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Ryuichi Sakamoto Discography 19782012

Ryuichi Sakamoto Discography 1978-2012

Ryuichi Sakamoto was a Japanese musician, composer and actor who released over 20 solo studio albums, over 25 collaboration albums, 3 remix albums, more than 10 live albums, several compilation albums, over 40 EPs and singles, and about 50 soundtracks in his career. He was also a member of the influential electronic music group Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) with Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi. He collaborated with many artists from different genres and regions, such as David Sylvian, David Bowie, Alva Noto, Fennesz, Iggy Pop, Caetano Veloso, and Youssou N'Dour. He won an Academy Award for his score to the 1987 film The Last Emperor by Bernardo Bertolucci. He also composed music for other films by directors such as Nagisa Oshima, Pedro Almodovar, Oliver Stone, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. He died in 2023 at the age of 71 after a long battle with cancer.

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This article will provide an overview of Sakamoto's discography from his debut solo album Thousand Knives in 1978 to his last studio album async in 2017. It will also highlight some of his most notable collaborations and soundtracks. The article will not cover his posthumous releases or his work with YMO, which deserve separate articles of their own.

Solo Studio Albums

Sakamoto's solo studio albums showcase his versatility and creativity as a composer and musician. He experimented with various styles and genres, such as synth-pop, ambient, world music, classical, jazz, and avant-garde. He also incorporated elements of traditional Japanese music, ethnic music from around the world, environmental sounds, and electronic sounds. His albums often reflect his personal and social views, as well as his response to the changing times and technologies.





Thousand Knives

Sakamoto's debut solo album, featuring synthesizers and keyboards. The title track is a reference to the Buddhist concept of the thousand-armed Kannon.


B-2 Unit

An experimental album that explores the themes of technology and war. It includes the track "Riot in Lagos", which is considered one of the earliest examples of electro music.


Left-Handed Dream

An album that features vocals by Sakamoto and guest singers such as Robin Scott and Adrian Belew. It includes the hit single "Bamboo Houses", a collaboration with David Sylvian.



A compilation album that contains tracks from Sakamoto's previous albums, as well as new compositions. It includes the theme song for the film Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence, in which Sakamoto also starred as a Japanese officer.


Ongaku Zukan / Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia

An album that showcases Sakamoto's diverse musical influences and interests. It features tracks inspired by Brazilian music, African music, reggae music, classical music, and more.

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