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    Posted: August 24 2015 at 09:48
Anybody remember pretty boys Japan? 'Tin Drum' was a seriously proggy miesterwerk.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 24 2015 at 10:21
Love Japan, and love Tin Drum - one of my favourite albums, prog or not. They're here under Prog-Related, even though their addition was somewhat controversial back in the day.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 24 2015 at 11:12
Love that band. That album is their best by far.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 24 2015 at 12:00
Some of the time signatures and drum timings are seriously challenging but withva real commercial edge. Quiet Life is also a favourite. Wonderful record.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 24 2015 at 12:30
Rain Tree Crow and David Sylvian's solo work is even better IMO. Also on this site.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 24 2015 at 12:33
The first, third and Blemish albums by Sylvian are terrific. Never liked his work with Fripp. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 24 2015 at 13:07
Polaroids for me, still prefer this to Tin Drum, which happens to have a guest in Hawkwind's Simon House on violin !!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 24 2015 at 14:45
Funny, just borrowed Gone To Earth (Sylvian solo) from the library on a whim and enjoying it - Fripp and Bill Nelson are guests on it.  Like what I have heard.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 24 2015 at 15:28
Originally posted by Flight123 Flight123 wrote:

Funny, just borrowed Gone To Earth (Sylvian solo) from the library on a whim and enjoying it - Fripp and Bill Nelson are guests on it.  Like what I have heard.

That's my personal favorite solo lp by Sylvian.
Oil On Canvas, their double live set, is my favorite by Japan.

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A linked review of Tin Drum by Mellotron Storm....I agree with his comments that it's a difficult listen at times and to me is only 3 stars.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 24 2015 at 15:33
Love me some Japan! In particular Gentlemen take Polaroids and Tin Drum.
Two great (progressive) pop albums.....and I just adore Mick Karn's bass playing
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 24 2015 at 16:02
Well it's a view. Not one that i share but you pays your money I guess.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 25 2015 at 12:28
I will have to give it another chance.  Is "Tin Drum" the one with "Night Porter"?  If so, that was the only song I liked on it when I listened way back when.
I am a big fan of several David Sylvian albums.  In particular, "Secrets of the Beehive" is a top 10 album for me.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 25 2015 at 13:51
The one with night porter is Gentleman take polaroids. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 25 2015 at 21:27
^ Very much Sati inspired.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 25 2015 at 21:58
you mean "Night Porter" is Satie inspired?
Off topic but can you recommend some Satie interpretations of this ilk?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 25 2015 at 22:49

Erik Satie: Gnossienne No. 1, 2, 3 ( Daniel Varsano)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUAF3abGY2M

Japan : Night Porter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZVn9y0XfoI

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 25 2015 at 23:10
JAPAN - OBSCURE ALTERNATIVES=LTD=

This one is my second favorite.A very underrated album in my opinion with long tracks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amS-BNNsDA4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVJdKcZsUtY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU0P4NL0_04

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 26 2015 at 00:14
Originally posted by kenethlevine kenethlevine wrote:

you mean "Night Porter" is Satie inspired?
Off topic but can you recommend some Satie interpretations of this ilk?


Not sure about it being "this ilk" but there are the Blood Sweat and Tears "Variations" from their second album, Gary Numans versions of Gymnopedie # 1 and also the Hubert Laws/Bob James thing.  Sorry if the the BS&T thing is stating the bloody obvious.

Quite a few people have done Satie including









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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 26 2015 at 00:22
Mick Karn in general and on Sons of Pioneers in particular , challenged the boundaries of bass playing. Stunning technique and massive sound. Heart
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 26 2015 at 00:23
Sorry, that was somewhat off topic wasn't it ? Me I really liked Japan and a lot of Sylvians solo stuff. Raff mentions it was controversial that Japan was included as Prog Related but me I'd have no objection.

One other album that Sylvian appears on though it is not actually his would be the Ryuichi Sakamoto Soundtrack to "Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence". 



Something else he did with Sakamoto "Bamboo Houses"




Edited by t d wombat - August 26 2015 at 00:28
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