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Ryuichi Sakamoto - Thousand Knives Of MP3

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Thousand Knives Of MP3

Performer: Ryuichi Sakamoto
Title: Thousand Knives Of
Country: Japan
Catalog Number: YX-7586-ND
Label: Better Days
Released: 25 Oct 1978
Style: Abstract, Experimental, Modern Classical, Synth-pop
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 054


1Thousand Knives9:35
2Island Of Woods9:45
3Das Neue Japanische Elektronische Volkslied8:03
5The End Of Asia6:17
6Plastic Bamboo6:28


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
WWSLP24Ryuichi Sakamoto Thousand Knives Of ‎(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Cle)WewantsoundsWWSLP24France2019
WWSCD24Ryuichi Sakamoto Thousand Knives Of ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM)WewantsoundsWWSCD24France2019
COCB-53330Ryuichi Sakamoto Thousand Knives Of ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap)Jroom Jazz, Columbia Music EntertainmentCOCB-53330Japan2005
COGQ-87Ryuichi Sakamoto Thousand Knives Of Ryuichi Sakamoto ‎(SACD, Hybrid, Album, RE, RM, Pap)ColumbiaCOGQ-87Japan2016
WWSLP024BLU-LPRyuichi Sakamoto Thousand Knives Of ‎(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu)WewantsoundsWWSLP024BLU-LPUS2019


  • CastanetsTatsuro Yamashita (tracks: B1)
  • Composed ByRyuichi Sakamoto
  • Computer [Operation]Hideki Matsutake
  • Coordinator [Fashion]Yukihiro Takahashi
  • CoverSign
  • Drum [Syn-Drum Solo]Motoya Hamaguchi (tracks: A1), Pecker (tracks: B2)
  • Finger CymbalsHarry Hosono (tracks: A1)
  • Guitar [Alembic]Kazumi Watanabe (tracks: A1), Kazumi Watanabe (tracks: B3)
  • Liner NotesHarry Hosono, Hikaru Hayashi, Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • ManagementA. Ikuta
  • MarimbaRyuichi Sakamoto
  • Orchestrated ByRyuichi Sakamoto
  • PerformerRyuichi Sakamoto
  • Photography By [Cover]Makoto Iida
  • Piano [Acoustic]Ryuichi Sakamoto (tracks: A3), Yuji Takahashi (tracks: A3)
  • ProducerRyuichi Sakamoto
  • Programmed ByHideki Matsutake
  • Recording Supervisor [Management]Akira Ikuta
  • Rhythm GuitarKazumi Watanabe (tracks: B3)
  • SynthesizerRyuichi Sakamoto
  • Whistle [Brazillian Bird]Motoya Hamaguchi (tracks: A2)


Ryuichi Sakamoto plays:
Moog III-C w. Roland MC-8 Micro Composer
Poly Moog
Mini Moog
Micro Moog
Oberheim Eight Voice Polyphonic w. Digital Programmer
ARP Odyssey
KORG PS-3100 Polyphonic
KORG VC-10 Vocoder
KORG SQ-10 Analog Sequencer
Acoustic Piano

Recorded from 4/10 to 7/27, 1978 at Columbia Studio No.1, No.2, & No.4, Tokyo

Special Thanks to...
Mr. Matsutake, Mr. Kawaguchi, Mr. Ueno & The staffs of "KORG" for their great cooperations
Kazumi, Motsu, Tatsuro, Pecker & Yuji for their beautiful performance
Yukihiro+Eitan Takahashi & Harry Hosono (Yellow Magic Orchestra) for good vibrations and encouragement
Exclusive Management: A. Ikuta c/o Bam-Voo Co. 045-421-4889

Tatsuro Yamashita appears through courtesy of RCA Records
Harry Hosono appears through courtesy of ALFA Records

R.S. wears...
Jacket by Georgio Armani; Shirt, Tie and Belt by Bricks; Levis 501 jeans;
Shoes - "Zapata" by Manolo Blahnik


  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): YX-7586-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): YX-7586-B


  • Recorded At – Nippon Columbia Studio
  • Made By – Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.



Track listing: A1 Thousand Knives 0:00 A2 Island of Woods 9:36 A3 Grasshoppers 19:24 B1 Das neue Japanische elektronische Volkslied 24:46 B2 Plastic Knives also known as Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto is Ryuichi Sakamoto's first solo album. The album is named after Henri Michaux's description of the feeling of using mescaline in Misérable Miracle. The title track begins with a vocoded Sakamoto reading Jinggang Mountain, a poem written by Mao Zedong during his visit to a well in the Jinggang Mountains in 1965. The song proper is performed in a reggae hymn style, inspired by Herbie Hancock's Speak Like a Child album. The piece. At the time, Ryuichi Sakamoto was a respected session musician in Japan, working his way through the industry, when he was recruited by Haruomi Hosono for a one-off album of electronic exotica. The point was to send up the ridiculous orientalism peddled by artists like Les Baxter, reclaiming a fanciful Western take on the far East. But before it was released, Sakamoto slipped out an album of his own: Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto. Though the record was quickly eclipsed by his bands smash success, this reissue serves to reintroduce the world to an overlooked gem by a now canonical voice. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Thousand Knives 1978. To favorites 0 Download album. Listen album. Electronic Synthpop Jazz-Rock. Ryuichi Sakamoto. Songs in album Ryuichi Sakamoto - Thousand Knives 1978. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Thousand Knives. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Island Of Woods. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Grasshoppers. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Das Neue Japanische Elektronische Volkslied. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Plastic Bamboo. Ryuichi Sakamoto - The End Of Asia. Thousand Knives, 2009. Island of Woods, 09:49. Grasshoppers, 05:15. Das Neue Japanische Elektronische Volkslied, 08:05. Plastic Bamboo, 06:30. The End of Asia, 06:20. Genre: Progressive Electronic. You know that plant album that everyone loves for its playful, quirky, and trailblazing use of early electronics Well, yeah this is my plant album. 5mo. favourite track, 'thousand knives'. 1mo. Ryuichi Sakamoto 坂本龍一, Sakamoto Ryūichi, born January 17, 1952, Nakano, Tokyo, Japan is a Japanese musician, composer, producer and actor. He attended the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he earned a B. in music composition and an M. with special emphasis on both electronic and ethnic music. Sakamoto recorded his first solo album in 1978, which included the songs Thousand Knives and The End of Asia. Around the same time, Sakamoto joined the internationally successful Japanese synth J-Pop trio Yellow Magic Orchestra, along with co-founders Haruomi Hosono read more. Album 1978 6 Songs. Thousand Knives - EP. Electronic , 1978. Thousand Knives. Island of Woods. Memorable Ryuichi Sakamoto's first album The ability of music composition learned at Tokyo University of Arts is felt in music Later on being played many times with YMO Neue Japanische Elektronische Volkslied made influenced by Kraftwerk is particularly high quality as electronics music at the time. Some one knows how is the quality of this version, and some info on where it from Répondre Voir 1 réponse Me notifier Helpful

Reviews (3)
Memorable Ryuichi Sakamoto's first albumThe ability of music composition learned at Tokyo University of Arts is felt in musicLater on being played many times with YMOB1.Das Neue Japanische Elektronische Volkslied made influenced by Kraftwerk is particularly high quality as electronics music at the time

Listening to this on vinyl with my set up was something else, definitely never experienced the album like this before.

What set up do you have bro ? What sounds crisp

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