Public Pressure

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Public Pressure
YMO PublicPressure.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedFebruary 21, 1980
GenreElectronic, electro, experimental, new wave, synthpop
LabelAlfa Records
ProducerYMO with Haruomi Hosono
Yellow Magic Orchestra chronology
Solid State Survivor
Public Pressure

Public Pressure (公的抑圧, Kōteki yokuatsu, Public pressure) is Yellow Magic Orchestra's first live album, released on February 21, 1980.[1] It was their second number-one album in Japan, setting a record of 250,000 copies sold within two weeks of release.[2]

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 the second side was recorded at The Bottom Line in New York City by John Venable using the 2nd Generation Record Plant Remote Truck.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Rydeen" Yukihiro Takahashi5:08
2."Solid State Survivor"Chris MosdellTakahashi4:01
3."Tong Poo" Ryuichi Sakamoto6:01
4."The End of Asia" Sakamoto6:51
Side two
1."Cosmic Surfin'" Haruomi Hosono4:35
2."Day Tripper"Lennon–McCartneyYellow Magic Orchestra, Lennon–McCartney2:42
3."Radio Junk"MosdellTakahashi4:19
4."La femme chinoise"MosdellTakahashi6:15
5."Back in Tokio" Yellow Magic Orchestra1:52


Yellow Magic Orchestra – arrangements, electronics, mixing engineers, producers

Guest musicians



  1. ^ Public Pressure at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Computer rock music gaining fans". Sarasota Journal: 8. August 18, 1980. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  3. ^ Yellow Magic Orchestra – Public Pressure at Discogs