Public Pressure

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Public Pressure
YMO PublicPressure.jpg
Live album by Yellow Magic Orchestra
Released February 21, 1980
Genre Electronic (dance, electro, rock, techno), experimental (art rock), new wave, synthpop, world (Asian)
Length 42:24
Label Alfa Records
Producer YMO with Haruomi Hosono
Yellow Magic Orchestra chronology
Solid State Survivor
Public Pressure
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Public Pressure (公的抑圧?, Kōteki yokuatsu, Public pressure) is Yellow Magic Orchestra's first live album, released on February 21, 1980.[2] It was their second number-one album in Japan, setting a record of 250,000 copies sold within two weeks of release.[3]

It was recorded during three dates of the group's first tour of Europe and the US. The group toured as a six-piece, but guitarist Kazumi Watanabe was mixed-out and replaced with more keyboards due to contractual matters between record labels. Un-dubbed recordings from this tour were later released on the album Faker Holic. Most of Yukihiro Takahashi's vocals were also replaced with those re-recorded afterward in studio. These were not restored on Faker Holic.

The first half of the album was recorded live at The Venue in London. "Cosmic Surfin'" was recorded at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles while second side was recorded at The Bottom Line in New York City by John Venable using the 2nd Generation Record Plant Remote Truck.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Rydeen"   Yukihiro Takahashi 5:08
2. "Solid State Survivor" Chris Mosdell Takahashi 4:01
3. "Tong Poo"   Ryuichi Sakamoto 6:01
4. "The End of Asia"   Sakamoto 6:51
Side two
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Cosmic Surfin'"   Haruomi Hosono 4:35
2. "Day Tripper" Lennon–McCartney Yellow Magic Orchestra, Lennon–McCartney 2:42
3. "Radio Junk" Mosdell Takahashi 4:19
4. "La femme chinoise" Mosdell Takahashi 6:15
5. "Back in Tokio"   Yellow Magic Orchestra 1:52


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