Essential listening for any Ryuichi Sakamoto fan, Coda is the late Yellow Magic Orchestra member’s Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence soundtrack performed on solo piano. Somehow better than the originals, these versions showcase the depth of emotion in Sakamoto’s piano playing and his ability to express complex ideas, visuals, and environments without the use synthesizers or electronics. It’s no surprise that this solo piano format has been a fan favorite for decades. Two additional tracks not from the MCML soundtrack “Japan” and “Coda” are also featured here. Be sure to check out Stephen Nomura Schible’s 2017 documentary on Sakamoto, which bears the same name as this album.
Recommended – Full Listen
Tags: Ambient / Modern Classical / Soundtrack