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|Studio album by Ryuichi Sakamoto|
|Released||October 25, 1978|
|Recorded||10 April～27 July 1978
Columbia Studios 1, 2 & 4
|Ryuichi Sakamoto chronology|
Thousand Knives (千のナイフ Sen no Naifu?) (also known as Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto) is Ryuichi Sakamoto's first solo album. The album is named after Henri Michaux's description of the feel of using mescaline in Misérable Miracle. It was recorded in about 500 hours, and Sakamoto would spend whole days without sleeping working on it.
This album features performances by guitarist Kazumi Watanabe (two songs from this album were included in the Tokyo Joe compilation) and Yellow Magic Orchestra members (the production techniques that Sakamoto learned while making this album would be later used in YMO recordings). The title track begins with a vocoded Sakamoto reading a poem written during Mao Zedong's visit to a well in the Jinggang Mountains in 1965; the song is performed in a reggae hymn style, inspired by Herbie Hancock's Speak Like a Child album; the song was later performed by YMO in their shows from 1978 to 1980 and was re-recorded for the BGM album; Sakamoto performed a classical trio version during live shows for the 1996 album and recorded a piano duo version for the /05 album. "Plastic Bamboo" was performed in the earlier YMO shows, however, it was never re-recorded, and the only YMO recording of it is on the live album Live At Kinokuni-ya Hall 1978. "The End of Asia" has the same melody as Haruomi Hosono's "Worry Beads" from the Paraiso (Sakamoto has claimed that he didn't do it on purpose) and the coda uses the melody of the Chinese national anthem "The East is Red"; the song was performed by YMO until 1980, and its first release as a YMO song was on the live album Public Pressure, a drastically different studio version was included on the X∞Multiplies album.
All songs written and composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto.
|1.||"Thousand Knives (千のナイフ Sen no Naifu?)"||9:34|
|2.||"Island of Woods"||9:50|
|4.||"Das Neue Japanische Elektronische Volkslied (新日本電子的民謡 Shin Nihon Denshiteki Min'yō?)"||8:05|
|6.||"The End of Asia"||6:21|
- Ryuichi Sakamoto - Synthesizer (Moog III-C with Roland MC-8 Microcomposer, Polymoog, Minimoog, Micromoog, Oberheim Eight Voice Polyphonic with Digital Programmer, ARP Odyssey, KORG PS-3100 Polyphonic), Vocoder (Korg VC-10), Analog sequencer (KORG SQ-10), Syn-Drums, Piano (on "Grasshoppers"), Marimba, Orchestration, Production, Liner notes
- Hideki Matsutake - Computer Operation, Synthesizer Programming Assistance
- Harry Hosono - Zill on "Thousand Knives", Liner notes
- Motoya Hamaguchi - Syn-Drum Solo on "Thousand Knives", Brazilian Bird Whistles on "Island of Woods"
- Kazumi Watanabe - Alembic Guitar Solo on "Thousand Knives" and "The End of Asia", Rhythm on "The End of Asia"
- Yūji Takahashi - Piano on "Grasshoppers"
- Tatsuro Yamashita - Castanets on "Das Neue Japanische Elektronische Volkslied"
- Pecker - Syn-Drum Solo on "Plastic Bamboo"
- Akira Ikuta - Management
- Hikaru Hayashi - Liner notes
- Yukihiro Takahashi - Fashion Coordination (Jacket by Giorgio Armani; Shirt, Tie and Belt by Bricks; Levis 501 Jeans; Shoes - "Zapata" by Manolo Blahnik)
- Makoto Iida - Cover Photo
- Satoshi "Sign" Saitoh - Cover Design
- Mr. Kawaguchi, Mr. Ueno & The staff of "KORG" - Special Thanks (for their great cooperation)