What’s in the bag? (5)

IMAG0451I always rather liked Japan, and it is odd now to look back and remember the TV News reports asking, in the same way as for Boy George, whether David Sylvian was a man or a woman. This is a live album that was recorded on their last tour, 1982, and released in 1983 after the group hand split up. It is sort of semi-live as I think a lot of the parts were re-recorded afterwards and mixed in. Live albums are usually a best of, this one contains three new tracks though, “Oil on Canvas”, “Voices Raised in Welcome, Hands Held in Prayer” and “Temple of Dawn”, all of which are instrumentals and weren’t live at all. My copy is a double in a gate fold sleeve and the proper track listing is below.

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7.9/10

Side A:

  1. “Oil on Canvas” (instrumental studio recording) – 1:25
  2. “Sons of Pioneers” (Karn/Sylvian) – 4:59
  3. “Gentlemen Take Polaroids” – 6:41
  4. “Swing” – 5:36

Side B:

  1. “Cantonese Boy” – 3:45
  2. “Visions of China” (Jansen/Sylvian) – 3:34
  3. “Ghosts” – 6:23
  4. “Voices Raised in Welcome, Hands Held in Prayer” (instrumental studio recording) (Jansen/Sylvian) – 3:30

Side C:

  1. “Nightporter” – 6:47
  2. “Still Life in Mobile Homes” – 5:37
  3. “Methods of Dance” – 6:07

Side D:

  1. “Quiet Life” – 4:34
  2. “The Art of Parties” – 5:28
  3. “Canton” (Jansen/Sylvian) – 5:43
  4. “Temple of Dawn” (instrumental studio recording) (Barbieri) – 1:45

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