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Ryuichi Sakamoto

B-2 UNIT

​MHJL101
Release Notes
  • Remastered by Heba Kadry
  • Vinyl cutting by Bernie Grundman Mastering
  • Pressed at Sony DADC Japan
  • Limited edition import Japanese press

Released in 1980 while Yellow Magic Orchestra was enjoying its first wave of mega-success, B-2 Unit was Ryuichi Sakmoto’s second full length solo effort. Contrasting with the pop-oriented works Sakamoto was doing with YMO at the time, B-2 Unit was produced with a focus on sounds and tones rather than traditional song strucutres. B-2 Unit has proven to be very much ahead of its time and extremely influential in the development of electronic music. ""Riot In Lagos,"" in particular, is often cited as the blueprint for electro/techno sounds that would rise to prominence in the ensuing decade. Recorded in London and Tokyo with dub master Dennis Bovell, Penguin Cafe Orchestra’s Steve Nye, XTC’s Andy Partridge, guitarist Kenji Omura.

Limited edition reissue is remastered by Heba Kadry, cut by Bernie Grundman Mastering, and includes new extensive liner notes by co-producer Yoshitaka Goto, Dennis Bovell, and Sakamoto himself.