Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto, the hard-to-find first album from Ryuichi Sakamoto, will be reissued outside of Japan for the first time. The complete remastering will be available from Wewantsounds on November 8th.
Sakamoto is one of the founding members of the experimental pioneers Yellow Magic Orchestra. He created Thousand Knives Of in 1978, just before YMO’s self-titled debut was released. The runaway success of Yellow Magic Orchestra meant that Thousand Knives Of got lost in the shuffle. A few cuts have become staples of YMO shows over the years, especially “Plastic Bamboo” and “The End of Asia”, but the rest of the songs have stayed rare. With the exception of a small 1982 reissue, Thousand Knives Of has never been available on vinyl outside of Japan. That’s finally changing.
Engineer Seigen Ono did the remastering for Thousand Knives Of from the original tapes. The deluxe reissue comes with a traditional Japanese obi strip, and features a four page introduction from Japanese music expert Paul Bowler. A CD version will be available in addition to the vinyl pressing.
In recent years, Sakamoto has become best known for his film compositions. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for 1987’s The Last Emperor, and worked with Alejandro G. Iñárritu on both Babel and The Revenant. As Sakamoto’s profile has become more international, it’s exciting that his first solo album will no longer be as elusive for international audiences.
Pre-orders for Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto are live now. Take a listen to the remastered “Plastic Bamboo” below, followed by the album art and tracklist.
Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto Artwork:
Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto Tracklist:
01. Thousand Knives
02. Island of Woods
04. Das Neue Japanische Elektronische Volkslied
05. Plastic Bamboo
06. The End of Asia