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Technodelic [Import]

Yellow Magic Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Feb 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B0000DELA1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pure Jam
2. Neue Tanz
3. Stairs
4. Seoul Music
5. Light In Darkness
6. Taiso
7. Gradated Grey
8. Key
9. Prologue
10. Epilogue

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YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA Technodelic (2004 UK digitally remastered 10-track CD album edition of the 1981 original housed in a gold stickered jewel case with picture sleeve. The fifth album by the band saw them once more ahead of the curve by utlising samplers and loops on many of the tracks infact this may well be the very first album to incoporate this technique. The sleeve shows only very minimal wear and the disc looks barely played)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YMO - Technodelic 5 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
This album was recommended by ex-Japan man and YMO collaborator Steve Jansen as one of his favourite albums - "sexy, cyclical and cool" as he puts it. Even before this album, YMO were unique in pop music for their original and innovative take on the electronic blueprint of Kraftwerk. With 1981's 'Technodelic', they reach new ground and manage to invent 'techno' in the process. This doesn't sound like anything else released in the early 80's and is so far ahead of its time that it made me laugh when I first heard it. A mixture of programmed beats, very early use of samples and seductive, filmic melodies fused with the masterful playing of 'real' instruments and odd lyrics penned by the band and Peter Barakan; this album conjurs up atmospheres of the orient, whilst electronically out-funking almost all their contemporaries. It's actually hard to descibe because of it's individuality, suffice to say that it's ideas have been regurgitated by other so-called cutting edge artists ever since. "A beautiful Japanese girl with a smile on her face".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Milestone and blueprint in electronic music ! 10 Aug 2014
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album in 1982 (I was 14 years old) and it blows me away. Some sort of "cultural shock" for me in these early days of "finding my place in music".
I felt some kind of privileged to be able to take a peek through a "wormhole into the future" or something like that.

Until today, "Technodelic" (with his twin "BGM") is the most advanced album of electronic music I have ever heard. Every sample, every noise, every hi-hat is on it's correct place. YMO on the peak of their creativity (in my opinion).
The album has a cold, spooky and surreal atmosphere, as if you are a deadhead in a japanese factory in early 80's, where only robots do their work, no humans allowed ;)

Takahashi's clinical drumming, Hosono's magnificent basslines (sometimes funky) and Sakamoto's piano-play, all elements are equal on highest possible level, close to perfection.

Since then in '82, I heard this album maybe 1200 times and still nothing comes close. Only YMO's "BGM", or maybe Kraftwerk's "Computerwelt"..... CLOCK DVA's "Man amplified"....... I don't know exactly.

What I know is, that Technodelic will always be the soundtrack of my life.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars early sampling genius 20 July 2005
By Valquerie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This beautifully composed suite of songs is YMO's best; a solid set of compositions, mostly in a pop song format, using the early sampler technology of the Emulator. These songs transcend the sounds and rhythms of their day (1981). It's a groundbreaking electronic album that has, in my opinion yet to be matched in production quality and feel, even with today's huge variety of techno music. The translated lyrics are odd and beautiful poetry to start with, but also have the magical charm of Engrish. The musical sounds and lyrics combine to create a totally unique sonic world. The two instrumentals at the end use industrial sounds to great effect. A great pedagogical tool for composers and a real rare gem for lover's of the difficult to describe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic CD 18 Mar 2007
By M. Ferraro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First let me say that this is NOT a live cd like the review said. This is one of my all time favorite albums and the best from YMO. They of course were influenced by the Fathers of techno, Kraftwerk, yet have an original sound with a hint of Asian (Japanese)flavor. So many bands were touched by them and still copy their work through dubbing today. So great to hear it today even though it is 25 years plus old. Buy it. Listen and love something unique.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a real classic 5 Aug 2006
By Lovblad - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Now this is something. YMO remain a personal favourite even though they have released some stuff of really varying quality I must say. However this is their best disc in my opinion and ranks up there along with early Kraftwerk as a pioneering work of modern electronic music. It is also the least eastern (even if in some instances mabe thier most!) of their records and therefore the most understandable. YMO were apparently huge in Japan which one can understand. All their records have something that you can recommend them by. The only problem is that these japanese imports used to be hyper-expensive at the time. But they were definitely worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gradated Grey (Addendum) 13 Jun 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
--YMO did take their cues from Kraftwerk on this (and earlier items). But certainly, this album achieves its own greatness by virtue of their japanese musical roots. As the review below suggests, Ryuichi Sakamoto is in finest form at this time (1981), but on the matter of that golden track "Gradated Grey", its actually Haruomi Hosono, the bassist and actual founder of the YMO project who offered up this classic (as well as another lesser known 'ambient / electronic' watermark : "Cochin Moon", the earliest hint of "technodelics" to come, circa 1978). Since then, Hosono hasn't concerned himself with movie soundtracks and NYC house/jazz (as Sakamoto has), but rather forged ahead through the 90's leaving behind him yet more proof that he, more than Sakamoto or Takahashi, had conceived and birthed the Yellow Magic aesthetic. Most notably, projects with Uwe Schmidt (aka Atom Heart), Tetsu Inoue and even Bill Laswell are worth a listen--if you can find them ; sometimes, greatness is so far ahead of its time its left to the ages. In Japan, however, Hosono's legacy is secure--check him out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars techno eastablishment 13 Aug 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
By the time ymo had made this album they already had years of electronic experimentation under their belt. Having already maped out the future of electronic dance music with their 'bgm' album (B ack G round M usic...i think not)they now continued their prophecy. kicking off with the bizarrist of vocals they snap into a beautiful electro track with synth work that only one band can lay. As ever the tracks are credited individualy allowing you to follow the progression of that man Sakamoto, who crafts some perfect, understated electro moods; 'prologue-epilogue'. but for me the star track, the five star track is Takahashi's 'graduated grey'; absolutely brilliant it grooves along with low flying electronics that gradually elevate you higher and higher. I'll give you the cliche now; A must have for all electronic fans and definetly for any ymo fans.
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