Riuichi Sakamoto* ‎– B-2 Unit

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Tracklist

Differencia 2:04
Thatness And Thereness 3:27
Participation Mystique 6:41
E-3A 4:45
Iconic Storage 4:43
Riot In Lagos 5:40
Not The 6 O'Clock News 5:02
The End Of Europe 4:57

Versions (19)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ALR-28003 Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(LP, Album) Alfa ALR-28003 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
ALC-28003 Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(Cass, Album) Alfa ALC-28003 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
ALR-28003 Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(LP, Album, Promo) Alfa ALR-28003 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
ILPS 9656 Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(LP, Album) Island Records ILPS 9656 UK 1981 Sell This Version
203 754, 203 754-320 Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(LP, Album) Rocktopus, Rocktopus 203 754, 203 754-320 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
ILPS 9656 Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(LP, Album) Island Records, Alfa ILPS 9656 UK 1981 Sell This Version
ILPS 9656 Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(LP, Album, Mis) Island Records, Alfa ILPS 9656 UK 1981 Sell This Version
ALR-28003 Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(LP, Album) Alfa ALR-28003 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
KMH 7090684 Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(LP, Album) Plexus KMH 7090684 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
32XA-230 Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(CD, Album) Alfa 32XA-230 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
KCD 7090684 Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(CD, Album, RE) Plexus KCD 7090684 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
ALCA-9070 Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(CD, Album, RM) Alfa ALCA-9070 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
SPALAXCD14500 Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Spalax Music SPALAXCD14500 France 1996 Sell This Version
MHCL 512 Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(CD, Album, RE, RM, Car) GT Music MHCL 512 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
MHCL 512 Riuichi Sakamoto* = 坂本龍一* Riuichi Sakamoto* = 坂本龍一* - B-2 Unit(CD, Album, RE, RM, Jew) SMDR GT Music, Alfa MHCL 512 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
none Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(8xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM, 24b) Sony Music Direct none 2019
none Ryuichi Sakamoto B-2 Unit(8xFile, MP3, Album, RE, RM, 320) Sony Music Direct none 2019
MHJL 101 Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(LP, Album, RE, RM) Great Tracks (2) MHJL 101 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
MHCL 10122 Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(SACD, Hybrid, Album, RE, RM, Car) GT Music MHCL 10122 Japan 2019 Sell This Version

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BurningRedSoul

BurningRedSoul

June 7, 2020
referencing B-2 Unit, LP, Album, ALR-28003
Am I missing something here or is the cover clearly inspired by the painting "Painterly Realism of a Boy with a Knapsack" by Kazimir Malevich ? https://www.moma.org/collection/works/80383
widderic

widderic

January 7, 2020
referencing B-2 Unit, LP, Album, ALR-28003
Grabbed with when I was in Osaka. The owner Norio at Rare Groove records was incredibly patient with me. Put on about 20 records before we found something I was looking for.
danm91

danm91

January 6, 2020
referencing B-2 Unit, LP, Album, RE, RM, MHJL 101
Anyone listened to this yet? Better to go for this or the original?
TropicalDandy

TropicalDandy

November 15, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
referencing B-2 Unit, LP, Album, ALR-28003

Over a decade before the Warp Records 'Artificial Intelligence' series, this album is not only an obvious influence for those electronic experimentations of the early 90's, but it greatly exceeds their ambition. A wild and wonderful listen!
MEllODrOnE

MEllODrOnE

November 9, 2019
referencing B-2 Unit, LP, Album, RE, RM, MHJL 101
Cut by good ol Bernie, get this if you are a fan.
Cadmium_Red

Cadmium_Red

December 29, 2018
referencing B-2 Unit, CD, Album, RE, KCD 7090684
I once owned a copy of this version. It suffered from some form of disc rot. A huge hole appeared in the silver coating and rendered one track unplayable. I don't know if others in this pressing suffered the same fate. It seems unrelated to the PDO disc rot problem.
purktuline

purktuline

September 12, 2018
referencing B-2 Unit, LP, Album, ALR-28003

Rigid dub album by Sakamoto
The reason for making this work began with having talked with Co-producer of B-2 Unit Yoshitaka Goto about Take Away made by XTC's Andy Partridge
(This dialogue is on the Japanese version Take Away LP liner notes)
That's why Andy participates, but since he did not have time he gave Sakamoto a tape that he played
Of course, not only that but Sakamoto's influence such as Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, Kraftwerk, etc, which had been overwhelmingly there
In Sakamoto's hope was recorded in London for a dub mix of Dennis Bovell
jonarmst

jonarmst

January 12, 2017
referencing B-2 Unit, LP, Album, ALR-28003

Fantastic record. Makes most of the early-mid 90's IDM coming out of Europe seem like amateur hour in comparison. I would place this record up there with the best of Kraftwerk and Can. A forgotten gem for sure!
PantherFudge

PantherFudge

January 18, 2010
referencing B-2 Unit, LP, Album, ALR-28003
Masterpiece, indeed! B-2 Unit has a knack for being both experimental AND concise. Pop in structure but dissonant in execution, it sounds like where Kraftwerk left off for more efficient territory -- somewhere between Radioactivity and Trans-Europe Express. It's got this organic atmosphere that you don't hear in a lot of other 80s synthslop. Images of raw metals, industrial textiles, and engineered forms play against the sunny and decadent atmosphere of standard synthpop. In a lot of ways B-2 Unit has the dynamics that made The Pop Group or Public Image Ltd. so unique: dubby, caustic, rhythmic sound worlds. Sakamoto has fused Japanese minimalism with krautrock, dub and found sound to create infectious sound sculptures. Definitely worth hunting down!
sonic-soul

sonic-soul

September 21, 2007
referencing B-2 Unit, LP, Album, ALR-28003
Masterpiece, from beginning to end. Produced like a pop album, the music is bursting with originality and sensuality. Sakamoto is in total control of composition, tone colour and mix, without sacrificing anything to spontaneity. Most early eighties electronic pop music will bore the shit out of anybody listening to it now, but that won't be the case with B-2 Unit soon. Lots of non-harmonic content and obscured time signatures still effortlessly in balance with harmony and structure.
The pieces range from an almost-poppy ballad to idm-ish to abstract poly-rhythmic breaks, adding up to a greater whole, that is this album.