DEVIL

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DEVIL
Mini album by B'z
Released April 23, 2002
Genre Hard rock
Length 23:29
Label Being Music Korea
Producer Tak Matsumoto
B'z chronology
5th Mini
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FRIENDS II
(1996)
Korean Mini
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DEVIL
(2002)
B'z performing "DEVIL" during "GREEN" LIVE-GYM in 2002. The song is one of the band's most-performed English songs and was performed throughout the tour.
The album's cover art was sourced from "Liar! Liar!" era promotional shots due to the band's busy schedule.

DEVIL is an English mini album by B'z, released exclusively in South Korea on April 23, 2002 to promote the band's appearance at the 2002 FIFA World Cup with Aerosmith. The release featured five English songs, four of which were previously released in Japan earlier in the band's career. The new title track, "DEVIL", was an English reversion of "TOKYO DEVIL" from the band's 2000 studio album ELEVEN. Although this mini album would be released only in Korea, the title song was also made available on the Korea/Japan edition of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Official Album but would not again be released in Japan until fans voted it into 14th place on B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure" in 2008. While never officially released outside of South Korea, the package has become a collector's item to fans in Japan and abroad with occasional appearances on various auction sites and often commanding premium prices. Due to its limited release and only being available at the time of release outside of Japan, it is not considered part of the band's official discography.

In addition to being included on the setlist to the B'z portion of the 2002 World Cup Concert, the English version of "DEVIL" was also performed during the band's first North American tour, B'z LIVE-GYM 2002 "Rock n' California Roll". It was later retained for 2002's Japanese LIVE-GYM, "GREEN~GO★FIGHT★WIN~" and made a return for B'z LIVE in Namba 2006, a live concert streamed over the internet that featured a number of other English songs, including "Real Thing Shakes".

B'z wound make further ventures into international territories with the release of their 2007 self-titled international EP in North America and Europe that likewise contained five songs, two of which were in English. Later, in 2012, B'z released their debut English album worldwide on iTunes complete with five all new English reversions of popular singles. A subsequent tour, B'z LIVE-GYM 2012 -Into Free-, became their biggest international tour to date, with seven stops all over North America including in both Los Angeles and New York.

In 2012, B'z wrote a song entitled "HEAT" for Korean artist Kim Hyun Joong as his then-latest Japanese single. The exposure and positive reception to the song amongst Korean music fans led the band to express an interest in touring South Korea in Be With! interviews, but no plans have yet been announced.

Track listing

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

  1. DEVIL
    Debuting in album form on this release, "DEVIL" is an English remake of "TOKYO DEVIL" from the band's 2001 studio album ELEVEN. At the time, it was the band's first new English song to be released in eight years. While the arrangement is fairly similar to the original, the melody received a complete overhaul in order to accommodate the new English lyrics. The song was performed throughout 2002 and would finally be included on a Japanese-released B'z album when fans voted for its inclusion on B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure" in 2008.
  2. Real Thing Shakes
    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 first one-track single, with 2015's "RED" being the only other one-track single, after Tak deemed one song as enough due to the power of the track. Prior to the release of DEVIL, "Real Thing Shakes" was only collected on B'z The Best "Treasure" in 1998. Later, in 2013, it was again collected on B'z The Best XXV 1988-1998 along with other singles of the accompanying era.
  3. Bad Communication E.Style
    Originally released on the mini album WICKED BEAT in 1990, the track is an English version of the immensely popular "BAD COMMUNICATION". The track found here is a shortened edition that was originally included on B'z The Best "Pleasure". The original found on the aforementioned mini album runs at over 7 minutes, while the streamlined version is only slightly over 4 minutes.
  4. SLAVE TO THE NIGHT
    Originally released on the studio album The 7th Blues in 1994, this track is an English version of the band's second song, "Heart mo Nureru Number ~stay tonight~", that was the B-side to their first single and was also included on their self-titled debut album.
  5. LADY NAVIGATION
    Originally released on the studio album The 7th Blues in 1994, this English bluesy and acoustic rendition of the original single is the second English version of the song. The first, released as "LADY NAVIGATION ~Cookie & Car Stereo Style~" on the MARS mini album in 1991, shares the same lyrics but sticks closer to the tempo and arrangement of the original.

Live appearances

Live Performances

DEVIL [24 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE "SAPPORO DEVIL" [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png 2002 FIFA World Cup International Day Concert [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2002 "GREEN ~GO★FIGHT★WIN~" [18/18 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2002 "Rock n' California Roll" [3/3 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE in Namba 2006 [1/1 SHOWS]
Real Thing Shakes [150 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '96 "Spirit LOOSE" [44/44 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure'97 "FIREBALL" [9/9 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE "GO! GO! HEAVEN" [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '98 "SURVIVE" [44/49 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '99 -Brotherhood- SHOWCASE "B'zepp" [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '99 "Brotherhood" [17/24 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2001 "ELEVEN" -Extra- [3/46 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM in Taipei & Hong Kong 2001 [4/4 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM The Final Pleasure "IT'S SHOWTIME!!" [2/23 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE in Namba 2006 [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE 2018 -The Wall Of Rock- [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2018 -HINOTORI- [23/23 SHOWS]
Bad Communication E.Style [6 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z BAD-CLUB GYM [3/3 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM #001 "OFF THE LOCK" [3/14 SHOWS]
SLAVE TO THE NIGHT redx.png
LADY NAVIGATION (English Version) [57 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure'93 "JAP THE RIPPER" [2/2 SHOWS] (The 7th Blues Version)
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '94 "THE 9TH BLUES -Part1-" [55/55 SHOWS] (The 7th Blues Version)

Home Videos

DEVIL
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM 2002 "GREEN ~GO★FIGHT★WIN~"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM 2002 "Rock n' California Roll"
crossbracket.png LIVE in Namba 2006
Real Thing Shakes
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM '99 "Brotherhood"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM Final Pleasure "IT'S SHOWTIME!!"
crossbracket.png LIVE in Namba 2006
crossbracket.png Hidden Pleasure: LIVE-GYM '96 "Spirit LOOSE"
Bad Communication E.Style novid.png
SLAVE TO THE NIGHT redx.png novid.png
LADY NAVIGATION (English Version) novid.png

Sales data

No. Cover Specialty Album Physical Copies Sold Chart Positions Certification
FIRST WEEK LIFETIME WEEK MONTH YEAR
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DEVIL
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