Pioneering Japanese synth-pop group second only to Kraftwerk in influence. Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) is a Japanese electronic music band consisting of principal members Haruomi Hosono (bass and keyboards and vocals), Yukihiro Takahashi (drums and lead vocals) and Ryuichi Sakamoto (keyboards and vocals). The band's former "fourth member" was music programmer Hideki Matsutake. Collection includes all studio albums, three live albums and three compilations.
The trailblazing force behind the emergence of the Japanese techno-pop sound of the late '70s, Yellow Magic Orchestra remains a seminal influence on contemporary electronic music – hugely popular both at home and abroad, their pioneering use of synthesizers, sequencers and drum machines places them second only to Kraftwerk as innovators of today's electronic culture.
Best Selection captures great moments of Yellow Magic Orchestra during their golden period, between 1978 and 1981. The record is also a good way to discover the band as it is mainly composed of two parts: the first one is consecrated to punchy synth pop tracks from their first albums of the 70s, whereas the second part is dedicated to their darker 80s' cold wave pieces.
Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) was formed in 1978 and is a major influence in Japanese popular music and for pioneering the technopop music genre.
Music played by The Magic Orchestra which is a sequel of the work that the composer, arranger and director Gian Piero Reverberi Italian (Genoa, 1939) developed with the musical group founded in 1979, the 'Rondo Veneziano'. This group achieved a huge success with 20 million copies sold in Europe based on a musical style of baroque influence (based on Vivaldi, Albinoni, Boccherini, etc.) structured as light music, limiting the link to the music of 18th century to the orchestral sonority, but particularly channeled to pop and rock music.
Fresh from playing keyoards for select live dates with The Egyptian Lover, San Diego based music producer releases his first 12" album "Yellow Light District" on Record Label Records. Drawing influences from electronic pioneers such as Giorgio Moroder, Black Devil Disco Club, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Bruce Haack and Kraftwerk, Brian E delivers an original dance album that takes notice to it's predicessors while expanding upon their ideas. "Yellow Light District" is breath of fresh air for modern electro/disco… A would-be classic had it been made 30 years prior.
Originally planned as a mere stopgap release between albums, Chimera turned out to be a welcome showcase for Bill Nelson at his peak, commercially and creatively. Following the triumph of his 1982 album The Love That Whirls, the British guitarist built Chimera in the same vein, setting his romantic and erotic poetry to the sort of synthesized settings favored by his younger pop peers. However, where much of Nelson's previous output had been a virtual one-man show, the six songs here benefit from his new desire to collaborate, most notably with Yellow Magic Orchestra drummer Yukihiro Takahashi (whose band Nelson had produced).