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    JapanObscure Alternatives

    Label:Ariola Hansa – AHALH 8007
    Format:
    Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Damont
    Country:UK
    Released:
    Genre:Electronic, Rock, Reggae
    Style:New Wave, Art Rock, Glam

    Tracklist

    A1Automatic Gun
    Backing VocalsAnna & Claudine
    4:06
    A2. . . . Rhodesia6:50
    A3Love Is Infectious4:12
    A4Sometimes I Feel So Low3:45
    B1Obscure Alternatives6:50
    B2Deviation3:25
    B3Suburban Berlin5:00
    B4The Tenant7:16
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    ℗ 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. There were two plants for this release in the UK: Utopia Studios & Damont, both manufactured with 'rainbow' paper labels. Another was pressed in Germany with 'black/silver' labels but used a thinner quality vinyl. All 3 releases use the same catalogue # AHALH 8007.

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

    * AHALH 8007, lacquer cut at Utopia Studios in the UK, with 'rainbow labels''
    * AHALH 8007, pressed by Sonopress in Germany, with 'black/silver labels' and 'red 33▼'

    Barcode and Other Identifiers

    • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): †AHALH 8007-A†
    • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): †AHALH 8007-B†
    • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched, variant 1): AHAL-8007-A-2 POUNDATA1PE DAMONT I PR 007
    • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched, variant 1): AHAL-8007-B-2 DAMONT PR 007 E
    • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched, variant 2): AHAL-8007-A-2 DAMONT Q PR 007
    • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched, variant 2): AHAL-8007-B-2 DAMONT POUNDATA1PE PR 007

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    Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
    Obscure Alternatives = 苦悩の旋律 (LP, Album, Stereo)Ariola Hansa, Ariola HansaVIP-6593, AHA-6003Japan1978
    Obscure Alternatives (Cassette, Album)Ariola HansaZCAHA 8007UK1978
    Obscure Alternatives (Cassette, Album, Stereo)Hansa International, Hansa International400 166, 400 166-352Germany1978
    Obscure Alternatives (LP, Album, Santa Maria)Ariola Records America, Hansa RecordsSW-50047, SW 50047US1978
    Obscure Alternatives (Cassette, Album)Ariola, Ariola Records AmericaSW4 50047Canada1978

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    FlawedMonkey's profile picture
    FlawedMonkey
    A quick query: I have a copy of this album on vinyl. It has the UK release sleeve with the PYE logo at bottom left and Arizona Hansa logo at bottom right; the inner sleeve has photos of the band but does not have the catalogue number at top right. The label, however, is the German black and silver one with the red 33 triangle and the embossed bass clef on side 2. I can’t seem to find details of this release on here so, any help would be useful. Many thanks.
    Crijevo's profile picture
    Crijevo
    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.