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ura E ~Complete B-side Melodies~

by spellcheck on August 25, 2006 · 3 comments · AddThis

ZONE backstage at 'ZONE FINAL IN BUDOKAN ~Kokoro wo Komete Arigatou~
ZONE backstage at 'ZONE FINAL IN BUDOKAN ~Kokoro wo Komete Arigatou~
Title: “ura E ~Complete B-side Melodies~”
Artist: ZONE
Release Date: April 18, 2006
First Press: Bonus 28 page booklet
Record Label: Sony Records

Nearly 1 year after the official disbandment of bandoru group ZONE, an official website notice stated that a poll was up for fans to select three of their favorite non-single tracks from their discography. From the poll results, “ura E ~Complete B-side Melodies~” was born. Full of album and b-side tracks hand-picked by the most dedicated ZONE fans themselves, “ura E” was meant as a supplement to the original compilation, “E ~Complete A-side Singles~”. (“Ura”, which means “the other side”, is normally a term used in album titles in this manner, to indicate a compilation of songs other than single tracks.) The first press version offered a bonus 28 page booklet of pictures of the rehearsal and behind-the-scenes happenings from their final concert, “ZONE FINAL IN NIHON BUDOKAN ~Kokoro wo Komete Arigatou~”.

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ZONE’s “O”

by spellcheck on September 3, 2005 · 6 comments · AddThis

O cover 1. Akashi
2. SARARIIMAN
3. Sae Zuri
4. For Tomorrow
5. GO!
6. Yume no Kakera
7. + . – . × . ÷
8. Hitoshizuku
9. Confidentially
10. Ashiato

ZONE’s sophomore release “O” came out on November 27 of 2002. The jacket photos have a fall theme which is fitting for that time of year. The pictures are beautiful and this is actually one of the best jackets I’ve ever seen in an album. After gaining success with hits like “Hitoshizuku” and “Akashi”, when sitting down and planning this album an idea was to have each member of the band perform a solo song. But the question is this: will the members be able to sing a song on their own without the vocal support of the other members? Will each girl shine on her own or fall flat on her face, bringing with her any positive thoughts about the album itself? Let’s see!

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ZONE

by spellcheck on September 1, 2005 · 55 comments · AddThis

MIYU MIYU
Guitar and Vocals
DoB: 20/05/1988
Blood Type: B
Height: 156cm
MIZUHO MIZUHO
Drums and Vocals
DoB: 12/12/1986
Blood Type: A
Height: 153cm
MAIKO MAIKO
Bass and Vocals
DoB: 24/07/1986
Blood Type: O
Height: 154cm
TOMOKA TOMOKA
Guitar and Vocals
DoB: 19/09/1986
Blood Type: O
Height: 160cm
TAKAYO TAKAYO
Ex-Guitar and Ex-Vocals
DoB: 13/06/1985
Blood Type: A
Height: 154cm

In 1999, Studio Runtime held an audition in Sapporo for a new type of group that they called a “bandoru” (band+idol, a group that could both dance and play instruments). Initially, 8 members were picked, but that was later shortened to 4: TAKAYO, MIYU, MIZUHO and MAIKO. This became ZONE. The name “ZONE” refers to the group’s goal, starting from the bottom, or “Z” (the last letter in the alphabet), all the way to number one (“ONE”).

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