Haruomi Hosono ‎– Philharmony

Yen Records ‎– YLR-28001
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Picnic 1:52
A2 Funiculi Funicura 4:31
A3 Luminescent / Hotaru 4:22
A4 Platonic 4:20
A5 In Limbo 2:25
B1 Living-Dining-Kitchen 3:46
B2 Birthday Party 3:51
B3 Sports Men 4:02
B4 Philharmony 3:22
B5 Air-Condition 4:23

Companies, etc.



Produced and manufactured by Alfa Records, Inc.
Recorded and mixed at LDK Tokyo, March 1982
Art direction, Design and Photography /The studio, Tokyo, Japan.
Hair and Make /Bobbish
Guest Performers : Emulator, Films, Linn, MC-4, Prophet-5
Management at Office Intenzio. #404, 1-4-2, Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan.

Track A2 spelt "Funiculi Funicula" on center label only
Track B1 named "Living-Dining-Kitchen L.D.K." on insert only

The early press contained a free flexidisc:
Hosono Haruomi-夢見る約束(Dreaming promise)release/3561118

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: JASRAC
  • Matrix / Runout (A side label): YLR-28001-A
  • Matrix / Runout (B side label): YLR-28001-B

Other Versions (5 of 12) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ALCA-360 Haruomi Hosono Philharmony(CD, Album, RE) Alfa ALCA-360 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
LITA 170 Haruomi Hosono Philharmony(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Light In The Attic LITA 170 US 2018 Sell This Version
LITA 170, 88985478671 Haruomi Hosono Philharmony(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Light In The Attic, Alfa, Sony Music Commercial Music Group LITA 170, 88985478671 US 2018 Sell This Version
32XA-227 Haruomi Hosono = 細野 晴臣* Haruomi Hosono = 細野 晴臣* - Philharmony = フィルハーモニー(CD, Album, RE) Alfa 32XA-227 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
YLR-28001 Haruomi Hosono Philharmony(LP, Album, Promo) Yen Records YLR-28001 Japan 1982 Sell This Version



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October 21, 2018
edited over 2 years ago
This is a wonderful album to me. Described as Hosono’s most boundary-pushing and skitzofrenic effort, it clearly communicates his vision of music making. Playful, funky, twisted, funny, innovative, colorful, and truly modern. It’s a great trip. There’s a 50/50 split here between more formulaic but still kinda weird pop songs, and more ambient-leaning efforts with sampling and advanced recording techniques.

Some of this is very reminiscent of My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, but also just computer game music (which Hosono played a major role in getting into popular music). Never released outside Japan until now, his influence on hip-hop, synth-pop and electronic music worldwide is still a thing, and a great achievement.

This stuff might be too toy-like and abnormal for some, especially if you expect songs to be more of the same (either fully ambient or fully synth-pop). Recommended for anyone who’s into synth experimentation, weird avant-garde pop about junk food and technology, and more abstract ambient sounds, together in sweet harmony.

17/20 Yum
17/20 Diverse
16/20 Appealing
19/20 New
18/20 Handcrafted