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Yellow Magic Orchestra: Ultimate Collection

Yellow Magic Orchestra: Ultimate Collection

SMEJ  MHGL-1-2 (2 discs)

Stereo Single Layer

Japanese Pop


"Ultimate Collection"

Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO)

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Comment by Doug Otte - January 18, 2016 (1 of 2)

I own the YMO library on Japanese LP and on CD, and have listened to them for over 30 years, but never have the tracks sounded as good as on this SA-CD. When I first started listening to it, I thought maybe Sakamoto had remixed the tracks, but I couldn't find any documentation pointing to anything more than a remastering.

The clarity and spaciousness are astounding. Individual sounds which were previously nearly inaudible now get a clear space in the soundstage without distracting from the overall mix.

It's a shame the entire YMO catalogue couldn't get the SA-CD treatment. However, this lavish collection (two discs with over 70 minutes of music each) is a great consolation.

I also wish the notes were in English as well as Japanese.

Comment by Kveld-Úlfr - October 24, 2019 (2 of 2)

The entire YMO catalog on SA-CD is now a reality, being remastered by the same team, the slight (important, in fact) difference being that Bob Ludwig is the main chief of this recent remastering operation. I own them all and the sound is a real treat, even better than the sound of this great compilation (which I also own).