Year Book 1980-1984 album cover
Year Book 1980-1984

Ryuichi Sakamoto

1980 - 1984
Commmons

In the wake of Sakamoto’s cancer remission in 2017, he set about getting his back pages in order, releasing four compilations of odds and ends spanning from 1971 through 2014. This one captures Sakamoto operating at a feverish pitch during his most prolific period. There’s noisy blasts in duet with the iconic Phew, post-punk explorations for a radio broadcast rooted in his B-2 Unit era sound, spiky electro dubs, and a piano trio featuring noted Satie and Morton Feldman interpreter Aki Takahashi and her brother Yuji Takahashi.

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