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  • Vinyl (23 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hit Thing
  • ASIN: B0009BW9GI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 664,531 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Oscillator on 22 Nov. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Part of a wonderful series of reissues, this 1980 album is Yello's first. It's a tribute to Boris Blank's musical skills and Dieter Meier's vocals/narratives that it sounds remarkably undated. Whilst their closest contemporaries would seen to be Depeche Mode,Human League, Soft Cell, OMD (all of whom also made some marvellous albums) Yello worked from a broader canvas - traces of Can, Kraftwerk, Public Image, Jarre, maybe Suicide and easy listening can be found here. It's also interesting how influential they seem to have been - there are blueprints on here for both Barry Adamsons's imaginary soundtracks (see the run of tracks from "Magneto" to "Assistant's Cry" for proof) and the Pet Shop Boys. There are also bits that sound like Cabaret Voltaire. Throw into the mix synth disco classics such as "Bostich" and you have a work of brilliance.
Their first couple of albums could maybe be construed as being more experimental than those that followed but this recording is still remarkably accessible. You can't go wrong with this
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon Amery on 22 July 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
have always like yello sinve i first heard them back in the mid 80's when they made the race. i worked back throught their back catalogue and bought them on vinyl which still to this day sound superb with great production. i bought this remaster when i was feeling a bit flush and have listened to it many times since as it still sounds fresh and totally unlike anything else. bostisch is my favourite song if forced to choose one. a must for all yello fans and streets ahead of later offerings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stotty on 15 May 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Anyone who simply classifies Yello as an 80s synth duo clearly hasn't listened to their output properly. Yello can't really be pigeonholed so easily, as this, their debut album demonstrates.
'Solid Pleasure' is a highly experimental blend of music that at times calls to mind Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk and Can. It's quirky, eccentric and is to be honest, quite an acquired taste.
Tracks like 'Bimbo', 'Eternal Legs' and the disco hit 'Bostich' have some commercial appeal, but they certainly aren't run of the mill synth pop numbers.
Yello even put their own unique, bizarre take on other genres, including world music on tracks like 'Downtown Samba', 'Rock Stop' and 'Coast To Polka'
My favourite tracks on 'Solid Pleasure' are the spooky 'Night Flanger' and the glorious Tangerine Dream-esque soundscape of 'Blue Green'.
'Assistant's Cry' and closing track 'Bananas To The Beat' are just plain barmy.
'Solid Pleasure' isn't radio, chart friendly pop by any stretch of the imagination. Boris Blank and Carlos Peron create weird and wonderful sonic worlds, using all manner of samples and instrumentation for Dieter Meier's crazy characters to inhabit.
It's an incredibly brave debut album in many ways and although not to everyone's taste, it's a vital record that was a world away from all the other synth-based acts of the time.
Yello were pioneers back in 1981, and anyone that appreciates experimentation in any form of music will lap this up.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Watson on 31 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Over the years I have accumulated all the Yello records bar this one. To see it digitally remastered I bought Solid Pleasure by Yello.
It is as they say each to their own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Apt title 8 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Many of the pioneers of electronic pop have been acknowledged in the past few years, but nobody says much about Yello (at least in the U.S.). This record may not have been groundbreaking like Kraftwerk, but it is tremendously entertaining. It is eclectic, adventurous, and very funny. It has that smart/stupid dynamic that works so well for Fatboy Slim. I won't vouch for subsequent Yello records, but I just love this one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
WOW YELLO 3 Feb. 2007
By J. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are a fan of Yello, you gOTTa have this record.

I play it regularly and it is permanently on my iPod.

There are 6 Yello CD's in the remastered release series, I have and recommend buying them all. It's a great montage of Yello with this album being the first of the bunch.

{The rest are: 2.Claro Que Si; 3.You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess; 4.Stella; 5.One Second; 6.Flag.}
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
And then there was YEllO 16 July 2000
By S P Brady - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
An album so good I dropped all of their contemporaries (Residents, Snakefinger). This album flows well, it takes you out there and then back with songs like Downtown Samba and Night Flanger. This is real pioneer work and therefore not all palatable like the latter stuff. However, I feel this one is the key to understanding the dynamics of all the other albums.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Superb debut from one of New Wave's most eccentric bands 5 Oct. 2007
By Catfood03 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Yello doesn't get much weirder than they did on their first two records. Claro Que Si, and it's predecessor Solid Pleasure, are both rich with outlandish soundscapes and musical ideas. If you've never heard Yello before "Oh Yeah" then you're sure to be in a shock hearing the band's earliest material.

The creative interaction between these two men makes for an intriguing musical juxtaposition. If Boris Blank seems intent on conjuring otherworldly sound effects, it's lyricist/ vocalist Dieter Mier who keeps matters down to Earth with character studies in the lamenting loser study of "Bimbo" and "Rock Stop". "Bananas to the Beat" is pure goofball fun.

Side One of Solid Pleasure (I still think of this as the cassette copy I used to own) is a suite of sorts of miniature pieces stitched together like the second side of The Beatles' Abbey Road. This section contains some freakishly dark ambient moments ("Magneto", "Massage", "Assistant's Cry"), as well as some slick dance tracks ("Night Flanger" and "Bostich").

Unlike most re-releases that tack on ho-hum bonus material, the bonus tracks to this remastered edition are all welcome additions that deserve repeat listens. "Thrill Wave" and "Smirak's Train" are two selections from a movie soundtrack that would have fit quite nicely placed in the above mentioned ambient suite. There's also an extended mix of "Bostich" that is much superior to the slight album version. "Gluehead" is simply one of the most insane Yello tracks I've heard.

The CD comes in a digipak case with a booklet of lyrics, band photos, video stills, and various album art and memorabilia from this time period.

Favorite tracks: "Night Flanger", "Magneto", "Blue Green", "Bostich"
Final rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
the first is the best 15 Jun. 2001
By "letsgetreal" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This debut album is their strangest and weirdest- it runs the gammut of styles from trippy psychedelia to pseudo-reggae. Their later releases were more popular but this album is definitely the most creative. Also check out Claro Que Si and other Ralph Records bands for ultimate strangeness.
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