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Monday, March 31, 2008

Yukihiro Takahashi


3-31-08 Yukihiro Takahashi

CD ...ONLY WHEN I LAUGH CANYON JPN D32A-0213

CD AHIRU NO UTA GA KIKOETE KURU YO (O.S.T.) CONSIPIO JPN COCD-9203

CD ALL STAR REMIXES (Remixes) CONSIPIO JPN COCD-9247

CD BLUE MOON BLUE TOSHIBA JPN TOCT-25939

LP BRAND NEW DAY (Collection) YEN/ALFA JPN YLR-28024

CD BROADCAST FROM HEAVEN EASTWORLD JPN TOCT-5647

CD DAY IN THE NEXT LIFE, A EASTWORLD JPN TOCT-6032

CD DEAREST FOOL, THE CONSIPIO JPN ACGA-10019

CD EGO EASTWORLD JPN CT32-5327

CD FOOL ON EARTH (Remixes) CONSIPIO JPN COCD-9237

CD HEART OF HURT EASTWORLD JPN TOCT-6896

CD I'M NOT IN LOVE (BEST OF '88 - '95) EASTWORLD JPN TOCT-8968

CD5 IN THE 90's (Remixes) ALFA JPN ALCA-164

CD IT'S A Y.T. WORLD (Collection) kami sleeve ALFA JPN ALCA-5077

CD LIFETIME, HAPPY TIME EASTWORLD JPN TOCT-6431

CD MR. Y.T. EASTWORLD JPN TOCT-8601

CD MURDERED BY THE MUSIC kami sleeve SEVEN SEAS JPN KICS 1141

CD NEUROMANTIC ALFA JPN 32XA-228

CD NIGHT IN THE NEXT LIFE, A EASTWORLD JPN TOCT-6246

CD ONCE A FOOL... CANYON JPN PCCA-00128

CD POISSON D'AVRIL (O.S.T.) kami sleeve ALFA JPN ALCA-5137

CD PORTRAIT WITH NO NAME EASTWORLD JPN TOCT-9695

12" PULSE REMIX (12" x 3) CONSIPIO JPN AGJA-70002

CD PULSE x PULSE CONSIPIO JPN AGCA-10008

CD SARAVAH kami sleeve SEVEN SEAS JPN KICS 1140

CD TIME AND PLACE kami sleeve ALFA JPN ALCA-5127

CD TOMORROW'S JUST ANOTHER DAY kami sleeve ALFA JPN ALCA-5085

CD WHAT, ME WORRY? kami sleeve ALFA JPN ALCA-5075

CD WILD & MOODY kami sleeve ALFA JPN ALCA-5134

With Steve Jansen

CD5 STAY CLOSE TENT JPN PCCA-00302

With Yohji Yamamoto

CD LA PENSEE CANYON JPN PCCA-00858

1/3 of Y.M.O.! From “Saravah” to “Blue Moon”, I have always tried to hear all of the new full-length titles by YMO’s drummer and vocalist, Mr. Yukihiro Takahashi. He has always used very interesting guest musicians – such as Iva Davies, Bill Nelson, Zaine Griff, Hajime Tachibana…on the above list, I tried to eliminate some duplications – LP / CD titles, but a few singles are 100% necessary – the remixes for “Pulse x Pulse” (as far as I know, only available as a triple 12” set) and the magnificent single YT made with Japan’s Steve Jansen, “Stay Close”. From the Toshiba years, the album “Ego” stands out – with it’s ultra-groovy guest spot by Icehouse’s Iva Davies on “Dance of Life”.

Some of Takahashi’s works are in English, and I heartily recommend his “What, Me Worry” album to you – absolutely wonderful techpop from ’82, a must for any fan of synthesizer music. This album has some of my favorite YT songs – “The Real You”, “Disposable Love”, “Flashback” etc. And he has always picked interesting cover versions.

So, drummers and fans of technopop, give some love to Mr. YT!

See you next month!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Jim Donato said...

I remember buying Neuromantic when it came out stateside. At the time I felt it was an attempt at a Bryan Ferry sort of sound, albeit with vocals that sounded like Bob Geldof to me! Kind of strange bedfellows, but I should pull it out and listen again for the first time in nearly 28 years...

I remember hearing YMO when Computer Game was played to death on the local "black music" station when I was in high school. In art class we'd get to play music and some days the funk station got the nod. I found the "race music" station playing Kraftwerk and YMO in heavy rotation to be one of the more interesting phenomena at the time.

But I never actually bought any YMO. Truth be told, I didn't care a whole lot for Computer Game at the time. I paid more attention, such as I did, to the YMO solo material. But I should revisit their stuff.

A few years ago, my wife and I were watching the Sakamoto Beauty laserdisc, which I'd had for many years unseen at that point. I had bought and didn't like the album itself, but didn't pass up a chance to get the live LD concert for a song a few years later. I was taken by some of the retro clips of YMO that were included in the program and noted as such to Sue. I've yet to act, though.

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Jim Donato said...

"But I never actually bought any YMO."

Not so! I just remembered that I have the A&M yellow vinyl US promo 5" "Micro Sampler!" How could I not buy any 5" singles that ever crossed my path? Twice as cool as 10"ers! I have 3.

1. YMO - Micro Sampler USP yellow vinyl A&M YMO-5
2. Jona Lewie - Big Shot [Momentarily]/I'll Get By In Pittsburgh UK Stiff Buy 5
3. Squeeze - If I Didn't Love You/Another Nail In My Heart US A&M 1616

I was never a Squeeze fan. I found them boring. But hey kids, 5" records are not boring by definition! So i had to have it. Of these 3 artists, I actually love Jona Lewie and try to collect everything I can get my hands on! Big Shot is a great single but the b-side is my favorite track by him! It sounds as if he had been on a 12 day bender before letting the tape roll! His Professor Longhair fetish comes waaaaaay to the fore on this cut! And to make it even more lo-fi, it was a cassette recording! Great stuff!

9:35 AM  

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