Japan ‎– Gentlemen Take Polaroids

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Gentlemen Take Polaroids 7:06
Swing 6:25
Burning Bridges 5:20
My New Career 3:54
Methods Of Dance 6:53
Ain't That Peculiar 4:40
Nightporter 6:57
Taking Islands In Africa 5:15

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V 2180, V2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, M/Print) Virgin, Virgin V 2180, V2180 UK 1980 Sell This Version
OVEDK 7138 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(Cass, Album) Virgin OVEDK 7138 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
VCW-1702, VIRG-C1702 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(Cass, Album) Virgin, Virgin VCW-1702, VIRG-C1702 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
TCV 2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(Cass, Album) Virgin TCV 2180 New Zealand 1980 Sell This Version
VC 2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(Cass, Album) Virgin VC 2180 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
TCV 2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(Cass, Album, Bla) Virgin TCV 2180 UK 1980 Sell This Version
TCV 2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(Cass, Album, Bla) Virgin TCV 2180 UK 1980 Sell This Version
D-402.968, D 402968 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(Cass, Album, M/Print) Virgin, Virgin D-402.968, D 402968 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
TCV 2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(Cass, Album, Red) Virgin TCV 2180 UK 1980 Sell This Version
V 2180, V2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V 2180, V2180 UK 1980 Sell This Version
VV 33.067 y, VV-33.067 Y Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin VV 33.067 y, VV-33.067 Y Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
V 2180, V2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V 2180, V2180 UK 1980 Sell This Version
V 2180, V2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V 2180, V2180 Hong Kong 1980 Sell This Version
V 2180, V2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V 2180, V2180 New Zealand 1980 Sell This Version
V 2180, V2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V 2180, V2180 UK 1980 Sell This Version
202968 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album) Virgin 202968 France 1980 Sell This Version
V 2180, V2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V 2180, V2180 New Zealand 1980 Sell This Version
V 2180, V2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V 2180, V2180 UK 1980 Sell This Version
VIP-6969, VIRG-6969, V-2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin VIP-6969, VIRG-6969, V-2180 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
I-202.968, I-202968 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin I-202.968, I-202968 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
V 2180, V2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V 2180, V2180 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
VL 2208 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album) Virgin VL 2208 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
VIL 12180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album) Virgin VIL 12180 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
VIP-6969, VIRG-6969, V-2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin VIP-6969, VIRG-6969, V-2180 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
V 2180, V2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V 2180, V2180 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
202 968, 202 968-320 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, M/Print) Virgin, Virgin 202 968, 202 968-320 Europe 1980 Sell This Version
202.968, 202 968 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, M/Print) Virgin, Virgin 202.968, 202 968 Benelux 1980 Sell This Version
202 968, 202 968-320 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, M/Print) Virgin, Virgin 202 968, 202 968-320 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
V 2180, V2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, M/Print) Virgin, Virgin V 2180, V2180 UK 1980 Sell This Version
202.968, 202 968-320 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, M/Print) Virgin, Virgin 202.968, 202 968-320 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
202.968, 202 968 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, M/Print) Virgin, Virgin 202.968, 202 968 Benelux 1980 Sell This Version
V2180, 2473 811 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, M/Print) Virgin, Virgin V2180, 2473 811 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
V 2180, V2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, Promo) Virgin, Virgin V 2180, V2180 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
VIP-6969, VIRG-6969, V-2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, Promo) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin VIP-6969, VIRG-6969, V-2180 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
202968 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Virgin 202968 France 1980 Sell This Version
DVPL-002, V-2180, DVPC-002 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin DVPL-002, V-2180, DVPC-002 South Korea 1982 Sell This Version
VCW-613 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(Cass, Album) Virgin VCW-613 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
202 968, 202 968-610 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, M/Print, RE) Virgin, Virgin 202 968, 202 968-610 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
202.968, 202 968-320 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, M/Print, RP) Virgin, Virgin 202.968, 202 968-320 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
VDP-56 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album) Virgin VDP-56 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
CDV2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, M/Print) Virgin CDV2180 UK 1984 Sell This Version
OVEDC 138 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(Cass, Album, RE, Bla) Virgin OVEDC 138 UK 1984 Sell This Version
TCV 2180, OVEDC 138 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(Cass, Album, RE, Bla) Virgin, Virgin TCV 2180, OVEDC 138 UK 1984 Sell This Version
OVEDC 138 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(Cass, Album, RE, Sil) Virgin OVEDC 138 UK 1984 Sell This Version
70056 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, RE) Virgin 70056 France 1984 Sell This Version
OVED 138 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, RE) Virgin OVED 138 UK 1984 Sell This Version
OVED 138 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, RE) Virgin OVED 138 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
25VB-1013 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, RE) Virgin 25VB-1013 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
VJD-28017 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, Promo) Virgin Japan, Virgin VJD-28017 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VJD-28017 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, RE) Virgin Japan, Virgin VJD-28017 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VJD-28017 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, RE) Virgin Japan, Virgin VJD-28017 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
OVEDC 138 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(Cass, Album, RE, Sil) Virgin OVEDC 138 UK 1988 Sell This Version
VJL-146, OVED-138 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album) Virgin Japan, Virgin, Virgin VJL-146, OVED-138 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VJL-146, OVED-138 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, Promo) Virgin Japan, Virgin VJL-146, OVED-138 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
OVED 138 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, RE) Virgin OVED 138 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CDVP 2180, CDV2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Pic) Virgin, Virgin CDVP 2180, CDV2180 UK 1990 Sell This Version
CDV2180, 610 370-217 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, M/Print, RE) Virgin, Virgin CDV2180, 610 370-217 UK 1990 Sell This Version
VJCP-23055, VJD-28017-1 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids = 孤独な影(CD, Album, Promo, RE) Virgin Japan, Virgin, Virgin Japan VJCP-23055, VJD-28017-1 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
VJCP-23055, VJD-28017-1 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids = 孤独な影(CD, Album, RE) Virgin Japan, Virgin, Virgin Japan VJCP-23055, VJD-28017-1 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
VJCP-23206, CDV-2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, Promo, RM) Virgin, Virgin VJCP-23206, CDV-2180 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
VJCP-23206, CDV-2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, RM) Virgin, Virgin VJCP-23206, CDV-2180 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
CAROL 1829-2 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album) Caroline Blue Plate CAROL 1829-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
CAROL 1829-2 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album) Caroline Blue Plate CAROL 1829-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
VJCP-3262, CDV-2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, Promo, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin VJCP-3262, CDV-2180 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
VJCP-3262, CDV-2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin VJCP-3262, CDV-2180 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
TOCP-53038, CDV-2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, Promo, RM) Virgin, Virgin TOCP-53038, CDV-2180 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
TOCP-53038, CDV-2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, RM) Virgin, Virgin TOCP-53038, CDV-2180 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
VJCP-68600, 7243 5 91017 2 9 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, Copy Prot., Enh, RM, Dig) Virgin, Virgin VJCP-68600, 7243 5 91017 2 9 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
7243 5 91017 2 9 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, Copy Prot., RM, Dig) Virgin 7243 5 91017 2 9 UK & Europe 2003 Sell This Version
CDVX 2180, 7243 5 91016 2 0 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, RM, Dig) Virgin, EMI CDVX 2180, 7243 5 91016 2 0 UK 2003 Sell This Version
CDVX 2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CDr, Album, Promo, RM) Virgin CDVX 2180 UK 2003 Sell This Version
0946 3 63057 2 1, CDVR 2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, RE, RM, EMI) Virgin, Virgin 0946 3 63057 2 1, CDVR 2180 UK & Europe 2006 Sell This Version
VJCP-68872, V 2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, Ltd, Promo, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin VJCP-68872, V 2180 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
VJCP-68872, V 2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin VJCP-68872, V 2180 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
TOCP-54222 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, EMI TOCP-54222 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
TOCP-54222 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, EMI TOCP-54222 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
TYCP-80001, V 2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Virgin, Virgin TYCP-80001, V 2180 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
UICY-25453 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Virgin UICY-25453 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
0946 3 63057 2 1, CDVR 2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Virgin (2), Virgin (2) 0946 3 63057 2 1, CDVR 2180 Russia 2015 Sell This Version
5373701 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(SACD, Hybrid, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM) Virgin, Universal Music Hong Kong 5373701 Hong Kong 2016 Sell This Version
CAROL 1829-2 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album) Caroline Blue Plate CAROL 1829-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
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CDV 2180, 0777 7 86661 2 7 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, M/Print, RE) Virgin, Virgin CDV 2180, 0777 7 86661 2 7 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
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CDV2180, 610 370-217 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, M/Print, RE) Virgin, Virgin CDV2180, 610 370-217 UK Unknown Sell This Version
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VJCP-23055, VJD-28017-1 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Album, RE, RP) Virgin Japan, Virgin, Virgin Japan VJCP-23055, VJD-28017-1 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
RCHC 009, V 2180 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(Cass, Album) Rock Records & Tape, Virgin RCHC 009, V 2180 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
S-2645A Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Foot Print S-2645A Malaysia Unknown Sell This Version
7857 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(Cass, Album, Unofficial) 747 7857 Singapore Unknown Sell This Version
202 968, 202 968-270 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, M/Print) Virgin, Virgin 202 968, 202 968-270 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
202 968, 202 968-270 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, M/Print, RE) Virgin, Virgin 202 968, 202 968-270 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
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OVED 138 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, RE) Virgin OVED 138 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
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VL 2208 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, RP) Virgin VL 2208 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
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cdfreak1

cdfreak1

June 20, 2018
edited 25 days ago
referencing Gentlemen Take Polaroids, LP, Album, M/Print, V 2180, V2180
Shock of shocks... Gentlemen is getting the Abbey Road Remaster treatment!!! Already
up for preorder (and selling out FAST). Available on 2x45rpm 180 gram and also 1x 33 1/3 rpm 180 gram pressings from August 24/2018.
LeonardoA

LeonardoA

December 15, 2016
referencing Gentlemen Take Polaroids, LP, Album, V 2180, V2180
The two subsequent albums, Gentlemen Take Polaroids (1980) and Tin Drum (1981) reached a larger audience. The band had meanwhile found a different style and was part of the New Romantic-flow from the early 1980s..
Crijevo

Crijevo

July 22, 2016
edited 8 months ago
referencing Gentlemen Take Polaroids, LP, Album, V 2180, V2180
It isn't hard to mistake David Sylvian's portrait on the cover for a certain Nick Rhodes, the resemblance between the two is striking indeed, not just for the make-up but an overall appearance that managed to confuse me for many years earlier on, every time I'd see this album's cover. Japan's fourth studio album is now a fully realised affair. Closer to "Quiet Life" (both albums released in 1980), "Gentlemen Take Polaroids" is their debut for Virgin - released rather quickly after the group's acrimonious parting with Hansa who in return prevented the group from touring with any of their earlier album material on that label.

It didn't stop Japan though, "Gentlemen" making it all a whole new starting point, adding further more tranquillity, a sophisticated mix of ambient and melancholy. Like with previous records, one spot here is reserved for (sort-of) a cover version of theirs - that of "Ain't That Peculiar" (a Motown-penned classic), given a whole new shape with the group's established exotic touch.

With the remaining list of songs, Japan indeed found a solid new ground, reducing the sound palette in order to make it more spacious, rich and vibrant. There is not a weak track on this album - the opening title song, "Swing", "My New Career", "Methods Of Dance", the optimistic closer done in collaboration with Sakamoto - "Taking Islands In Africa" and two beautifully dormant pieces, the Satie-esque "Nightporter" (by many, already echoing in the group's earlier piece "The Tenant") and "Burning Bridges", a masterpiece intermezzo halfway down the first side of the album, Eno and Bowie would simply kill for.

Interesting note about this particular track - also appearing as a b-side to "Gentlemen Take Polaroids" on a 7" single, many still guess if there's a difference between the two versions. The answer is yes but only a slight one - "Burning Bridges" in its 7" version (popularly credited as "Sylvian mix") is actually nothing that special, except a bit more muffled and shortened in the mix, rid of the gorgeous intro that complements the original album track. The Steve Nye remix for "Taking Islands In Africa" on the other hand does give a little more to the already astonishing album version (despite it's also not that radically different).

And yes, for collectors' perversity, the mystery behind "Some Kind Of Fool" misprint - if you really want to collect the LP just for the sake of this misprinted oddity and pay a fortune, then you really are a fool. While the re-recorded version (appearing years later on Syilvian's compilation "Everything And Nothing") is as every bit worth having, "Burning Bridges" fits in much better and including the latter on "Gentlemen" was a wise move. "Some Kind Of Fool", when you listen closely is a rewrite of "The Other Side Of Life". Nothing bad about that, but not really fitting into the "Gentlemen" story.
TylerLethersin

TylerLethersin

September 19, 2015
referencing Gentlemen Take Polaroids, CD, Album, RM, Dig, CDVX 2180, 7243 5 91016 2 0
The 2003 remastered bonus track version. This whole album is great & the bonus tracks make it just more lovely. 9-11 are the bonus tracks. 9 & 10 are instrumental b-sides to gentlemen take Polaroids. I can see why they never were put on the album cause they don't really have the sound the album has. Track 11 is really a edit of the original version. It doesn't sound much different it's just shorter in its length. I prefer this version over the album version though. Gentlemen take Polaroids & methods of dance are in there 12'' versions. Gentlemen take Polaroids 7'' version is 3:31 & the album version is 7:09. Really the 7'' version is just a edit for radio play but tbh there both the same just ones longer then the other.
gullgrey

gullgrey

March 24, 2013
referencing Gentlemen Take Polaroids, LP, Album, V 2180, V2180

Not all versions seem to have the 'Strawberry' stamp. Mine is exactly identical to the above, but without the stamp.