But I did recently have this experience with a body of music. Not a large body of music, unfortunately; But, a weightier body than most. And, the discovery was years in the making.
Fast forward a few years and Yellow Magic Orchestra had become one of the biggest acts in music from Japan. Sakamoto was poised to hit the music industry with great success.
By 1981, Japan made their masterpiece Tin Drum, which I have mentioned before as probably one of my favorite, if not my favorite, albums. It is an amazing fusion of eastern pentatonic scaled melodies, beautiful analogue synth sounds (often percussive), funky bass, unique rhythms, western pop and new wave. I thought it was about as good as it gets. I thought, but then, I took one more step.
Sakamoto and Sylvian had previously produced a single together, in 1982, called “Bamboo Music.” The B-side to this single was “Bamboo Houses.”
I finally went looking for a CD copy of “Frobidden Colours” and stumbled upon a CD single. The Forbidden Colours CD single is actually a combination of Bamboo Music/Bamboo Houses vinyl single release from 1982 and the single English lyric release of “Forbidden Colours” from 1983. I believe when CD technology was young, they put these 3 songs together on this 3inch CD. A few years later, noticing that no one else was printing 3inch CDs, and many CD players could not actually play them, the 3 song single was again printed as a full size CD.