Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by BigManRestless, Sep 15, 2019.
Tracks like Communist China and Suburban Berlin ARE mind blowing indeed !
It’s funny how you mention Kraftwerk , another band ashamed of there early career , a bit like Japan but especially Sylvian.
Bowie was like this with his very 1st album until 1999 when he incorporated tracks for
His live performances!
It’s been like pulling teeth waiting for this release. Hopefully it’s not too far off now.
It’s been interesting reading people’s stories about how they got into Japan. For me it was when I was around 10 years old, 1981, when I used to tune into the UK Top 40 on the radio on a Sunday afternoon. Heard this song I thought was just awful - it was too different to what I was used to and I didn’t think I liked it. It was a bit weird. Next week it climbed the charts and they played it again and I thought - there’s that awful song again, which... I think I’m starting to like. Which has been a lesson for me in life - stick with something unusual, because you might fall in love. That song was Quiet Life.
I was obsessed with Japan for the rest of the 80s - used to go to the fan club get-togethers at the 100 Club in London, despite the fact I lived in the middle of nowhere and it took forever to get there. Such an important band for me, growing up. Still mean a lot to me now. Never saw them live unfortunately.
One thing I find amusing is the commercial progression of the wanna be's. As I understand it, first Japan wanted to be like John Foxx era Ultravox. I believe Japan was more succesful. Then Duran Duran wanted to be like Japan. No doubt there as to which band was the Topper of the Popper. All three bands were fine in their own right, but you have to wonder if the Duran Duran fans ever bothered to walk back through that chain to hear what the original inspiration was.
japan - quiet life (2021 remaster) - resident
The feedback on discogs for the "Gentleman take polaroids" half-speed remaster is not so good... Apparently quality control is bad at Abbey Road studios.
The vinyl is listed on Sound of Music and Recordstore in the UK for pre order at £24.99. There is a limited edition red vinyl. I’m now unsure what I pre ordered on Amazon for £41.99. The box set is listed on Horizons for £63. The release is for 5 March.
Same price here, but I feel sure it was the 3x cd 1x vinyl .
The box and vinyl versions are listed at most retailers now, sound of vinyl, burning shed etc - release date 5th March
I think it is particularly fantastic so not sure what planet those reviewers are on.
I would be wary of the red vinyl if the 2019 RSD release is anything to go by as the quality was terrible.
ETA: just ordered it from resident
Are there any North American links up? And is this still limited to 500 copies for North America?
I’m still a bit disappointed that the only way of getting the 3 cd version is to buy the set with the vinyl too. I have no way of playing vinyl, and it’s annoying having to pay an extra £20 or so for something I don’t need. I know that this is clearly a first world problem but I suspect I’m not the only one with this gripe.
My gripe is the other way around. I very rarely play CDs anymore so would have preferred an all vinyl package.
Me neither, but I'll wait and see if it resolves itself
Here's hoping BMG do it right, and don't master it in mono or something daft. I'm mostly interested to know the difference between this box set's version of "LIVE AT THE BUDOKAN" and the one that was released unofficially and slated last year because of bad quality.
Link below to another UK supplier -
Quiet Life (2021 Remaster)
Thanks Pauluz... that box is a definite “must buy”. I was tempted to cancel my £41.99 Amazon UK order on the basis it specifies a single disc but will hold on for a bit in the hope it’s actually the deluxe set.
Different gigs. The Budokan gig issued unofficially last year was from December 1982. The one in this set is from March 1980. Four of the songs from this gig were issued as a live ep back in the day and they sounded terrific so the whole show should be a treat.
Who has remastered this then?
I pre-ordered that mystery thing too. It only states 1 disc and release date 22nd Jan, but it could yet be altered.
I've found the AmazonUK listing for what looks like the deluxe box but it isn't available to pre-order yet. No release date listed either.
I'm tempted to cancel the mystery pre-order, but I will give it a few more days.
The other sites are listing the box set as sold out or unavailable, it sounds as though it’s pretty limited. I’m keeping my pre order open on Amazon as hopefully it’s the box set.
I didn't want to take a chance on not getting this, so I placed my order with Burning Shed. They always seem to come through. I almost balked at placing the order since shipping was so high priced, but I checked out other UK sites and shipping price was similar to the US from most UK sites. I prefer Burning Shed - they go over and above. So with shipping this thing cost me near $90.00. UGH. Who knows if it will ever show up via US sites.
I've been a huge fan of Duran Duran since the early 80's, but until recently (last 3 years or so), I was completely unaware of just how similar the sound of their debut album is to Quiet Life. That influence was obviously huge.
Stay strong, it won't be that limited. Same thing happened for the GTP/Tin Drum half speed 45rpm vinyl reissues the other year, there is plenty.
If it can "sell-out" during a pre-order window, that is ridiculous
The official Townsend store has a bundle with a Life In Tokyo CD EP.
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