Service (album)

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Service
Studio album by Yellow Magic Orchestra
Released December 14, 1983
Recorded September–October 1983
Genre Electronic, dance, experimental, rock, J-pop, new wave, synthpop
Length 50:44
30:18 (original EU pressing)
Label Alfa Records
Producer YMO
Yellow Magic Orchestra chronology
Naughty Boys Instrumental
(1983)
Service
(1983)
After Service
(1983)
Singles from Service
  1. "以心電信" / "You've Got to Help Yourself"
    Released: 1983
  2. "Every Time I Look Around (I Hear THE MADMEN Call)"
    Released: 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Service was the sixth and, at the time, final studio album by Yellow Magic Orchestra. The band dissolved the following year after a world tour, but would later reform in 1993 for a one-off reunion album, Technodon. Each member would continue their already established solo careers, while Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi also formed the band Sketch Show (with Ryuichi Sakamoto assisting), which later turned into YMO. Like ×∞Multiplies, it contains a mixture of YMO songs and comedy sketches performed by Super Eccentric Theater, or S.E.T. The first Dutch/German edition of the album omitted the sketches, effectively cutting the album's length in half. In 1999, the album was remastered under Hosono's supervision with new liner notes provided by lyricist Peter Barakan.

Service features "You've Got to Help Yourself", which was previously featured in instrumental form on the previous album, Naughty Boys Instrumental. The 2nd "S.E.T." track featured a sample of Casiopea's song "Time Limit". "以心電信" more accurately transliterates to "Telegraph from the heart".

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Limbo"   Yukihiro Takahashi/Haruomi Hosono/Peter Barakan Takahashi/Hosono 3:21
2. "S.E.T."       4:21
3. "The Madmen[2]"   Hosono/Barakan Hosono 4:40
4. "S.E.T.[3]"       1:23
5. "Chinese Whispers"   Takahashi/Barakan Takahashi 4:27
6. "S.E.T."       4:16
7. "You've Got to Help Yourself (以心電信 Ishin Denshin?)"   Hosono/Barakan Ryuichi Sakamoto/Takahashi  
Side two
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "S.E.T.+YMO"       5:53
2. "Shadows on the Ground"   Sakamoto/Takahashi/Barakan Sakamoto/Takahashi 4:20
3. "S.E.T."       3:25
4. "See-Through"   Barakan Yellow Magic Orchestra 3:36
5. "S.E.T."       4:09
6. "Perspective"   Sakamoto/Barakan Sakamoto 5:12
7. "S.E.T."       0:46

Personnel[edit]

Yellow Magic Orchestra[edit]

Super Eccentric Theater[edit]

  • Yūji Miyake
  • Hisahiro Ogura
  • Osamu Hagihashi
  • Daisuke Yamazaki
  • Kōichi Nagata
  • Etsuyo Mitani
  • Keiko Ishii
  • Akemi Imamura

Other Participants[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ This song was inspired by Daijiro Morohoshi's comics "Mud men".
  3. ^ The introduction is "Time Limit" of Japanese jazz fusion band "Casiopea".