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Solid State Survivor Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 15 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Imports
  • ASIN: B0000DEL9V
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,292 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Technopolis
2. Absolute Ego Dance
3. Rydeen
4. Castalia
5. Behind The Mask
6. Day Tripper
7. Insomnia
8. Solid State Survivor

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2003 reissue of the Japanese progressive rock act's 1979 album. Epic.

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Fantastic technopop album by one of the all time electronic greats. Really interesting sounds in this one, great beats too. It's pretty short, but all the songs pack a punch. Highly recommended album.
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Synthpop Fan's Dream Come True Dec 4 2003
By Nathaniel Fish - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Yellow Magic Orchestra makes some of the best synthpop that I've ever heard. They aren't too well-known, which is very unfortunate. This music was made in the late 70s...unbelievable.
I'd have to say that Absolute Ego Dance is the best track on this album. When you hear it, there is no way you will be able to sit still. Solid State Survivor is also amazing, it's synthpop at its best.
No one is probably going to read this...ever...but if anyone does, please do not ignore my review. It's about 5am here right now and this entire review probably makes no sense, but for a fan of synthpop, BUY IT! You won't regret it for a second.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! June 17 2006
By L. Hooper - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Lighten up.

Ignore the sad clown at the top. Judging music based on the production technology used at the time of it's recording is an obvious sign of ignorance and one of the pitfalls of dealing with many electronic music fans ($$$$) in general. For those of us who understand context and know how to have a good time, this album is a gem. The sound of the production on this album gives it a timelessness and the overall character of this group, specifically this album, is wonderfully idiosyncratic and just can't be replicated. There are a few filler tracks, sure. Maybe two at the most. If that bothers you, you probably need to be reminded that this is YMO and not Stockhausen. If you're looking for a landmark synthpop album... BUY IT. If you like it, give Naughty Boys a chance. It sounds a lot different, but it's a welcomed runner up.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YMO re-united for the Earth Live in Japan! June 23 2007
By Marco Rossini - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is Yellow Magic Orchestra's 2nd and probably most famous album. The first vinyl version came out in 1979, and YMO was awarded the annual grand prize for the best album of the year in Japan (1979) when the rest of the world didn't know much about computer electric pop music, something YMO called 'Techno Pop'. Germany's Kraftwerk was one of only a few other groups of this kind.
This album contains famous pieces, including 'Technopolis', which starts with a computerised voice saying 'TOKIO', written by Ryuichi SAKAMOTO ('The Last Emperor', 'Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence'); 'Absolute Ego Dance' (by Harry HOSONO); and probably the most famous YMO number 'Rydeen' (by Yukihiro TAKAHASHI). I personally love the YMO version of the Beatles 'Day Tripper' and the main theme 'Solid State Survivor (SSS)', in which the guitarist of Sheena & the Rokkets, Makoto AYUKAWA, takes part. By the way, SSS contains some strange electric 'coughs' and 'laughter', and a Japanese expression 'Moshi Moshi? (Hello Hello?)' can also be heard a few times. 'Rydeen' contains some 'horse running' noises too. The sound of synthesizers (especially 'Prophet 5'), synthe-drums and the futuristic melody are all amazing! But the most amazing thing is that this album was released in 1979! YMO came to the USA & Europe in 1979, even before they became famous in their home country of Japan.

FYI: YMO was re-united for one night only for the Earth Live event from Kyoto(07/07/07). They were the last group to appear on stage in Japan and played a few pieces including the legendary 'Rydeen' with a new interpretation, which you can see on YouTube.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important album Aug. 5 2006
By Lovblad - Published on
Format: Audio CD
While as usual not everything is first rate, and also some of this album has aged quite a bit, it is one of the better and more essential YMO albums. They were quite innoveative at the time and should not be forgotten for what they were: one of the most innovative early synth groups that were working in the tradition of Kraftwerk.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the golden age of analog synthesis -- don't miss it April 8 2007
By By Definition - Published on
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Many of the cuts on this CD were originally released on a vinyl record called "X Multiplies", with replicated mannequins of Sakamoto, Hosono, and Takahashi on the cover, staring at the camera. It was one of the coolest covers ever! It kinda makes you miss the days when cover art was, to a large extent, what sold music. Solid State Survivor was released later. There is no question in my mind that the loss of the phonograph record, with it's lush graphic format and large size, forever diminished the meaning and importance of recorded music.

There are many wonderful cuts on this essential YMO CD, among them "Behind The Mask", with it's incredibly tight vocoder vocal and percussion section, and a beautifully symmetrical harmonic structure that I have always found irresistible. It's one of my three favorite songs of all time -- I am a pro musician myself with a very broad musical perspective, and I'm telling you, I never tire of "Behind The Mask". I was surprised to hear that other artists, including Michael Jackson, had covered "Behind The Mask". I had no idea that Behind the Mask was the hit on the album -- I thought it was an obsession that i alone had. Not true. Technopoly is pretty cool too. Nearly all the tracks are excellent, but Behind The Mask remains a classic for all time.

I recently saw YMO's return concert at the Hollywood Bowl ("big in Japan" June 2011) -- they hadn't played LA since 1979, and I was thrilled to see them up there on the stage. Takahashi was an outstanding drummer after all these years. Computer Game was first and Behind the Mask was second on the program, which delighted me no end. Yoko Ono made a surprise appearance at the end of the program and the closing cut was none other than "Hello Goodbye" from the Beatles.

I can't strongly enough recommend YMO's other albums, as well, especially BGM and Technodelic was also groundbreaking. It's techno rock and it doesn't get any cleaner or tighter than this.