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Tin Drum: Remastered Limited Edition, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (15 Sept. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0000AQOQT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,801 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Art of parties
2. Talking drum
3. Ghosts
4. Canton
5. Still life in mobile homes
6. Visions of China
7. Sons of pioneers
8. Cantonese boy
Disc: 2
1. Art of parties (single version)
2. Life without buildings (bonus track)
3. Art of parties (live)
4. Ghosts (single version)

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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 25 July 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This reissue of Tin Drum- Japan's most popular LP featuring surprise hit single Ghosts comes with a wonderful 24-page booklet, a deluxe appearance and various photos, including some from Steve Jansen. It also comes with an additional disc comprising The Art of Parties session- two alternate take of TAOP plus Life Without Buildings, as well as the single version of Ghosts.
The album itself is still wonderful, though the Japan sound was pretty much defined on Gentlemen Take Polaroids (1980)- here the music is oriental, as the lyrics were influenced by a collection of photos of Communist China (according to the Black Vinyl, White Powder memoir of Simon Napier Bell, then manager of Japan). The Art of Parties gets straight to the point- a clipped sythetic sound that might have been Roxy Music if they hadn't embraced MOR. Talking Drum is even better- an underrated Japan track which has the same electronic-country feel of My New Career; this seagues into the Top Five hit single Ghosts. Who'd believe that a minimal electronic piece indebted to John Cage and Henrik Ibsen would be their biggest hit? As with 1980's Burning Bridges, Nightporter & Taking Islands in Africa, Sylvian dispenses with the band- notably Mick Karn's fretless bass. This might seem absurd, but Sylvian was going for the song, rather than adhering to the band formula- this was Sylvian's year zero and the pathway to his interesting solo career (see tracks like Bamboo Music, Backwaters & The Stigma of Childhood to see where this lead; also 1999's Godman referred to this!). The light comes back in with the Jansen/Sylvian-composed Canton- wonderful world music that fails to explain why any of this lot weren't employed to provide a film soundtrack...Still Life in Mobile Homes (er, title?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sonik57 on 11 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
Firstly, let's clear this up:
Quoted: "Richard Barbieri's fretless bass playing"
Au contraire! Mr Barbieri was the synth-head who really did the business here, the bass work being down to the great Mick Karn.
Put simply, this is one of THE albums of the eighties. Both the musicianship, the creativity and the overall production of Tin Drum are high watermarks for anyone wanting to write an album that's as classic, imaginative, modern and accessible as anyone would wish. They'd spent what felt to be an eternity inching towards the songs here but the road had been paved by both Quiet Life (1979) and the excellent Gentlemen Take Polaroids (1980). Indeed, the years 79-81 were intensely creative for Japan and they became huge just before this, their swansong, was released.
So what are the songs like? They're great! Although not great in number, the songs are finely turned-out and Japan creatively were firing on all cylinders which is ironic considering the tensions that existed between Sylvian and Karn at the time, Karn losing his partner to his former best friend as the album was being written.
There isn't a weak track here: all three of the singles (the intensely-atmospheric 'Ghosts', the wry 'Visions Of China' and the sublime 'Cantonese Boy') are here but album tracks such as 'Talking Drum' are of an equally high standard. It's like a tailor setting out to design a handfull of brilliantly-designed, classic-yet-modern suits and excelling at the task, incorporating subtle features whilst the overall cut and style turns heads everywhere they were worn.
Someone once described Japan's latter output as 'bonzai music' as in 'small and beautiful' but it's a lot more besides. This was Japan's effective farewell, although they reunited in 1992 to record the Rain Tree Crow album. Tin Drum was really their final word and it's a masterpiece. Buy it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 April 2004
Format: Audio CD
Japan's "Tin Drum" remains one of the great albums of the early eighties,and it brings back many fond memories to this listener. This new Virginremaster is a real treat, with nicely cleaned up sound quality, greatpackaging with some very arty new photographs in a separate companionbooklet and the bonus "Art of Parties" EP containing the four other tracksput out around the time of the album. My only gripe about this, nice asthe EP is, is that it would have all fitted onto a single disc, whichsaves a lot of fiddling about on the train to work.
Enough grumbling - the music is superb and sounds as fresh today as it didthen, as Japan move on from the excellent "Gentlemen Take Polaroids" albumto take in Eastern themes, most notably in "Visions of China", "Canton"and the superb "Cantonese Boy". The atmospheric "Ghosts" is surely one ofthe strongest singles of the decade, paving the way for David Sylvian'smore ambitious solo works, but all of the tracks on "Tin Drum" are verystrong. The Art of Parties remix single is also particularly fine, and itis nice to see this on CD properly at last. They'd come along way sincethe proto-garage of their early albums.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lazydrake on 24 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Tin Drum was the band's one and only masterpiece. This is cutting edge stuff, merging world music influences with modern technology to create a remarkably distinctive blend of music . African rhythms, oriental melodies,pulsing synths, and Mick Karn's elastic basslines, cohere, to form an album that is refreshing,primal,and hypnotic.'Talking drum' is dominated by a remarkably bouncy,fluid bassline, 'Still life in mobile homes' is a striking, fast paced opener, dominated by staccato oriental synths and interesting samples, and 'Visions of China' is possibly 'Tin drum's most accessible song, Jansen's hypnotic drumming embellished by Karn's compelling bass.
There's danceability,ambience,and eerie atmospherics aplenty here.'Ghosts' is pure poetry and a spartan classic,that actually reached the top 10. 'Sons of Pioneers', another spartan litany of Burundi drumming and virtuoso bass playing, marks itself out as the best song, alongside 'Canton', the most overtly 'oriental' song of the album and a definite classic. Mesmerising.The lilting, marimba laden 'Cantonese Boy' is probably the most beautiful 'dance' song, and was another unlikely hit. No doubt about it, the band's glammed up image was at odds with their ambitious music. but they were purveying art here, make no mistake.
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