Alfa ‎– ALR-28015
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Released with a flyer for the YMO Book "Omiyage", a 4-page fold-out insert and obi.

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  • 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 39) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
38XA-16 YMO* 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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January 21, 2019
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.


September 12, 2018

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.


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


February 21, 2017
edited about 1 year 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.


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...


April 26, 2012
edited over 7 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.