Japan ‎– Obscure Alternatives

Fame ‎– FA 4130981, Ariola Hansa ‎– FA 41 3098 1
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℗ 1978 Original sound recordings made by Ariola Hansa Records
Manufactured in the UK by EMI Records Limited.
Distributed by EMI Records Hayes Middx.

All titles published by Chadwick Nomis Ltd.

Special thanks to Anna and Claudine for vocals on 'Automatic Gun'.
Tape Operators - Mike, TR5, Supertype and Pee Wee... love to Terri.

The label on vinyl: Fame
Labels on sleeve: Fame, Ariola Hansa & EMI

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 099941 309810
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5099941309810
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, stamped, variant 1): 4130981 A-1-1-1-
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched, variant 1): HTM
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, stamped, variant 1): 4130981 B-1-1-1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, stamped, variant 2): 4130981 A-1-1-1-
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched, variant 2): HTM
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, stamped, variant 2): 4130981 B-1-1-1-
  • Other (Side A, label): 4130981A
  • Other (Side B, label): 4130981B

Other Versions (5 of 58) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country  Year
400 166-352 Japan Obscure Alternatives(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Hansa (2), Hansa International (2) 400 166-352 Unknown Sell This Version
ET 1570 Japan Obscure Alternatives(Cass, Album, Unofficial, DBX) E.T. Recording ET 1570 Asia Unknown Sell This Version
VPL1-4147, VPL1 4147, AHAL-007 Japan Obscure Alternatives(LP, Album) RCA Victor, RCA Victor, Hansa Records VPL1-4147, VPL1 4147, AHAL-007 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
SW-4-50047 Japan Obscure Alternatives(Cass, Album) Ariola Records America SW-4-50047 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
SW4 50047 Japan Obscure Alternatives(Cass, Album) Ariola, Ariola Records America SW4 50047 Canada 1978 Sell This Version



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September 22, 2016

A somewhat flawed album that pales in comparison to their later output. This is Japan still in Glam Rock mode but there are hints of what was to come next. In many ways the album feels like a prototype of their later sound and so it is a curious item in their discography but not one to be taken separately.