YMO* ‎– BGM

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ALR-28015 YMO* BGM(LP, Album) Alfa ALR-28015 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
ALC-28014 YMO* BGM(Cass, Album) Alfa ALC-28014 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
CS-4853 YMO* BGM(Cass, Album) A&M Records CS-4853 US 1981 Sell This Version
355 YMO* BGM(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Yess 355 Indonesia 1981 Sell This Version
SP 4853 YMO (Yellow Magic Orchestra)* BGM(LP, Album) A&M Records SP 4853 Singapore 1981 Sell This Version
SP-4853 Yellow Magic Orchestra BGM(LP, Album) A&M Records SP-4853 US 1981 Sell This Version
L 37606, SP-4853 Yellow Magic Orchestra BGM(LP, Album) A&M Records, A&M Records, Festival Records, Festival Records L 37606, SP-4853 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
AMLH 64853 YMO* BGM(LP, Album) A&M Records AMLH 64853 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
AMLH 64853 Yellow Magic Orchestra BGM(LP, Album) A&M Records AMLH 64853 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
SP-4853 Yellow Magic Orchestra BGM(LP, Album) A&M Records SP-4853 US 1981 Sell This Version
SP-4853 Yellow Magic Orchestra BGM(LP, Album) A&M Records SP-4853 US 1981 Sell This Version
SP-4853 Yellow Magic Orchestra BGM(LP, Album) A&M Records SP-4853 US 1981 Sell This Version
AMLH 64853 YMO* BGM(LP, Album) A&M Records AMLH 64853 UK 1981 Sell This Version
SP-4853 YMO* BGM(LP, Album) A&M Records SP-4853 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
ALR-28015 YMO* BGM(LP, Album, Promo) Alfa ALR-28015 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
ALR-28015 YMO* BGM(LP, TP) A&M Records ALR-28015 US 1981 Sell This Version
ALF 85698 YMO* BGM(LP, Album, RE) Alfa ALF 85698 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
ALR-28015 Yellow Magic Orchestra BGM(LP, Album, RE) Alfa Records, Inc ALR-28015 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
38XA-16 Yellow Magic Orchestra BGM(CD, Album, RE) Alfa 38XA-16 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
LPU 0020 YMO* BGM(LP, Album, RE) Pick Up Records LPU 0020 Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version
32XA-141 Yellow Magic Orchestra BGM(CD, Album, RE) Alfa 32XA-141 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
D 30581, D30581, 32XA-141 YMO* BGM(CD, Album) Interfusion, Interfusion, Alfa D 30581, D30581, 32XA-141 Australia & New Zealand 1991 Sell This Version
7 72703-2 Yellow Magic Orchestra BGM(CD) Restless Records 7 72703-2 USA & Canada 1992 Sell This Version
ALCA-291 YMO* BGM(CD, Album, RE) Alfa ALCA-291 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
LS 9154 2, 79154 2 YMO* BGM(CD, Album, RE, RM) Restless Records, Restless Records LS 9154 2, 79154 2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
ALCA-9043 YMO* BGM(CD, Album, RE) Alfa Records, Inc ALCA-9043 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
ALCA-5220 YMO* BGM(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Car) Alfa ALCA-5220 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
TOCT-24238 Yellow Magic Orchestra BGM(CD, Album, RM) Alfa TOCT-24238 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
MHCL 208 Yellow Magic Orchestra BGM(CD, Album, RE, RM) SMEJ MHCL 208 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
MHCL 208 YMO* BGM(CD, Album, RE, RM, Car) SMEJ MHCL 208 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
EK 91843 Yellow Magic Orchestra BGM(CD, Album, RE) Epic EK 91843 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
EPC 513449 2 YMO* BGM(CD, Album, RM) Epic EPC 513449 2 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
MHCL 20106 YMO* BGM(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Blu) GT Music MHCL 20106 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
MOCCD 13022 YMO* BGM(CD, Album, RE) Music On CD MOCCD 13022 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
MOVLP1471 YMO* BGM(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Cle) Music On Vinyl, Alfa, Epic MOVLP1471 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
MOVLP1471 YMO* BGM(LP, Album, RE) Music On Vinyl, Alfa, Epic MOVLP1471 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
none YMO* BGM(10xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) Sony Music Direct none Europe Unknown

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Lavenderbyrd

Lavenderbyrd

January 21, 2019
referencing BGM, LP, Album, ALR-28015
The Early 80's - The Years Of T-Shirts My brother and I spent our teen years in a tiny crappy midwest town, and in order to survive we listened to such great albums like this one and put the album covers on t-shirts, which confused the towns people because all their shirts had Kenny Rogers' pictures on them. The music of YMO was a drug to us and we'll be forever grateful. Along with the 1980 Split Enz Lp TRUE COLOURS with it's amazing lazer-etched artwork on the vinyl LP, and who could forget the Patti Smith Group? Music saves lives. Trust.
purktuline

purktuline

September 12, 2018
referencing BGM, LP, Album, ALR-28015

BGM album was sure to sell over hundreds of thousands copies before launching in Japan.
Hosono, the producer, knew that, so he decided not to sell like music but to make music that everyone would like to listen to.
He hoped that he would choose such high quality music.
As a result, fans who were expecting music like before did not accept it and it was the last release from A & M.
But the quality of this album has also created new fans.

They are using the world's latest digital multi-recorder in this album but they are recording only rhythm tracks with analog tape for heavy sound.

Sakamoto did not get along well with member at this time and he was not actively engaged in production.
It is the reason why 1000 Knives of a past tune was played with a broken arrangement and Happyend of a solo tune was issued with a broken arrangement and it is aggressive with Music Plans.
purktuline

purktuline

September 12, 2018
referencing BGM, CD, 7 72703-2

I copied about five kinds of BGM CDs to digital multi and listened to each other in parallel
The best sound among them was this RESTLESS version CD
Compared to listening, it seems that this is using a digital master
ALFA Records version uses analog master because there is no digital playback equipment
It seems that this circumstance seems to have been due to the fact that the restless side was able to reproduce the digital master sent to the US for release on A & M
A & M LP also mastering better and sound better than the original ALFA version LP
jdank.firth

jdank.firth

March 9, 2018
referencing BGM, LP, Album, SP-4853

"Ballet" favorite track on the album. Guessing "The Gorillaz" got some ideas from that track. Pressing is great quality too. 5/5
humanracer

humanracer

October 9, 2017
referencing BGM, LP, Album, ALR-28015
Have you found any other differences between pressings of the albums other than the mastering?
speccydoughboy

speccydoughboy

February 21, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing BGM, LP, Album, ALR-28015
There are 4 different versions of the track "Happy End" - 1) LP version appears on vinyl pressings from Japan, the UK, Europe plus all CDs from the Toshiba-EMI release in 1999 onwards (this is by far the most common version). 2) US LP version - slightly different version on US pressings of the album. 3) Alfa CD version - this is on all Alfa released CDs from 1984 to 1998 - it has a different middle section with much of the mettalic synth omitted until it suddenly drops back in. Sounds like an alternate take. This also appears on the Restless CD releases (NOTE this is an amendment, I was told that the Restless CD had the proper LP mix but upon getting the US and European CDs I discovered they use the same master as the Alfa CDs). 4) Sakamoto solo version, using the same basic track but with additional synth overdubs - this was the b-side to his single "Front Line" in 1981 and is included on the Alfa "Arrangement" CD.
skritchy

skritchy

July 18, 2012
referencing BGM, LP, Album, ALR-28015
BGM is where YMO grows up. Earlier releases were full of hyperactive silliness and simplistic melodies, and frankly have not stood the test of time. But BGM has a depth those records lack: a fuller sound and a more melancholy feel, thanks no doubt to the slower tempos and minor key arrangements being used. There's a lovely "warbly-ness" that runs through much of the music, as evidenced on lead track "Ballet" (which sounds a lot like Japan circa Tin Drum BTW). There are a few missteps to be sure (Rap Phenomena - big oops! despite the inventive instrumental track), but I could listen to songs like "Cue" and "Mass" all day long, over 30 years later...
moogacid

moogacid

April 26, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
referencing BGM, LP, Album, ALR-28015
Yet more awesome stuff from the Orchestra like the Yellow Magic.
'U-T' & 'Camouflage' are faves : weird & lush futuristic electro.
Some ace vocoder on 'Music Plans' though.
tcordes

tcordes

June 3, 2009
referencing BGM, CD, Album, RE, 38XA-16
Out of all YMO albums, this is the one I listen to the most. I'm not a big synthpop fan, but YMO really hits the nail with this one.

Ballet may be the best YMO song ever! I just can't get enough of it. The dissonant lead synth and flat voices are unique and quite mesmerizing. The simple, boppable beat keeps your head nodding. Simply timeless.

In fact, dissonance seems to be a recurring theme, with extremely dissonant bell sounds in Happy End. 1000 Knives is cheerily uplifting and smacks of their first album. Cue is one of their most poppy songs ever. Quite pleasant and catchy.

More dark foreboding in Camouflage. Intricate synth work and percussion details abound. Mass gives us an epic, cinematic theme that could cover a Rocky montage.

Loom caps the album with some beautiful ambience at least 10 years ahead of its time. You could put this out on any ambient label in the last 10 years and it would sound completely modern.

The only clinker is Rap: it just doesn't work for me and I'm not quite sure what they were trying to achieve with that one!

Bottom line: buy this album before the others! The lack of interest for it on discogs is misleading!