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  • Vinyl
  • Label: ARIOLA
  • ASIN: B006ZY66P8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,127,929 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Quieter Life suited Sylvian & Co. 5 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
Quiet Life (originally released in late-1979) was a defining moment in Japan's history. The glam-punk experiements of their two initial albums were thankfully ditched in favour of an entirely new sound, unique to themselves, yet perhaps owing a little to the likes of Roxy Music and the then-fashionable European electro-disco scene.
Quiet Life was recently recompiled (in 2001) to incorporate several 12" versions of several album tracks, including All Tommorrow's Parties and Qiuet Life (superior to the 7" version album-opener), plus the B-side of the Quiet Life single, A Foreign Place. These are fairly needless additions (although they are OK in themselves) and do not improve the album in any way, as the incorporation of the superior 7" single version of Life In Tokyo and perhaps the Motown cover I Second That Emotion would have been a good idea, making the revised album sound like a truly fluidic and completed product (both these tracks in their 7" single versions would've made for a five-star album).
Minor gripes aside, the music speaks for itself, and with the likes of the brilliant 'Other Side of Life' and the breakneck bass/sax/synth-driven 'Halloween' onboard (plus of course the Top 20 hit Quiet Life), these tracks are worth the asking price alone. If only the Other Side of Life could've been shortened by a couple of minutes it would've made a classic single in itself.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet Life 15 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
Originally released in 1980,This was a bresk through album from a band who were still finding their creative feet. When I hear the intro to the title track with that sequenced synth, I get goose bumps every time. It has a fug about this album, covered in ciggy smoke and deep in side itself. Sylvian letting out some fantastic moments of soul and depair and really letting lose from their previous two albums, from a time when bands could develop a bit more, into this, I think a classic of it's time. I think its fair to say that Duran Duran were listening to this and claimed large chunks of its production style and refrain for their Planet earth.this album. Tracks like halloween, fall in love with me, other side of life show what they all could and would individually acheive, some cracking dramatic synth, fretless bass momnets that would have alan partrage air bass playing all night.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class 15 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Describing music is difficult, but if you like early Eno (e.g. "Music For Films", "Another Green World") Roxy Music's "For your Pleasure" or David Bowie's "Heroes" there is a good chance you'll love this album. It is beautifully played and put together; the production is top grade. The music is haunting and warm. These guys were some of the top musicicans of the time, yet most dismissed them as a glam pop rock outfit that arrived too late. They weren't at all. This album and its predecessor "Obscure Alternatives" go together well. They each have a different feel, "Quite Life" is slicker and less cold than "Obscure Alternatives", but there is a musical connection between the two that lets you see their progression as musicians. Highly recommended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet Life - Remastered CD at last. 3 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Finally the best Japan album is now available as a remastered CD with some bonus tracks.
For me, this was the best Japan album easily outshining all of their other output.
The band really were on top form with this album after two so-so (commercially speaking) efforts previously.
This album came at a time when Japan were under pressure to deliver from both their management and label who wanted chart success. This album has these tensions and more written all over it, fantastic lyrics allied with fantastic song arrangements, this is altogether a timeless album.
I've had the vinyl version since its release in 1979 and finally a remastered version finds its way onto CD to replace my creaking, cracking vinyl version!
The bonus tracks are a little superfluous adding nothing of real value to the original release, after all the album was pretty much perfect first time out.
That said the remixes sound sharper than the original versions so perhaps its good to hear them again.
This CD brings back so many memories of a great gig at London's Lyceum on this albums release. The sound system packed up, Japan off stage for 1/2 an hour, came back on to rip the place up and then a long walk home due to missing last tube home!!
Quiet Life, is the quintiessential Japan album.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
When I bought 'QL' on vinyl when it was first released, it quite simply blew my mind. I'd heard nothing like Mick Karn's basslines or Steve Jansen's drumming (Surely the most under-rated rhythm section in Rock?). Although the Japan of 'QL' fused many influences (Roxy, Bowie, Euro synth-disco, jazz sax etc), their overall sound was unique. 'QL' changed my (musical) life forever.
Most of the tracks on this release are already widely available on the plethora of Ariola/Hansa era Japan compilations- but it still becomes an essential purchase. I personally prefer to listen to these tracks as originally intended, i.e in their original sequence and album format (in my opinion pre- and post- 'QL' Japan don't mix too well). Standout tracks are 'Despair', 'Fall in love with me', '(The) Other Side of Life' (definite article strangely missing from the track listing on my copy) and 'Quiet Life' itself. The latter two were licensed by Virgin for the later 'Exorcising Ghosts' compilation. 'Quiet Life' (the album) is where David Sylvian took his first steps to greatness.
Of the four 'bonus' tracks, the 12" versions of 'QL' and 'ATP' add little, but the 12" version of the classic 'Life in Tokyo' and former b-side, 'A Foreign Place' are essential. In fact, this release only lacks 'I second that emotion' and 'European Son' (both inessential in my opinion) to be a comprehensive review of post-guitar, pre-Virgin Japan.
Add to this the faithful reproduction of the orignal LP's photographs on the CD booklet and the absolute bargain price, this becomes an essential purchase for anyone with an interest in 80's music. Steve S.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillinat album!!
This is one of the greatest albums of the late 70s / early 80s. This is, in fact, one of the first real New Romantic albums, but one that contains substance as well as style - and... Read more
Published 5 days ago by JB
1.0 out of 5 stars Not happy!
Arrived late. Packaging crumpled, LP cover damaged and LP not what was advertised. Not happy!
Published 9 days ago by Phillip Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Happy !
I bought this on the assumption that the notes stated 1000 limited edition in 3 disc RED VINYL.
The order was delivered today in 3 disc BLACK. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alan Cawthorne
5.0 out of 5 stars Album Great - damaged sleeve by shipping
I have loved Japan for over 30 years, so thought I should add this to my collection.
Indeed some of the tracks I have not heard before and really liked them. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stuart Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning album.
Excellent, off-beat London band, worth listening to if only for Mick Khan's hypnotic fretless bass as well as the dreamy quality of the whole.
Published 11 months ago by Gareth Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet
One of my all time favourite albums. Moody is cool and even now i think it still sounds fresh. Sunday morning music.
Published 13 months ago by Steve Brett
3.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance.
As I'm a huge David Sylvian fan, I decided to buy this to look back at his earlier self as singer for the massively
successful 'Japan'. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Michael J. Lawley
1.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelmed!
This lacks the polish of Gentlemen Take Polaroids, and Sylvian's voice isn't as smooth as we've come to know either. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mystic Man
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of it all
This was the beginning of a sound that all the members of this seminal band took in various directions over the next 30 years. Read more
Published on 5 July 2012 by Dr. Michael J. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album from the Past
This is a real memory Jerker - Quiet Life is without doubt one of the classic tracks of the eightys - the album is an exellent piece of musical work and should be litened to at... Read more
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