Ryuichi Sakamoto discography

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Ryuichi Sakamoto discography
Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto -Press Conference-.jpg
Sakamoto and Alva Noto at a press conference
Studio albums 19
Live albums 6
Compilation albums 6
Music videos 5
EPs 5

The Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto has released 19 solo studio albums, six live albums, several compilation albums, two EPs, and various singles and soundtracks. Sakamoto has also released many video albums and music videos. Several of the albums exist in both an original Japanese version and an international version (which often contains has a different tracklisting).

Albums[edit]

Solo studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
JP
[1][2]
US
Cla.

[3]
1978 Thousand Knives
1980 B-2 Unit
  • Released: September 21, 1980
  • Labels: Alfa Records
  • Formats: LP
19
1981 Left-Handed Dream
  • Released: October 5, 1981
  • Labels: Alfa Records
  • Formats: LP
20
1984 Ongaku Zukan[A]
  • Released: October 24, 1984
  • Labels: Midi
  • Formats: LP
5
1985 Esperanto
  • Released: October 5, 1985
  • Labels: Midi
  • Formats: LP
9
1986 Futurista
  • Released: April 21, 1986
  • Labels: Midi
  • Formats: LP
5
1987 Neo Geo
  • Released: July 1, 1987
  • Labels: Sony Music
  • Formats: LP
8
1989 Beauty 14
1991 Heartbeat
  • Released: October 21, 1991
  • Labels: Virgin Records
  • Formats: LP
6
1994 Sweet Revenge 7
1995 Smoochy
  • Released: October 20, 1995
  • Labels: For Life Music
  • Formats: LP
28
1996 1996
  • Released: May 17, 1996
  • Labels: For Life Music
  • Formats: LP
1997 Discord
  • Released: July 2, 1997
  • Labels: For Life Music
  • Formats: LP
1998 BTTB 26
2002 Comica
  • Released: February 27, 2002
  • Labels: Warner Music Japan
  • Formats: LP
2002 Elephantism
  • Released: May 15, 2002
  • Labels: Warner Music Japan
  • Formats: LP
2004 Chasm
  • Released: February 25, 2004
  • Labels: Warner Music Japan
  • Formats: LP
19
2009 Out of Noise
  • Released: March 4, 2009
  • Labels: Commmons
  • Formats: LP
16
2012 Three
  • Released: October 17, 2012
  • Labels: Commmons
  • Formats: LP
37
2017 async
  • Released: April 28, 2017
  • Labels: Milan Records
  • Formats: CD / digital / 2xLP
5
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.
  • A^ The 1986 international release was titled Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
JP
[1][2]
US
Cla.[3]
1986 Media Bahn Live
  • Released: September 21, 1986
  • Labels: Midi
  • Formats: LP
1988 Playing the Orchestra
1999 Cinemage
2000 Audio Life
2001 In The Lobby: At G.E.H. in London
  • Released: March 22, 2001
  • Labels: Warner Music Japan
  • Formats: LP
2009 Playing the Piano
  • Released: September 23, 2009
  • Labels: Commmons
  • Formats: LP
41 10
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
JP
[1][2]
1978 Tokyo Joe
(with Kazumi Watanabe)
1983 Coda 38
1994 Soundbytes
  • Released: May 17, 1994
  • Labels: Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings
  • Formats: LP
2002 Works I – CM
  • Released: November 20, 2002
  • Labels: Midi
  • Formats: LP
2003 Moto.tronic
  • Released: November 11, 2003
  • Labels: Sony Music
  • Formats: LP
2004 /04
2005 /05
  • Released: September 28, 2005
  • Labels: Warner Music Japan
  • Formats: LP
28
2006 Bricolages
  • Released: July 4, 2006
  • Labels: Warner-Elektra-Atlantic Records
  • Formats: LP
81
2015 Year Book 2005–2014
  • Released: January 17, 2015
  • Labels: Commmons
  • Formats: LP
46
2016 Year Book 1971-1979
  • Released: January 17, 2016
  • Labels: Commmons
  • Formats: LP
77
2017 Year Book 1980-1984
  • Released: March 29, 2017
  • Labels: Commmons
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Extended plays and mini-albums[edit]

Year Album details Ref.
1997 Music for Yohji Yamamoto: Collection, 1995 [4]
2001 Zero Landmine
(as part of N.M.L. No More Landmines)
[5]

Video albums[edit]

Year Video details Ref.
1985 TV War
(with Radical TV)
1986 Adelic Penguins
  • Distributor: Sony Video Software
  • Format: LaserDisc
[6]
2006 Insen Live
(as alva noto + ryuichi sakamoto)
  • Released: October 2006
  • Distributor: Raster-Noton
  • Format: DVD
2008 LIFE - fluid, invisible, inaudible…
(as Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani)
  • Released: May 28, 2008
  • Distributor: Commmons
  • Format: DVD
2015 Playing the Orchestra 2014
  • Released: April 7, 2015
  • Distributor: Commmons
  • Format: DVD, Blu-ray
2015 Trio Tour 2012 Japan
  • Released: December 9, 2015
  • Distributor: Commmons
  • Format: DVD, Blu-ray

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Ref.
1983 "Forbidden Colours" (with David Sylvian)
1985 "Field Work" (with Thomas Dolby) Thomas Dolby [7]
1987 "Risky" (feat. Iggy Pop) Meiert Avis [8]
1990 "You Do Me" (feat. Jill Jones)
1992 "Heartbeat (Tainai Kaiki II)" (feat. David Sylvian and Ingrid Chavez) Kevin Westenberg [9]
2003 "Trioon I" (as alva noto + ryuichi sakamoto) Karl Kliem [10]
2013 "Psychedelic Afternoon" Uruma Delvi [11]
2016 "The Revenant Main Theme (Alva Noto Edit)" Alejandro González Iñárritu [12]

Soundtrack albums[edit]

Year Album Notes Ref.
1983 Daijōbu, My Friend
1983 Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
1986 The Adventures of Chatran: Original Soundtrack
1987 Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise
1987 The Last Emperor
1989 Fantasy of Light and Life
1989 Tengai Makyou: Ziria [13]
1990 The Sheltering Sky
1990 The Handmaid's Tale
1992 High Heels
1992 Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights
1992 Tokyo Decadence
1993 Peachboy
1993 Wild Palms
1994 Little Buddha
1997 The Other Side Of Love Soundtrack for television series Stalker: Nigekirenu Ai
1998 Snake Eyes
1998 Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon
1999 Gohatto
1999 Poppoya Composed the main theme
2000 L.O.L.: Lack of Love Dreamcast video game for which Sakamoto was also the scenario writer
2002 Femme Fatale
2002 Century of Reform
2002 Derrida Certain tracks from the film were released on the compilation album Minha Vida Como Un Filme (2002)
2002 Alexei and the Spring Certain tracks from the film were released on the compilation album Minha Vida Como Un Filme (2002)
2004 Seven Samurai 20XX PlayStation 2 video game
2005 Shining Boy & Little Randy
2005 Tony Takitani
2006 Dawn of Mana PlayStation 2 video game
2007 Silk
2008 Indigo Short film
2009 Women Without Men
2011 Dhobi Ghat
2011 Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
2012 I Have to Buy New Shoes With Kotringo [14]
2015 Living With My Mother Album released in 2016 under the alternative English title Nagasaki: Memories of My Son. [15]
2015 The Revenant With Alva Noto and additional music by Bryce Dessner [16]

Other album appearances[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

With Toshiyuki Tsuchitori
  • Disappointment-Hateruma (1975)
With The Kakutougi Session
With Danceries
  • The End of Asia (1982)
With Robin Scott
  • The Arrangement (1982, originally released as an EP and later expended into a full album with albumless singles)
With Thomas Dolby
  • "Field Work" (1985, originally released as a non-album single)
With Yōsuke Yamashita and Bill Laswell
With David Sylvian
With Morelenbaum²
With Carsten Nicolai, as alva noto + ryuichi sakamoto
With Christopher Willits, as Willits + Sakamoto
  • Ocean Fire (2007)
  • Ancient Future (2012)
With Fennesz
With Taylor Deupree and Illuha, as Taylor Deupree / Illuha / Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • Perpetual (2015)
With Taeko Onuki

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Song(s) Album Notes Ref.
1989 "Laserman" Black Rain soundtrack [17]
1992 "El Mar Mediterrani" El Mar Mediterrani Composition for 1992 Summer Olympics opening ceremony officially released on the 1997 mini-album of the same name [18]
1998 "Dreamcast Startup" Startup sound for the Dreamcast video game console [19]
2003 "Chinsagu No Hana" Japanese Story soundtrack An alternate mix by Elizabeth Drake originally from Beauty [20]
2006 "Bibo No Aozora", "Only Love Can Conquer Hate", "World Citizen (I Won't Be Disappointed)" Babel soundtrack Alternate mixes originally from 1996 and Chasm [21]

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Album Artist Details Ref.
1979 Intimate Keizo Inoue Piano, synthesizer
Kylyn Kazumi Watanabe Co-producer, keyboards
1980 Gentlemen Take Polaroids Japan Co-writer ("Taking Islands in Africa")
1983 Rose Mari Iijima Producer
1984 Brilliant Trees David Sylvian Guest piano/synthesizers on three tracks
1985 Alchemy: An Index of Possibilities David Sylvian Guest piano and strings on one track
Memory Theatre Ayuo Takahashi Guest musician
1986 Hope in a Darkened Heart Virginia Astley Producer
Venus Tanjō Yukiko Okada Co-writer ("Wonder Trip Lover", "Kuchibiru Network", "Nemurenu Yoru no AQUARIUS")
Album Public Image Ltd Synthesizer ("Rise", "Fishing", "Bags", "Ease")
1987 Secrets of the Beehive David Sylvian Arrangement, organ, synthesizer, piano
1989 Safety in Numbers David van Tieghem Keyboards
1991 Les Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses Les Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses Piano, backing vocals
1992 Sahara Blue Hector Zazou Piano ("Ophelie", "Hapolot Kenym", "Harar et les Gallas")
1993 Dreamland Aztec Camera Co-producer
1995 The Geisha Girls Show Geisha Girls Producer
1996 O Corpo Sutil Arto Lindsay Guest musician
Red Hot + Rio Red Hot Organization Keyboards ("É Preciso Perdoar (You Must Forgive)")
1999 Dead Bees on a Cake David Sylvian Arrangement, piano, guitar, bansuri, insects
2000 Everything and Nothing David Sylvian Arrangement, piano
2003 Strong Currents Hector Zazou Piano
2004 Astromantic M-Flo Guest musician ("I Wanna Be Down")
Cinema Rodrigo Leão Guest musician
2005 Snow Borne Sorrow Nine Horses Piano ("Atom and Cell", "Snow Borne Sorrow")
2006 Yellow Fever! Senor Coconut Guest musician
2011 Heligoland (Extended Edition) Massive Attack Co-remixer ("Fatalism")
2011 Forgetfulness Natalie Beridze TBA Co-writer ("Blue Shadow")

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c オリコンチャートブック〈LP編(昭和45年‐平成1年). Minato, Tokyo: Oricon Books. 1990. ISBN 4871310256. 
  2. ^ a b c "坂本龍". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on January 24, 2016. Retrieved January 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Ryuichi Sakamoto - Classical Albums Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on January 25, 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Music for Yohji Yamamoto: Collection, 1995". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  5. ^ "N.M.L. (No More Landmine) - Zero Landmine". davidsylvian.net. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Adelic Penguins, Kit Fitzgerald". Electronic Arts Intermix. Archived from the original on February 3, 2016. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  7. ^ Stav, Steve (May 20, 2011). "Windpower And Floating Cities - An Interview With Thomas Dolby". Intermittent Signals. Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  8. ^ Kretsch, Ron (January 13, 2014). "Iggy Pop and Ryuichi Sakamoto's 'Risky,' a video tribute to Man Ray". Dangerous Minds. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Heartbeat (Tainai Kaiki II)". davidsylvian.net. Archived from the original on October 9, 2009. Retrieved January 24, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Visuals". Dienststelle. Archived from the original on January 19, 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  11. ^ Mineo, Mike (12 March 2013). "Ryuichi Sakamoto + David Byrne – "Psychedelic Afternoon"". Obscure Sound. Archived from the original on 1 February 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  12. ^ Steyels, Mike (June 6, 2016). "'The Revenant' Official Music Video Is All-Natural [Premiere]". The Creators Project. Vice Media. Archived from the original on June 6, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Tengai Makyo Ziria" (PDF). Hudson. March 23, 2006. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  14. ^ Lee, Maggie (October 15, 2012). "Review: 'I Have to Buy New Shoes'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  15. ^ Mrozek, Patryk (September 7, 2016). "Ryuichi Sakamoto announces Nagasaki: Memories of My Son soundtrack release". Tiny Mix Tapes. Archived from the original on September 8, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  16. ^ "The Revenant (2015)". Soundtrack.Net. Autotelics. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  17. ^ Demalon, Tom. "Black Rain - Original Soundtrack". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  18. ^ Illness, Critical (September 3, 2010). "Doreen D'Agostino Media » Ryuichi Sakamoto and Decca". Doreendagostinomedia.com. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  19. ^ Yukiyoshi Ike Sato & Sam Kennedy (January 7, 2000). "Interview with Kenji Eno". GameSpot. Archived from the original on July 18, 2012. Retrieved June 12, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Japanese Story [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  21. ^ Granade, Andrew (December 6, 2006). "Babel Soundtrack (2006)". Soundtrack.Net. Autotelics. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 

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