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Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids album

Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids album
Performer: Japan
Title: Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Released: 1980
Country: Australia
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop
Genre: Electro
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 510
Formats: VQF MIDI MOD DTS AUD AA VOX
MP3 size: 1889 mb
FLAC size: 1703 mb

Tracklist Hide Credits

A Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Engineer [Engineered By] – Nigel Walker, Steve PrestageProducer [Produced By] – John PunterWritten-By – D. Sylvian*
3:28
B The Experience Of Swimming
Engineer [Engineered By] – Nigel Walker, Steve PrestageProducer [Produced By] – John PunterWritten-By – R. Barbieri*
4:06
C The Width Of A Room
Producer [Produced By] – David SylvianWritten-By – R. Dean*
3:14
D Burning Bridges
Producer [Produced By] – David SylvianWritten-By – D. Sylvian*
3:59

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Virgin Records Ltd.
  • Published By – Chadwick Nomis Ltd.
  • Published By – Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.
  • Pressed By – CBS Pressing Plant, Aston Clinton

Credits

  • Lacquer Cut By – RAYS*
  • Photography By – Nicola Tyson
  • Photography By [Assisted By] – Steve Shivers*

Notes

℗ 1980 Virgin Records Ltd.

Chadwick Nomis Ltd. / Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.

In the UK there were two versions of this single. This double pack single is a must-find item for collectors as it includes 'Burning Bridges' which was produced by David Sylvian that has not been released on CD. It is a different mix to the track which appears on the album titled, Gentlemen Take Polaroids.

With the other UK standard single version, about 100 fully autographed copies were given away by Smash Hits in a competition. Australian & German releases were also issued in a single sleeve; however those are not limited autographed editions. Also produced by Sylvian, 'The Width Of A Room is the only Japan track written by Rob Dean. UK chart position: 60.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Variant 1): VS 379 A4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Variant 1): VS 379 B3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C Variant 1): VS 379 C3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D Variant 1): VS 379 D4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Variant 2): VS 379 A4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Variant 2): VS 379 B4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C Variant 2): VS 379 C3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D Variant 2): VS 379 D4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Variant 3): VS 379 A4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Variant 3): VS 379 B4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C Variant 3): VS 379 C4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D Variant 3): VS 379 D3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Variant 4): VS 379 A4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Variant 4): VS 379 B4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C Variant 4): VS 379 C4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D Variant 4): VS 379 D4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Variant 5): VS 379 A5
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Variant 5): VS 379 B3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C Variant 5): VS 379 C3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D Variant 5): VS 379 D4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Variant 6): VS 379 A5
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Variant 6): VS 379 B4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C Variant 6): VS 379 C3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D Variant 6): VS 379 D3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A to Side D): RAYS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A to Side D, Stamped): ∧

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
VS 379 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids ‎(7", Single) Virgin VS 379 Australia 1981
VS 379 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids ‎(7", Single, Promo) Virgin VS 379 Australia 1981
VIPX-1550, VIRG-1550, VS-379 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids (孤独な影) ‎(7", Single) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin VIPX-1550, VIRG-1550, VS-379 Japan 1980
VIPX-1550, VIRG-1550, VS-379 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids (孤独な影) ‎(7", Single, Promo) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin VIPX-1550, VIRG-1550, VS-379 Japan 1980
VS 379 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids ‎(7", Single, Sin) Virgin VS 379 UK 1980

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Gentlemen Take Polaroids 7:06
2 Swing 6:25
3 Burning Bridges 5:20
4 My New Career 3:54
5 Methods Of Dance 6:53
6 Ain't That Peculiar
Written-By – M. Tarplan*, R. Rodgers*, W. Robinson*, W. Moore*
4:40
7 Nightporter 6:57
8 Taking Islands In Africa
Written-By – Sakamoto / Sylvian*
5:15

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Virgin Records Ltd.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Virgin Japan Ltd
  • Copyright (c) – Virgin Records Ltd.
  • Made By – Virgin Japan Ltd
  • Published By – Chadwick Nomis Ltd.
  • Published By – Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.
  • Published By – Jobete Music Co., Inc.
  • Published By – Copyright Control
  • Recorded At – Air Studios
  • Recorded At – The Town House

Credits

  • Engineer [Assistant Engineer] – Renate*
  • Engineer [Engineered By] – Colin Fairley, John Punter, Nigel Walker, Steve Prestage
  • Mixed By – John Punter
  • Photography By [Back Cover Photo] – Nicola Tyson
  • Photography By [Front Cover Photo] – Stuart McLeod
  • Producer [Produced By] – John Punter
  • Written-By – D. Sylvian* (tracks: 1 to 5, 7)

Notes

℗ 1980 Virgin Records Ltd
℗ 1984 Virgin Records Ltd
Made in Japan by "Virgin Japan Ltd" ℗ 1988

1988 Japanese CD of LP originally released in 1980. This edition is the reissue CD of first edition promo VJD-28017 & first edition VJD-28017 both priced at ¥2,800. This reissue CD has ¥2,627 & ¥2,550 and 'Big Artist Collection' written on the Japanese Obi. This second release comes with a folded front cover together with an inserted A5 lyric page which is printed on a shiny white, folded single sheet.

Recorded at Air Studios & The Townhouse Studios London.

All songs published by Chadwick-Nomis Ltd/ Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd., Except:

Track 6: Jobete Music Co. Ltd
Track 8: Chadwick-Nomis Ltd / Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd / Copyright Control.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): T4988 037 00244 9
  • Barcode (Scanned): T4988037002449
  • Matrix / Runout: VJD-28017-1-A2E
  • Rights Society: JASRAC

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
V 2180, V2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids ‎(LP, Album, M/Print) Virgin, Virgin V 2180, V2180 UK 1980
V 2180, V2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids ‎(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V 2180, V2180 UK 1980
VV 33.067 y, VV-33.067 Y Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids ‎(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin VV 33.067 y, VV-33.067 Y Portugal 1980
OVEDK 7138 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids ‎(Cass, Album) Virgin OVEDK 7138 Italy 1980
V 2180, V2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids ‎(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V 2180, V2180 UK 1980


Gentlemen Take Polaroids is the fourth studio album by the English band Japan, released on 24 October 1980 by Virgin Records. Gentlemen Take Polaroids was the band's first album for the Virgin Records label, after leaving Hansa-Ariola who had released their first three albums. It continued in the vein of their previous album Quiet Life, drawing on its elegant Euro-disco stylings coupled with more ambitious arrangements

The last album with Rob Dean, Gentlemen Take Polaroids was also unquestionably the album in which Japan truly found its own unique voice and aesthetic approach. The glam influences still hung heavy, particularly from Roxy Music, but now the band found itself starting to affect others in turn. Even the back cover photo says as much - looking cool in glossy, elegant nightwear, the quintet had a clear impact on Duran Duran, to the point where Nick Rhodes obviously was trying to be Sylvian in appearance.

Gentlemen Take Polaroids" is the fourth studio album of Japan and was released in 1980. It continued in the same vein of their previous third album, "Quiet Life", using the combination of the electronic elements with the traditional musical elements. The final result was an album with a more sophisticated and atmospheric ambient than its predecessor. The album was well received by the critics and it was said if Brian Eno, rather than Bryan Ferry, had rerouted the original direction of Roxy Music, this might well have been the final result.

At the time of Gentlemen Take Polaroids’ release in November 1980, Japan were widely considered to be a joke. Polaroids would turn out to be a rather cold, albeit more sophisticated, album by comparison. John Punter, a Roxy Music veteran, had produced Quiet Life and was back for Polaroids. The album took two months to complete. Punter states that, with the exception of My New Career and Taking Islands In Africa, all the song arrangements were finalised before we started. The first thing I’d record was Rich’s sequencer, and the rest of the band would play along to that.

Gentlemen Take Polaroids. Gentlemen Take Polaroids. I played this for a friend recently and he was shocked when I told him it was now over 30 years old - it truly sounds as if it could have just been made last year. There are a few reasons for this: the lyrics are abstract enough to not feel tied to the 80s, the production is pristine and the songs still sound good the hundredth time you hear them. Some albums I listen to repeatedly to discover new elements I may have missed

Tracklist: 1. Gentlemen Take Polaroids, 2. Swing, 3. Burning Bridges, 4. My New Career, 5. Methods Of Dance, 6. Ain’t That Peculiar, 7. Nightporter, 8. Taking Islands In Africa. 1.

Kajikus
I hunted this down for the short David Sylvian produced version of "Burning Bridges", and whilst it is clearly an early production/mix, it isn't much different from the final John Punter produced album version. There is no ambient/atmospheric intro, the track fades in quickly with the mock aeroplane engine noise. Then not much else happens until the sax solo, and finally David's vocals, come in, as they are much quieter in the mix than on the final version. The closing drone sounds slightly more treated too. A tad disappointing compared to what I'd hoped for, having read the initial Discogs listing comment, although its also quite nice to have the 7" edit of Gentlemen too (I didn't have the normal 7").Whilst this is an item completists will want, don't pay a small fortune for it for "Burning Bridges" version!
Kagda
Japan had very little to brag about their b-sides but when they picked up on them you can be certain they didn't miss - writing instrumentals with great skill even though these sometimes seem like desperate sketches of things proper yet to see the light of day. This confusingly double package collects together tracks that some might find pure scrap - the poppier, edited version of 'Gentlemen' is at every contrast to the remaining three, extremely melancholic pieces - 'The Experience of Swimming', 'The Width of a Room' and not-that-different-from-the-album-version of hauntingly beautiful Eno-esque ballad 'Burning Bridges'. At this stage, music of Japan started its fine course much in favour of Sylvian's later, excellent solo career - and 'Burning Bridges' can very easily be viewed as his first-ever solo attempt. Sounds like eternity. Every note. A deserved favourite.
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