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Quiet Life [Enhanced, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Import]

JapanAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • ASIN: B000G1SZM8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,502 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Quiet Life
2. Fall In Love With Me
3. Despair
4. In Vogue
5. Halloween
6. All Tomorrow’S Parties
7. Alien
8. Other Side Of Life
9. All Tomorrow’S Parties (12" Version) (1983 Remix) (Bonus Track)
10. All Tomorrow’S Parties (7" Version) (Bonus Track)
11. Foreign Place (B-Side Of Quiet Life) (Bonus Track)
12. Quiet Life (7" Version) (Bonus Track)
13. Quiet Life (Video)

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered and enhanced jewelcased reissue of this 1979 album by David Sylvian and the gang featuring new liner notes, rare artwork, photos, four bonus tracks (non album versions of 'All Tomorrow's Parties', Foreign Place', 'Quiet Life' and an extended 'All Tomorrow's Parties') plus an enhanced bonus video: 'Quiet Life'. Arista. 2006

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth New-Romantic with loads of atmosphere January 15, 2007
Format:Audio CD
In 1980 at the height of the New Wave explosion Japan managed to secure themselves a unique foothold on the music scene. After the very interesting Metallic Reggae stylings of `Obscure Alternatives' they came out with this all ultra-smooth outing. With the beautifully played Synths of `Richard Barbieri' who acknowledged his Eno-influences and the fabulously assured & powerful bass playing of `Mick Carn', the music beyond what most bands were able to accomplish in this genre. With big nods to Roxy Music, Brian Eno & David Bowie and the distinctive vocal stylings of David Sylvian they garnered themselves a big following in the U.K. although aside from `Ghosts' from their following album they never really hit the charts in a big way. This album has a very unique sound and was pretty advanced for the time - 1980. It's fabulously well produced and starts off with the super bouncy `Quiet Life' track which has great synth playing accompanied by the catchiest chorus line on the album. After this though the mood pretty much mellows out and everything is either mid-tempo (In Vogue) or slow (All Tomorrow's Parties). However this played to their strengths in creating atmospheric soundscapes. All in all a very unique album and a good reason why some albums need to be listened to as a whole rather than distilled into some of the numerous greatest hits packages `Japan' has out there right now which lose the feeling their individual albums had. For fans of New Wave/New-Romantic or just good Electronic Music from the early 80's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty for Life March 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I won't pretend to be objective. I loved this album when it was released for four quid and I picked it out on a whim from the rack at my local record dump. It has everything a young, inhibited teen longing for big-city sophistication and a maybe just a hint of the disco life could want: pristine songs about alienation set to clean guitar riffs and rhythms that quietly echo a nice ride through Knightsbridge in a Bentley. Pretentious, in other words, a bit mysterious; worth a return journey. It even has a song in awful French! And a Velvet Underground cover. It snarls in a couple of places: Alien, Fall In Love With Me, Halloween..they sort of rock, but ultimately they are really well written, catchy pop songs that neither Roxy Music nor Bowie could muster at the time. And the title track is just kind of amazing in the way that it takes the ridiculous satin and sequins of these influences and turns into a sublime, intoxicating ride. With the benefit of hindsight, remastering and extra tracks: the album is a lot of fun, the sound is sparkling and propulsive and, beneath all that mascara, complex. The extras are a bit superfluous, except maybe A Foreign Place which presaged the uber-classic Tin Drum album, but really nice for fans and collectors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary leap forward. August 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
"Quiet Life" was an emormous leap for Japan. Released less than two years after their debut and just fifteen months after their most recent album, it seems as if just about everything about the band changed in that window.

Gone were the overt guitars, the aggressive rock songs, and nearly all of the glam overtones in the music. David Sylvian's compositions became more atmospheric, relying heavily on synthesizers rather than the guitars that were so prevelent and taking advantage of Mick Karn's saxophone talents to add more variety to the music. Equally critical were the stylistic developments of both Sylvian's vocal and Karn's bass playing-- coming nearer to their final sound, Sylvian sung in a more comfortable tenor-- not quite the smoky depth he'd pursue in his solo career, but without that nasal/glam edge he'd been singing with, and Karn totally embraced the fretless bass, having developed into the organic and rubbery sound that he would use for the remainder of his career.

From the opener, this is clear--"Quiet Life" is synth driven, with a dance beat and glistening guitars providing a highlight. Rob Dean's guitar solo, when it arrives, it largely ebow driven, weaving in and out of the synthesizers. And while admittedly, there are songs that show the pedigree of the last album (the excellent "Fall in Love With Me"), largely its this new synth pop direction that dominates (moody "In Vogue", a superb cover of the Velvet Underground's "All Tomorrow's Parties"), with an occasional nod towards Sylvian's minimalist instincts as a composer that are starting to manifest (moody ballad "Despair", closer "The Other Side of Life").
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting! October 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you like early 80s New Wave music like the Human League and Duran Duran yet have not checked out Japan, this may be the best album to start you off. Quiet Life, to me, is much more accesssible than their more innovative and experimental Gentlemen Take Polaroids and their ambitious Tin Drum. "Quiet Life" is an energetic, synthesizer-driven ride. "Fall in Love with Me" may be their most rockin' number. "Despair" is one of my favorites, a beautiful slow track that takes you away with its simple yet wonderful piano and sax melody along with Sylvian's French lyrics. "In Vogue" is driven by its sharp bass with the saxophone emerging at the chorus. The hard-rockin' "Halloween" is another one of my favorties. The chorus really kicks! They do a fun, folksy version of "All Tomorrow's Parties" and follows it up with the jazzy "Alien." The album ends with the slow, beautiful 7:29 masterpiece "The Other Side of Life". One can tell this album came out just after the disco era, when dance music was still the rage. Still, tracks like "Despair" show that Japan was very innovative musically as is very evident on Gentlemen and Tin Drum with the many instrumentals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Japan
This is the best Japan album. It clearly defines them as a band. David Sylvain said they finally had some creative control over their art here. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Carole Bussom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd
I ahve had no problems with the disc and it was in perfect shape when I got it in the mail.
Published 16 months ago by Steven Park
3.0 out of 5 stars It's certainly Japan, but not as good as Gentlemen nor Tin Drum
This album/CD has all of Japan's sonic trademarks. I've read a number of comments that this is the culmination of Japan's vision. I disagree. Read more
Published 18 months ago by ILikeAmazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet Life
This 1980 album was an extremely radical change of direction from Japan's previous recordings. I cannot think of any act in popular music, in any era, who have so completely... Read more
Published on February 25, 2011 by Uncle Bimbo
4.0 out of 5 stars Establihing Their Own Style
One of the great albums of the Eighties of which there are many. No copy cat band at all, not to sayothers did not influence them. Read more
Published on October 1, 2010 by TDN
5.0 out of 5 stars BRIDGING TWO ERAS OF JAPAN
though flawed 'quiet life' is not only essential japan but it might just be my favorite japan album. Read more
Published on December 29, 2009 by Proppa
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Maybe one of the best transitional albums in rock......Certainaly one of the best post punk glam rock cd's from this period... Read more
Published on December 8, 2009 by Max M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth New Romantic Synth Music
In 1980 at the height of the New Wave explosion Japan managed to secure themselves a unique foothold on the music scene. Read more
Published on January 15, 2007 by Mark A. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Japan's best!
OK this is one of my top 10 or 20 albums of all time. The records rpeceding it were not that great abd also Tin Drum as not as satisfying. This was Japan reaching their maturity. Read more
Published on August 5, 2006 by Lovblad
4.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary leap forward.
"Quiet Life" was an emormous leap for Japan. Released less than two years after their debut and just fifteen months after their most recent album, it seems as if just about... Read more
Published on August 19, 2005 by Michael Stack
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