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2.46 | 9 ratings | 1 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1981

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Adolescent Sex (re-recording) (4:11)
2. Stateline (4:43)
3. Communist China (2:43)
4. .....Rhodesia (6:47)
5. Suburban Berlin (4:57)
6. Life in Tokyo (3:30)
7. European Son (3:40)
8. All Tomorrow's Parties (4:13)
9. Quiet Life (4:50)
10. I Second That Emotion (3:45)

Total Time 43:19

2005 Reissue bonus tracks
11. European Son - 1981 12" version (5:00)
12. I Second That Emotion - 12" version (5:15)
13. Life in Tokyo - 1982 7" version (3:59)
14. Life in Tokyo - 1979 12" version (6:18)
15. I Second That Emotion [CDROM video]
16. Life in Tokyo [CDROM video]

Line-up / Musicians

- David Sylvian / vocals, guitar, keyboards
- Mick Karn / bass, saxophone, oboe
- Rob Dean / guitar
- Steve Jansen / drums & percussion
- Richard Barbieri / keyboards

Releases information

LP: Hansa
CD: Sony BMG 82876 844462

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JAPAN Assemblage ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(22%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(22%)
Good, but non-essential (33%)
Collectors/fans only (22%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Sean Trane
2 stars Being awfully generous here by rounding it up tio the upper star rating.

As its title indicates, this album is made from different sources and assembled together. While there are some singles-only tracks, others come from albums, the whole thing being a bit of a compilation that was released in 81, a bit as a new album (if I understood well).

Actually the first few tracks coming from the first albums are of a bit of interest (especially those from the OA album), but we are unfortunately quickly out of the scope of that era and into the ugly new wave electro-pop garbage that the group developed in the new decade.

The remastered version comes with a bunch of bonus tracks, including a number of version of Life in Tokyo and I Second That Emotion, which is a real pain, since those tracks are amongst the worst the group ever managed to scribble.

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