YMO* ‎– BGM

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Ballet = バレエ 4:30
Music Plans = 音楽の計画 4:30
Rap Phenomena = ラップ現象 4:30
Happy End = ハッピーエンド 4:30
1000 Knives = 千のナイフ 5:20
Cue = キュー 4:30
U・T = ユーティー 4:30
Camouflage = カムフラージュ 4:30
Mass = マス 4:30
Loom = 来たるべきもの 5:20

Versions (46)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ALR-28015 YMO* BGM(LP, Album) Alfa ALR-28015 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
CAM64853 Yellow Magic Orchestra BGM(Cass, Album) A&M Records CAM64853 UK 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
AMLH 64853 YMO* BGM(LP, Album) A&M Records AMLH 64853 Europe 1981 Sell This Version
AMLH 64853 Yellow Magic Orchestra BGM(LP, Album) A&M Records AMLH 64853 Spain 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 US 1981 Sell This Version
ALR-28015 YMO* BGM(LP, Album) Alfa ALR-28015 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
SP-4853 YMO* BGM(LP, Album) A&M Records SP-4853 US 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) Alfa ALR-28015 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
ALR-28015 YMO* BGM(LP, Album) Alfa ALR-28015 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
SP-4853 YMO* BGM(LP, Album) A&M Records SP-4853 US 1981 Sell This Version
SP-4853 YMO* 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
ALR-28015 YMO* BGM(LP, Album, Promo) Alfa ALR-28015 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
ALR-28015 YMO* BGM(LP, Album, Sta) 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 YMO* BGM(LP, Album, RE) Alfa ALR-28015 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
38XA-16 YMO* 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 YMO* BGM(CD, Album, RM) Alfa TOCT-24238 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
MHCL 208 YMO* BGM(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Car) SMEJ MHCL 208 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
MHCL 208 YMO* BGM(CD, Album, RE, RM) SMEJ MHCL 208 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
EK 91843 Yellow Magic Orchestra BGM(CD, Album, RE, RM) 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, RM, 24b) Sony Music Direct (2) none 2019
MHCL 10112 YMO* BGM(SACD, Hybrid, Album, RE, RM) GT Music MHCL 10112 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
MHJL 75~76 YMO* BGM: Collector's Vinyl Edition(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Alfa, Great Tracks (2) MHJL 75~76 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
MHJL 77 YMO* BGM: Standard Vinyl Edition(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Great Tracks (2), Alfa MHJL 77 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
none YMO* BGM(10xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) Sony Music Direct none Europe Unknown

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Madison-chan

Madison-chan

May 1, 2021
referencing BGM, LP, Album, ALR-28015

The song Cue is a total rip-off of Ultravox's Passionate Reply.
dwrobison

dwrobison

February 20, 2021
referencing BGM, LP, Album, SP-4853
My runouts are:

Side A: TI AM SP 04853-A T1⋅ ⋀
Side B: TI AM SP 04853-B T2⋅⋅ ⋀4

Is this a new variant or are the runouts here listed improperly?
ckt1138

ckt1138

January 25, 2021
referencing BGM, CD, 7 72703-2
BGM is my favorite Yellow Magic Orchestra album, it strikes a perfect balance between accessibility and experimentation. Highly recommended listening.

As the user purktuline said, the 1992 Restless US CD absolutely sounds better than any other CD run of BGM.
Initially, the difference is subtle, mainly better treble presentation and clarity on the track "Ballet", and there is not a lot of noteworthy difference between the Alfa Japan CD and the Restless one, but that changes completely with "Cue", which is not muffled and distant sounding in the Restless version. The same applies to "Mass", which is unusually quiet in the Alfa pressings, as well as being considerably muffled again.
There's also more linearity to the noise floor between tracks, which could indicate a digital master, again as mentioned by purktuline.
gandolfito63

gandolfito63

October 13, 2020
referencing BGM, LP, Album, ALR-28015
Timeless, absolutely beautiful music. YMO's pinnacle. I could listen to BGM forever.
pranzoltranzista

pranzoltranzista

August 4, 2019
referencing BGM, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Cle, MOVLP1471

My copy is not numbered. Anyone out there with the same issue?
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?