From the tour in support of their 4th album, "Gentlemen Take Polaroids", comes this FM radio recording featuring a selection of tracks from their live set. Its interesting to compare this performance with the later Japan show I did, from their last tour before splitting up. They have far more vibrancy and enthusiasm here, I think.
The recording needed a bit of repair but responded well to remastering and has proved very popular among Japan fans.
You can now download this new version (as of 2018) HERE as 1 new 320kbps MP3 file.
Gentlemen Take Polaroids
My New Career
Taking Islands In Africa
Methods Of Dance
Ain't That Peculiar
Hi great site, any chance of 're upping Japan and kraftwerk concerts? ThanksReplyDelete
Hi - yep, keep checking back. All the concerts will be being re-upped in he next week or 2. Number 1 through 29 (including this one) will be available as 320 kbps downloads for the first time. 30-45 will have the original 320 files re-uploaded. Cheers!Delete
And all now reuploaded!Delete
Nice set cheers for the Japan. I think I was there for tat concert.ReplyDelete
Cheers for the feedback; glad you enjoyed.Delete
Really nice recording, but I have a request for future uploads: leave a second or two of blank space between your intro and the beginning of the actual recording. Thanks!ReplyDelete
And see the remasters edited and passed around the internet by others claiming as their own? Nope, that's not going to happen, sorry.Delete
There are some shows where there is no ambient noise at the start of the recording. But otherwise - no, sorry.
Thanks for the show flip.ReplyDelete
Enjoyed your other Japan re-master so looking forward to this one.
Wonderful many thanks for postingReplyDelete
I believe this was a BBC recording originally
Any more japan gratefully appreciated
It was, I believe, yes. There are 2 other Japan gigs on the archive - just look for Japan down the right hand side). And there is likely to be another later this year. Thanks for the feedback!Delete
Another well-burnished show, many thanks for providing it to us all.ReplyDelete
Japan's career was interesting. At the point this was recorded, they had garnered a large, early-teenage, mainly-female fanbase, probably owing to the band's change to a newly radio-friendly sound and to Sylvian's image. Yet their arty pretensions (nothing wrong with that) were far removed from the standard of that genre. On this recording we can hear the audience screaming in ecstasy at anything Sylvian says between songs. Their split not long after the next album must have annoyed not only this fanbase but the rest of the band, too.
There's a big difference I think in the band between this gig and their last gig in 1982 (also on this site) where they sound tired and just...unenthusiastic. Big shame, I think they were on top of their game here.Delete