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 (13)

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
ALR-28003 Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(LP, Album, Promo) Alfa ALR-28003 Japan 1980 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 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 Records, Inc ALR-28003 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
KMH 7090684 Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(LP, Album) Plexus KMH 7090684 Netherlands 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) Spalax Music SPALAXCD14500 France 1996 Sell This Version
MHCL 512 Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(CD, Album, RE, RM) GT Music MHCL 512 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
MHCL 512 Riuichi Sakamoto* B-2 Unit(CD, Album, RE, RM, Car) GT Music MHCL 512 Japan 2005 Sell This Version

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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.
cvoltaire02

cvoltaire02

October 15, 2003
referencing B-2 Unit, LP, Album, 203 754, 203 754-320
Worth getting. Sakamoto's solo release has more character than some of his group's collective outings. It's a fascinating listen from start to finish--especially 'Riot In Lagos' which was recently featured in a compilation put together by Mantronix. I'm eagerly awaiting the release of most of YMO's backcatalogue on CD later this month, too bad this release isn't on the agenda. Grab it if you see it! Grab it!!