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Japan - Obscure Alternatives [2006 reissue]

Japan - Obscure Alternatives [2006 reissue]

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CD: 566942

01. Automatic Gun
02. ....Rhodesia
03. Love Is Infectious
04. Sometimes I Feel So Low
05. Obscure Alternatives
06. Deviation
07. Suburban Berlin
08. Tenant

09. Deviation [Live][*]
10. Obscure Alternatives [Live][*]
11. In Vogue [Live][*]
12. Sometimes I Feel So Low ]Live] [*]
13. Sometimes I Feel So Low [*][Video]

2006 digitally remastered edition of Japan's 1978 album for Ariola/Hansa Records expanded with 4 bonutracks, a bonus enhanced video, extensive sleevenotes and rare artwork. Much darker than their debut album and less upbeat, with the disco funk element of Adolescent Sex being replaced by arty Post-Punk gloominess and on occasion, a quirky, almost reggae-ish vibe. Possibly even less famous and acclaimed than their first album it is quite different sounding, and a small but noticeable step towards the thought provoking style of melancholy pop that would soon come and give Japan the commercial recognition they deserved all along. On this 2nd album Japan were still finding their feet with little indication of what was to come, except perhaps on closing track, The Tenant, a slow and moody piano number. However, their musical ability was certainly coming to the fore on a couple of the tracks here, notably on the excellent anti-apartheid track, ...Rhodesia, and the sublime Suburban Berlin. Some 'glam' elements remain onboard, notably on the quirky "Sometimes I Feel So Low"| and "Deviation", whilst the post-punk feel was reinforced on the opening "Automatic Gun", "Love Is Infectious" and the title track itself. This album is recommended for those interested in seeing how Japan transformed themselves from post-punk glamsters into silky-smooth synth n'bass advocates of everything Oriental, and one of the early-80's finest bands.

Influences / Similar Artists:
David Sylvian, David Bowie, Roxy Music


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