B'z The Best "Pleasure II"

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B'z The Best "Pleasure II"
Compilation album by B'z
Released November 30, 2005
Genre Hard rock
Length 1:11:11
Label Vermillion Records
Producer Tak Matsumoto
B'z chronology
4th Best-of
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The Ballads ~Love & B'z~
(2002)
5th Best-of
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B'z The Best "Pleasure II"
(2005)
6th Best-of
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B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure"
(2008)

B'z The Best "Pleasure II" is the fifth compilation album by B'z, released on November 30, 2005. The album is one of many that compile past works by the band and is a direct sequel to the second best-selling album in Japanese history: 1998's tenth anniversary collection B'z The Best "Pleasure". As with the previous release, B'z The Best "Pleasure II" primarily compiles the band's singles, and here the singles are ones released between 1999 and 2005. The most recent song collected was "OCEAN" which was released nearly three months prior in August of 2005, while the oldest was 1998's "HOME" released months after the original "Pleasure" album. Ten of the album's tracks found their way to an album of any sort here for the first time, with others previously appearing on studio album ELEVEN from 2000 and 2002's ballads compilation The Ballads ~Love & B'z~.

Of special note is that the album represented one of the band's first foray into digital downloads. Limited first pressings at the time came packed with a color-coded download card that allowed a one-time redemption of a previously unreleased live performance via iTunes. It bears noting that months earlier, B'z began their initial partnership with Apple's service with the exclusive launch of The Complete B'z—a full collection of the band's works to that date that included exclusive tracks as well.

The packaging for the album is dressed in the color Ferrari Red, after Tak Matsumoto's favored car manufacturer—an entity from which he obtained permission to use the color for the cover. Both members were very satisfied with the move, with Koshi Inaba recalling, "I thought it was really beautiful" upon seeing the first proofs. The rear and inside cover arts that came packaged with the album also featured the band dressing in outfits they had previously worn at live shows. In the images, a mock-up of a crowd is populated just by the two members of the band in the various costumes. It was noted later that Koshi had developed more muscle over the years and had difficulty fitting into some of the older outfits.

Promotions for the album were substantial given its status as a compilation. An award-winning newspaper campaign in which the album was publicized with substitute advertisements parodying non-existent businesses themed after Tak and Koshi appeared in the Yomiuri Shimbun morning edition on October 28, 2005. Later, the band appeared on Music Station SUPER LIVE 2005 to perform "OCEAN" and "Itsuka no Merry Christmas", with the latter being played in its original incarnation instead of the version found here. Additionally, as they had for 2002's The Ballads ~Love & B'z~, a B'z-themed Christmas tree public exhibit was displayed in promotion of the release.

Apart from "Itsuka no Merry Christmas ~"Koisuru Hanikami!" Version~"—an acoustic rendition of the lead song from 1992's mini album FRIENDS—all of the songs have since been compiled on other compilations such as 2008's B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure" and 2013's B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012. All of the songs apart from the aforementioned reversion of "Itsuka no Merry Christmas" were also reprinted as singles for 2017's B'z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX.

Upon release, B'z The Best "Pleasure II" debuted at the top of the Weekly Oricon Album chart with 762,000 physical copies sold in the first week. Ultimately, the compilation would be the fifth highest-selling album of the year 2005. In total, it has sold 1,183,424 copies and has been certified Million by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.

Track listing

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

First time collected in a compilation in original form

Alternative version from source song

No. Source Song Album Appearances Sample
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OCEAN

B'z The Best "Pleasure II"
MONSTER
B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure"
B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012
B'z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX

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Konya Tsuki no Mieru Oka ni
今夜月の見える丘に
On the Hilltop Where We Can See the Moon Tonight

ELEVEN
The Ballads ~Love & B'z~
B'z The Best "Pleasure II"
B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure"
B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012
B'z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX

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Ai no Bakudan

愛のバクダン
Love Bomb

THE CIRCLE
B'z The Best "Pleasure II"
B'z (International EP)
B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure"
B'z (English Album)
B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012
B'z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX

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ultra soul

GOLD
GREEN
B'z The Best "Pleasure II"
B'z (International EP)
B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure"
C'mon
B'z (English Album)
B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012
B'z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX

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HOME

The Ballads ~Love & B'z~
B'z The Best "Pleasure II"
B'z (International EP)
B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure"
B'z The Best XXV 1988-1998
B'z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX

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Itsuka no Merry Christmas
~"Koisuru Hanikami!" Version~

いつかのメリークリスマス
〜「恋するハニカミ!」バージョン〜
A Merry Christmas Once Upon A Time

FRIENDS
B'z The Best "Treasure"
The Ballads ~Love & B'z~
B'z The Best "Pleasure II"
B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure"

An acoustic rendition featured in the Japanese dating show Koisuru Hanikami!. This is the only track to not be collected elsewhere and can only be found on this release. Notably, it is also the only alternate version to feature on the entire compilation.
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Atsuki Kodou no Hate

熱き鼓動の果て
The Result of this Hot Heartbeat

GREEN
B'z The Best "Pleasure II"'
B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure"
B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012
B'z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX

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Yasei no ENERGY
野性のENERGY
Wild ENERGY

BIG MACHINE
B'z The Best "Pleasure II"
B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012
B'z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX

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IT'S SHOWTIME!!

BIG MACHINE
B'z The Best "Pleasure II"
B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure"
B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012
B'z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX

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juice

ELEVEN
B'z The Best "Pleasure II"
B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure"
B'z (English Album)
B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012
B'z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX

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May

B'z The Best "Pleasure II"
B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012
B'z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX

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girigiri chop
ギリギリchop
on the edge chop

Brotherhood
B'z The Best "Pleasure II"
B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure"
B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012
B'z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX

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RING

ELEVEN
B'z The Best "Pleasure II"
B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012
B'z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX

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BANZAI

B'z The Best "Pleasure II"
B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure"
B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012
B'z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX

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ARIGATO

B'z The Best "Pleasure II"
B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012
B'z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX

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GOLD

The Ballads ~Love & B'z~
B'z The Best "Pleasure II"
B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure"
B'z The Best XXV 1999-2012
B'z COMPLETE SINGLE BOX

iTunes Video Download

Copies of the limited edition version of the album came bundled with a special "B'z/iTunes Custom Card" that allowed purchasers to redeem the included code for one of four different LIVE-GYM performances that had previously gone unreleased, depending on the color of the card received. The videos could only be downloaded once, with codes no longer being redeemable after May 31, 2006.

B'z LIVE-GYM '99 "Brotherhood" -EXTRA- (September 25, 1999 — Kyoto Kaikan)
B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2000 "juice" (August 13, 2000 — Chiba Marine Stadium)
B'z LIVE-GYM 2003 "BIG MACHINE" (December 27, 2003 — Tokyo Dome)
B'z LIVE-GYM 2005 "CIRCLE OF ROCK" (September 19, 2005 — Kyocera Dome Osaka)
NOTE: Video was later released in 2013 as part of B'z LIVE-GYM 2005 -CIRCLE OF ROCK-

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 "Pleasure II"
2005.11.30

762,000+

1,183,424+

1

5

Million