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Ryuichi Sakamoto — Thousand Knives Of (October 25, 1978/Remastered 2016)

Ryuichi Sakamoto — Thousand Knives Of (October 25, 1978/Remastered 2016)

 Ryuichi Sakamoto — Thousand Knives Of (Oct. 25, 1978/Rem. 2016)
Born: January 17, 1952, Tokyo, Japan
Location: NYC, Tokyo
Genre: Jazz fusion, Synthpop, Contemporary Classical
Styles: Experimental Electronic, Experimental, Progressive Electronic, Art Rock
Album release: October 25, 1978
Recording date: 10 April~27 July 1978, Columbia Studios 1, 2 & 4, Tokyo
Record Label: Nippon Columbia/Denon
Duration:     45:51
Tracks:
1 Thousand Knives     9:35 
2 Island of Woods     9:50 
3 Grasshoppers (Piano Yuji Takahashi)    5:16 
4 Das Neue Japanische Elektronische Volkslied     8:06 
5 Plastic Bamboo     6:31 
6 The End of Asia     6:26
♠  All songs written and composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Song 1: Drum Programming [Syn–drum Solo] – Motoya Hamaguchi
•  Guitar [Alembic Guitar Solo] – Kazumi Watanabe
•  Percussion [Finger Cymbals] – Harry Hosono*
Song 2: Performer [Brazilian Bird Whistles] – Motoya Hamaguchi
Song 4: Castanets – Tatsuro Yamashita
Song 5: Drum Programming [Syn–drum Solo] – Pecker
Song 6: Guitar [Alembic Guitar Solo & Rhythm] – Kazumi Watanabe                               Credits:
♠  Motoya Hamaguchi Bird Whistle, Drums, Synthesizer Drums, Whistle (Instrument)
♠  Hikaru Hayashi Liner Notes
♠  Harry “Haruomi” Hosono Cymbals, Finger Cymbals, Liner Notes
♠  Makoto Ida Photography
♠  Aki Ikuta Engineer
♠  Makota Ilda Photography
♠  Hideki Matsutake Assistant, Computer Engineering, Computers, Programming, Synthesizer, Synthesizer Programming
♠  Pecker Drums, Synthesizer Drums
♠  Satoshi Saitoh Cover Design
♠  Ryuichi Sakamoto Synthesizer (Moog II–C with Roland MC–8 Microcomposer, Polymoog, Minimoog, Micromoog, Oberheim Eight Voice Polyphonic with Digital Programmer, ARP Odyssey, KORG PS–3100 Polyphonic), Vocoder (Korg VC–10), Analog sequencer (KORG SQ–10), Syn–Drums, Piano (on “Grasshoppers”), Marimba, Orchestration, Production, Liner notes, Composer
♠  Yūji Takahashi  Duet, Piano
♠  Kazumi Watanabe Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Rhythm, Soloist
♠  Tatsuro Yamashita Castanets                                                                                              AllMusic Review by Ted Mills;  Score: ***
♠  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.
♠  http://www.allmusic.com/
Website: http://sitesakamoto.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryuichisakamoto?lang=cs

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Ryuichi Sakamoto — Thousand Knives Of (October 25, 1978/Remastered 2016)

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