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RUN
Studio album by B'z
Released October 28, 1992
Recorded 1992
Genre Hard rock
Length 46:35
Label BMG ROOMS
Producer Tak Matsumoto
B'z chronology
5th Album
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IN THE LIFE
(1991)
6th Album
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RUN
(1992)
7th Album
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The 7th Blues
(1994)
Singles from RUN
  1. ZERO
    Released: October 7, 1992

RUN is the sixth studio album by B'z, released on October 28, 1992. The album is one of many for the band to not just launch at number one, but to also sell in excess of 1,000,000 copies in only its first week on shelves. When it made its way to the public, RUN served to showcase even more that B'z was a rock band above all else. Continuing on from the hard rock sound sampled well in the previous album IN THE LIFE, much of the sound here would shape the image of B'z for years to come. The album was supported by B'z LIVE-GYM '93 "RUN" and is one of the few B'z albums from which every song has been played live. Several of the songs found on the album, including the sole single, "ZERO", have become staples of B'z live shows over the years and remain beloved by fans.

The titular track "RUN" has been performed live at almost every Pleasure LIVE-GYM since its release, including the 15th anniversary tour in 2003 and the 20th anniversary tour in 2008, and has typically been used to close out shows with a positive and inspirational message. The song was also voted onto the fan-selected best-of collection B'z The Best "Treasure" in 1998, where it was re-recorded in contemporary rock form to showcase the band's growth and labeled "1998 style", as well as B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure" ten years later in 2008.

Many of the album songs went on to become beloved fan-favorites, including the up-tempo rock number "Out Of Control", which was revived after fourteen years of not being performed live for SHOWCASE 2007 -19-. "NATIVE DANCE" has been included in four Pleasure setlists since its release, including GLORY DAYS and ENDLESS SUMMER. "Sayonara Nanka wa Iwasenai" (Don't Say the Word Goodbye) was used to close out the album's LIVE-GYM as well as that of Pleasure'93. It, along with fellow album track "Gekkou" and the aforementioned "RUN", was voted onto the band's second 20th anniversary album B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure". In addition, "Gekkou" was also previously included on The Ballads ~Love & B'z~ in 2002.

Uniquely, almost all of the songs from the album became the subject of English demos. None of these versions were ever officially released and remain accessible to fans only in leaked form. Judging by the demos available, the only songs to not receive English renditions were "THE GAMBLER", "Akai Kagerou", and "Sayonara Nanka wa Iwasenai".

Production and history

Even after many subsequent album releases, RUN is still highly-regarded by B'z fans and critics alike. Tak said of the album: "We wanted to drift away from the style we'd been employing to this point." The stated theme of the album is that of the title to the lead single: "ZERO". This "zero" is not the equivalent to "turning back to a blank sheet of paper", however. As Koshi puts it: "If it were a partner you've been with for countless years, it'd be akin to, 'Let's fall in love again'—'Let's reclaim that excitement again', that sort of thing." Koshi's example here utilizes that of a couple, but was clarified to, in the broader sense, refer to bringing forth all of one's experiences and knowledge they've collected in order to create something new, entirely from scratch. Primarily, the type of feeling evoked by an "OK, from here on out!" sort of spirit.

With this album, the band deviated from the process that had been used for their previous works. Usually, Tak would lay the groundwork and Koshi would then begin writing the lyrics, but not so this time. After the TIME Pleasure tour in 1992, the duo went into the studio with the same musicians they had been touring with in order to start recording. Tak recalls: "When we go on tour, B'z really begins showing its rock facet. That's why we wanted to keep that spirit alive as we were composing new songs. We went into the studio with that same spirit."

B'z LIVE-GYM '93 "RUN"

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The tour in support of the album ran from January 30, 1993 to June 30, 1993, with both a hall tour and an arena tour. Every song from the album was ultimately played on the tour, though some were alternated with each other, such as the case with "Akai Kagerou" and "Gekkou" filling a ballad spot early in the setlist. When the tour moved to the large-scale arena venues, a group acoustic version of "Easy Come, Easy Go!" was added to the setlist.

While filmed, the entirety of the show has never been officially released. However, on Hidden Pleasure ~Typhoon No.20~, a collection of previously unavailable live performances and similar materials released to commemorate the band's 20th anniversary in 2008, a number of performances from the show were made available, ranging from "Ai no Mama ni Wagamama ni Boku wa Kimi Dake wo Kizutsukenai" and "ZERO" to "Hadashi no Megami".

Track listing

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

  1. THE GAMBLER
    The opener to the album that set the tone for the tracks to follow with a sound that B'z had not fully embraced before. Tak said of the sound: "We did the melody for the chorus first and then worked out the main guitar riff to make it work with the chorus melody. From there on out, we composed the rest of the song. The guitar riff didn't have as much impact on the composition of the song up until now, so it's unconventional for B'z to go that route for a song." As far as the lyrics, Koshi commented while reflecting on the album: "Writing went along unpredictably smooth. Maybe because gambling is a man's desire." After a long hiatus, the song was revived for B'z SHOWCASE 2009 -B'z In Your Town-.
  2. ZERO
    While it was the lead and only single from the album, "ZERO" also served as the theme to the album as well. The song has proven to be one of the most renowned in the B'z catalogue, having been performed at more LIVE-GYM concerts than any other the band has produced, in addition to being included on all eligible best-of collections.
  3. Akai Kagerou — Red Heat Haze, 紅い陽炎
    The subject of the lyrics is that of infidelity. During the album LIVE-GYM, it was frequently alternated with fellow album track "Gekkou".
  4. RUN
    The titular song of the album, "RUN" has become among the most well-known and well-regarded songs the band has produced. The inspirational and supportive message of the song was written with the fans and staff members in mind. As a result, it is often reserved to be played as a final and encore song. The song has remained popular over the years, being voted onto both of the fan-selected best-of albums, and being remade into "RUN -1998 style-" on the first of which. The more rock-oriented version was intended to showcase the band's growth since the original's release.
  5. Out Of Control
    The lyrics to the song contain a strong element of social commentary. The song was performed for the first time in fourteen years during B'z SHOWCASE 2007 -19-.
  6. NATIVE DANCE
    The styling of the song, particularly the chorus, is reminiscent of Native American folk music. The song, when performed live, has special choreography associated with it that Koshi and the audience participate in together. In 1998, the song placed highly in the voting for B'z The Best "Treasure", ultimately ranking in at #23.
  7. MR. ROLLING THUNDER
    The song begins like the album version of "ALONE", with English lyrics ringing out prior to the instrumentation beginning. The lyrics of the song were inspired by the landscapes Koshi witnessed as he was traveling in the United States.
  8. Sayonara Nanka wa IwasenaiDon't Say the Word Goodbye, さよならなんかは言わせない
    Koshi has said the backdrop to the song is that of school graduation. A popular B'z song, it was used to close out the album's titular tour as well as the 1993 Pleasure shows, the latter of which was released on home video as LIVE RIPPER. It ranked in the top 20 in the voting for B'z The Best "Treasure", and ranked as #8 overall for B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure", leading to its inclusion. The song was also played on the tours for ELEVEN in 2001 and ACTION in 2008.
  9. GekkouMoonlight, 月光
    Koshi had difficulty while penning the song, and was inspired to name it "Moonlight" after hearing the guitar solo Tak had written for it. Nearly every performance of the song has been done in acoustic form. It had not been played live for ten years prior to being included in the setlist to the fifteenth anniversary concert, where its inclusion resulted in much surprise and delight of fans in attendance. The song has remained popular over the years, being voted highly for B'z The Best "Treasure" and being voted high enough to be included on B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure", fifteen years after its original release, as well as being included on The Ballads ~Love & B'z~. Koshi's father is known to consider it one of his favorite B'z songs.
  10. Baby, you're my home
    The only acoustic number on the album. The combination of a clapping accompaniment, acoustic guitar, harmonica, and group chorus give the song quite a unique atmosphere. The song was at first conceived with more of a rock arrangement, but Tak felt something different was meant to come of the song, and as such decided to take a 180° turn to make it acoustic. An English demo of the rock version has since made its way online. In addition, a demo of the English version utilizing the acoustic arrangement has also been leaked. The song would not be revived for 22 years until B'z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT- where it primarily alternated with "Blue Sunshine" in the setlist.

Reversion history

Original Song Reversion History
ZERO
SINGLE & ALBUM SONG (1992)

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KARAOKE: ZERO [Karaoke Version] (1996)
Karaoke version found only on B'z TV STYLE II Songless Version.
UNRELEASED: ZERO [English Demo Version] (1992-1994)
An unreleased English demo version that is presumed to have been recorded between RUN and The 7th Blues.
UNRELEASED: ZERO [English Demo Version with New Arrangement] (1992-1994)
An unreleased English demo version that is presumed to have been recorded between RUN and The 7th Blues. This version features a new arrangement that differs significantly from the original.
LIVE ONLY: ZERO [Bluesy Version] (2015)
Bluesy live rendition performed with just Tak on electric guitar and Koshi on vocals as part of B'z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-.

RUN
ALBUM SONG (1992)

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RE-RECORDING: RUN -1998 style- (1998)
Released only on B'z The Best "Treasure", this update was meant to reflect the growth of the band in the years since the original's release.

Out Of Control
ALBUM SONG (1992)

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UNRELEASED: Out Of Control [English Demo Version] (1992-1994)
An unreleased English demo version that is presumed to have been recorded between RUN and The 7th Blues.

NATIVE DANCE
ALBUM SONG (1992)

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UNRELEASED: NATIVE DANCE [English Demo Version] (1992-1994)
An unreleased English demo version that is presumed to have been recorded between RUN and The 7th Blues.

MR. ROLLING THUNDER
ALBUM SONG (1992)

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UNRELEASED: MR. ROLLING THUNDER [English Demo Version] (1992-1994)
An unreleased English demo version that is presumed to have been recorded between RUN and The 7th Blues.

Sayonara Nanka wa Iwasenai
ALBUM SONG (1992)

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Baby, you're my home
ALBUM SONG (1992)

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UNRELEASED: Baby, you're my home [English Demo Version] (1992-1994)
An unreleased English demo version that is presumed to have been recorded between RUN and The 7th Blues.
UNRELEASED: Baby, you're my home [Electric English Demo Version] (1992-1994)
An unreleased English demo version that is presumed to have been recorded between RUN and The 7th Blues.

Live appearances

Live Performances

THE GAMBLER [57 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '93 "RUN" [49/49 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE 2009 -B'z In Your Town- [8/8 SHOWS]
ZERO [497 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure'92 "TIME" [8/12 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '93 "RUN" [49/49 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure'93 "JAP THE RIPPER" [2/2 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png Merry X'Mas ~ Mary Had a Little Lamb/Silent Night [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '94 "THE 9TH BLUES -Part1-" [55/55 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '94 "THE 9TH BLUES -Part2-" [32/32 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure'95 "BUZZ!!" [12/12 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" [49/49 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '99 -Brotherhood- SHOWCASE "B'zepp" [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '99 "Brotherhood" [24/24 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z juice guerilla live [1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2000 "juice" [21/21 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM in Taipei & Hong Kong 2001 [4/4 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE "Kobushi wo Nigire" [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2001 "ELEVEN" [37/46 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 SHOWCASE 2003 "IT'S SHOWCASE!!" [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM The Final Pleasure "IT'S SHOWTIME!!" [22/23 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2003 "BANZAI IN NORTH AMERICA" [7/7 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2006 "MONSTER'S GARAGE" [7/17 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2008 "ACTION" [13/53 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2008 -GLORY DAYS- [6/6 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE 2009 -B'z In Your Town- [8/8 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png SUMMER SONIC 09 [2/2 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png Pepsi NEX presents B'z 1DAY LIVE [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2011 -C'mon- [26/26 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2012 -Into Free- [11/11 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png AEROSONIC [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER- [7/30 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT- [9/40 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE 2015 -Shinagawa Uchouten NIGHT- [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png TV Asahi Dream Festival 2015 [1/1 SHOWS]
Akai Kagerou [49 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '93 "RUN" [49/49 SHOWS]
RUN [166 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '93 "RUN" [49/49 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure'93 "JAP THE RIPPER" [2/2 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '94 "THE 9TH BLUES -Part2-" [32/32 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure'95 "BUZZ!!" [12/12 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure'97 "FIREBALL" [9/9 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '99 "Brotherhood" [24/24 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM The Final Pleasure "IT'S SHOWTIME!!" [2/23 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE 2006 "Yokosuka MONSTER" [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2006 "MONSTER'S GARAGE" [17/17 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE in Namba 2006 [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2008 -GLORY DAYS- [6/6 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER- [11/30 SHOWS]
Out Of Control [77 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '93 "RUN" [49/49 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE 2007 -19- [6/6 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE 2007 -B'z In Your Town- [3/7 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE 2008 -Kiyotake ACTION- [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2008 "ACTION" [18/53 SHOWS]
NATIVE DANCE [97 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '93 "RUN" [49/49 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure'93 "JAP THE RIPPER" [2/2 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure'97 "FIREBALL" [9/9 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2008 -GLORY DAYS- [6/6 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE 2013 -Pleasure75- [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER- [30/30 SHOWS]
MR. ROLLING THUNDER [49 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '93 "RUN" [49/49 SHOWS]
Sayonara Nanka wa Iwasenai [107 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '93 "RUN" [49/49 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure'93 "JAP THE RIPPER" [2/2 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2001 "ELEVEN" [38/46 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2008 "ACTION" [12/53 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER- [6/30 SHOWS]
Gekkou [60 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '93 "RUN" [49/49 SHOWS] (Acoustic Version)
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure'93 "JAP THE RIPPER" [2/2 SHOWS] (Acoustic Version)
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM The Final Pleasure "IT'S SHOWTIME!!" [2/23 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER- [8/30 SHOWS]
Baby, you're my home [48 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '93 "RUN" [34/49 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT- [14/40 SHOWS]

Home Videos

THE GAMBLER novid.png
ZERO
crossbracket.png LIVE RIPPER: Pleasure'93 "JAP THE RIPPER"
crossbracket.png "BUZZ!!" THE MOVIE
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM '99 "Brotherhood"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM 2002 "GREEN ~GO★FIGHT★WIN~"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM 2002 "Rock n' California Roll"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM Final Pleasure "IT'S SHOWTIME!!"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM 2003 "BANZAI IN NORTH AMERICA"
crossbracket.png Hidden Pleasure: LIVE-GYM '93 "RUN"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2008 -GLORY DAYS-
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM 2011 -C'mon-
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM 2012 -Into Free- (Web Stream)
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER-
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM 2012 -Into Free- EXTRA
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-
Akai Kagerou novid.png
RUN
crossbracket.png LIVE RIPPER: Pleasure'93 "JAP THE RIPPER"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM '99 "Brotherhood"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM Final Pleasure "IT'S SHOWTIME!!"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM 2006 "MONSTER'S GARAGE"
crossbracket.png LIVE in Namba 2006
crossbracket.png Hidden Pleasure: LIVE-GYM Pleasure'97 "FIREBALL"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2008 -GLORY DAYS-
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER-
Out Of Control
crossbracket.png SHOWCASE 2007 -19-
NATIVE DANCE
crossbracket.png LIVE RIPPER: Pleasure'93 "JAP THE RIPPER"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2008 -GLORY DAYS-
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER-
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER- (Hall Tour)
MR. ROLLING THUNDER novid.png
Sayonara Nanka wa Iwasenai
crossbracket.png LIVE RIPPER: Pleasure'93 "JAP THE RIPPER"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM 2001 -ELEVEN-
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER-
Gekkou
crossbracket.png LIVE RIPPER: Pleasure'93 "JAP THE RIPPER"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM Final Pleasure "IT'S SHOWTIME!!"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER- (Hall Tour)
Baby, you're my home novid.png

Sales data

No. Cover Album Physical Copies Sold Chart Positions Certification
FIRST WEEK LIFETIME WEEK MONTH YEAR
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RUN
1992.10.28

1,190,380+

2,196,660+

1

6 (1992)
25 (1993)

2x Million

Personnel

B'z

Support Members

Production Staff