Japan ‎– Gentlemen Take Polaroids

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VS 379 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(2x7", Single, Dou) Virgin VS 379 UK 1980 Sell This Version
VIPX-1550, VIRG-1550, VS-379 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids = 孤独な影(7", Single) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin VIPX-1550, VIRG-1550, VS-379 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
VIPX-1550, VIRG-1550, VS-379 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids = 孤独な影(7", Single, Promo) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin VIPX-1550, VIRG-1550, VS-379 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
102 513, 102 513-100 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(7", Single) Virgin, Virgin 102 513, 102 513-100 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
VS 379 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(7", Single, Sin) Virgin VS 379 UK 1980 Sell This Version
VS 379 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(7", Single, Sin) Virgin VS 379 UK 1980 Sell This Version
VS 379 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(7", Single) Virgin VS 379 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
VS 379 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(7", Single, Promo) Virgin VS 379 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
CDT 32, CDT32 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(CD, Mini, EP) Virgin, Virgin CDT 32, CDT32 UK 1988 Sell This Version

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CRUSHTRASH

CRUSHTRASH

August 18, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Gentlemen Take Polaroids, 2x7", Single, Dou, VS 379

I hunted this down for the short David Sylvian produced version of "Burning Bridges", and whilst it is clearly an early production/mix, it isn't much different from the final John Punter produced album version. There is no ambient/atmospheric intro, the track fades in quickly with the mock aeroplane engine noise. Then not much else happens until the sax solo, and finally David's vocals, come in, as they are much quieter in the mix than on the final version. The closing drone sounds slightly more treated too. A tad disappointing compared to what I'd hoped for, having read the initial Discogs listing comment, although its also quite nice to have the 7" edit of Gentlemen too (I didn't have the normal 7").

Whilst this is an item completists will want, don't pay a small fortune for it for "Burning Bridges" version!
Crijevo

Crijevo

September 6, 2007
referencing Gentlemen Take Polaroids, 2x7", Single, Dou, VS 379
Japan had very little to brag about their b-sides but when they picked up on them you can be certain they didn't miss - writing instrumentals with great skill even though these sometimes seem like desperate sketches of things proper yet to see the light of day.

This confusingly double package collects together tracks that some might find pure scrap - the poppier, edited version of 'Gentlemen' is at every contrast to the remaining three, extremely melancholic pieces - 'The Experience of Swimming', 'The Width of a Room' and not-that-different-from-the-album-version of hauntingly beautiful Eno-esque ballad 'Burning Bridges'.

At this stage, music of Japan started its fine course much in favour of Sylvian's later, excellent solo career - and 'Burning Bridges' can very easily be viewed as his first-ever solo attempt. Sounds like eternity. Every note. A deserved favourite.