Interior ‎– Interior

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Artist and album title amended to "Interiors" for the Japanese LP release and some US pressings of the CD.

Tracklist

Technobose 3:49
Giant Steps 4:31
Flamengo 5:00
N.F.G. 3:40
Reply 1:56
Timeless 1:46
Cold Beach 3:44
Luft 3:17
Ascending 2:21
Park 4:04

Versions (13)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
YLR-22002 Interior Interior(LP) Yen Records YLR-22002 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
YLC-22002 Interior Interior(Cass, Album) Yen Records YLC-22002 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
371047-2 Interior Interior(CD, Album) Windham Hill Records 371047-2 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
32XB-58 Interior Interior(CD, Album) Windham Hill Records 32XB-58 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
WT-1047 Interior Interior(Cass, Album, BAS) Windham Hill Records WT-1047 US 1985 Sell This Version
TA-C-1047 Interior Interior(LP) Windham Hill Records TA-C-1047 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
371 047-1 Interior Interior(LP, Album) A&M Records, Windham Hill Records 371 047-1 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
WH-91047 Interior Interior(LP, Album) Windham Hill Records WH-91047 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
WH-1047 Interior Interior(LP, Album) Windham Hill Records WH-1047 US 1985 Sell This Version
WD-1047 Interiors* Interiors(CD, Album) Windham Hill Records WD-1047 US 1985 Sell This Version
WHP-28035 Interiors* Interiors(LP, Album) Windham Hill Records WHP-28035 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
WHP-28035 Interiors* Interiors(LP, Album, Promo) Windham Hill Records WHP-28035 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
WHP-28035 Interiors* Interiors(LP, Album, Promo) Windham Hill Records WHP-28035 Japan 1985 Sell This Version

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goldencalves

goldencalves

January 13, 2016
referencing Interior, LP, Album, WH-91047

The US Windham Hill version is mostly similar to the Yen Records version, except for the following (accompanied with my speculation to their rationales):

1) The cover design (Windham Hill's branded design layout and imagery taking the place of the geometric black and white pattern of the Yen Records edition)
2) Exclusion of A4 N.F.G. - 3:40 - Most likely excluded due to the angular, "non-chill", Japanese post-punk new-wave quality of this track (very non-Windham Hill); also contains vocals.
3) Exclusion of B3 Cold Beach - 3:44 - Most likely excluded due to its cold, angular (with 4AD-type post-punk distant guitar wails), dark-minimal electronic quality (very non-Windham Hill). Replaced with:
4) B1 Hot Beach - 4:13 - Much more "positive", in line with the "Windham Hill" brand.
5) Minor track order changes to accommodate these exclusions and replacement.

While it is unfortunate the cover art was changed and there was no US release of the removed Japanese-release only tracks, the track alterations do make for a more coherent, "uplifting/positive ambient soft electronic jazz" listening. Hot Beach is a rad track, and should have made it to the Yen version (showed up instead on the "Yen Manifold Vol. 1" compilation).

This certainly (IMHO) has to be one of the best (aside from Interior's 1987 "Design") of Windham Hill releases, with enjoyable melodies and arrangements and great synths, while rarely going too far over the "cheese line".

Its still cheese, but its very, very enjoyable cheese, in part thanks to the Haruomi Hosono production. Many of these tracks belong on the soundtrack for some mid-80s earnest inspirational drama, its a shame they missed out.

One of a few Yen Records releases that made it over to the US, making it one of the most affordable (albeit altered) Yen releases.