinely appear on auction sites both in Japan and abroad.
- It's not a dream From the album B'z (1988)
- LOVE & CHAIN From the third single and BREAK THROUGH (1990)
- SAFETY LOVE From the second single and OFF THE LOCK (1989)
- Tonari de Nemurasete From BREAK THROUGH (1990)
- Kimi no Naka de Odoritai From the second single and OFF THE LOCK (1989)
- LADY-GO-ROUND From the third single and BREAK THROUGH (1990)
- HURRY UP! From OFF THE LOCK (1989)
- Half Tone Lady From B'z (1988)
- GUITAR wa Naiteiru From BREAK THROUGH (1990)
- OUT OF THE RAIN -OFF THE LOCK STYLE- From BAD COMMUNICATION (1989)
- GUITAR KIDS RHAPSODY From the album OFF THE LOCK (1989)
- Dakara Sono Te wo Hanashite From the first single and B'z (1988)
- OH! GIRL From OFF THE LOCK (1989)
- Yoru ni Furarete mo From OFF THE LOCK (1989)
- LOVING ALL NIGHT From OFF THE LOCK (1989)
- Nothing To Change From B'z (1988)
- BREAK THROUGH From BREAK THROUGH (1990)
- NEVER LET YOU GO From OFF THE LOCK (1989)
- Kimi wo Ima Dakitai From B'z (1988)
- STARDUST TRAIN From BREAK THROUGH (1990) — Notably, the keyboard intro from the original track is omitted here.
- SAVE ME!? From BREAK THROUGH (1990)
- BAD COMMUNICATION From BAD COMMUNICATION (1989)
- ROSY From the album OFF THE LOCK (1989)
- DA.KA.RA.SO.NO.TE.O.HA.NA.SHI.TE -OFF THE LOCK STYLE- From BAD COMMUNICATION (1989)
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