Yellow Magic Orchestra

"I think they're one of the most original things ever to come out of Japan."--Tommy LiPuma, Record World August 11, 1979.

A&M made an agreement with Japan's Alfa Records that it could acquire Japanese products it felt were suitable for the American market. The band came to Horizon Record's president Tommy LiPuma when Alfa invited Horizon artist Neil Larsen to appear in Japan.

A&M Records, Ltd. supported the debut album with a two-week radio campaign, print ads and a tour of the UK in the fall of 1979.

The first Japanese band to play a U.S. concert hall. Their first U.S. tour were five major cities with specially priced $3 concerts. The group also performed on the A&M Soundstage for live broadcast to Japan and New York.

Yellow Magic Orchestra: Solid State Survivor

  1. Yellow Magic Orchestra Brings Japanese Music to U.S. Audiences. Samuel Graham. Record World, August 11, 1979.
  2. Yellow Magic Orchestra Album Release in U.S. Music Week, July 7, 1979.

Recording Years / Label
1979-1980 -  Horizon Records
1980-1981 -  A&M Records
Name Member Years Instruments
Haruomi Hosono bass
Ryuichi Sakamoto keyboards
Yukihiro Takahashi drums
Name Birth Death
Haruomi Hosono 1947-07-09
Ryuichi Sakamoto 1952-01-17 2023-03-28
Yukihiro Takahashi 1952-06-06 2023-01-11
Name See associated acts
Ryuichi Sakamoto Ryuichi Sakamoto & Kazumi WatanabeRyuichi Sakamoto

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