Yellow Magic Orchestra – X-Multiplies - 1980 Trippy Japanese Synth-Pop Electro New Wave - Clear Vinyl 180 Grm LP
Yellow Magic Orchestra – X-Multiplies
Music On Vinyl – MOVLP1469, Alfa – MOVLP1469, Epic – MOVLP1469
Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Numbered, Reissue, Clear, 180 Gram
Limited Edition of 1000 numbered copies on transparent vinyl.
Gatefold sleeve and insert which includes the Japanese text that was on the original Japanese card outer sleeve.
14 Dec 2015
A1 Jingle "YMO" 0:20
A2 Nice Age 3:46
A3 Snakeman Show 1:56
A4 Tighten Up (Japanese Gentlemen Stand Up Please) 3:42
A5 Snakeman Show 2:06
A6 Here We Go Again - Tighten Up 1:08
B1 Snakeman Show 1:26
B2 Citizens Of Science 4:30
B3 Snakeman Show 2:08
B4 Multiplies 2:57
B5 Snakeman Show 3:47
B6 The End Of Asia 1:31
Art Direction – Takahisa Kamijyo
Backing Vocals – Sandii
Engineer – Atsushi Saito, Michitaka Tanaka, Mitsuo Koike, Norio Yoshizawa, Yasuhiko Terada
Executive-Producer – Shoro Kawazoe
Guitar [Electric] – Kenji Ohmura*
Photography By – Masayoshi Sukita
Producer – Haruomi Hosono
Programmed By – Hideki Matsutake
"Nice Age" is a phenomenal tune, sort of like a proto-"Ballet" from BGM. It's an 80s pop song, but it's a really good 80s pop song. I really like Takahashi's voice. It has an interesting, slightly "slithery" quality to it, and I think he makes great use of it here. "Citizens of Science" is almost as good.
It blends a 1980's synth style with robotic voices and a slow beat. The end product provides for good party music that ranges from a Japanese "Running Man" show to futuristic space music. After many listenings we wondered whether or not there was more music of this genre out there. The search continues. Antonio comments: I agree with all of the above. This is definitely the star of our extensive album collection. It's somewhat remniscent of early Devo with primitive synthesizers but more mellow and poppy. Definitely worth checking out.