|Music on Vinyl
Release Date: 19 November 2010
Format: LP Double Vinyl
|Japan Obscure Alternatives Limited 180gram Audiophile Vinyl + Bonus album
Japan, whose members were David Sylvian, guitarist Rob Dean, keyboardist Richard Barbieri, bassist Mick Karn and Sylvian's brother Steve Jansen as a drummer, began as a group of friends, who all studied at the same school and became an alternative glam rock outfit in the mould of David Bowie, T.Rex, and The New York Dolls.
In 1977, the German label Hansa held a contest that elicited entries from over 1000 bands. The eight winners, including Japan (and an unknown group called the Easy Cure who later became the Cure) received recording contracts and, a year later their debut ‘Adolescent Sex’ hit the shops.
Obscure Alternatives is Japan’s follow-up to this debut. Its final track, "The Tenant", a piano based instrumental, was the first notable shift towards the direction their later material would take. This release will come with no less than 8 bonus tracks on a total of 2 LP’s.
A1 Automatic Gun (4:07)
A2 …Rhodesia (6:49)
A3 Love Is Infectious (4:10)
A4 Sometimes I Feel So Low (3:48)
B1 Obscure Alternatives (6:47)
B2 Deviation (3:23)
B3 Surburban Berlin (5:01)
B4 The Tenant (7:16)
C1 In Vogue (Live In Tokyo) (6:11)
C2 Deviation (Live In Tokyo) (3:21)
C3 Obscure Alternatives (Live In Tokyo) (6:05)
C4 Sometimes I Feel So Low (Live In Tokyo) (4:08)
D1 I Second That Emotion (7" version) (3:45)
D2 Life In Tokyo (7" version) (3:33)
D3 European Son (7" version) (3:40)
D4 Life In Tokyo (12" extended version) (7:05)