Friday, December 03, 2010

Japan : Oil On Canvas 1983

Japan were a British New Wave group, formed in 1974 in Catford, South London. The band achieved success in the late 1970s/early 1980s, when they were often associated with the burgeoning New Romantic fashion movement.

The band debuted on record with the 1978 album " Adolescent Sex " and followed up with " Obscure Alternatives " . Both albums sold well in Japan (where the band's name helped them to gain a devoted cult following) and the Netherlands , where the single "Adolescent Sex" was a Top 30 hit . They also gained some popularity in Canada.
However in their native UK those albums were largely ignored.

Oil on Canvas is a live album released in 1983 by Virgin Records. Although it is a live recording of their established material, the album also contains three new studio tracks ("Oil on Canvas", "Voices Raised in Welcome, Hands Held in Prayer" and "Temple of Dawn"), recorded separately by Sylvian, Sylvian/Jansen and Barbieri respectively. (The name of Barbieri's track is taken from the novel The Temple of Dawn by the acclaimed Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima.)

Although the album was released some months following the band's much publicised split in late 1982, it was ironically Japan's highest charting album in the UK (where it reached #5). The album was certified "Gold" by the BPI in 1988 for 100,000 copies sold.


David Sylvian - Vocals/Guitars/Keyboards (1974-1982, 1991)
Mick Karn: Bass Guitars/Saxophones (1974-1982, 1991)
Steve Jansen: Drums/Percussion/Keyboards (1974-1982, 1991)
Richard Barbieri: Keyboards/Synthesisers (1974-1982, 1991)
Rob Dean: Guitars/Backing Vocals (1975-1981)


1. Oil on Canvas (instrumental studio recording) – 1:25
2. Sons of Pioneers (Karn/Sylvian) – 4:59
3. Gentlemen Take Polaroids – 6:41
4. Swing – 5:36
5. Cantonese Boy – 3:45
6. Visions of China (Jansen/Sylvian) – 3:34
7. Ghosts – 6:23
8. Voices Raised in Welcome, Hands Held in Prayer (instrumental studio
recording) (Jansen/Sylvian) – 3:30
9. Nightporter – 6:47
10. Still Life in Mobile Homes – 5:37
11. Methods of Dance – 6:07
12. Quiet Life – 4:34
13. The Art of Parties – 5:28
14. Canton (Jansen/Sylvian) – 5:43
15. Temple of Dawn (instrumental studio recording) (Barbieri) – 1:45

Size : 164 MB
Bitrate :320

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