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Adolescent Sex [Import, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered]

JapanAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (September 4, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bmg Int'l
  • ASIN: B00005KAO8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,293,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Transmission
2. The Unconventional
3. Wish You Were Black
4. Performance
5. Lovers On Main Street
6. Don't Rain On My Parade
7. Suburban Love
8. Adolescent Sex
9. Communist China
10. Television

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Japanese limited edition featuring an LP style slipcase & 24 bit K2 digitally remastering.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Seamy Side of Life August 7, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Most people will land on this album by way of researching David Sylvian, Japan, et al. If you are interested in that vein, this is probably not your wisest first shot. If however, you have a craving for long-neglected, trashy, mascara-drippin' rock (guitars that cross Sly Stone with Sticky Fingers-era Stones, sneering heroin vocals, androgyny and alienation) you won't find a better album. This is L.A. gutter rock at its finest.
The contradiction (for this IS the band Japan and the singer IS David Sylvian) is that Japan started out as a bunch of 15-year old south London boys fixated on Bowie, T-Rex and Motown. They recorded two "hard rock" albums (this and "Obscure Alternatives") before discovering Roxy Music and their true, sublime calling with "Quiet Life." They disowned those first two albums as the shady manipulation of producers and managers, but the fact is that "Adolescent Sex" in particular is greasy, sleazy and brimming with furious talent. The album bombed, despite enormous record company hype. It was released just as punk was peaking and nobody had time for this kind of loud, tacky glamour anymore. Nobody namechecks the album, but you can hear it in LA Guns, GunsNRoses, Suede, and others.
The best tracks on the album (the wicked blaxploitation funk of "The Unconventional", the hammy soul of "Wish You Were Black" and the georgous synthesizers on "Television" and "Suburban Love") can make you wish that the 70s never ended, that life should be one long cocaine-fueled sex party. The arrangements are watertight, the playing verges on brilliant, and the whole collection is encased in a humid, throroughly-analog mix. It is a true guilty pleasure for those of us who think we've outgrown such things.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some people should not be remastering audio...... June 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD
While of course this is an increadible album by an increadible group that where and still are ahead of thier time, this is one of those "remastered"
CD's that you wish to God that someone else would have done the job!! It sounds to me like the remastering tech/eng has a case of high frequency burn out as the highs (esp in the area of 4 to 8 khz) are insanely boosted, the stereo image is poor and the much too heavy compression is just plain old WRONG! The drums are non existant. This is one of those Remasters where you would be better off to get either the 1980's CD release or get the CD called "The Other Side of Japan" as it has most of the best tracks from this album. Plus you should get the CD titled Assemblage- that version of the title track Adolescent Sex is the much better version anyways. I only hope that the remastering of Quiet Life and Gentlemen Take Polaroids are much better.....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the Future June 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
i worked my way chronologically backwards through the japan catalog in high school and each earlier album i reached i liked better. tin drum is about as fun as a dental cleaning, but adolescent sex rocks. it is what it's called. sexy, adolescent, sleazy and fun. a little glam, a little disco and a healthy dose of teenage attitude. still one of my fave guilty pleasures.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Either five years too late, or ten years too early September 2, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album is either five years too late, or ten years too early, depending on your point of view.
"Adolescent Sex" is not-half-bad funk-tinged trash/glam-rock which would turn heads and make booties shake in 1972-- but it was released in 1976, right when Punk was catching a full head of steam and was breaking out of various garages and rehearsal spaces in Soho (NYC, USA) and, erm, Soho (London, UK).
Also, "Adolescent Sex" is top-rate radio-friendly funk-tinged hiardresser-friendly glam rock which was so popular in the pre-grunge radio landscape of the mid to late '80s-- when Japan, by this time, was but a memory, and its solo members were making ambient/new-agey soundscapes that had about as much in common with glam rock as Frank Sinatra.
This album, on its own, completely taken out of its context, is not a half-bad slab o' theatrical-minded hard rock. There are definately a few gems here-- "Suburban Love" has been a favorite of mine for nearly two decades now. "The Unconventional" is infectiously groovy, and not a bad effort at all when you consider most of its creators weren't even legal when it was created.
And, like the other reviewers here, I'd like to add in a word of warning for fans of solo Silvian or post-"Quiet Life" Japan/Rain Tree Crow-- this is probably not what you're looking for. But if you like taking a risk or listening to something outside of your normal tastes, give it a try. Who knows, it may just grow on you!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars totally different beginning for Japan October 31, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Being started off with Gentlemen Take Polaroids, then Tin Drum, this was my next purchase. Wow. David Sylvian's voice was completely different in the beginning, sounding like a mix between Robert Smith of the Cure and Johnny Rotten. Not really bad though...as many have stated before me, this is sleazy glam at its best.
I simply put on "Transmission" and loved the sound immediately. Who woulda thought that David Sylvian had an incredibly sexual side to his voice as well (besides how nice his voice sounds now, much deeper than in '78). "Television" is quickly becoming my fave track, clocking in over 9 minutes, and continually builds high and falls back down, only to continue to build until the explosive ending. But probably the most entertaining song on here is the cover of the Barbra Streisand classic "Don't Rain on my Parade". Hilarious to hear a glam rock/punkish cover of the showtune. Though I really can understand why David doesn't really look fondly back on this album, considering how much more sophisicated he is now...but hey, it was the 70's, and we may be able to relate it to other glam/metal groups of late, but Japan already had a totally different sound.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 1st Japan album-not a good reflection of who Japan are
This album was recorded in the same year as "Obscure Alternatives" (their 2nd) album. David Sylvian screams a lot on these albums and is more reminiscent of heavy metal. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Carole Bussom
2.0 out of 5 stars wretched, yet intruiging
sort of like seeing an asian transvestite gyrate on the bar counter- you don't want to watch, yet you can't look away.
Published on August 10, 2008 by peppergomez
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Post Punk/New Wave Record!!!
Japan's 1978 debut is brash, funky(The Unconventional)/punky (Don't Rain on My Parade)shameless snapshot of the UK post punk era. Transmission is worth the record alone... Read more
Published on September 21, 2007 by ThrEaD NUGENT
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to listen to for the raunch factor
This album is really bad, but ironically and enjoyably so (hence 4 stars). If you have some sense of humor you might enjoy it. Read more
Published on May 3, 2006 by Scott Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars A debut still worth a listen.
This isn't Japan's best album, but it's still a good album and it's definitely worth listening to so you can hear the full journey of Japan. Read more
Published on September 8, 2005 by KhanadaRhodes
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice package, uninteresting music.
There's something to be said for youth-- acts in their teens seem to be able to produce albums at a rapid rate full of energy. Read more
Published on August 19, 2005 by Michael Stack
1.0 out of 5 stars A far cry from what would come.
There's something to be said for youth-- acts in their teens seem to be able to produce albums at a rapid rate full of energy. Read more
Published on August 19, 2005 by Michael Stack
4.0 out of 5 stars PUNK ANGRY AND BEDAZZLED, WIITH SERIOUS METAL OVERTURES
OUT OF LEFT FIELD, many a miles barbed bare unhinged frayed numerous nerves nuerosis, retro NITRO FOSSIL GARAGE FUEL, nitemare HAIRY wear WEAR thinned, WIG wacked out... Read more
Published on January 14, 2004 by david
5.0 out of 5 stars These boys were never punks...........
Japan may have emerged into the public eye at the same time as supremely talentless bands who were inflicting their limited musical ability on the listening public, but don't ever... Read more
Published on July 22, 2002 by Andrew Kitts
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