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Japan (David Sylvian) - Oil On Canvas (1983) {2006 Virgin Remaster} [reup]

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Japan (David Sylvian) - Oil On Canvas (1983) {2006 Virgin Remaster} [reup]
Japan (David Sylvian) - Oil On Canvas (1983) {2006 Virgin Remaster}
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The final Japan release was sold and marketed as a live album, though actually it's a bit of a catchall -- it is indeed mostly from concerts, but also includes a variety of studio instrumentals and a re-recorded version of "Nightporter" mixed in to sound like it's part of the show. The various re-releases of the albums over the years confused matters further, with re-sequencings, the excision of cuts, and more adding to general confusion about the release (not to mention the fact that some reissues completely omitted where the shows were recorded anyway!).
Japan (David Sylvian) - Oil On Canvas (1983) {2006 Virgin Remaster} [reup]

Two of the instrumentals, "Oil on Canvas" itself and "Temple of Dawn," are brief, gentle pieces by Sylvian and Barbieri respectively. "Voices Raised in Welcome, Hands Held in Prayer" is a more involving effort, combining a quiet, gamelan-inspired rhythm with found-sound samples from what appears to be a religious ceremony. As for "Nightporter," it's a nice enough new version but isn't notably different or varied from the earlier studio take. The remaining live cuts show that the exquisite tension and serene sounds in the studio were easily transferred to the stage in all their elegant complexity. The Tin Drum selections, which make up most of the release, make the case even more that Japan was as much a prog band as a glam one, Sylvian's captivating vocals flowing over Asian-derived scales and melodies, the guitar parts handled by guest performer Masami Tsuchiya, who also plays some keyboards. "Visions of China" sounds especially grand, Jansen's entrancing drumming seemingly impossible to be created and yet clearly existing. The extended introduction to "Ghosts," Karn's saxophone welling up from the distance like a siren call, is another highlight, along with the slightly rocked-up -- but only just -- "Methods of Dance."

Personnel:
David Sylvian: lead vocals, occasional keyboards, cover concept
Mick Karn: fretless bass guitar, backing vocals, clarinet, saxophone
Steve Jansen: drums, marimba
Richard Barbieri: keyboards/synthesizers

Additional personnel
Masami Tsuchiya: electric guitar, keyboards, tapes

tracklist:
01 - Oil On Canvas
02 - Sons Of Pioneers
03 - Gentlemen Take Polaroids
04 - Swing
05 - Cantonese Boy
06 - Visions Of China
07 - Ghosts
08 - Voices Raised In Welcome, Hands Held In Prayer
09 - Nightporter
10 - Still Life In Mobile Homes
11 - Methods Of Dance
12 - Quiet Life
13 - The Art Of Parties
14 - Canton
15 - Temple Of Dawn
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