Sorry to resurrect an old thread but I have to reply.
Graham, yes I have Le Sang Du Poete, its on The Beatniks "Another High Exit" CD, I agree, a great mix. The 808 related mixes of YMO tracks have stood up well over time, compared to a few of the others which are pretty dated now. I'd love a long version of the Ambient Reprise of Light In Darkness, it's simply gorgeous. Technodelic is my favourite album of theirs, still sounds incredibly fresh - Ex:El has some similarities - neither is a straightforward dance album, there's a lot of texture to enjoy but also some pretty hardcore sounds and beats.
I talked to Darren after a gig in Middlesbrough in the 90s and he told me the Hosono story, I was really happy to hear about that. I was lucky to meet YT and HH at their London Sketch Show ICA gig about 10 years ago, they were gents. I'm looking at putting together a compilation of Yuki's songs in English, maybe download only, will see. He's a really underrated songwriter and arranger, Hosono and Sakamoto get more attention in the west which is a shame.
YMO are to me as important as Kraftwerk, but also the next generation that 808 were part of offered something different and lead to where we are now.