Last updated 00.1.7
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Sheena & The Rokkets have made quite a number of albums. Here I and Paul Rymer talk about the 3 group and one Sheena solo that Hosono and members of YMO were involved on.
Story: I once had 2 of the original LPs bought in Montreal, one Japanese pressed, one US pressed but I got really sick and they got lost or stolen before I got well.
(YMO's initials indicate a songwriting credit)
Paul Rymer: Album produced by Hosono. At least one YMO member plays on each track, but there are different combinations of who plays what. One More Time and I Got You are The Rokkets on their own. This album originally came out in October 1979 but on early 1980 it's sleeve was replaced due to complaints that the sight of the Rokkets being smothered in yards of clingfilm was offensive/dangerous. So on the re-issue sleeve they are shown drinking alcohol. On the OBI and insert YMO are called Yellow Magic Orchestra.
NK: This CD has the cellophane cover art again. I seem to remember some kind of US pressed Sheena & The Rokkets with YMO as the producer credit
Paul Rymer: Produced by YT and HH. Hosono plays all keyboards except on Ukibino, which is the only number with RS. A poor album really and the best version of Ukabino is on the Beautiful LP (below).
NK: Has it's good moments but it's pretty much rock with some exceptions. My copy lists HH, YT and RS as the guest musicians. Chris Mosdell writes many of the song lyrics.
Paul Rymer: By far the best Sheena album out of the three.
NK: This album is a Sheena solo. HH produced. YT executive produced, both guest. Only 30 minutes long. Very catchy melodies most of which are Hosono or Takahashi music and arrangements. One track has music by Tachibana. Another, Ukabi no Peach Girl, has music credited to YMO (RS does not play) No Sakamoto on this one.
This is a rock album that Hosono produced (superb). It is one of the very best Japanese rock albums that I've heard. The song Internet Kiss has lyrics by Sheena and Chris Mosdell (early YMO lyrics) and is the technopop exception on the album. Has a CD-ROM section with the video to Internet Kiss. All the playing and arrangements are both clever and skillful.
97.8.6 Speedstar/JVC VIDL-30036
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