Japan

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Japan - Quiet Life Quiet Life
Pop Used - LP VIP 6700 Victor
Mint 1979 Gatefold Japanese Pressing With Obi And Custom Insert.... more details
 
Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Pop Used - LP VIP 6969 Virgin
Beautiful 1980 Japanese Pressing With Obi And Insert.... more details
 
Japan - Tin Drum Tin Drum
Pop Used - LP VIP 6984 Virgin
Mint 1981 Japanese Pressing With Obi & Custom Insert. The Band's Final-And Best-Album. A High-Water Mark In A Predominantly Vapid Musical Decade.... more details
 
Japan - Oil On Canvas Oil On Canvas
Pop Used - LP VIP 6~7 Virgin
Beautiful 1983 2LP Gatefold Japanese Pressing With Obi And Custom Insert. Vinyl Appears Unplayed; Jacket Is Near Mint, With Just A Hint Of Ring Wear. “The Final Japan Release Was Sold And Marketed As A Live Album, Though Actually It's A Bit Of A Catchall-It Is Indeed Mostly From Concerts, But Also Includes A Variety Of Studio Instrumentals And A Re-Recorded Version Of "Nightporter" Mixed In To Sound Like It's Part Of The Show. The Various Re-Releases Of The Albums Over The Years Confused Matters Further, With Re-Sequencings, The Excision Of Cuts, And More Adding To General Confusion About The Release (Not To Mention The Fact That Some Reissues Completely Omitted Where The Shows Were Recorded Anyway!). Two Of The Instrumentals, "Oil On Canvas" Itself And "Temple Of Dawn," Are Brief, Gentle Pieces By Sylvian And Barbieri Respectively. "Voices Raised In Welcome, Hands Held In Prayer" Is A More Involving Effort, Combining A Quiet, Gamelan-Inspired Rhythm With Found-Sound Samples From What Appears To Be A Religious Ceremony. As For "Nightporter," It's A Nice Enough New Version But Isn't Notably Different Or Varied From The Earlier Studio Take. The Remaining Live Cuts Show That The Exquisite Tension And Serene Sounds In The Studio Were Easily Transferred To The Stage In All Their Elegant Complexity. The Tin Drum Selections, Which Make Up Most Of The Release, Make The Case Even More That Japan Was As Much A Prog Band As A Glam One, Sylvian's Captivating Vocals Flowing Over Asian-Derived Scales And Melodies, The Guitar Parts Handled By Guest Performer Masami Tsuchiya, Who Also Plays Some Keyboards. "Visions Of China" Sounds Especially Grand, Jansen's Entrancing Drumming Seemingly Impossible To Be Created And Yet Clearly Existing. The Extended Introduction To "Ghosts," Karn's Saxophone Welling Up From The Distance Like A Siren Call, Is Another Highlight, Along With The Slightly Rocked-Up "Methods Of Dance." – Ned Raggett, All Music Guide... more details
 
Japan - The Singles The Singles
Pop Colored Vinyl VIP 4106 Victor
Killer 1981 6-Track Promo-Only Blue Vinyl Japan-Only Issue With Obi And Inserts. What Appear To Be Scratches On Foil Jacket Is Actually Scratches On Our Scanner Glass. Features An Over-Sized 6" Picture Label, Insert With Biography, Discography And Lyrics In Japanese And English As Well As Complete And Intact Picture Cut-Out Sheet With Facsimile Signatures. Housed In A Beautiful Silver-Foil Die-Cut Jacket. One Very Slight Crease On Bottom of Jacket, Minor Corner Bumps. Vinyl Is Mint. Got To Believe David Sylvian Just Cringes When He Sees These Photos Of Himself. Pretty Foppish Stuff.... more details
 
Japan - Nightporter Nightporter
Pop Used - 12 VIP 4181 Virgin
Mint 1982 Six-Track Picture Label 12" Japanese Pressing With Obi And Insert.... more details
 
Japan - Assemblage Assemblage
Pop Used - LP VIL 6057 Victor
Beautiful 1983 Japanese White Label Promo Compilation With Obi And Custom Inserts. A Collection Of The Band's Earlier Work.... more details
 
Japan - Adolescent Sex Adolescent Sex
Pop Used - LP 26091 Hansa
1978 Original. Jackets Has Some Light Edge Wear And Slight Creasing, Vinyl Is Mint. “Although Japan Later Became One Of New Romantics' Poster Children, Their 1978 Adolescent Sex LP Predated The Movement By Two Years. A Remarkable Debut, The Set Snarls With Leftover Punk Intent, A Few Glam Rock Riffs, And A Wealth Of Electronics That Not Only Reach Back To The Band's Youth, But Also Predate Much Of What Would Explode Out Of The Next Wave Of British Underground. Sounding Absolutely Nothing Like MTV's Mainstream Japan, The Quintet Snarls Across The Opener "Transmission," All Snotty Lads And Frazzled Hair, Setting The Stage For What Follows. Except, Rather Than Toeing That Line, The Band Pull Some Remarkable Tricks Out Of Their Admittedly Tight Sleeves. The "Wow Factor" Of An Incredibly Funky Bass And Guitar On "The Unconventional," Repeated Again On "Wish You Were Black," Is Not Only A Surprise But Leaves One Wondering If The Band Were Closet Chic Fans — Especially In Light Of The Seven-Minute Jam "Suburban Love" That Follows A Little Later On. Elsewhere, Though, The Band Play Closer To Their Roots While Defining Their Own Style, Which Includes David Sylvian's Wonderfully Sexy, Tousled Vocals — Most Notably On The Epic, And Sexy, Post-Punker "Television" And A Cover Of The Vintage Showstopper "Don't Rain On My Parade." A More Exciting Album Than Just About Anything Else They'd Ever Record, Japan Were Young, Hungry, And More Than A Little Rough Around The Edges. Despite The Slick R&B Work Twined In, It's Important To Remember That This Band Were In The Sonic Foothold Of An Early Edgy Era — Groundbreakers At Their Own Inception. The Sound, That Look — It Fit Them Well.” – Amy Hanson, All Music Guide... more details
 
Japan - Quiet Life Quiet Life
Pop New - LP AHAL 8011 Ariola
This Is A New, Unplayed 1979 Gatefold Original. It Was Barely Sealed In A JEM Importers Outer Bag Which We Opened To Check That It Was A Brand New Copy.... more details
 
Japan - Canton / Visions Of China Canton / Visions Of China
Pop Used - 12 Vs581-12 Virgin
Mint 1983 Two-Track 45rpm 12" Single In Picture Sleeve. Both Tracks Recorded Live.... more details
 
Japan - Exorcising Ghosts Exorcising Ghosts
Pop Used - LP VGD 3510 Virgin
1984 2LP Gatefold Compilation. Both Albums Appear Glossy, Unplayed. Slight Rubbing On Bottom Seam.... more details
 
Japan - Obscure Alternatives Obscure Alternatives
Pop Used - LP 200 166-320 Hansa
Beautiful 1978 German Original With Custom Inner Sleeve.... more details
 
Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Pop Used - LP V 2180 Virgin
Beautiful 1980 UK Original. Appears Unplayed. "Unquestionably The Album In Which Japan Truly Found Its Own Unique Voice And Aesthetic Approach. The Glam Influences Still Hung Heavy, Particularly From Roxy Music, But Now The Band Found Itself Starting To Affect Others In Turn. Even The Back Cover Photo Says As Much -- Looking Cool In Glossy, Elegant Nightwear, The Quintet Had A Clear Impact On Duran Duran, To The Point Where Nick Rhodes Obviously Was Trying To Be Sylvian In Appearance. Musically, Meanwhile, The Swooning, Hyper Elegant Euro-Disco Sheen Of Quiet Life Was Polished To An Even Finer Edge Throughout, The Title Track And The Obvious Descendant Of "Quiet Life" Itself, "Methods Of Dance," In Particular Sheer Standouts. Sylvian's Sighing, Luscious Croon Is In Full Effect On Both, And The Arrangements Are Astonishing, Karn's Fretless Purring Between Jansen's Crisp, Inventive, And Varied Drumming, Barbieri's Icy Keyboards Filling Out The Corners. What Makes Gentlemen Take Polaroids Even More Of A Success Is How The Group, Having Reached Such A Polished Peak, Kept Driving Behind It, Transforming Their Exquisite Pop Into Something Even More Artistic And Unique. "Swing," In Particular, Is An Astounding Showcase For The Karn/Jansen Team; Snaky Funk At Once Dramatic And Precisely Chilled, Brass Section Blasts Adding Just Enough Wry, Precise Sleaze, Sylvian Delivering With Focus And Intensity While Not Raising His Voice At All. Album Closing "Taking Islands In Africa," Which Sylvian Co-Wrote With Future Regular Collaborator Ryuichi Sakamato, And Which Wraps Up The Whole Experience With A Gliding, Supple Grace." Ned Raggett, AMG.... more details
 
Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Pop Used - LP OVED 138 Virgin
1984 UK Second Issue. "Unquestionably The Album In Which Japan Truly Found Its Own Unique Voice And Aesthetic Approach. The Glam Influences Still Hung Heavy, Particularly From Roxy Music, But Now The Band Found Itself Starting To Affect Others In Turn. Even The Back Cover Photo Says As Much -- Looking Cool In Glossy, Elegant Nightwear, The Quintet Had A Clear Impact On Duran Duran, To The Point Where Nick Rhodes Obviously Was Trying To Be Sylvian In Appearance. Musically, Meanwhile, The Swooning, Hyper Elegant Euro-Disco Sheen Of Quiet Life Was Polished To An Even Finer Edge Throughout, The Title Track And The Obvious Descendant Of "Quiet Life" Itself, "Methods Of Dance," In Particular Sheer Standouts. Sylvian's Sighing, Luscious Croon Is In Full Effect On Both, And The Arrangements Are Astonishing, Karn's Fretless Purring Between Jansen's Crisp, Inventive, And Varied Drumming, Barbieri's Icy Keyboards Filling Out The Corners. What Makes Gentlemen Take Polaroids Even More Of A Success Is How The Group, Having Reached Such A Polished Peak, Kept Driving Behind It, Transforming Their Exquisite Pop Into Something Even More Artistic And Unique. "Swing," In Particular, Is An Astounding Showcase For The Karn/Jansen Team; Snaky Funk At Once Dramatic And Precisely Chilled, Brass Section Blasts Adding Just Enough Wry, Precise Sleaze, Sylvian Delivering With Focus And Intensity While Not Raising His Voice At All. Album Closing "Taking Islands In Africa," Which Sylvian Co-Wrote With Future Regular Collaborator Ryuichi Sakamato, And Which Wraps Up The Whole Experience With A Gliding, Supple Grace." Ned Raggett, AMG.... more details
 
Japan - Tin Drum Tin Drum
Pop Audiophile - LP LP CENT 41 Virgin
Sealed, Limited Edition 1997 EMI Centenary 180gm HQ.... more details
 
Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Pop Used - LP VIP 6969 Virgin
1980 Original Japanese Pressing With Obi And Insert. LP Appears New, Unplayed.... more details
 
Japan - Quiet Life Quiet Life
Pop New - LP AHAL 8010 Ariola
Sealed 1979 Canadian Gatefold Original.... more details
 

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