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JAPAN

THE HANSA YEARS


31 March 1978 7" Don't Rain on My Parade

    Don't Rain on My Parade 2.53 / Stateline 4.43 (Ariola AHA 510)
8 April 1978 LP (+ CD) ADOLESCENT SEX
  1. Transmission 4.45
  2. The Unconventional 3.01
  3. Wish You Were Black 4.47
  4. Performance 4.35
  5. Lovers on Main Street 4.07

  6. Don't Rain on My Parade 2.53
  7. Suburban Love 7.26
  8. Adolescent Sex 3.43
  9. Communist China 2.43
  10. Television 9.12 (LP: Ariola AHAL 8004)
Recorded in late 1977 at Audio International Studios, London, produced by Ray Singer. David Sylvian: lead vocals and second guitar. Mick Karn: bass guitar and vocals. Steve Jansen: drums, vocals and percussion. Rob Dean: lead guitar and vocals. Richard Barbieri: keyboards and vocals. All tracks written by David Sylvian, except 'Don't Rain on My Parade' which is a cover version originally written by Merrill/Styne.

17 Aug 1978 7" The Unconventional

    The Unconventional 3.01 / Adolescent Sex (re-recording) 4.11 (Ariola AHA 525)


19 Oct 1978 7" Sometimes I Feel So Low

    Sometimes I Feel So Low 3.44 / Love Is Infectious 4.09 (Ariola AHA 529)
27 Oct 1978 LP (+ CD) OBSCURE ALTERNATIVES
  1. Automatic Gun 4.03
  2. .....Rhodesia 6.47
  3. Love Is Infectious 4.09
  4. Sometimes I Feel So Low 3.44

  5. Obscure Alternatives 6.48
  6. Deviation 3.23
  7. Suburban Berlin 4.57
  8. The Tenant 7.11
Recorded in June 1978 at Morgan Studios in Willesden. David Sylvian: lead vocals and guitar. Mick Karn: bass, saxophone and vocals. Steve Jansen: drums, percussion and vocals. Richard Barbieri: synthesisers and vocals. Rob Dean: guitars and vocals. All tracks written by David Sylvian. Produced by Ray Singer.

Note: on the first batch of the 2004 remaster CD, the intro to Obscure Alternatives is missing the first note. Later editions have corrected this mistake.


12 April 1979 non-LP 7"/12" Life in Tokyo

    Life in Tokyo (short version) 3.30 / Life in Tokyo (part 2) 3.29 (7": Ariola AHA 540)

    Life in Tokyo (long version) 7.08 / Life in Tokyo (short version) 3.30 (12": AHAL 540)

Recorded in March 1979 at Rusk Studios, Los Angeles, by all members of Japan. Written by David Sylvian and Giorgio Moroder, produced by Giorgio Moroder.


17 Nov 1979 / 18 Jan 1980 LP (+ CD) QUIET LIFE

  1. Quiet Life 4.50 [on 2001 CD: 1981 3.34 single edit]
  2. Fall in Love with Me 4.30
  3. Despair 5.56
  4. In vogue 6.30

  5. Halloween 4.23
  6. All Tomorrow's Parties 5.43
  7. Alien 4.59
  8. The Other Side of Life 7.23 (LP: Ariola AHAL 5011)
Mastered on 5 Nov 1979 at Trident Studios in UK. First released in Canada (17 Nov 1979), then in Japan 20 Dec 1979, and on 18 January 1980 in UK. David Sylvian: lead vocals and occasional guitar. Mick Karn: bass and saxophones. Steve Jansen: drums and percussion. Richard Barbieri: synthesisers and keyboards. Rob Dean: guitars. All tracks written by David Sylvian, except 'All Tomorrow's Parties' written by Lou Reed. Recorded Sep-Oct 1979 at Air Studios, London. Produced by John Punter (except 'All Tomorrow's Parties' recorded during the early sessions for QUIET LIFE in the summer of 1979 at DJM Studios in London, produced by Simon Napier-Bell and Japan, then re-mixed by John Punter). Two further tracks were recorded during these sessions which were only released later on: European Son & A Foreign Place.

22 March 1980 non-LP 7" I Second That Emotion

    I Second That Emotion 3.45 / Quiet Life 3.51 [fade-out] (7": Ariola AHA 559)

    I Second That Emotion 3.45 / European Son 3.37 (Japanese 7": VIPX-1501)

'I Second That Emotion' is a cover version originally written by Smokey Robinson/Al Cleveland. Produced by John Punter. The Japanese B-side 'European Son' (not released in UK until April 1981) was recorded during the early sessions for QUIET LIFE in the summer of 1979 at DJM Studios in London, produced by Simon Napier-Bell and Japan, then re-mixed by John Punter.


24 July 1980 live 12" EP Live in Japan

    In Vogue (live) 6.09 / Deviation (live) 3.18 // Obscure Alternatives (live) 6.04 / Sometimes I Feel So Low (live) 4.04
Recorded live 3 April 1980 in Tokyo.


27 April 1981 reissue 7"/12" Life in Tokyo

    Life in Tokyo 3.30 / European Son 3.37 (7": Ariola/Hansa, HANSA 4)

    Life in Tokyo 7.08 / European Son (Extended) 5.00 (12": HANSA 124)

Issued to ride on Japan's current success wave on the Virgin label.

19 Aug 1981 7"/12" Quiet Life

    Quiet Life 3.34 [single edit] / A Foreign Place 3.11 (7": Ariola/Hansa, HANSA 6)

    Quiet Life 4.50 // A Foreign Place 3.11 / Fall in Love With Me 4.30 (12": HANSA 126)

Issued to promote ASSEMBLAGE. A Foreign Place was recorded in 1979 and was originally intended as the final track for QUIET LIFE LP, but was not released until now.

11 Sep 1981 coll-LP (+ CD) ASSEMBLAGE

  1. Adoloscent Sex (re-recording) 4.11 [B-side 'The Unconventional' 1978]
  2. Stateline 4.43 [B-side 'Don't Rain on My Parade' 1978]
  3. Communist China 2.43 [from ADOLESCENT SEX]
  4. .....Rhodesia 6.47 [from OBSCURE ALTERNATIVES]
  5. Suburban Berlin 4.57 [from OBSCURE ALTERNATIVES]

  6. Life in Tokyo 3.30 [single 1979] [on UK cassette/Japanese LP: 1979 alternative 6.18 version]
  7. European Son 3.40 [B-side]
  8. All Tomorrow's Parties 4.13 [special Assemblage edit]
  9. Quiet Life 4.50
  10. I Second That Emotion 3.45 [single 1980]

    2004 CD bonus tracks:

  11. European Son (Extended) 5.00
  12. I Second That Emotion (Steve Nye 1982 extended remix) 5.15
  13. Life in Tokyo (Giorgio Moroder 1982 special remix) 3.59
  14. Life in Tokyo (ASSEMBLAGE cassette version) 6.18
  15. I Second That Emotion [CD-ROM video]
  16. Life in Tokyo [CD-ROM video] (CD 19 April 2004: BMG 82876 844462)
Note: on the first batch of the 2004 remaster CD (BMG 82876 566962) the intro to Adolescent Sex is missing the first note and track 14 is the 7 min 8 sec 12" version by mistake. Later editions have corrected these mistakes.

7 Jan 1982 7"/12" European Son [Steve Nye 1982 Remix]

    European Son (Steve Nye 1982 single remix) 3.48 / Alien 4.59 (7": Ariola/Hansa, HANSA 10)

    European Son (Steve Nye 1982 extended remix) 5.33 / Alien 4.59 (12": HANSA 1210)

1982 various artists 2-LP STREET SCENE - 22 GREAT TRACKS
June 1982 7"/12" I Second That Emotion [Steve Nye 1982 Remix]
    I Second That Emotion (Steve Nye 1982 single remix) 3.52 / Halloween 4.23 (7": Ariola/Hansa HANSA 12)

    I Second That Emotion (Steve Nye 1982 extended remix) 5.15 / Halloween 4.23 (12": HANSA 1212)

Sep 1982 7"/12" Life in Tokyo [Giorgio Moroder 1982 Remix]
    Life in Tokyo (Giorgio Moroder 1982 special remix) 3.59 / Life in Tokyo (Theme) 3.53 (7": Ariola/Hansa, HANSA 17)

    Life in Tokyo (Giorgio Moroder 1982 extended remix) 7.08 / Life in Tokyo (Theme) 3.53 (12": HANSA 1217)

12 March 1983 7"/12" All Tomorrow's Parties [Steve Nye 1983 Remix]

    All Tomorrow's Parties (Steve Nye 1983 single remix) 3.32 / In vogue (Live in Tokyo 3 April 1980) 6.10 (7": Ariola/Hansa HANSA 18)

    All Tomorrow's Parties (Steve Nye 1983 extended remix) 5.15 //
    Deviation (Live in Tokyo 3 April 1980) 3.18 / Obscure Alternatives (Live in Tokyo 3 April 1980) 6.04 (12": HANSA 1218)


Oct 1989 coll-CD SOUVENIR FROM JAPAN

  1. I Second That Emotion 3.45
  2. Life in Tokyo 3.59 [edit of Assemblage 1979 alternative 6.18 version]
  3. Deviation (live) 3.17
  4. Suburban Berlin 4.58
  5. Adolescent Sex (re-recording) 4.11
  6. European Son 3.40
  7. All Tomorrow's Parties 4.12 [Assemblage version]
  8. Communist China 2.43
  9. Stateline 4.43
  10. .....Rhodesia 6.47
  11. Obscure Alternatives 6.47
  12. Quiet Life 4.50 (BMG/Hansa, 260 360)
1991 coll-CD THE OTHER SIDE OF JAPAN
  1. Wish You Were Black 4.47
  2. Television 9.12
  3. The Unconventional 3.01
  4. Transmission 4.45
  5. Automatic Gun 4.03
  6. Love Is Infectious 4.09
  7. Sometimes I Feel So Low 3.44
  8. The Tenant 7.11
  9. In vogue 6.30
  10. Halloween 4.23
  11. A Foreign Place 3.11
  12. Don't Rain on My Parade 2.53 (Receiver Records, RRCD 150)
24 March 1993 Japanese coll-2CD ASSEMBLAGE
  1. Adoloscent Sex (re-recording) 4.11
  2. Stateline 4.43
  3. Communist China 2.43
  4. .....Rhodesia 6.47
  5. Suburban Berlin 4.57/
  6. Life in Tokyo 3.30
  7. European Son 3.40
  8. All Tomorrow's Parties 4.13 [edit]
  9. Quiet Life 4.50
  10. I Second That Emotion 3.45
  1. Life in Tokyo (part 2) 3.29
  2. In Vogue (live) 6.09
  3. Deviation (live) 3.18
  4. Obscure Alternatives (live) 6.04
  5. Sometimes I Feel So Low (live) 4.04
  6. Life in Tokyo (Theme) 3.53
  7. All Tomorrow's Parties (Steve Nye 1983 extended remix) 5.15
  8. I Second That Emotion (Steve Nye 1982 extended remix) 5.15
  9. Life in Tokyo (long version) 7.08 (JBMG/Hansa, BVCP-8606-07)
24 Aug 1996 coll-CD IN VOGUE
  1. The Unconventional 3.01
  2. Lovers on Main Street 4.07
  3. Transmission 4.45
  4. I Second That Emotion 3.45
  5. All Tomorrow's Parties 5.43
  6. Alien 4.59
  7. Halloween 4.23
  8. Suburban Berlin 4.57
  9. Quiet Life 4.50
  10. Love Is Infectious 4.09
  11. Fall in Love with Me 4.30
  12. Adolescent Sex (re-recording) 4.11
  13. European Son (extended remix) [omits the main synth riff by mistake]
  14. In vogue 6.13 (LP version is 6.30!)
  15. Life in Tokyo 6.18 [Assemblage 1979 alternative 6.18 version] (Camden, 74321 393382)
All tracks are more or less in mono by mistake.

4 Sep 1996 Japanese coll-2CD THE SINGLES: JAPAN

  1. Don't Rain on My Parade 2.53
  2. Stateline 4.43
  3. The Unconventional 3.01
  4. Adolescent Sex (re-recording) 4.11
  5. Sometimes I Feel So Low 3.44
  6. Love Is Infectious 4.09
  7. Life in Tokyo (short version) 3.30
  8. Life in Tokyo (part 2) 3.17 [last 12 seconds faded out]
  9. I Second That Emotion 3.45
  10. Quiet Life 3.51 [fade-out]
  11. Life in Tokyo (short version) 3.30 [again!]
  12. European Son 3.40
  13. Quiet Life 3.35 (1981 single version)
  14. A Foreign Place 3.11
  15. European Son (1981 remix) 3.48
  16. Alien 4.59
  17. I Second That Emotion (Steve Nye 1982 single remix) 3.52
  18. Halloween 4.23
  1. Life in Tokyo (Giorgio Moroder 1982 special remix) 3.59
  2. Life in Tokyo (Theme) 3.53
  3. All Tomorrow's Parties (Steve Nye 1983 single remix) 3.32
  4. In vogue (live) 6.10
  5. Life in Tokyo (extended original remix) 7.08
  6. European Son [original extended version] 5.00
  7. Sometimes I Feel So Low 3.44
  8. Adolescent Sex (re-recording) 4.11 [again!]
  9. Life in Tokyo 7.05 (Giorgio Moroder 1982 extended remix)
  10. Life in Tokyo (Theme) 3.53 [again!]
  11. All Tomorrow's Parties (Steve Nye 1983 extended remix) 5.15
  12. I Second That Emotion (Steve Nye 1982 extended remix) 5.15
  13. Halloween 4.23
  14. European Son (Steve Nye 1982 extended remix) 5.33
  15. Quiet Life 4.50 [Japanese 12" promoting Assemblage]
  16. Fall in Love with Me 4.30 (BMG/Ariola, BVCP-8613-14)
early Sep 1997 UK coll-CD THE MASTERS
  1. Quiet Life 4.50
  2. European Son 3.40
  3. I Second That Emotion 3.45
  4. Life in Tokyo (short version) 3.30
  5. All Tomorrow's Parties 5.43
  6. Deviation (live) 3.18
  7. Adolescent Sex 3.43
  8. Halloween 4.23
  9. Love Is Infectious 4.09
  10. Communist China 2.43
  11. Lovers on Main Street 4.07
  12. In vogue
  13. Suburban Berlin 4.57
  14. Alien 4.59
  15. Obscure Alternatives 6.48 (Eagle Records, EABCD003)
25 July 2001 Japanese DVD JAPAN VIDEO HITS
  1. Don't Rain on My Parade
  2. Adolescent Sex
  3. Communist China
  4. Sometimes I Feel So Low
  5. Quiet Life
  6. I Second That Emotion
NTSC/all-region format.

27 March 2006 UK coll-CD JAPAN - THE VERY BEST OF [1980-83]

  1. Ghosts (single version) 3.55 [March 1982]
  2. I Second That Emotion 3.45 [single March 1980]
  3. Quiet Life 3.51 [fade-out] [B-side fade-out version, NOT the 1981 3.34 single edit]
  4. Gentlemen Take Polaroids 7.05 [LP version, Oct 1980]
  5. The Art of Parties (extended 12" mix) 6.41 [April 1981]
  6. Visions Of China 3.37 [Nov 1981]
  7. Taking Islands In Africa (Steve Nye 1981 remix) 4.53 [B-side Visions of China]
  8. European Son 3.37 [1980 B-side version, NOT 1982 remix]
  9. Cantonese Boy 3.44
  10. Life In Tokyo (Giorgio Moroder 1982 special remix) 3.59 [single Sep 1982]
  11. Nightporter 6.56 [LP version, NOT the 1982 single remix]
  12. Methods of Dance 6.53
  13. All Tomorrow's Parties (Steve Nye 1983 single remix) 3.32 [March 1983]
  14. Canton (live) 5.27 [full length 12" single version May 1983]
  15. Ghosts (album version) 4.33 (EMI 357633-2/CDV 3018)
27 July 2009 UK coll-CD JAPAN - THE COLLECTION [1978-81]
  1. Quiet Life 3.34 (1981 7" edit)
  2. Visions of China 3.39
  3. Ghosts 4.32
  4. I Second That Emotion 3.44
  5. Life in Tokyo 3.30
  6. European Son 3.37
  7. All Tomorrow's Parties 4.12 (ASSEMBLAGE edit)
  8. Adolescent Sex 3.43
  9. Don't Rain on My Parade 2.53
  10. In Vogue 6.28
  11. The Unconventional 2.59
  12. Communist China 2.43
  13. Suburban Berlin 4.58
  14. Halloween 4.21
  15. Life In Tokyo 6.18 (ASSEMBLAGE 1979 alternative 6.18 version)
  16. All Tomorrow's Parties 5.17 (12" Version)
9 Oct 2015 book JAPAN: A FOREIGN PLACE - THE BIOGRAPHY 1974-1984

A very limited hardback deluxe edition written by Anthony Reynolds. https://www.burningshed.com/store/artrock/product/492/6875/


Copyright (c) 1997-05-07 Jonas Wårstad.

Last update 2015-08-16.

Thanks to Paul Rymer for help.


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