NEW ALBUM EPIC DAY Out March 4th!!
Today is going to be an epic day, all right! The release date for B’z forthcoming 19th studio album 「EPIC DAY」 has finally been announced! It’s going to be out on March 4th, 2015 and will come in four(!) different packages: LIVE-GYM 2015 Edition (CD+Original Tour Merchandise), Limited Edition (CD+DVD), Vinyl Edition (Vinyl + Digital Download Code), Normal Edition (CD Only).
Before we go into the details of each package, let’s look at the track list first. The album features 10 songs, headlined by the rock tunes 「EPIC DAY」 and 「Las Vegas」. Further songs include their 51st single 「Uchouten」 and recently announced songs 「NO EXCUSE」「Exit To The Sun」 and 「Amari ni mo」. 「Kimi wo Ki ni Shinai Hi Nado」, the ending SE to their 25th Anniversary tour 「B’z LIVE-GYM 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER-」, is also featured on the album.
1. Las Vegas
2. Uchouten (51st single; theme to the NTV Drama 「Gakkou no Kaidan」)
3. Exit To The Sun (Theme to the NHK Drama 「Dark Suit」)
4. NO EXCUSE (Featured in Smirnoff commercials)
5. Amari ni mo (Featured in H.I.S. commercials)
6. EPIC DAY
8. Black Coffee
9. Kimi wo Ki ni Shinai Hi Nado
10. Man Of The Match
※ SIDE A and SIDE B refer to the Vinyl edition
Find out more about the contents of each package by hitting “Read More”!
LIVE-GYM 2015 Edition Contents
This production limited LP size box edition includes:
・ Original Tote Bag
・ Original Muffler Towel
・ Original Pass including Rubber Band Coupon
The coupon can be exchanged for an exclusive rubber band at a LIVE-GYM show. The coupon can only be redeemed once. Even if you do not have a ticket to one of the LIVE-GYM shows, you can redeem the coupon.
Price: 5,500 Yen
This limited edition long box package includes:
・「B’z LIVE-GYM 2012 -Into Free- EXTRA」at Osaka Jo Hall on DVD (The full show!!)
|01. Love Bomb
02. GO FOR IT, BABY -Kioku no Sanmyaku-
03. Ultra Soul
05. Brighter Day
06. Easy Come, Easy Go!
08. Mou Ichido Kiss Shitakatta
09. Itoshii Hito yo Good Night…
|11. Mienai Chikara ～INVISIBLE ONE～
13. Into Free -Dangan-
15. IT’S SHOWTIME!!
Price: 6,800 Yen
For the first time, a B’z album is available on vinyl! This package includes:
・「EPIC DAY」Digital Download Code (The whole album)
Price: 4,500 Yen
Price: 2,800 Yen
5 responses to “NEW ALBUM EPIC DAY Out March 4th!!”
The full 2012 concert as a bonus is definitely a surprise! But why not include a Blu-ray version as well? Other Japanese artists have released albums with a Blu-ray, I wouldn’t mind paying a bit more for it either since the there is a substantial difference in quality compared to DVD.
Thanks for translating all this, I was struggling with some of the readings at B’z official.
By the way, amazon.co.jp is taking pre-orders for all editions of Epic Day.
The vinyl is interesting…. what’s the marketing strategy or the point of the gimmick?
Only a hardcore vinyl collector would have a player these days.
Special vinyl editions of new albums has become a trend in modern music it seems. I know that Tak (and Barry) are big fans of the medium and collect records, and after Tak also had that limited pressing/giveaway of New Horizon on vinyl that was really popular, I guess it’s not too surprising they decided to try it here as well. Judging by how well the vinyl edition is doing in pre-orders, we may see some other vinyl editions in the future.
What I’m most glad to see is that the vinyl edition comes with a download code. Otherwise, people would definitely see it as a way for a band to inflate sales (since most would just buy the vinyl for collecting and then buy a CD for listening to; now they won’t have to do so).
It’s not really a “gimmick”, in my opinion… more of a way to appease the small number of audiophiles who can somehow hear the difference in audio quality when music is stored digitally vs in an analog format.
There’s some logic to it, since having a straight analog signal is a much more accurate reproduction of the original music, as you can read here: http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/question487.htm
But unless you have super sensitive ears, you’re unlikely to be able to hear the difference which is why even the “vinyl comeback” only makes up 2% of all music sales, and why the vinyl record section in the Tower Records I looked around in yesterday only amounted to a small box in the corner of the store.
For people interested in the vinyl: Check Amazon Japan 🙂
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