Japan ‎– Quiet Life

Hansa International ‎– 201 261, Hansa International ‎– 201 261-320
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold Sleeve

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A1 Quiet Life 4:52
A2 Fall In Love With Me 4:37
A3 Despair 6:01
A4 In Vogue 6:36
B1 Halloween 4:26
B2 All Tomorrow's Parties
Engineer [Engineered By] – Keith BesseyProducer [Produced By] – Japan, Simon Napier-BellRemix – John PunterWritten-By, Composed By – Lou Reed
B3 Alien 5:07
B4 The Other Side Of Life 7:29

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℗ 1/1980 Hansa Productions Ltd.

Distributed by Im Ariola-Vertrieb. Printed in Western Germany by Mohndruck Graphische Betriebe GmbH, Gütersloh. Manufactured by Ariola-Eurodisc GmbH., München.

Recorded at Air Studios, London except for 'All Tomorrow's Parties' recorded at DJM Studios, London.

All songs published by Chadwick Nomis Ltd., except Track B2, Sunbury Music Ltd.

Note: The label refers to this album being produced by Simon Napier-Bell and Japan. This is incorrect. This album was produced by John Punter and it was only Track B2 'All Tomorrow's Parties' which was produced by Napier-Bell and Japan. Producer credits are correctly printed in the gatefold sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): 201261 A-2/80S
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): 201261 B-2/80S
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A & B): Made in Germany
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Label Code: LC 0835

Other Versions (5 of 73) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AHAL 8010 Japan Quiet Life(LP, Album, Sin) Hansa, Ariola Hansa AHAL 8010 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
201.261 Japan Quiet Life(LP, Album, Gat) Hansa International, Hansa 201.261 Benelux 1979 Sell This Version
MOVLP176 Japan Quiet Life(3xLP, Album, Comp, Ltd, RE, RM, 180) Music On Vinyl MOVLP176 UK & Europe 2011 Sell This Version
BVCM-37220, 74321-87422-2 Japan Quiet Life(CD, Album, Ltd, RM) BMG, Hansa BVCM-37220, 74321-87422-2 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
VCW-1684, AHA-C1507 Japan Quiet Life(Cass, Album) Hansa, Hansa VCW-1684, AHA-C1507 Japan 1980 Sell This Version



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May 29, 2003

"Quiet LIfe" was the turning point for Japan. Putting aside the glam-rockish attitude and sound of their first two albums, and choosing John Punter to produce it, Japan's sound on Quiet Life became distinct, modern, still soul-funk-glam influenced but it became Japan's sound, a sound all their own.
David Sylvian stoped singing like an arty Mick Jaeger, and found it's own voice - and what a voice it is! Gentle, deep, legant and warm, just like it still is today.
Mick Karn's bass playing found much more room to breathe; Barbieri's atmospherics take the songs to another dimension; Rob Dean was an hell of a guitar player; and Steve Jansen teamed up perfectly with Mick Karn to keep the groove as solid as concrete.
If you listen to songs like Quiet Life, Life in Tokyo,In Vogue, or Halloween, you'll understand which were the roots for many of the electronic/new-romantic/sophisticated pop that made the 80's such a special decade.
"Quiet Life" is definetely a must-have, but just as a warning, their sound got better and better on "Gentlemen take Polaroids" and "Tin Drum".