Yellow Magic Orchestra

Yellow Magic Orchestra (abbreviated as YMO) is a Japanese electronic music band consisting of principal members Haruomi Hosono (bass, keyboards, vocals), Yukihiro Takahashi (drums, lead vocals) and Ryuichi Sakamoto (keyboards, vocals). For their early studio albums and live performances, the band was often accompanied by music programmer Hideki Matsutake.

Each of its members were seasoned veterans of the music industry before Hosono formed the band as a one-off exploration of computerized exotica, initially paying tribute to performers such as Les Baxter and Martin Denny while also parodying Western conceptions of the orient. Over the course of YMO's career, the group continued to embrace new technologies, fusing them with classic pop forms, and indulging in sociopolitical, technological, or musical subversion.

They are often considered influential innovators in the field of popular electronic music. They contributed to the development of synthpop.

YMO were pioneers in their use of synthesizers, samplers, sequencers, drum machines, computers, and digital recording technology in popular music, during a time when these technologies were seen as novelties. The band is considered "ahead of their time," for anticipating the global trend towards drum machines and sampling, for having anticipated the "electropop boom" of the 1980s, their "pro-technological viewpoint," their use of video game sounds and bleeps, and for experimenting heavily with computers and electronic instruments.

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Releases

Sleeve Title Year Format
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) 1992 CD, Album, Reissue, Stereo
Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Solid State Survivor = ソリッド・ステイト・サヴァイヴァー 1980 Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress
イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* = Yellow Magic Orchestra - ライディーン = Rydeen 1980 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo
Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Solid State Survivor = ソリッド・ステイト・サヴァイヴァー 1979 Vinyl, LP, Album
No Image イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* = Yellow Magic Orchestra - ライディーン = Rydeen Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Repress, Stereo
Y.M.O.* = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Propaganda (A Y.M.O. Film) = プロパガンダ 2001 DVD, DVD-Video, NTSC, Copy Protected, Reissue, Stereo
Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Public Pressure = 公的抑圧 = パブリック・プレッシャー 2019 SACD, Hybrid, Stereo, Album, Reissue, Remastered
イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* = Yellow Magic Orchestra - ライディーン = Rydeen 1980 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Promo, Stereo
イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* = Yellow Magic Orchestra - ライディーン = Rydeen 1980 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo
Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Solid State Survivor = ソリッド・ステイト・サヴァイヴァー 2018 SACD, Hybrid, Stereo, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Solid State Survivor = ソリッド・ステイト・サヴァイヴァー 1980 Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress, Stereo
イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* = Yellow Magic Orchestra - テクノポリス = Technopolis 1980 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Repress, Stereo
Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Solid State Survivor = ソリッド・ステイト・サヴァイヴァー 1982 Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress
Yellow Magic Orchestra, イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Solid State Survivor = ソリッド・ステイト・サヴァイヴァー 1983 Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress
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) 2018 SACD, Hybrid, Stereo, Album, Reissue, Remastered
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 2018 SACD, Hybrid, Stereo, Album, Reissue, Remastered
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 1979 Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* = Yellow Magic Orchestra - テクノポリス = Technopolis 1979 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Repress, Stereo
Y.M.O.* - Naughty Boys (Instrumental) = 浮気なぼくら (インスツルメンタル) 1983 Vinyl, LP, Album
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Faker Holic YMO World Tour Live 1991 CD, Album, Limited Edition
Y.M.O.* - 君に、胸キュン。= Kimi Ni Mune Kyun 1983 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single
Yellow Magic Orchestra - YMO Remixes Technopolis 2000-01 1999 CD, Album
YMO* - 以心電信 (You've Got To Help Yourself) 1983 Vinyl, 7"
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Everytime I Look Around (I Hear The Madmen Call) 1984 Vinyl, 7"
YMO* - Mass 1981 Vinyl, 7"
YMO* - Over Seas Collection 1995 CD, Compilation, Limited Edition
Y.M.O.* - Naughty Boys & Instrumental 2004 CD, Album, Compilation, Reissue, Remastered
YMO* - Technodon Remixes II 1993 CD, Album, Mono
Y.M.O.* - Y.M.O. Singles Collection 単曲全集 1993 CD, Compilation, Unofficial Release
Y.M.O.* - Naughty Boys 1983 Vinyl, LP, Album
Yellow Magic Orchestra - YMO - Winter - Live - 1981 1995 CD, Album
Yellow Magic Orchestra - La Femme Chinoise 1979 Vinyl, 7"
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Service 2003 CD, Album, Remastered
Yellow Magic Orchestra - X∞Multiplies 1980 Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Yellow Magic Orchestra - La Femme Chinoise 1979 Vinyl, 7", Promo
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Hi-Tech / No Crime 1992 Cassette, Compilation
Y.M.O.* - Selection 専精選一 1993 CD, Compilation, Unofficial Release
No Image YMO* - L-R Trax - Live & Rare Tracks 2005 CD, Compilation, Limited Edition, Promo, Remastered
No Image Yellow Magic Orchestra - Yellow Magic Orchestra 1978 Vinyl, LP, Album
Y.M.O.* - Naughty Boys & Instrumental = 浮気なぼくら & インストゥルメンタル 2015 CD, Album, Compilation, Reissue
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Rydeen 1982 Vinyl, 7", Limited Edition
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Cosmic Surfin' 1979 Vinyl, 7"
YMO* - Live At Budokan 1980 & Hi Tech Video Crime 2001 DVD, Unofficial Release
YMO* - BGM 2016 Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Behind The Mask 1980 Vinyl, 12"
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Tighten Up 1980 Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo
YMO* - Technodelic 1983 Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Tighten Up 1992 Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Computer Game / La Femme Chinoise 1979 Vinyl, 7", Single

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