Year Book 1971-1979 (3 CDs)

Year Book 1971-1979 (3 CDs)

Product Description

3 CDs that covers the 'anonymous' years of Ryuichi Sakamoto in the 1970s, with many unreleased tracks. During this time Sakamoto was often referred to as 'Abu' or 'The Professor'. In 1970 Sakamoto began studying music composition at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, with a later emphasis on electronic and world music. He also studied ethnomusicology, where he developed his interest in Okinawan, Indian and African music. From the beginning he had eclectic tastes. He studied classical piano, became involved in the underground folk scene, and experimented with electronic music on university synthesizers, such as the ARP Odyssey and Moog. This CD covers Sakamoto's transition from an amateur to a professional musician. The 3 CDs include Piano Sonata (1971) a String Quartet (1972) and 'Bunsan, Kyokai, Suna' composed for the contemporary classical pianist Aki Takahashi. As a largely anonymous figure he worked with musicians playing soul, reggae, avant-garde. The CDs also include his first forays into electronic music, played in solo performances at the exhibition 'Nasuka no Kioku' in 1978, the same year as his first solo album, Thousand Knives. As well as rare and unpublished recordings, the music defines an era in the 1970s when different musical forms were being formulated, from avant-garde to pop. Ryuichi Sakamoto includes detailed information and data on the recordings,and never before seen photos.

1. Sonate pour Violon et Piano
1984 performance - previously unreleased.
Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto

2. Quatuor à Cordes, études I, II
2015 performance- previously unreleased.
Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto

3. Quatuor à Cordes
1984 performance - previously unreleased.
Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto

4. Hitori Heyani Ite
By Masato Tomobe
Words, Music and Arrangement: Masato Tomobe

5. Hoshino Aru Kawa Rikoppuomanai
By Children's Choir Mizuumi
Words: Kohei Oikawa Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto
Arrangement: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tatsuro Yamashita

6. Dispersion, Boundary, Sand
1976 performance - previously unreleased.
By Aki Takahashi
Words and Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto

1. Parade

By Niagara Triangle (Tatsuro Yamashita)
Words, Music and Arrangement: Tatsuro Yamashita

2. Kawarano Hikoojoo
By Lily
Words and Music: Lily
Arrangement: Ryuichi Sakamoto

3. Repetition and Chant
1984 performance, previously unreleased.
Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto

4. Nakaorebousi wo Kamutta Otousan
By Taeko Tomioka
Words: Taeko Tomioka
Music and Arrangement: Ryuichi Sakamoto

5. Yakusha Kagyo
By Piranha Gundan
Vocal: Masaru Shiga
Words and Music: Kan Mikami
Arrangement: Ryuichi Sakamoto

6. The Cosmos
first time release on CD
Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Joe Meek

7. Tropical Love
By Teresa Noda
Words: Kazumi Yasui Music: Kazuhiko Kato
Arrangement: Ryuichi Sakamoto

8. The End of Asia (Live in London 1979)
previously unreleased.
By Yellow Magic Orchestra
Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto

1-13. Memories of Nazca (Anti-oneiric device or music as a function of anti-collectivism)

previously unreleased.
Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto