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Yellow Magic Orchestra

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Audio CD, March 19, 1992
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1. Computer Game (The Circus)
2. Firecracker
3. Simoan
4. Cosmic Surfin
5. Computer Game
6. Yellow Magic (Tong Poo)
7. La Femme Chinoise
8. Bridge Over Troubled Music
9. Mad Pierrot

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 19, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Restless Records
  • ASIN: B000003BJ9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Stephens on October 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Genius of composition, execution, and vision still stands the test of time. It's probably one of the most influental electronic disco records of all time. I bought it back in 1978, and it still gets played. Every DJ should know this record.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marc S. Gordon on May 25, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I REMEMBER LISTENING 2 FIRECRACKER AS A KID AT THE LOCAL SKATING RINK,,,, & LOVED IT,,,,,DON'T HEAR IT MUCH ON THE RADIO THESE DAYS,,,, SO I SEARCHED 4 IT ONLINE & ONLY FOUND THE ALBUM VERSION,,,,,,BROUGHT IT 4 SENTIMENTIAL REASONS UNTILL THAT WAS'NT GOOD ENOUGH,,, FOUND C.D VERSION & IT'S THE ONLY 1 IN MY C.D PLAYER THAT NEVER GETS TAKEN OUT...... THEY GRANDFATHERED NEW WAVE & TECHNO MUSIC SO GIVE THEM THEIR CREDIT!!!!!!!!! NOW...................
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I bought the vinyl version of this in 1979 and have been scratching the groove deeper ever since (not true, in 1992 I did buy the CD!). This is one of the best albums ever recorded and the testimonies to YMO, due to this album, are endless- Brian Eno, Rick Wakeman, Pet Shop Boys et al. The melodies are complicated but uncomplicated. Hum along, whistle, listen closely, and pick out a new overlay every time! Great value for money. The only problem is that I have gone through one wife and numerous girlfriends who just cannot see the attraction.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tornado boy on August 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The starting point of the YMO's brilliant success. Although this is a synthpop album including the sound of computer games anywhere, you can feel the flavour of the oriental music. Firecracker, Cosmic surfin, Tong Poo, and La Femme Chinoise are quite nice. In 2001, Firecracker was sampled by "I'm real" included in the album "J LO" by Jennifer Lopez although Maria Carry originally supposed to sample it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Gray on January 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'll state up front that I'm a Ryuichi Sakamoto fan and it's been a pleasure to listen to him dabble in many different styles and do them well.

This album was released around the same time Kraftwerk's "Computer World" but sort of took a back seat, with the exception of "Firecracker" capturing R&B radio in the U.S. as well.

Notice a little Parliament/Funkadelic in the vocal parts of "La Femme Chinoise".

It's amazing that these compositions were made before MIDI, yet they are almost perfectly executed.

If you're interested in other material, check out Ryuichi's tranquil Taboo (Gohatto) soundtrack. It's my favorite soundtrack ever. (The movie's great too.) It inspired me to work on my first soundtrack.

His other soundtracks are worth a listen as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tei on October 15, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I was 17 and this album (vinyl, back then) was under heavy rotation.
My mother had to hide it because I played it over and over and over, and over everyday.

The US version was a big hit in Japanese market too, so a lot of Japanese think the US version is their first album.
But the other album included in this CD is the real original Japanese version.
Difference is Japanese version contains one extra song at the end,
Tong Poo and Yellow magic are basically same song, but Tong Poo has no vocal.

Trivia: This album's cover is known as Densen Geisha (electric wire geisha) among YMO fans.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Spidey on January 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great music. I am just happy that it came in the cd format because I wore out the original vinyl.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Street on August 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I first heard of YMO when a friend played this album on a long car trip. It was my first taste of electronic music and I was hooked. It has been a long time since I had heard this album, but when I received it, it brought me right back to that car trip and I found it as good now as I did then. I think this is a must have album for anyone interested in good electronic music. It has a bit of a japanese taste, but that's one of the things I like about it. La Femme Chinoise (The Chinese Girl) is one of my favorites.
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