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JapanTin Drum

Label:Virgin – V2209
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Pop
Style:New Wave, Synth-pop

Tracklist

A1The Art Of Parties4:09
A2Talking Drum3:34
A3Ghosts4:33
A4Canton5:30
B1Still Life In Mobile Homes5:32
B2Visions Of China3:37
B3Sons Of Pioneers7:07
B4Cantonese Boy3:44
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Notes

℗ + © 1981 VIRGIN RECORDS LTD.
℗ 1981 VIRGIN RECORDS LTD

Publishers: Chadwick-Nomis Ltd. / Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.

Some initial pressings included a limited edition free poster with slightly different matrix #s on the vinyl: Tin Drum. Furthermore, some copies were incorrectly manufactured with the A-side label on both sides.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, label): V2209A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, label): V2209B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout, etched, variant 1): V·2209.A·3 ƱTOPIA Λ :〕I
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout, etched, variant 1): V·2209.B·3 ƱTOPIA Λ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout, etched, variant 2): V·2209.A·3 ƱTOPIA Λ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout, etched, variant 2): V·2209.B·4 ƱTOPIA Λ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout, etched, variant 3): V·2209.A·3 ƱTOPIA Λ :〕:〕
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout, etched, variant 3): V·2209.B·5 Λ I
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout, etched, variant 4): V·2209.A·3 ƱTOPIA Λ I :〕
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout, etched, variant 4): V·2209.B·6 Λ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout, etched, variant 5): V·2209.A·6 ƱTOPIA Λ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout, etched, variant 5): V·2209.B·4 ƱTOPIA Λ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout, etched, variant 6): V·2209.A·6 ƱTOPIA Λ :〕:〕
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout, etched, variant 6): V·2209.B·5 Λ :〕
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout, etched, variant 7): V·2209.A·6 ƱTOPIA Λ :〕
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout, etched, variant 7): V·2209.B·6 Λ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout, etched, variant 9): V-2209-A6 ƱTOPIA ⋀
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout, etched, variant 9): V-2209-B-3 ⋀ ƱTOPIA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout, etched, variant 10): V·2209-A4 ƱTOPIA D DG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout, etched, variant 10): V-2209-B5 D C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout, etched, variant 11): V-2209-A5 4 ƱTOPIA 5A ⋀
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout, etched, variant 11): V-2209-B6 1 U ⋀
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout, etched, variant 12): V-2209-A5 ƱTOPIA 5A ⋀
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout, etched, variant 12): V-2209-B5 Λ :〕

Other Versions (5 of 134)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Tin Drum (Cassette, Album, Black Text, Durations)VirginTCV 2209UK1981
Tin Drum (LP, Album, Stereo)Virgin, Virgin204 169, 204 169-320Netherlands1981
Tin Drum (LP, Album)VirginVL 2226Canada1981
Tin Drum (LP, Album)Virgin, VirginV-2209, V2209Scandinavia1981
Tin Drum (LP, Album, Stereo)Virgin, Virgin204 169, 204 169-270Europe1981

Reviews

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Tuaam
Why is it that UK pressings are almost always in pristine condition when I find them? Meanwhile, most US pressings I find are of lower quality...

Like many UK issues of synth-pop albums, this sounds extremely good.
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Crijevo
If one ever imagined how "Japan" would sound - David Sylvian, Mick Karn, Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri (minus Rob Dean, who left the group at this point) did their best to provide with a weirdly beautiful provocative audio-postcard from China, confronting the modern and the traditional into one damn great, ethnically funky cocktail of sounds, in stark contrast to the karaoke-machines and expensive automated hi-gloss production of the workaholic country their name so implies on.
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Alain_Patrick
Finding an obscure Synth-Pop is deeply rewarding. It's a sensation felt when an LP such as 'Tin Drum', 'B-2 Unit' or 'Logic System' fall into your hands. Probably for the whole aesthetic concept, the Synth timbres, the melodies & surrounding atmospheric chords, the instruments interaction with vocals, and, most of all, that ability to embrace with identity the introspectiveness & the infectious dancing sides.