Yellow Magic Orchestra ‎– Yellow Magic Orchestra

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There are two mixes of this album which have been released and reissued in several countries over the years: the original Japanese version and a remixed US version.

The cover art featuring a lady holding a fan denotes the US mix, and most versions of it end with the song "Mad Pierrot" instead of "Acrobat."

Tracklist

Computer Game "Theme From The Circus"
Firecracker
Simoon
Cosmic Surfin'
Computer Game "Theme From The Invader"
Tong Poo
La Femme Chinoise
Bridge Over Troubled Music
Mad Pierrot
Acrobat

Versions (74)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ALR-6012 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album, M/Print) Alfa ALR-6012 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
ALC-1511 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(Cass, Album) Alfa ALC-1511 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
ALR-6012 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album) Alfa ALR-6012 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
ALC-1533 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ(Cass, Album) Alfa ALC-1533 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
8T-736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(8-Trk, Album) Horizon (3) 8T-736 US 1979 Sell This Version
CS-736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(Cass, Album) Horizon (3) CS-736 US 1979 Sell This Version
CAM 68506 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(Cass, Album) A&M Records CAM 68506 UK 1979 Sell This Version
CS-736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(Cass, Album) A&M Records CS-736 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
CS 736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(Cass, Album, Club) Horizon (3) CS 736 US 1979 Sell This Version
SP-736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album) A&M Records SP-736 Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong 1979 Sell This Version
AMLH 68506 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album) A&M Records AMLH 68506 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
SP-736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album) Horizon (3) SP-736 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
ALR-6020 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album) Alfa ALR-6020 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
AMLH 68506 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album) A&M Records AMLH 68506 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
AMLH 68506 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album) A&M Records AMLH 68506 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
AMLH 68506, SP-736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album) A&M Records, A&M Records AMLH 68506, SP-736 Europe 1979 Sell This Version
L 37005 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album) Horizon (3) L 37005 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
SP-736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album) A&M Records SP-736 India 1979 Sell This Version
AMLH 68506, SP-736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album) A&M Records, A&M Records AMLH 68506, SP-736 Europe 1979 Sell This Version
31C 064 63185 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album) Horizon (3) 31C 064 63185 Brazil 1979 Sell This Version
SP-736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album) Horizon (3) SP-736 US 1979 Sell This Version
AMLH 68506 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album) Horizon (3), A&M Records AMLH 68506 UK 1979 Sell This Version
SP-736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album, Mis) A&M Records SP-736 1979 Sell This Version
SP-736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album, Pin) Horizon (3) SP-736 US 1979 Sell This Version
AMLH 68506 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album, Promo) Horizon (3), A&M Records AMLH 68506 UK 1979 Sell This Version
SP-736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album, Promo, Yel) Horizon (3) SP-736 US 1979 Sell This Version
SP-736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album, Promo, Yel) Horizon (3) SP-736 US 1979 Sell This Version
SP-736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album, RP, Ter) Horizon (3) SP-736 US 1979 Sell This Version
SP-736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album, Red) Horizon (3) SP-736 US 1979 Sell This Version
SP-736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album, San) Horizon (3) SP-736 US 1979 Sell This Version
SP-736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album, TP) A&M Records SP-736 US 1979 Sell This Version
AMLH 68506 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album, TP) A&M Records AMLH 68506 UK 1979 Sell This Version
SP-736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album, Yel) Horizon (3) SP-736 US 1979 Sell This Version
1 PSP 736 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic(LP, Album) A&M Records 1 PSP 736 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
AMS-5040 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album) A&M Records AMS-5040 Venezuela 1980 Sell This Version
ALR-6020 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album, RP) Alfa ALR-6020 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
AMLH 68506 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album, RP) A&M Records AMLH 68506 UK 1980 Sell This Version
ALR-6012 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album, RP, Sec) Alfa ALR-6012 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
ALR-6020 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album, RP) Alfa ALR-6020 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
ALR-6012 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album, RP, Thi) Alfa ALR-6012 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
ALC-1511 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(Cass, Album, RP, War) Alfa ALC-1511 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
ALR-6020 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album, RE) Alfa ALR-6020 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
ALR-6012 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(LP, Album, RP, Fou) Alfa ALR-6012 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
38XA-20 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(CD, Album, RE) Alfa 38XA-20 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
32XA-138 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(CD, Album, RE) Alfa 32XA-138 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XA-138 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(CD, Album, RE) Alfa 32XA-138 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XA-138, D30579 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(CD, Album, RE) Alfa, Interfusion 32XA-138, D30579 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
ALCA-286 Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ (日本版)(CD, Album, RE) Alfa ALCA-286 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
ALCA-287 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(CD, Album, RE) Alfa ALCA-287 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
7 72700-2 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(CD, Album, RE) Restless Records 7 72700-2 USA & Canada 1992 Sell This Version
LS 9156 2 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(CD, Album, RE, RM) Restless Records, Roadrunner Records LS 9156 2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
ALCA-9037 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra (日本版)(CD, Album, RE) Alfa ALCA-9037 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
ALCA-9038 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(米国版)(CD, Album, RE) Alfa ALCA-9038 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
ALCA-5215 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(CD, Album, RE) Alfa ALCA-5215 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
ALCA-5214 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(CD, Album, RE, Pic) Alfa ALCA-5214 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
TOCT-24233 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(CD, Album, RE, RM) Alfa TOCT-24233 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
TOCT-24246 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(CD, Album, Promo, RE, RM) Alfa TOCT-24246 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
TOCT-24246 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(CD, Album, RE, RM) Alfa TOCT-24246 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
MHCL204, MHCL 204 Y.M.O.* Yellow Magic Orchestra USA(CD, Album, RE, RM) SMEJ, SMEJ MHCL204, MHCL 204 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
MHCL 203, MHCL203 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(CD, Album, Ltd, Promo, RE, RM, Car) SMEJ, SMEJ MHCL 203, MHCL203 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
MHCL204, MHCL 204 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(CD, Album, Ltd, Promo, RE, RM, Car) SMEJ, SMEJ MHCL204, MHCL 204 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
MHCL 203, MHCL203 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Car) SMEJ, SMEJ MHCL 203, MHCL203 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
MHCL204, MHCL 204 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Car) SMEJ, SMEJ MHCL204, MHCL 204 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
MHCL 203 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(CD, Album, RE, RM) SMEJ MHCL 203 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
ALME-2222 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra Ver. USA(CD, Album, RE) Alfa, B-Cat ALME-2222 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
MHCL 20101 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Blu) SMDR GT Music MHCL 20101 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
MHCL 20102 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) SMDR GT Music MHCL 20102 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
none Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra(10xFile, MP3, Album, RE, VBR) Sony Music Direct none UK 2017
MHCL 10108 Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Yellow Magic Orchestra (US Version) = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ (US版)(SACD, Hybrid, Album, RE, RM) GT Music, Alfa MHCL 10108 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
MHCL 10107 Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ(SACD, Hybrid, Album, RE, RM) GT Music, Alfa MHCL 10107 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
MHJL 51~52 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra: Collector's Vinyl Edition(2x12", Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Great Tracks (2), Alfa MHJL 51~52 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
MHJL 53 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra: Standard Vinyl Edition(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Great Tracks (2), Alfa MHJL 53 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
MHJL 54~55 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra: US Version: Collector's Vinyl Edition(2x12", Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Alfa, Great Tracks (2) MHJL 54~55 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
MHJL 56 Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra: US Version: Standard Vinyl Edition(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Great Tracks (2), Alfa MHJL 56 Japan 2018 Sell This Version

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phreakbrain

phreakbrain

November 15, 2021
referencing Yellow Magic Orchestra, LP, Album, M/Print, ALR-6012
It's Probably because I'm way more used to the OG mix, but the US mix sucks IMO.

There's the overzealous reverb that takes away from the dry and synthetic sound of the original, the drums are waaaay too high most of the time and the melody lines and their harmonies are often too close together in volume to really complement one another properly. It's an absolute mess; the original mix is way more well balanced, cohesive and understated IMO (which is funny as I usually prefer more in-your-faces for electronic music, but it just doesn't work here)
Squigglefang

Squigglefang

May 27, 2021
referencing Yellow Magic Orchestra, LP, Album, M/Print, ALR-6012
Which version of this album would be considered the "best" quality? I was considering the 2018 remaster.
b0ssh0gg

b0ssh0gg

February 17, 2021
referencing Yellow Magic Orchestra: Collector's Vinyl Edition, 2x12", Album, Ltd, RE, RM, MHJL 51~52

Long story short, the sound quality is excellent and the boxset itself is a treat. Bob Ludwig at Bernie Grundman Mastering on 45RPM for the 40th Anniversary...of course it sounds good! The sound is rich and has ample base, with lack of bass being a common critique of Japanese-market releases. However, the mastering is quite loud and I find I had to shave 10% off my reference volume to make it a little less harsh. When you see the recording track layout as part of the deluxe package extras, it's easy to recognize each track's presence with the excellent mastering.

Inside the box, you'll find the original Japanese release jacket, complete with an obi strip. There's a softcover book, and as this release is based on the original Japanese version, the entire contents of the boxset are in Japanese, save for a few lyrics and headers. There's also an envelope, styled in a similar print as the outer box, which contains memorabilia from the studio.

All-in-all, a great sounding release in an enjoyable collector's package, highly recommended for fans of the album and the genre alike.
magsrecords

magsrecords

January 19, 2021
referencing Yellow Magic Orchestra, LP, Album, SP-736
send me a message if you have a spare jacket in decent shape !
brycearaz

brycearaz

November 30, 2020
referencing Yellow Magic Orchestra, LP, Album, M/Print, ALR-6012
is there a clear preference between US and Japanese mix? US cover is great, but any thoughts on the mix/song order?
jordan.turley

jordan.turley

October 12, 2020
referencing Yellow Magic Orchestra: US Version: Standard Vinyl Edition, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, MHJL 56
A great pressing. The remastered audio is crisp and in your face -- just as this kind of music should be!
BeatlELO10538

BeatlELO10538

October 9, 2020
referencing Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ (日本版), CD, Album, RE, ALCA-286
Do we know for sure if this version was mastered at Nimbus, like the other 1992 pressings?
BeatlELO10538

BeatlELO10538

October 4, 2020
referencing Yellow Magic Orchestra: Standard Vinyl Edition, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, MHJL 53

Japan, you've done it again.

This is quite the pressing, if I do say so myself. A few pops here and there, but overall pretty ace. Sounds leagues better than my original US pressing on yellow vinyl.
t.Archivist

t.Archivist

July 2, 2020
referencing Yellow Magic Orchestra, LP, Album, M/Print, ALR-6012
One of the most important albums you will ever hear.
dapietri

dapietri

January 14, 2019
referencing Yellow Magic Orchestra: US Version: Collector's Vinyl Edition, 2x12", Album, Ltd, RE, RM, MHJL 54~55

Really excellent sound quality. Wasn’t planning on looking for the other 45rpm remasters, but this is the rare 45rpm version that makes the extra trips back to the record player worthwhile.