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Japan - Oil On Canvas CD £2.99 delivered @ HMV
Japan - Oil On Canvas CD £2.99 delivered @ HMV

Japan - Oil On Canvas CD £2.99 delivered @ HMV

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In retrospect, it's an ironic twist of fate that Japan was just blossoming into its most artistically fruitful period while on the verge of breaking up. When this 1982 concert was recorded at London's Hammersmith Odeon, Japan was just around the corner from disintegration. OIL ON CANVAS makes a hell of a swan song.
The band had come a long way from it's glam-rock beginnings, evolving into a subtle, complex unit that combined post-punk funk, electronics, Asian imagery and an unbridled experimental streak for some of the early-'80s most memorable recordings. Incredibly, this live album reveals that the complicated textures and fragile dynamics of Japan's studio work transferred easily to the stage. David Sylvian's velvety baritone, Mick Karn's jazzy fretless bass, and Richard Barbieri's exotic, atmospheric synthesizers make these tunes from the band's final phase as rewarding as they are inscrutable.

1. Sons of pioneers
2. Cantonese boy
3. Visions of China
4. Ghosts
5. Voices raised in welcome hands held in prayer
6. Nightporter
7. Still life in mobile homes
8. Methods of dance
9. Quiet life
10. Art of parties
11. Temple of dawn
12. Oil on canvas
13. Gentlemen take polaroids
14. Canton

Few other David Sylvian and Japan CDs on HMV for £2.99/3.49 too

7 Comments

Great CD From A Great Band Voted Hot !!!!:-D

Great group, superb songs, top price, thanks.

Funnily enough, was never really into them at the time, but got into them about ten years later

Great album, great price :thumbsup:

Fantastic.
Just ordered it.

One of the best live albums ever. Super deal!

I now feel about 100! Great album

Excellent band. Real shame about MIck Karn the bassist though:
mickkarn.net/
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