Japan ‎– Obscure Alternatives

Ariola Hansa ‎– AHALH 8007
Vinyl, LP, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Automatic Gun
Backing Vocals – Anna & Claudine
A2 …Rhodesia 6:50
A3 Love Is Infectious 4:12
A4 Sometimes I Feel So Low 3:45
B1 Obscure Alternatives 6:50
B2 Deviation 3:25
B3 Suburban Berlin 5:00
B4 The Tenant 7:16

Companies, etc.



℗ 1978 Ariola Hansa Records
All titles © 1978 Nomis Productions Ltd. for all countries.

Made in England
Manufactured and Distributed by Pye Records. All Titles published by Chadwick Nomis Ltd. Special thanks to Anna and Claudine for vocals on 'Automatic Gun'.

Original vinyl copies released in the UK and Europe included an inner sleeve showing the group recording the album. In the UK there were two pressing plants for this release: Utopia Studios & Damont, both pressed with 'Rainbow' paper labels. Another was pressed in Germany with 'Black/ Silver' labels but used a thinner quality vinyl. All 3 pressings have the same catalogue # AHALH 8007.

This submission refers to AHALH 8007, pressed in the UK by Damont, with 'Rainbow Labels'. The other two pressings can be reviewed here:

* AHALH 8007, pressed in UK by Utopia Studios, with 'Rainbow Labels''
* AHALH 8007, pressed in Germany with 'Silver / Black Labels' and 'Red 33 Triangle'

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): DAMONT PR 007 AHAL-8007-A-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): DAMONT PR 007 AHAL-8007-B-2
  • Other (Side A label): †AHALH 8007-A†
  • Other (Side B label): †AHALH 8007-B†

Other Versions (5 of 55) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BVCM-37799, 82876-56694-2 Japan Obscure Alternatives(CD, Album, Enh, RE, RM) BMG, Hansa BVCM-37799, 82876-56694-2 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
BVCM-37219, 74321-87410-2 Japan Obscure Alternatives(CD, Album, Ltd, RM) BMG, Hansa BVCM-37219, 74321-87410-2 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
AHALH 8007 Japan Obscure Alternatives(LP, Album) Hansa, Ariola AHALH 8007 UK 1978 Sell This Version
TC-FA 41 3098 4, FA 41 3098 4 Japan Obscure Alternatives(Cass, Album, RE, Bla) Fame, EMI TC-FA 41 3098 4, FA 41 3098 4 UK 1984 Sell This Version
SW-50047, SW 50047 Japan Obscure Alternatives(LP, Album) Ariola Records America, Hansa Records SW-50047, SW 50047 US 1978 Sell This Version



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July 21, 2016
An album of material's worth, stepping away from the "earliness" of "Adolescent Sex", a hard (rock) lesson learned and left in obscurity despite its availability to the present day... On "Obscure Alternatives", the group matures musically, free of insecurities or forced eclecticism - this time, if The New York Dolls were one of the ideals to compete with, Japan managed to catch up with it to great effect, resulting in avant-garde material that definitely won't sit in the ear on first listen, but after a few more it will continue to reward.