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  • Audio CD (January 1, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00004KH9J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Energy Flow
2. Put Your Hands Up - Piano Version
3. Railroad Man - Piano Version
4. Opus
5. Sonatine
6. Intermezzo
7. Lorenz And Watson
8. Choral No.1
9. Choral No.2
10. Bachata
11. Chanson
12. Prelude
13. Uetax
14. Aqua
15. Tong Poo
16. Reversing

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Best known for his work as a soundtrack composer (The Last Emperor, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence) and a founding member of avant-rockers Yellow Magic Orchestra, composer Ryuichi Sakamoto gets "back to the basics" with this album. Of course, "the basics" here involve simple impressionist-inspired piano ditties that often sound more like diluted Vangelis than compositions from the cutting edge. But that's OK, as long as you consider this as relaxing background music and not the shape of classical music's future. BTTB was a hit in Japan in 1999, especially because of the single "Energy Flow" (a piece that Sakamoto admits was originally written as a commercial jingle). This release features one new track ("Reversing") and plenty of other soothing, melodic works. --Jason Verlinde

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Rue on March 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It's somewhat difficult to describe the impression "BTTB" made when I first listened to the album nearly two years ago, but in the very least I can say this: it was, at the time, my single inspiration for learning the piano and proved an accessible gateway into the music of Romantic and Contemporary Classical. For this reason alone I'm deeply indebted to Sakamoto. Yet rather than persuade with articulated opinions....
"BTTB" is nearly a tribute album to Sakamoto's classical influences. Erik Satie, perhaps the single most influential composer on Sakamoto's piano style, can be heard all over the album. Most noticeably on the very French-like "Opus," "Lorenz and Watson," "Chanson," and the nearly Bach-like Chorales. John Cage is also emulated more conspicuously on the album's prepared piano pieces (particularly "Sonata," which sounds very much like Cage's fifth sonata for prepared piano which, as coincidence would also have it, was sampled on David Sylvian's "Pollen Path" from "Dead Bees on a Cake" featuring Sakamoto). But two Romantic composers seem to be more carefully hinted at: a tilt of the hat to Brahms on the beautiful "Intermezzo" and towards Ravel on the challenging "Sonatine" and "Bachata." Yet Sakamoto draws no more heavily from his classical influences than his own output. "Energy Flow," "Put Your Hands Up," and "Railroad Man" are new piano arrangements of recent commercial compositions and are all uniquely Sakamoto, except perhaps for "Aqua," a simple piece originally composed for his daughter Miu's album, but no less beautiful than the more sophisticated compositions.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By hosono98 on April 26, 2000
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As far from "simple impressionist-inspired piano ditties that often sound more like diluted Vangelis" as possible, with 'BTTB' Ryuichi Sakamoto has released a simply beautiful album illustrating the many different voices of his beloved "pet", the piano. At times part Satie, Debussy and Ravel and other times part Cage and Eno the largest part of this album remains Sakamoto himself. The majority of this album could certainly be enjoyed as "relaxing background music" but to do so would be to miss the point, to miss the purity of 'Opus', the calm of 'Energy Flow' or the depth of 'Distant Echo'. Buy this album and listen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chad A. Lauterbach on April 13, 2001
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Ryuichi Sakamoto has written some great film scores in his time, and from his solo works come a collage of music styles. His mastery of the piano shows its face in some songs, and is amiss in others, but each piece still has a mellow beauty to it. This is not a shocking piece, nor is it extremely exciting. Energy flow is definitely worth a listen though, and it's likely the best song on the CD. If you are new to Ryuichi Sakamoto I would recommend first buying his CD "1996" first. His compositions combined with the strings on that CD are heart stopping, and nothing short of amazing. This CD left me unsatisfied because I know what he is capable of, but his genius shown threw a few times, which is still enough to justify the album to me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By stu on June 11, 2000
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Sakamoto is a fine pianist as well as composer and his identifiable compositional style is very evident here in these mostly relaxing and often beautiful pieces. There's even a cover of the old YMO hit Tong Poo (not surprising given Sakamoto's tendency to endlessly recycle his old material!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 2000
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the music in this CD just makes you want to float...You just close your eyes and the music lifts you. The music is so simple, but so beautiful. This is the type of music i'd just run a hot bath to after a long day and let it take me away...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By linali on February 25, 2001
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I heard Ryuichi Sakamoto for the first time late one night, when I flipped the radio on to help me sleep. Sakamoto was playing the scores for "The Last Emperor" and "The Sheltering Sky" on the piano, and I was immediately struck by his virtuosity and the beauty of his music. A few days later, I decided to buy one of his CDs, "BTTB" (Back to the Basic). The music was simple, even charming, but overall, it did no justice to Sakamoto's skill. Most of the themes are flatly predictable, and even the most unusual pieces, such as "Prelude," don't arouse much interest. However, the CD does have some gems. "Tong Poo" makes the most of Sakamoto's skills, and "Intermezzo," a brooding piece, sounds remarkably Chopin-like.
If you want nice-sounding background music, then BTTB fills the bill. But if you're looking for something more exciting in the way of piano music, pick something by George Winston instead. Alternatively, try Sakamoto's other CDs, such as "Cinemage" or "Discord"-they capture a wider range of his talent.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hosono98 on April 26, 2000
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As far from "simple impressionist-inspired piano ditties that often sound more like diluted Vangelis" as possible, with 'BTTB' Ryuichi Sakamoto has released a simply beautiful album illustrating the many different voices of his beloved "pet", the piano. At times part Satie, Debussy and Ravel and other times part Cage and Eno the largest part of this album remains Sakamoto himself. The majority of this album could certainly be enjoyed as "relaxing background music" but to do so would be to miss the point, to miss the purity of 'Opus', the calm of 'Energy Flow' or the depth of 'Distant Echo'. Buy this album and listen.
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