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Ryuichi Sakamoto - Beauty (1990)

Posted By: Designol
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Beauty (1990)

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Beauty (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 312 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Scans ~ 81 Mb
World Fusion, Experimental Pop/Rock, Electronic | Label: Virgin | # 7 91294-2 | 00:59:56

Beauty is the eighth solo studio album by Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto. Beauty is notable for its "collage of styles" that range from rock, techno, and classical to flamenco, African, and Japanese traditional. In discussing whether music is narrative and illustrative or an abstract medium, Sakamoto said, "I have visions sometimes when I'm writing contemporary music, even when it's very logical. For example, for one of my songs on the album Beauty, I was always having visions of Amazonian rainforests, a little plane flying very low over the trees. Trees, trees, trees, and some birds. But the title of the song is 'Calling from Tokyo'."

Recorded at various sound studios throughout Tokyo, New York, and Los Angeles, Beauty features many collaborators that include Arto Lindsay, Brian Wilson, Robbie Robertson, and Sly Dunbar. On his time working with Wilson, Sakamoto said, "I had asked Brian Wilson to sing on the album so I went to Los Angeles and we recorded with him. I had been informed that he had had a difficult time, some kind of mental illness, and I could sense that, even though he wasn't that surprising in the studio. But then the following day, I flew from LA back to New York to continue recording and he showed up without telling me, with his whole family in tow. The schedule was already tightly planned, but I was so grateful he'd come, so we made some time to work with him. It was a beautiful moment – one I won't forget for the rest of my life."

It is hard to define what kind of musician Ryuichi Sakamoto really is; his musical style has changed so much throughout his long career which started in 70s. Outside Japan, his native country, Sakamoto probably is best (yet barely) known for his much acclaimed film scores (e.g., The Last Emperor), but to me his most interesting work came during the late 80s and early 90s, when he began collaborating with authentic ethnic musicians from Okinawa, India, and so on.

This kind of music never gets played in radio, and I think it really is a shame. Those who really wish to expand their musical taste bud should actually start exploring stuff like this that never gets played even in college radio stations. Beauty offers music that is earthly yet sophisticated enough that any music lover with a taste for appreciating different kinds of "beauties" can find interesting –- it is no way "experimental" music that is often just another word for boring music. If anything, Beauty should have been the springboard for Sakamoto's career outside his native country –- too bad it did not work out that way. Yet, Sakamoto, to me, is one of the most creative musicians that came out during the unforgettable 80s. Beauty is the distillation of his creativity in his most prolific era, I think.

Another cool album, if you like this one, is Neo Geo –- where Sakamoto's ethnic fusion all started, I guess. While I personally think Neo Geo lacks the kind of sophistication that you can hear throughout in Beauty, it instead has that appeal of cutting-edge electronic music which came out in 80s.

Review by ohmysohopeless, Amazon.com

Ryuichi Sakamoto at Allmusic
Ryuichi Sakamoto Website
Ryuichi Sakamoto at Wiki

Tracklist:

01. You Do Me (05:05)
02. Calling from Tokyo (04:26)
03. Rose Music (05:11)
04. Asadoya Yunta (04:35)
05. Futique (04:08)
06. Amore (04:54)
07. We Love You (04:46)
08. Diabaram (04:13)
09. A Pile of Time (05:34)
10. Romance (05:32)
11. Chinsagu No Hana (07:27)
12. Untitled Track (03:59)


Exact Audio Copy V0.99 prebeta 4 from 23. January 2008

EAC extraction logfile from 3. May 2009, 16:49

Ryuichi Sakamoto / Beauty

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Track 1

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foobar2000 1.2 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2013-03-07 04:06:59

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Analyzed: Ryuichi Sakamoto / Beauty
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 -0.47 dB -15.74 dB 4:26 02-Calling from Tokyo
DR14 -4.95 dB -23.28 dB 5:11 03-Rose Music
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DR14 -0.94 dB -16.34 dB 4:46 07-We Love You
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Official DR value: DR15

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 16
Bitrate: 906 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Ryuichi Sakamoto - Beauty (1990)

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Beauty (1990)

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