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Japan - Tin Drum album

Japan - Tin Drum album
  • Performer Japan
  • Title Tin Drum
  • Date of release 1981
  • Country UK
  • Style New Wave
  • Other formats AHX VQF MPC AUD MP4 AC3 MOD
  • Genre Electronic
  • Size MP3 1474 mb
  • Size FLAC 1921 mb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 434

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Japan were an English new wave band formed in 1974 in Catford, South London by David Sylvian (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Steve Jansen (drums), Richard Barbieri (keyboards) and Mick Karn (bass guitar)  . The band debuted with the 1978 album Adolescent Sex and followed up with their second album, Obscure Alternatives, the same year. The Tin Drum digipak re-issue was of particular interest as it was packaged in a cardboard box and contained a bonus 5-inch single The Art of Parties, which comprised The Art of Parties (12" single and live versions), Ghosts (single version) and Life Without Buildings (B-side to The Art of Parties single).

Band Name Japan (UK). Data de lançamento Novembro 1981. Labels Virgin Records. Estilo de MúsicaNew-Wave. Membros têm este álbum1. 1. The Art of Parties.

Tin Drum is the fifth and final studio album by English band Japan, released in November 1981 by record label Virgin. It peaked at No. 12 on the UK charts, and featured the top 5 single "Ghosts. It has received acclaim as the band's best work. Tin Drum continued the band's now-established mix of electronic elements with traditional instrumentation, but leans far more towards Far Eastern and Orientialist influences than any of their previous albums. Guitarist Rob Dean had left by this point and vocalist David Sylvian had taken on his duties, which had been very greatly reduced by the band's change of musical direction.

Japan's 'Tin Drum' is undeniably hip. The musicality of this recording is nothing short of genius. It's clever, artsy and sophisticated. Sylvian's vox is intoxicating paired with Mick Karn's otherworldly bass playing and Steve Jansen's exotic drumming. My fav track is, hands down, 'Cantonese Boy' with its inventive phrasing and poppy beats. These cats made several classic Art Rock recordings in the 80. .

Album · 1981 · 12 Songs. Adolescent Sex. 1978. Gentlemen Take Polaroids (2003 Remaster).

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A1 The Art Of Parties 4:09
A2 Talking Drum 3:34
A3 Ghosts 4:33
A4 Canton 5:30
B1 Still Life In Mobile Homes 5:32
B2 Visions Of China 3:37
B3 Sons Of Pioneers 7:07
B4 Cantonese Boy 3:44

Companies, etc.

  • Distributed By – Ariola Group Of Companies
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Virgin Records Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Virgin Records Ltd.
  • Pressed By – Ariola Eurodisc GmbH
  • Made By – Ariola Benelux B.V.
  • Pressed By – Sonopress
  • Printed By – Mohndruck Graphische Betriebe GmbH


  • Cover [Cover Concept] – D. Sylvian*
  • Design – Steve Joule
  • Drums, Percussion, Percussion [Electronic & Keyboard Percussion] – Steve Jansen
  • Engineer [Engineered By] – Steve Nye
  • Fretless Bass, Flute [African Flute], Suona [Dida] – Mick Karn
  • Keyboards, Programmed By [Keyboard Programming], Tape [Tapes] – Richard Barbieri
  • Keyboards, Programmed By [Keyboard Programming], Tape [Tapes], Guitar, Vocals – David Sylvian
  • Photography By – Fin Costello
  • Producer [Produced By] – Japan, Steve Nye
  • Violin – Simon House
  • Vocals – Yuka Fujii
  • Written-By – D. Sylvian*, M. Karn* (tracks: B3), S. Jansen* (tracks: A4, B2)


℗ + © 1981 Virgin Records Ltd.
℗ 1981 Virgin Records Ltd.

Made in Germany
Distributed by the Ariola Group of Companies. Printed in Western Germany by Mohndruck Graphische Betriebe GmbH, Gütersloh. Imprimé en République Fédérale d'Allemagne.

Has different manufacturing text incorrectly printed on Side A label:

Side A: Alle Urheber- und Leistungsschutzrechte vorbehalten - Kein unerlaubte Vervielfältigung. Velhietung, Aufführung, Sendung! Ariola-Eurodisc GmbH., München.

Side B: All rights of the Producer and of the Owner of the work reproduced reserved. Unauthorised copying, hiring. Lending, public performance, and broadcasting of this record prohibited. Ariola-Benelux B.V. Haarlem

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): 204169 A-1/81S I
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): 204169 B-1/81S I II
  • Rights Society: STEMRA
  • Label Code: LC 3098
  • Price Code (Side B label, embossed): [Bass clef]

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
V2209 Japan Tin Drum ‎(LP, Album) Virgin V2209 UK 1981
CDV 2209, 0777 7 86697 22 Japan Tin Drum ‎(CD, Album, RE, EMI) Virgin, Virgin CDV 2209, 0777 7 86697 22 Europe Unknown
204169 Japan Tin Drum ‎(LP, Album, M/Print) Virgin 204169 France 1981
2473 830, V2209 Japan Tin Drum ‎(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2473 830, V2209 Greece 1982
0946 3 63061 2 4, CDVR 2209 Japan Tin Drum ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP, EDC) Virgin, Virgin 0946 3 63061 2 4, CDVR 2209 UK & Europe Unknown