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Neo Geo

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  • Audio CD (1 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rewind
  • ASIN: B00004UBBH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,097 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Before long
  2. Neo geo
  3. Risky
  4. Free trading
  5. Shogunade
  6. Parata
  7. Okinawa song-chin nuku juushii
  8. After all

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Given as a gift for a secret Santa, but this time there was a wish list and this was on it. I wouldn't have known about Neo Geo unless I'd got to buy for Steve,
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x968da2a0) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e82e078) out of 5 stars Requiem for 1980's Japan? 16 Dec. 2001
By Benjamin E Andreu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Whether you care to admit it or not, "Neo Geo" is one of the classics of 1980's Japanese pop music. While this CD is certainly one slick piece of work, showcasing the very latest in musical technology of the day, it is also very substantive, even considering Bill Laswell's subtle yet still insidious influence. And while most American critics panned Sakamoto's prototypical attempts at "world music", the album was a huge critical, if not only a modest commercial, success in Japan at the time. "Neo Geo" means just that - a new earth where disparate cultures blend together and become almost indistinguishable. How better to accomplish such a presumptuous artistic task than with the monumental assistance of midi sequencers and Fairlight CMI digital samplers? As one of the "godfathers" of modern day techno, Sakamoto has never hesitated to use computers to do the work of merely mortal musicians.
I first became interested in Ryuichi Sakamoto's music way back in the summer of 1987 after discovering that he was the mastermind behind most of the soundtrack to the avant-garde Japanese animated film, 'Wings of Honneamise'. So, at the ripe old age of 12, I went to the local mall and was amazed to find "Neo Geo" lounging somewhere among the towering cassette tape bins. My musical tastes have never been the same since...
To call the title track catchy would be a huge understatement. 'Neo Geo' deftly and, yes, quirkily combines Okinawan, jazz, funk, and Indonesian (more specifically Balinese and Javanese) pastiches into a coherent whole. Slick, indeed, but Sakamoto comes as close to singlehandedly inventing an entirely new genre of pop music as anyone else has since the early 1970's. 'Risky' is superb; Iggy Pop waxing poetic alongside Sakamoto's wafting synthesizer is worth the price of the CD alone. Not too much here in the way of innovation, just a good, jazzy pop tune.
'Free Trading' is excellent. This track is another example of how Sakamoto-sensei can innocently, almost naively, defy musical convention and cheese off the Top 40 critics in one fell swoop. How do you categorize a piece like this? Is it jazz? Ambient? J-Pop? Chinese songstress Junmei Wu's beautiful voice seems to tie the whole song together, weaving in and out of Sakamoto's sequencers and Tony Williams' downright artful drumming like a lilting silk thread. 'Shogunade' and 'Parata' are both brilliant instrumentals. While the former is an evenly paced musical side trip that borders on redundant and sounds an awful lot like a more refined version today's video game muisc, the latter is rather loud, disjointed and even a little raucous. With 'Parata', Sakamoto seems to chuck "Art of Noise" style proto-Industrial into the swirling mix, with most satisfying results.
'Chin-Nuku Juushi', a faux Okinawan number, seems to belong on a different album altogether. Slow, methodically sequenced, and lushly electronic, the track is nonetheless the capstone to this little sonic experiment. The female Okinawan chorus is very convincing, mostly I would assume, because the singers themselves are actually ethnic Okinawan/Ryukyu islanders.
"Neo Geo" may not be the most refined example of multi-ethnic, electronic Japanese pop music. For that, you might try Hosono Haruomi, Sakamoto's musical "sempai" ("elder brother") and former band mate. It is, however, a testament to a bygone era of Japanese popular culture, when the economy of that far-off island nation swelled like the historically proverbial bubble and all was right with the Japanese world. "Neo Geo" may be a little too slick and a bit too naive, but then again so was Japan in the 1980's.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8eeb6810) out of 5 stars Gets better as you listen more music 1 Jan. 2006
By ohmysohopeless - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First time I got this album was like early-90s when I was just plain curious about Sakamoto the musician. My appreciation of music in general was not very mature at that time, and could not really understand what the deal was with this album. Always a bit of technophile, I plainly liked synth music, and Sakamoto, being a member of legendary Y.M.O., had always an appeal to me as a musician who has the mastery of using synthesizers. But I simply couldn't feel the aesthetics of combining Okinawan music, funk, rock, among others.

Since then I really started listening to a variety of music, and found myself liking the kinds of music I never thought I would enjoy so much---punk, funk, hip-hop, electro, fusion, to name a few. Then I came back to this album and this time I thought, what a creative combination of music! Sakamoto has always had his style of maintaining chic, mellow chordal progressions and it is still there in most of his tracks in the album, yet the whacky noisy production of typical Bill Laswell, throbbing baseline of Bootsy Collins, and that deep vocal from Iggy Pop strike a right balance, adding an intriguing array of new flavors to Sakamoto's classically-trained sophistication.

I haven't heard anyone doing Japanese- or more Okinawan-funk better than this album. I guess East-Asian music are not very known for syncopated rhythms, but they actually sound good. Just listen to Neo Geo and Shogunade.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ef6cc60) out of 5 stars Sophisti-Noirish Pop from the Late 80's... 17 Jun. 2003
By Armando M. Mesa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sakamoto's 1988 project takes the listener to the sophisticated electronic pop-funk sounds prevalent in the late 80's...this was before the existence of raves and techno music, etc...a precursor? Maybe. Versatile comes to mind when Sakamoto can open this set with a near classical soundtrack-like intro and then break out with the electro-neo funk of the title track.
One listen to track 3, Risky, and the deep lounge vocals by Iggy Pop conjures up musings of David Bowie and Bryan Ferry (Let's Dance/Avalon/Boys and Girls). Other than that the rest of the cd is creative and, while a little dated by today's standards, still works and sounds a tad fresh in 2003 !...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ea9fcfc) out of 5 stars 80's themes from Japanese composer 17 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sakamoto uses his creative genius to splice together yet another musical creation that conveys particular Zeitgeist of Japan in the 80's. There is a search going on through each track, a push towards discovering what it means to be Japanese in the 80's.
Some themes are economical, others are reminiscent of pristine beaches of the south, others are more urban, dark, and mechanical.
Track one, "Before Long" is a mournful 16 bars of jazzy chord structure and haunting melody, leaving with a feeling of hope.
Track 2, Neo Geo contains an almost Okinawan sound of female singing with major chords and a very mechanical beat underlying the chorus.
Track 3 speaks of Risky business and corporate life.
The remaining tracks are musical musings, seemingly an excersize in period and thought, with modern chord structures, mechanical beats, floating melodies, and a definite Japanese feel
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e0d5f84) out of 5 stars Japanese Techno-Muzak, 80s Style 12 July 2000
By Doc Sarvis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ryuichi Sakamoto is an eclectic musician, as evidenced by his work in soundtracks as well as his diverse catalog, which ranges from jazz to pop-rock to symphonic. In this outing, Sakamoto takes us into smooth synth-jazz, with an exotic Asian flavor that makes the music distinctive and unmistakable. While the critics are correct in stating that this album sounds like it was performed by pressing "play" on a MIDI sequence, (even the vocals - except for Iggy Pop's one track - sound like they are being played on a keyboard) the effect is still pleasing when taken in the context of this music and its times. NEO GEO will probably never be more than background music for your collection, but as such it's a rewarding listen. My one complaint? The album is too short...just over 35 minutes. Oh well, the price is right.
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