B'z The Best "Treasure"

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B'z The Best "Treasure"
Compilation album by B'z
Released September 20, 1998
Genre Rock
Length 64:11
Label Rooms Records
Producer Tak Matsumoto
B'z chronology
1st Best-of
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B'z The Best "Pleasure"
(1998)
2nd Best-of
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B'z The Best "Treasure"
(1998)
3rd Best-of
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B'z The "Mixture"
(2000)

B'z The Best "Treasure" is a compilation album released by B'z on September 20, 1998, just one day prior to the band's 10th anniversary. Unlike the majority of best of albums released by mainstream artists, the entire tracklisting was determined by fan polling. The album came some four months after the first official B'z compilation release, B'z The Best "Pleasure". The tracks found on Pleasure made it more of a traditional best of release, featuring several of the band's biggest hits from over the years, and were ineligible for inclusion here. As was the case with its predecessor, all tracks included here were remastered from their original forms in order to bring out the greatest possible audio fidelity.

This album marks the first occasion for many classic B'z songs to have been collected on one of the band's albums. Fan favorite B-side and top vote-getter "Koi-Gokoro (KOI-GOKORO)" appears in album form here for the first time, as do singles "BLOWIN'", "Negai", "MOTEL", and "Mienai Chikara ~INVISIBLE ONE". The only physically-released English B'z single, "Real Thing Shakes", is collected here for the first time and would not be collected again until 2013's B'z The Best XXV 1988-1998. The track listing included re-recorded versions of fan favorites, with "RUN -1998 style-" and "Pleasure '98 ~Jinsei no Kairaku~" being prepared to showcase their evolution as a band since the original tracks' releases.

Upon release, B'z The Best "Treasure" premiered in the top spot on the weekly Oricon albums chart and remained at that position for three consecutive weeks, making it the top selling album for the month of its release. Despite being released only in September and just months prior to the end of the year, it was the second highest selling album for the year of 1998, trailing only its sister album, B'z The Best "Pleasure". The Recording Industry Association of Japan has certified the album as 4x Million for sales in excess of over four million copies, solidifying its place as the fifth highest selling album in the history of Japanese music.

Another compilation album in the same vein was released for the band's 20th anniversary, titled B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure", that once again featured songs selected by fans.

Track listing

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

Both "BLOWIN'" and "TIME" from the former's title single would be included on the collection, with the A-side and B-side both proving popular with fans, getting nods as the second and fifth top vote-getters, respectively.
The "evolving song" from B'z, "Pleasure ~Jinsei no Kairaku~", originally found in 1991 as the B-side to "LADY NAVIGATION", was one of the two songs re-recorded for this collection.
The lead song from FRIENDS, "Itsuka no Merry Christmas" and its enduring popularity guaranteed it a spot when the track listing was left to be determined by fans.
The title song of 1992's seminal album RUN was given a facelift here as well, with a new rock-oriented recording that demonstrated how far the band had come.
  1. BLOWIN'From single BLOWIN' (1992)
    Voted to 2nd place by fans. Originally released in 1992 as a single. This marked the first and only time this version of the song was included on a B'z album until 2013's B'z The Best XXV 1988-1998. For B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure" in 2008, the band recorded a new version with the appended title of "ULTRA Treasure Style" that served as an update to the sixteen year-old song.
  2. Koi-Gokoro (KOI-GOKORO)From single ZERO (1992)
    Voted to 1st place by fans. Originally released in 1992 as a B-side on the "ZERO" single. This album was the first time the song was collected on a B'z album but not the last, as it would again be voted to near the top of the rankings for B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure" in 2008.
  3. TIMEFrom single BLOWIN' (1992)
    Voted to 5th place by fans. Originally released in 1992 as a B-side on the "BLOWIN'" single. With its inclusion, both songs from the aforementioned single were voted onto the album. It would make further appearances on The Ballads ~Love & B'z~ in 2002 and was selected once more by fans for B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure" in 2008.
  4. Liar! Liar!From single Liar! Liar! (1997)
    Voted to 7th place by fans. Originally released in 1997 as a single and later included on the band's ninth studio album, SURVIVE. The version included on this album was remastered with the aid of Rockman preamps.
  5. NegaiFrom single Negai (1995)
    Voted to 3rd place by fans. Originally released as a single in 1995 and later included on the band's eighth studio album, LOOSE, albeit in an altered state. For the band's greatest hits collections in to commemorate their twentieth anniversary, "Negai" would be found on B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure" and thus was ineligible to be voted again by fans for its Treasure counterpart.
  6. Itoshii Hito yo Good Night...From single Itoshii Hito yo Good Night... (1990)
    Voted to 13th place by fans. Originally released as a single in 1990 and later included on the band's fourth studio album, RISKY, which was also their first #1 of the sort. The oldest song to be included, this collection would mark its final inclusion on a B'z album.
  7. Pleasure'98 ~Jinsei no Kairaku~Original version from single LADY NAVIGATION (1991)
    Voted to 8th place by fans. The original version, "Pleasure'91 ~Jinsei no Kairaku~", was released as a B-side on the "LADY NAVIGATION" single in 1991. While the 1991 edition was the one voted onto the album, the band decided to see to the fan's request by recording an updated rendition. Apart from being an entirely new recording, differences include a thicker sound for the guitar, a lyrics change in the second verse, and the outro being played by keyboard this time around.
  8. Mienai Chikara ~INVISIBLE ONE~From single Mienai Chikara ~INVISIBLE ONE~/MOVE (1996)
    Voted to 11th place by fans. Originally released as a double A-side in 1996. This collection would be its first time being included on a B'z album, but in 2008, it would be gathered with a number of the band's other well-known singles for B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure".
  9. Mou Ichido Kiss ShitakattaFrom album IN THE LIFE (1992)
    Voted to 4th place by fans. Originally released in 1992 as an album song for IN THE LIFE. The highest ranking album song in the polls, it has enjoyed tremendous popularity in recent years and was even considered as the lead single from the album in place of "ALONE". Again the song would be selected as worthy by fans for B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure" in 2008, and was previously collected on The Ballads ~Love & B'z~ in 2002.
  10. FIREBALLFrom single FIREBALL (1997)
    Voted to 14th place by fans. Originally released in 1997 as a single and later included on the band's ninth studio album, SURVIVE. This collection would be the last time it was included on a B'z compilation.
  11. Real Thing ShakesFrom single Real Thing Shakes (1996)
    Voted to 10th place by fans. Originally released as a single in 1996, the song is the only B'z single in their catalogue to be entirely in English and is also their only one-track single after Tak deemed one song as enough due to the power of the track. This marked the first and last time that the song would be included on a Japanese-released B'z album until it was at last found again on 2013's B'z The Best XXV 1988-1998.
  12. MOTELFrom single MOTEL (1994)
    Voted to 9th place by fans. Originally released as a single in 1994. This marked the first occasion in which the song was found on an album, and would again be voted for inclusion by the fanbase for the 2008 follow-up, B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure".
  13. Itsuka no Merry ChristmasFrom mini-album FRIENDS (1992)
    Voted to 6th place by fans. Originally released in 1992 as the lead song from the mini-album FRIENDS. An instant classic from the day of its 1992 release, the song only continued to grow in popularity until, in 2008, it was this time found on the band's hits-oriented collection, B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure", where it was one of only three non-singles to be included. One of the band's most frequently collected songs, it would also find a place on The Ballads ~Love & B'z~ in 2002 where it opened the collection in its original incarnation, and served as a hidden track with a more up tempo version after the final song. A further, acoustic version would be released on B'z The Best "Pleasure II" in 2005.
  14. RUN -1998 style-Original version from album RUN (1992)
    Voted to 12th place by fans. The titular song of their 1992 album of the same name, the original version of "RUN" became one of the band's most well-known and well-regarded songs. As is the case here, it is often reserved to be played as a final and encore song during live performances. For this reversion, according to Koshi, the goal was to showcase the growth of the band since the original's release. The resulting edition of the song featured a more rock-oriented sound and more prominent guitar work, as well as a new intro. In addition, this version of the song served as the theme to commercial promotions for the then-new Nissan Avenir.
  15. HOME (Short Acoustic Version)
    Appears as a hidden song that plays after twenty seconds of silence in the final listed track. A back to basics edition of the song featuring only Tak and Koshi, it only features a portion of their then-recent single "HOME" in acoustic form. For the chorus, Tak joins for backing vocals.

Voting results

Top 14

The fourteen songs that amassed the most votes were the songs that made up the tracks on the album. Their order on the album itself does not reflect the actual vote total, however, as B'z rearranged the top fourteen tracks to give the album as smooth a flow as possible.

No. Song Origin
1

Koi-Gokoro (KOI-GOKORO)

  • 11th Single 「ZERO」 B-side
  • First time collected on an album
2

BLOWIN'

3

Negai

  • 16th Single 「Negai」 A-side
  • First time collected on an album as the single version
4

Mou Ichido Kiss Shitakatta

5

TIME

  • 10th Single 「BLOWIN'」 B-side
  • First time collected on an album
6

Itsuka no Merry Christmas

  • 4th Mini Album 「FRIENDS」 SCENE 1
7

Liar! Liar!

  • 23rd Single 「Liar! Liar!」 A-side
  • Unlike the single version, Rockman Preamps were used for this collected version
8

Pleasure'91 ~Jinsei no Kairaku~

  • 8th Single 「LADY NAVIGATION」 B-side
  • A newly recorded rendition was included on the album
9

MOTEL

  • 15th Single 「MOTEL」 A-side
  • First time collected on an album
10

Real Thing Shakes

11

Mienai Chikara ~INVISIBLE ONE~

12

RUN

  • 6th Album 「RUN」 Title song
  • A newly recorded rendition was included on the album
13

"Itoshii hito yo" Good Night...

14

FIREBALL

Remaining Top 100

Apart from the top fourteen that were included on the release itself, B'z also revealed the songs that received enough votes to round out the top 100. Though these songs did not make the cut for this album, the results were later taken into consideration as B'z compiled B'z The "Mixture" just two years later.

Also of note is that when the follow-up compilation album B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure" was released a decade later, several songs that were on the brink of making this album but fell short ended up making the cut the second time around. "Wonderful Opportunity" from IN THE LIFE ranked in at number twenty in the original Treasure polls, but for ULTRA Treasure was voted in as the fourth most requested track. "Yumemi ga Oka" from LOOSE underwent a similar resurgence with fans, as it was originally voted in as thirty-fifth but, ten years later, ranked as sixth. Notably, "Swimmer yo!!", "YOU & I", and "Gekkou", which all narrowly missed the cut for this album, were all voted in on ULTRA Treasure. Most notably, "LOVE IS DEAD", the lead track from The 7th Blues, a song that only ranked fifty-seventh in the original polling, ended up at number twenty-four for the 20th anniversary and was included.

No. Song Origin
15

Swimmer yo!!

9th Album 「SURVIVE」 2nd track

16

OH! GIRL

2nd Album 「OFF THE LOCK」 8th track

17

MOVE

19th Single 「Mienai Chikara ~INVISIBLE ONE~/MOVE」 Second A-side

18

Sayonara Nanka wa Iwasenai

6th Album 「RUN」 8th track

19

Kodoku no Runaway

3rd Mini Album 「MARS」 1st track

20

Wonderful Opportunity

5th Album 「IN THE LIFE」 1st track

21

YOU & I

16th Single 「Negai」 B-side

22

Dakara Sono Te wo Hanashite

1st Single 「Dakara Sono Te wo Hanashite」 A-side

23

NATIVE DANCE

6th Album 「RUN」 6th track

24

Happiness

9th Album 「SURVIVE」 5th track

25

Kienai Niji

8th Album 「LOOSE」 6th track

26

Gekkou

6th Album 「RUN」 9th track

27

HOT FASHION - Ryuukoukata -

4th Album 「RISKY」 3rd track

28

Shoushin

5th Mini Album 「FRIENDS II」 3rd track

29

Koi Jyanakunaru Hi

4th Mini Album 「FRIENDS」 SCENE 3

30

GIMME YOUR LOVE
- Fukutsu no LOVE DRIVER -

4th Album 「RISKY」 2nd track

31

Aikawarazu na Bokura

5th Album 「IN THE LIFE」 9th track

32

BAD COMMUNICATION

1st Mini Album 「BAD COMMUNICATION」 Title song

33

Crazy Rendezvous

5th Album 「IN THE LIFE」 5th track

34

Hi

24th Single 「Samayoeru Aoi Dangan」 B-side

35

Yumemi ga Oka

8th Album 「LOOSE」 4th track

36

Kimi no Naka de Odoritai

2nd Single 「Kimi no Naka de Odoritai」 A-side

37

LADY-GO-ROUND

3rd Single 「LADY-GO-ROUND」 A-side

38

The Loose

8th Album 「LOOSE」 2nd track

39

WILD LIFE

5th Album 「IN THE LIFE」 7th track

40

Naite Naite Nakiyandara

9th Album 「SURVIVE」 8th track

41

Akai Kagerou

6th Album 「RUN」 3rd track

42

Akai Kawa

7th Album 「The 7th Blues」 9th track (DISC1)

43

Odekake Shimasho

7th Album 「The 7th Blues」 2nd track (DISC1)

44

Tokyo

17th Single 「love me, I love you」 B-side

45

Urei no GYPSY

5th Album 「IN THE LIFE」 4th track

46

Hoshi Furu Yoru ni Sawagou

4th Single 「BE THERE」 B-side

47

TONIGHT(Is The Night)

5th Album 「IN THE LIFE」 2nd track

48

VAMPIRE WOMAN

4th Album 「RISKY」 7th track

49

JOY

12nd Single 「Ai no Mama ni Wagamama ni...」 B-side

50

Kirei na Ai Jyanakutemo

8th Album 「LOOSE」 11th track

51

STARDUST TRAIN

3rd Album 「BREAK THROUGH」 11th track

52

Survive

9th Album 「SURVIVE」 Title song

53

Haru

7th Album 「The 7th Blues」 6th track (DISC2)

54

DEEP KISS

9th Album 「SURVIVE」 1st track

55

GUITAR KIDS RHAPSODY

2nd Album 「OFF THE LOCK」 5th track

56

Tonari de Nemurasete

3rd Album 「BREAK THROUGH」 7th track

57

LOVE IS DEAD

7th Album 「The 7th Blues」 1st track (DISC1)

58

Doushite mo Kimi wo Ushinaitakunai

4th Mini Album 「FRIENDS」 SCENE 5

59

BREAK THROUGH

3rd Album 「BREAK THROUGH」 Title song

60

hole in my heart

15th Single 「MOTEL」 B-side

61

KARA・KARA

13rd Single 「Hadashi no Megami」 B-side

62

BIG

8th Album 「LOOSE」 12nd track

63

Do me

9th Album 「SURVIVE」 7th track

64

Yaburenu Yume wo Hikizutte

7th Album 「The 7th Blues」 7th track (DISC2)

65

HOLY NIGHT ni Kuchizuke wo

4th Album 「RISKY」 6th track

66

NEVER LET YOU GO

2nd Album 「OFF THE LOCK」 3rd track

67

SNOW

5th Mini Album 「FRIENDS II」 2nd track

68

Soredemo Kimi ni wa Modorenai

5th Album 「IN THE LIFE」 8th track

69

Love & Chain

3rd Single 「LADY-GO-ROUND」 B-side
70

GUITAR wa Naiteiru

3rd Album 「BREAK THROUGH」 5th track

71

Suna no Hanabira

8th Album 「LOOSE」 10th track

72

"Kairaku no Heya"

5th Album 「IN THE LIFE」 3rd track

73

FUSHIDARA 100%

18th Single 「LOVE PHANTOM」 B-side

74

SAFETY LOVE

2nd Single 「Kimi no Naka de Odoritai」 B-side

75

GO! NUDE! GO!

6th Single 「Easy Come, Easy Go!」 B-side

76

Pleasure'95 ~Jinsei no Kairaku~

Only performed live—viewable on 「"BUZZ!!" THE MOVIE

77

Ima de wa... Ima nara... Ima mo...

3rd Album 「BREAK THROUGH」 9th track

78

ROSY

2nd Album 「OFF THE LOCK」 9th track

79

MY SAD LOVE

7th Album 「The 7th Blues」 5th track (DISC1)

80

Baby, you're my home

6th Album 「RUN」 10th track

81

THE GAMBLER

6th Album 「RUN」 1st track

82

HURRY UP!

2nd Album 「OFF THE LOCK」 2nd track

83

Biribiri

23rd Single 「Liar! Liar!」 B-side

84

BAD COMMUNICATION (000-18)

8th Album 「LOOSE」 5th track

85

MR. ROLLING THUNDER

6th Album 「RUN」 7th track

86

Yoru ni Furarete mo

2nd Album 「OFF THE LOCK」 6th track

87

Miseinen

7th Album 「The 7th Blues」 3rd track (DISC1)

88

RISKY

4th Album 「RISKY」 Title song

89

LOVING ALL NIGHT

2nd Album 「OFF THE LOCK」 7th track

90

It's Raining...

4th Album 「RISKY」 10th track

91

Teki ga Inakerya

8th Album 「LOOSE」 9th track

92

WILD ROAD

7th Album 「The 7th Blues」 10th track (DISC1)

93

Yami no Ame

7th Album 「The 7th Blues」 4th track (DISC1)

94

CAT

9th Album 「SURVIVE」 9th track

95

Kimi wo Tsurete

5th Mini Album 「FRIENDS II」 7th track

96

Out Of Control

6th Album 「RUN」 5th track

97

DA.KA.RA.SO.NO.TE.O.HA.NA.SHI.TE
-OFF THE LOCK STYLE-

1st Mini Album 「BAD COMMUNICATION」 3rd track

98

FRIDAY MIDNIGHT BLUE

4th Album 「RISKY」 9th track

99

Kanashiki dreamer

21st Single 「FIREBALL」 B-side

100

GO-GO-GIRLS

9th Single 「ALONE」 B-side

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 "Treasure"
1998.09.20

2,500,120+

4,438,742+

1
(3 Weeks)

1

2

4x Million