Ryuichi Sakamoto's first solo album appeared before he formed Yellow Magic Orchestra in late 1978, after the young keyboardist had earned his M.A. in music from Tokyo University. Six long instrumentals make up this CD, but apart from a taste for Asian-sounding synth lines, they hint at very little of what was to come in YMO. "Thousand Knives" is a long disco-lite jazzy workout with a very un-synthesized guitar solo by Kazumi Watanabe (who would later join YMO on tour and have his solo album produced by Sakamoto). Side two's "Da Neue Japanische Electronische Volkslied" and "The End of Asia" (later revamped in YMO) are closest to the new wave of Japanese electronic music that he would spawn. "Island of Woods" and "Grasshoppers" trade in rhythm for sound landscapes, and the sort of cheeriness that would pop up later in Sakamoto's childrens movie scores. Harry Hosono turns up on one track, and generally the album is a pleasant, if unadventurous, listen.
Trombonist, bandleader and sometime bassist Chris Barber has been at the centre of British musical life for sixty years. In celebration of his 80th birthday, this 2CD anthology shows just why he has been such an influential figure, giving just a taste of his breadth of interest, and of his involvement in jazz, blues, skiffle and beyond. Contains performances with Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler, Rory Gallagher, Jools Holland, Keith Emerson, Muddy Waters and many more…
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Kazumi Watanabe early session works. Compilation of tracks from the albums "Thousand Knives" (1978), "Kylyn" (1979), "Kylyn Live" (1979) and the track "Tokyo Joe" which appeared on a various artists anthology "Tokyo-Paris-London-New York, Dancing Night" (1982, track recorded 1979).
Ex-Talking Head David Byrne and actor/composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (who co-starred in the film) each get a side of this beautiful score to Bernardo Bertolucci's Academy Award-winning film, and each took home Oscars and Grammys for their efforts.