After Tropical Dandy (1975) and Bon Voyage Co. (1976), Paraiso is the last album in Haruomi Hosono's "Tropical Trilogy" but it's also the first album where the Yellow Magic Band (aka Yellow Magic Orchestra) appears. It's a major turning point for Hosono, having been newly signed to Alfa Records by label head Kunihiko Murai, granting him the freedom to expand on the Van Dyke Parks-inspired tropical funk styles explored in the previous albums. It's earthy and exotic with synthesizers providing otherworldly textures and a spiritual undertone to songs like "Femme Fatale" and the title track.
It features a host of well-known musicians like Taeko Ohnuki, Hiroshi Sato and Hosono's future bandmates Yukihiro Takahashi and Ryuichi Sakamoto. It's the launching pad for not only Hosono's eccentric style, but YMO's epic journey which spawned many other permutations and solo careers.