YMO* ‎– BGM

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Alfa ‎– ALR-28015
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A1 Ballet = バレィ
Written-By – Yukihiro Takahashi
4:30
A2 Music Plans = 音楽の計画
Written-By – Riuichi Sakamoto*
4:30
A3 Rap Phenomena = ラップ現象
Written-By – Haruomi Hosono
4:30
A4 Happy End = ハッピーエンド
Written-By – Riuichi Sakamoto*
4:30
A5 1000 Knives = 千のナイフ
Written-By – Riuichi Sakamoto*
5:20
B1 Cue = キュー
Written-By – H. Hosono*, Y. Takahashi*
4:30
B2 U・T = ユーティー
Written-By – Y M O*
4:30
B3 Camouflage = カムフラージュ
Written-By – Yukihiro Takahashi
4:30
B4 Mass = マス
Written-By – Haruomi Hosono
4:30
B5 Loom = 来たるべきもの
Written-By – Hideki Matsutake, Y M O*
5:20

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Released with obi. And 1 brochure & 1 insert inside.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label, side A): ALR-28015-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, side B): ALR-28015-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, side A, stamped): 〄Ⓑ ALR 28015A 121 C
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, side B, stamped): ALR 28015B 111
  • Rights Society: JASRAC
  • Other (Retail price): ¥2,800

Other Versions (5 of 34) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
38XA-16 Yellow Magic Orchestra BGM(CD, Album, RE) Alfa 38XA-16 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
MHCL 208 Yellow Magic Orchestra BGM(CD, Album, RE, RM) SMEJ MHCL 208 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
355 YMO* BGM(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Yess 355 Indonesia 1981 Sell This Version
ALCA-9043 YMO* BGM(CD, Album, RE) Alfa Records, Inc ALCA-9043 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
LPU 0020 YMO* BGM(LP, Album, RE) Pick Up Records LPU 0020 Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version

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humanracer

humanracer

October 9, 2017
Have you found any other differences between pressings of the albums other than the mastering?
speccydoughboy

speccydoughboy

February 21, 2017
edited 4 months ago
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
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 5 years ago
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.