Re: Yellow Magic Orchestra/Ryuichi Sakamoto/Haruomi Hosono
- Ryuichi Sakamoto-Thousand Knives of came out around the time of B 2
Unit, I think. It was released in 78 or 79. It's one of his first
solo albums, and a good one. Instrumental electronic music that
doesn't get too cheesy like some of the YMO stuff. It's a good one.
I remember having one of the Hosono albums from the seventies, and
not being very impressed with it. Japanese pop with a Van Dyke Parks
influence, but didn't work for me. On the other hand, the Hosono-
Medicine Compilation(from the Quiet Lodge) disc that came out in 1993
is a really good ambient disc with a few songs sung by Hosono also.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "A.S. Van Dorston" <anthony@f...>
> I was listening to Yellow Magic Orchestra's Technodelic and Ryuichisomewhat
> Sakamoto's B 2 Unit and lovin' it. I want more. I have YMO's
> overrated Solid State Survivor, but not the ones below. I can'teven find
> 'em on SoulSeek. Before I buy imports, anyone have anyhaven't
> I read about Hosono's Eno/exotica albums years ago in Wire 162, but
> heard anything from them. They're supposed to be influenced by VanDyke
> Parks, who produced the final 1973 album of Hosono's psychedelicband Happy
> End. Wire 139's review of the '95 reissue labelled itindispensable, mixing
> kitsch, louche cabaret music, rock, traditional instruments,strings,
> ersatz environmental soud and synths. "In its wake came not onlyYellow
> Magic Orchestra, a consoloidation of Hosono's Yellow Magic Band,but the
> eccentricities of outfits like Wha Ha Ha and Haniwa -- radicalgroups whose
> work is clearly heralded in this, the subtly extraordinary firststage of
> the thoroughly compelling late 20th century trajectory of anidentifiably
> Japanese rock music."
> YMO * Xoo Multiples (EMI) 81
> * BGM (Sony) 81
> Ryuichi Sakamoto * Left Handed Dream (MIDI) 81
> Haruomi Hosono * Tropical Dandy (Nippon Cross) 75
> * Bon Voyage Co 76
> * Paraiso 78
> In case you were wondering how I recall those issues --
> http://www.sat.dundee.ac.uk/bin/wire is a handy lil' index.
> Fast 'n' Bulbous Music Webzine
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- Damn, wish I still had that 10cd Sakamoto box of work from the early
to mid 80's. There was some good stuff on there. I liked the disc
with the picture of him at the piano, and a shadow of an insect
behind him. Hard to keep track of all his stuff though.
--- In email@example.com, Ivan Lapse <ivanlapse@y...> wrote:
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> & before you spring for the YMO Japanese reishes you
> might want to hit the used bins as most of their
> catalog was released via Restless in the 80/90s.
> IHMO, Hosono's *Tropical Dandy* and YMO's *BGM* are
> both highly recommended.
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