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Solid State Survivor [CD]

Yellow Magic Orchestra Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (2 Feb 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B0000DEL9V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Technopolis
2. Absolute Ego Dance
3. Rydeen
4. Castalia
5. Behind The Mask
6. Day Tripper
7. Insomnia
8. Solid State Survivor

Product Description

YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA Solid State Survivor (2004 UK digitally remastered 8-track CD album edition of the 1979 original housed in a gold stickered jewel case the album is an early example of the [then] emerging synth-pop sound and features the track Behind The Mask which unbelievably was covered by both Eric Clapton and Michael Jackson! The sleeve shows only minor wear and the disc is in excellent condition)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YMO Re-united for the Live Earth in Japan! 17 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is Yellow Magic Orchestra's 2nd and probably most famous album. The first vinyl version came out in 1979, and YMO was awarded the annual grand prize for the best album of the year in Japan (1979) when the rest of the world didn't know much about computer electric pop music, something YMO called 'Techno Pop'. Germany's Kraft Werk was one of only a few other groups of this kind.

This album contains famous pieces, including 'Technopolis', which starts with a computerised voice saying 'TOKIO', written by Ryuichi SAKAMOTO ('The Last Emperor', 'Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence'); 'Absolute Ego Dance' (by Harry HOSONO); and probably the most famous YMO number 'Rydeen' (by Yukihiro TAKAHASHI). I personally love the YMO version of the Beatles 'Day Tripper' and the main theme 'Solid State Survivor (SSS)', in which the guitarist of Sheena & the Rokkets, Makoto AYUKAWA, takes part. By the way, SSS contains some strange electric 'coughs' and 'laughter', and a Japanese expression 'Moshi Moshi? (Hello Hello?)' can also be heard a few times. 'Rydeen' contains some 'horse running' noises too. The sound of synthesizers (especially 'Prophet 5'), synthe-drums and the futuristic melody are all amazing! But the most amazing thing is that this album was released in 1979! YMO came to London in 1979, even before they became famous in their home country of Japan.

FYI: YMO was re-united for one night only for the Live Earth event from Kyoto, Japan (07/07/07). They were the last group to appear on stage in Japan and played the legendary 'Rydeen' with a new interpretation, which you can see on YouTube.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crystal Clear Electro-Pop 16 April 2004
By Christopher Hunter VINE VOICE
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This, in my humble opinion, is the best YMO album of them all. The record is loaded with glorious tunes which most other bands would give their back teeth for. 'Technopolis' has a melodic refrain which has had me humming it since release in 1979! The crystal clear pure momentum of 'Rydeen' is just gorgeous and is so fresh in comparison to some of the unfocused techno of the last few years.
Eric Clapton covered 'Behind the Mask' such is the strength of the songwriting. YMO also experiment with darker material on tracks such as 'Castalia' and 'Insomnia'. Overall the album still sounds excellent. There are moments which sound dated or a bit glib but overall this is a well worth hearing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No words to describe.... 13 Jan 2014
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Amazin Cd quality and beautiful tracks! I sugges to to all this amazin' piece of music!
There should be a lot of music like this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best electric bands of the eightees 3 Jun 2013
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Oh its so good to hear this CD again of the some of my best times A Japanese electric blast
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