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Gentlemen Take Polaroids [Original recording remastered]

Japan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000F3T7X8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gentlemen Take Polaroids (2003 Digital Remaster)
2. Swing (2003 Digital Remaster)
3. Burning Bridges (2003 Digital Remaster)
4. My New Career (2003 Digital Remaster)
5. Methods Of Dance (2003 Digital Remaster)
6. Ain't That Peculiar (2003 Digital Remaster)
7. Nightporter (2003 Digital Remaster)
8. Taking Islands In Africa (2003 Digital Remaster)
9. The Experience Of Swimming (2003 Digital Remaster)
10. The Width Of A Room (2003 Digital Remaster)
11. Taking Islands In Africa (Steve Nye Remix) (2003 Digital Remaster)

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CD W/Bonus Track

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Japan's first classic album 28 May 2006
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The first two albums from Japan, `Adolescent Sex' and `Obscure Alternatives', were less than great - this might have been due to the New York Dolls-direction of those records and their unhappy tenure on Ariola-Hansa, whom they left for Virgin in 1980. Their third album `Quiet Life' and singles like `European Son' and the Moroder-collaboration `Life in Tokyo' showed a change in direction. The band took a sound influenced by Bowie (the Berlin era, including the Iggy Pop records) and Roxy Music (notably `Both Ends Burning'). Other influences were becoming apparent - Eno's `pop' albums of the early & mid Seventies, Talking Heads Eno-produced material & the work of Electronic pioneers, Yellow Magic Orchestra. `Quiet Life' was a transitional album, within a year the original Japan line-up of David Sylvian, Mick Karn, Richard Barbieri, Steve Jansen & Rob Dean would record their first classic with `Gentlemen Take Polaroids.'

Produced by John Punter (though Sylvian was rumoured to have made his presence felt), the album was largely written by Sylvian; though this mid price reissue contains b sides `The Experience of Swimming' and `The Width of a Room' that were written respectively by Barbieri and Dean. Originally side two would have included `Some Kind of Fool', which is listed on some old vinyl versions of the record. For reasons unknown, this was replaced at the last minute by a version of Smokey Robinson's `Ain't That Peculiar' - in line with their previous cover of `I Second That Emotion' (though this is much closer in style to YMO). `Some Kind of Fool' finally got released in a remixed/re-recorded form on the Sylvian-compilation `Everything and Nothing' (2000).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentlemen...your attention please. 4 Feb 2009
By Mr. H-W
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Very difficult to listen impartially to this album again. Things experienced repeatedly in the teenage bedroom tend to be far greater than the sum of their parts - but what fascinating parts.

Don't believe the clumsy pigeon-holing of the list obsessed B-listers; Japan were never a New Romantic band. Yes they had the make-up and the sharp clothes (although always more Bowie than their contemporary's pantomime), but the music was icy, austere, and too complex for the pop manifesto and good time aspirations of that gang. Representing a sometimes awkward step between the smoother Young Americans sound of Quiet Life's disco torch and the disquieting detailed atmosphere of Tin Drum's taught skittering rhythms and entirely alien palette, Gentlemen... will polarize all who hear it. Those who hate it however will never do so for a lack of imagination, on Japan's part at least.

Give it a try (its also very cheap!).

P.S. For the drummers and bass players amongst you, you will never hear another rhythm section quite like Mick Karn and Steve Jansen.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great snapshot of Japan on Polaroid's 15 Aug 2000
Format:Audio CD
Forget the dodgy New Romantic-esque album cover (sorry lads, but it's terrible), Gentlemen Take Polaroids (1980) is a defining-moment in Japan's history, and one of the finest albums of the early-80's. A clear successor to their excellent Quiet Life (1979) experiment in semi-synthesised, multilayered sound, GTP is both beautiful, haunting and exciting.
The lengthy, eponymous title track is a brilliant and unlikely pop record in it's own right, whilst gems such as the breakneck Methods of Dance and the beautiful piano of Nightporter (a Top 30 hit) gel themselves into a rich piece of work which is greater than the sum of its parts.
Many listener's may find the album a tad plodding upon their first inspection (especially on Burning Bridges, which is perhaps just a little 'too' downbeat), but overall there is a great mix of styles and tempos, and the production is sublime. You won't find any songs here on your latest 'Greatest 80's Album Ever' compilations, as they're too good for that......
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The yardstick for the 80s. 12 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
As the synth led 80s genre goes this really is the yardstick by which all other such albums should be measured.

The Steve Nye production is silky smooth from start to finish, Sylvians writing and vocals are pure class and Mick Karns glorious bass should be listened to by bassists from all genres to teach them that it can be an instrument, not just a method of marking time.

Stand out tracks are the title track, Swing and Methods of Dance.

Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet would have loved to be this good!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great record 5 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
With "Gentlemen Take Polaroids", Sylvian guided the band into a brand new area and brought them new success. Imagine a Bowie/Eno band with late period, smooth, Ferry-like vocal inflections, and throw in plenty of mystery and style, and you get "GTP".

This is a great work, a real grower. The title track is well-paced, with Sylvian's lower, soulful vocal particularly well-suited to the material, and the rest of the album is just as inventive - the eerie synth-dominated near-instrumental of "Burning Bridges", the cold funk workout on their cover of "Ain't That Peculiar", the beautiful piano-led ballad, "Nightporter" staking out future Sylvian territory, and Jansen and Karn's work generally is excellent. One to get.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars classic 80s electronica
I lost one so had to replace it . brings back so many memories of the 80d especially when a group of friends went to see this band live
Published 3 months ago by moviemanlo
5.0 out of 5 stars Mick Karn's bass
The main reason I would recommend buying any Japan album is to hear the sublime bass playing. All four musicians are superlative.
Published 3 months ago by emma brining
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentlemen
This still sounds fantastic and in my mind timeless but my kids tell me it's a bit dated. Buy it
Published 9 months ago by Steve Brett
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent If not Superb Album transfer.
I am slowly replacing some of my really old albums with the best (cost effective) CD recording I can find. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past!!
Took me back to college days. Have enjoyed listening to this and remembering the 80's when music was music. Enjoy
Published 11 months ago by Beverley
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated Genius
David Sylvian is one of the most underrated songwriters of all time. Any one who was not around during the hey day of Japan and the new romantic movement must buy this album. Read more
Published 14 months ago by P. I. Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic.
This is my favourite Japan album for lots of reasons,from a personal point of view,I have fond memories of listening to this album. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by Anji
4.0 out of 5 stars DAVID SYLVIAN GUILTY AS CHARGED
Blimey,last night i was looking to find out what Japan bassist Mick Karn was up to only to discover he passed away early this year. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2011 by mister joe
5.0 out of 5 stars gentlemen take polaroids
absolute classic album by japan,the music doesnt seem to date,nightporter and taking islands in africa are very dreamy relaxing songs, and the album title song just brilliant.
Published on 16 Aug 2011 by mark
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect polaroids
Simply one of the greatest albums of the early 80's. Superb band who produced atmospheric tracks. A must purchase in yr record/cd collection.
Published on 3 Aug 2011 by S. Wilson
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