Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids - Half Speed Master (2 x 45 Rpm)


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A Half Speed Mastered edition of Japan's fourth album from 1980. Mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road. Features the single Gentlemen Take Polaroids. Japan's fourth album is a study in serious mood development. Japan's subtle mixture of spidery guitars, lush saxophones, and elastic bass is fleshed out with David's Sylvian's effortless vocals and some truly classy synthesizer work that, somehow, doesn't seem to have dated. Mick Karn pulls double duty with the sax and bass and, as usual, his work is what grounds the band - for proof, see My New Career or Taking Islands in Africa. Among the standout tracks, Burning Bridgesborrows more than a few notions from the collaborations between David Bowie and Brian Eno, but nevertheless manages to present a beautiful soundscape that is fresh and dynamic. With a phrase from one song becoming the title of another, Sylvian's lyrics are more oblique than usual. The record also includes a wonderfully infectious cover of the Marvin Gaye classic, Ain't That Peculiar. This is the modern-rock version of smoky, late-night jazz.