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Obscure Alternatives [Remaster]

Album: Obscure Alternatives [Remaster]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Automatic Gun
2)    ....Rhodesia
3)    Love Is Infectious
4)    Sometimes I Feel So Low
5)    Obscure Alternatives
6)    Deviation
7)    Suburban Berlin
8)    Tenant, The
9)    Deviation - (Live In Tokyo, Bonus Track)
10)    Obscure Alternatives - (Live In Tokyo, Bonus Track)
11)    In Vogue - (Live In Tokyo, Bonus Track)
12)    Sometimes I Feel So Low - (Live In Tokyo, Bonus Track)
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Performer Notes
  • Japan: David Sylvian (vocals, guitar), Rob Dean (guitar, vocals), Richard Barbieri (keyboards, vocals), Mick Karn (bass, vocals), Steve Jansen (drums, vocals).
  • Additional personnel: Ray Singer (background vocals).
  • Recorded at Audio International Studios, London, England.
  • Personnel: David Sylvian, Rob Dean (vocals, guitar); Mick Karn (vocals, saxophone); Steve Jansen (vocals, drums, percussion); Richard Barbieri (keyboards, synthesizer); Ray Singer (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Ray Singer; Chris Tsangarides.
  • Photographer: Fin Costello.
  • The second Japan album followed their debut by a mere six months and, like its predecessor, the cover art suggested glam-rock. In the heady days of punk, it was largely ignored in England, but the band did begin to find acceptance in Japan--surprise, surprise! Mick Karn's elegant, flexible bass playing is more prominent, and David Sylvian's vocals settled on a very Bowie-esque style--circa THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD. With these elements in place, the band was on their way to developing their signature sound.
  • The album contains two classic Japan tracks, "Rhodesia" and "Suburban Berlin." The first of these is welded to a reggae-influenced guitar line and lyrics that make passing references to racism, masturbation, and Nazis, while the second, with its chattering, cricket-like guitars, is another of the band's attempts to described a place as completely, but obliquely, as possible. For the album's closer Sylvian contributes "The Tenant," a piano-based instrumental with mournful guitar accompaniment inspired by his interest in classical composer Erik Satie. All told, OBSCURE ALTERNATIVES is a step forward and an improvement on all fronts--this is a classy, intelligent rock record.
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