Japan were a British group, who originally formed in 1974 in Lewisham, South London. The band achieved success in the late 1970's and early 1980s, when they were often associated with the burgeoning New Romantic fashion movement (though the band themselves have downplayed any such connection).
Japan's last ever performance was on 16th December 1982 in Nagoya, Japan, this was just five days earlier on the 8th December 1982
at Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
The band decided to split just as they were beginning to obtain long-overdue commercial success both in their native UK and internationally, with Oil On Canvas becoming their highest charting British album, reaching number 5. Both Hansa-Ariola and Virgin Records continued to release Japan singles into 1983.
Source: Soundboard & FM.
Sound Quality: Very good stereo mp3@320kbps
Genre: New wave, post punk, synth pop.
Set: Full set.
01. Burning Bridges
02. Sons Of Pioneers
04. Gentlemen Take Polaroids
06. Cantonese Boy
07. Visions Of China
10. Still Life In Mobile Homes
11. Methods Of Dance
12. Quiet Life
13. European Son
14. The Art Of Parties
15. Bamboo Music (duet with Akiko Yano)
16. Taking Islands In Africa (Yukihiro Takahashi sings lead vocals)
17. (applause for encores)
18. Life In Tokyo
20. Good Night (duet with Akiko Yano)
Band Line Up:
David Sylvian - voc, guitar
Mick Karn - bass
Steve Jansen - drums
Richard Barbieri - keys
Ryuichi Sakamoto - add. keys
Members of Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO)
YMO joined the band near the end of the set on various songs.
Links: Official David Sylvian site HERE. Good fan site HERE.
Comments: This is from one of the early 'seed' notes for this specific boot. This is one of the last shows Japan ever played! Members of Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) join the band near the end of the set on various songs. The recording was originally captured from its broadcast on Ryuichi Sakamoto's "Sound Street" radio. As with nearly all Sylvian related boots before 2001, lineage is unknown. The tracks on tape are superior but the tape was missing the three tracks that had to be added in from vinyl. Taking Islands in Africa seems to have been a little warped on the LP it was taken from, the other two tracks blend in surprisingly well.
Reloaded - 29/May/2015 - download link in comments.
Buy: Mp3's at amazon.co.uk Japan