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Japan – Gentlemen Take Polaroids

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Product Description

This August sees the release of half-speed mastered editions of Japan’s fourth and fifth studio albums, Gentlemen Take Polaroids and Tin Drum. They are being issued as remastered single LPs on 180gram vinyl and as special 2LP sets, also on 180gram vinyl, which play at 45rpm for enhanced fidelity. An Obi strip and Abbey Road certificate are also included.

 

Japan formed in London in 1974. Following a somewhat inauspicious start as a glam-rock band, they went on to become one of the most interesting and stylish protagonists of late 1970s/early 80s synth-pop. The group comprised David Sylvian (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Steve Jansen (drums), Richard Barbieri (keyboards), Mick Karn (bass) and Rob Dean (guitar).

 

Gentlemen Take Polaroids

Japan’s fourth and penultimate album, Gentlemen Take Polaroids was released in 1980. It was the group’s first album for Virgin Records, after leaving the Hansa-Ariola label, and the last to feature guitarist Rob Dean. It features the single “Gentlemen Take Polaroids” and the atmospheric, Satie-esque “Nightporter”, which was eventually released as a single in November 1982, shortly after the band announced they were to split. The album is widely considered as the one which consolidated Japan’s unique aesthetic approach and sound.

 

  1. Gentlemen Take Polaroids
  2. Swing
  3. Burning Bridges
  4. My New Career
  5. Methods of Dance
  6. Ain’t That Peculiar
  7. Nightporter
  8. Taking Islands In Africa

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