JapanTin Drum

Label:Virgin – 671 041-7, UMC – 671 041-7
Series:Mastered At Abbey Road Studios - Half Speed Mastering
2 x Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Gatefold Sleeve
Genre:Electronic, Pop
Style:New Wave, Synth-pop


A1The Art Of Parties
Written-ByD. Sylvian*
Written-By, Composed ByDavid Sylvian
A2Talking Drum
Written-ByD. Sylvian*
Written-By, Composed ByDavid Sylvian
Written-ByD. Sylvian*
Written-By, Composed ByDavid Sylvian
Written-ByD. Sylvian*, S. Jansen*
C1Still Life In Mobile Homes
Written-ByD. Sylvian*
Written-By, Composed ByDavid Sylvian
C2Visions Of China
Composed ByDavid Sylvian, Steve Jansen
Lyrics ByDavid Sylvian
Written-ByD. Sylvian*, S. Jansen*
D1Sons Of Pioneers
Composed ByDavid Sylvian, Mick Karn
Lyrics ByDavid Sylvian
Written-ByD. Sylvian*, M. Karn*
D2Cantonese Boy
Written-ByD. Sylvian*
Written-By, Composed ByDavid Sylvian

Companies, etc.



℗ 1981 Virgin Records Ltd. © 2018 Virgin Records Ltd.
Made in the EU

Project Co-ordination For Universal at Hey Joe!

Mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road, each record was cut using a half-speed mastering technique; a specialist artisan process, which results in cuts that have a superior high frequency (treble) response and solid and stable stereo images. In short, this produces a very high-quality master, which in turn helps to create a very high-quality record.

Additionally, each album is being released as a double 45 RPM half-speed mastered edition, the ultimate high-quality reproduction as the faster the replay speed of the record, the higher the potential quality. The shorter side times also allow the level recorded to the master lacquer discs to be increased, thereby improving the signal to noise ratio.

Half Speed Mastering Certificate

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 02567 10417 9
  • Barcode (Scanned): 602567104179
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout, hand-etched): BI20822-01 A1 6710419 MILES.ABBEY ROAD ½ SPEED.ROOM 30.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout, hand-etched): BI20822-01 B1 MILES ABBEY ROAD ½ SPEED.ROOM 30 6710419
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, runout, hand-etched): BI20822-02 C1 6710421 MILES.ABBEY ROAD ½ SPEED.ROOM 30.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, runout, hand-etched): BI20822-02 D1 MILES. ABBEY ROAD ½ SPEED.ROOM 30 6710421
  • Rights Society: BIEM/SDRM

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Tin Drum (LP, Album, Stereo)VirginV2209UK1981
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Tin Drum (Cassette, Album, Black Text, Durations)VirginTCV 2209UK1981
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Tin Drum (LP, Album, Stereo)Virgin, Virgin204 169, 204 169-320Netherlands1981
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Tin Drum (LP, Album)VirginVL 2226Canada1981
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Tin Drum (LP, Album)Virgin, VirginV-2209, V2209Scandinavia1981



  • rebopmusic's avatar
    Edited 4 months ago
    I put the vinyl on and I flipped! What can be added? The disc is very quiet and sounds phenomenal. One of my favorite albums done right! If you dont feel like flipping the disc, play the CD.
    • rleatherwood's avatar
      Sounds amazing. Mine is pressed ever-so-slightly off-center, but not audibly so. What IS audible is the remarkable mastering. I’ve never heard this album, one of my favorites, sound so good.
      • joeljustice's avatar
        This pressing is just fantastic. I've never heard this record sound so good, in any format. Incredible dynamic range and detail.
        • picdisc65's avatar
          Totally shocking errors in the lyrics printed on the inner gatefold!
          • Pavol_Stromcek's avatar
            I've gone through three copies of this and both discs on all three had these sharp, ripple-like warps that sent the cartridge bouncing up and down rapidly. I doubt that's good for the cartridge's suspension. It's too bad, because this record sounds excellent.
            • fluxkit's avatar
              I first got the single disc remaster of the album here in 2018, which sounds great, except my copy has a scratch on Canton which makes some click sounds on the track. So, I let myself do what I wanted to do at first and bought the 2lp 45rpm edition. It sounds so good! I am so glad I have it now. I did not let myself believe this would be worth the extra expense, but for an album like this, one of my favorites too, it elevates it to a new level. Perfect sounding. If you love Tin Drum I highly recommend the 2lp 45rpm edition.
              • SyndromShop's avatar
                I believe this release will evoke lots of getting up to turn the records over...
                • kettleonwater's avatar
                  sound quality of the pressing absolutely fantastic, everything is super clear and lovely, and the bass tones are funky and smooth. perfect pressing
                  • dpfrag's avatar
                    Hey there to the 3 people who already say they have this; if you really do have it early can you comment on the sound quality. Cheers, would be much appreciated.


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