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Tears For Fears - Elemental (1993) [Japanese Press]  Music

Posted by Designol at May 16, 2018
Tears For Fears - Elemental (1993) [Japanese Press]

Tears For Fears - Elemental (1993) Japanese Press
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Contemporary Pop/Rock | Label: Mercury | # PHCR-1202 | Time: 00:46:56

Elemental is the fourth studio album by the British pop band Tears for Fears. It was released on 7 June 1993 and includes the hit single "Break It Down Again". The album peaked at No. 5 in the UK and No. 45 in the US. It also reached the Top 10 in France and Italy, the Top 20 in Canada and the Top 30 in several European countries. It has been certified Silver in the UK, and Gold in the US and France. Elemental was the first new Tears for Fears album in four years, following 1989's The Seeds of Love. However, despite being released under the Tears for Fears moniker, it is essentially a solo effort by Roland Orzabal as Curt Smith had left the band in 1991. For much of the writing and recording, Orzabal was assisted by Alan Griffiths, who had been a session musician for Tears For Fears' world tour in 1985. The album was recorded at Orzabal's newly built home studio, Neptune's Kitchen, and was co-produced by Orzabal, Griffiths and Tim Palmer.
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend (2008) Japanese Press 2010 [Re-Up]

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend (2008) Japanese Press 2010
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Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock | Label: XL Recordings, Hostess | # XLCD318J, BGJ-19243

Vampire Weekend is the debut studio album by the American indie rock band Vampire Weekend, released in January 2008 on XL Recordings. The album was produced by band member Rostam Batmanglij, with mixing assistance from Jeff Curtin and Shane Stoneback. The album was ranked as the 5th-best album of 2008 by Time, the 56th-best album of the decade by Rolling Stone and 51st on Pitchfork's list of the Top 200 Albums of the 2000s. In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked the album number 430 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". The album was also ranked 24 on Rolling Stone‍ '​s list of 100 greatest debut albums of all time, citing them for having inspired a wave of indie bands with world music influences, despite largely criticising the album on its release.
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures (1979) Japanese Press 1993 [Re-Up]

Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures (1979) Japanese Press 1993
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Genre: Post-Punk | Label: Polydor K.K. | # POCD-1879 | Time: 00:39:25

Unknown Pleasures is the debut album by the English post-punk band Joy Division. Unknown Pleasures has been highly rated by successive generations of the music press. Rolling Stone described the album as "punk on the edge of Goth, with echoes of disco and the Doors", and placed it number 24 in its list of the "50 Coolest Records". Q magazine placed the album at number 19 in its list of the "100 Greatest British Albums". NME ranked the album at number 4 in its list of "The Greatest Albums of the '70s" and at number 43 in its list of the "Greatest Albums of All Time".

Muse - Origin of Symmetry (2001) Japanese Press [Re-Up]  Music

Posted by Designol at March 16, 2018
Muse - Origin of Symmetry (2001) Japanese Press [Re-Up]

Muse - Origin of Symmetry (2001) [Japanese Press]
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Alternative Rock, Neo-Prog | Label: maximum10/Cutting Edge | # CTCM-65001 | 00:55:08

If you're going to pillage someone else's ideas, then go for broke. Because even if you find yourself crammed between the barriers of creative space, utterly at a loss for ideas, expression, or thought, you'd still have a self-respect buzzing in your ear like a mad angelic insect, putting down the newspaper and taking out a cigar to remind you that, hell, if want to sound like Radiohead when even Thom Yorke doesn't want to sound like Radiohead, you might as well take it to preposterous, bombastic, over-the-top levels. Add church organs, mental electronics, riffs bouncing off each other like the monolithic screams in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and you'll finally be in position to crack skulls like coconuts and make the world's speakers ooze gooey blood.

Mama's Boys - Growing Up The Hard Way (Japanese Press) (1987)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Feb. 9, 2018
Mama's Boys - Growing Up The Hard Way (Japanese Press) (1987)

Mama's Boys - Growing Up The Hard Way (Japanese Press) (1987)
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Hard Rock / AOR | Country: UK (North Ireland) | Label: Jive - 32XB-172

Ireland's Mama's Boys were a band of brothers – literally, the three McManus boys, John, Pat, and Tommy – and in 1986 they were dealt a cruel hand by fate midway through a European tour, when Tommy suffered a relapse of leukemia, which he had been treated for successfully as a child. Luckily, the drummer recovered in due time, but then it was brother John's turn to experience health issues with his vocal chords, forcing the hire of singer Keith Murrell before Mama's Boys could start working on their next album.

Taylor Dayne - Can't Fight Fate (1989) Japanese Press [Re-Up]  Music

Posted by Designol at Jan. 27, 2018
Taylor Dayne - Can't Fight Fate (1989) Japanese Press [Re-Up]

Taylor Dayne - Can't Fight Fate (1989) Japanese Press
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Pop, Dance-Pop, Pop Rock | Label: Arista | # A32D-89 | 00:43:43

Arista was poised to take Taylor Dayne beyond the dance tracks and drum beats which established her as a force to be reckoned with on her smash debut Tell It to My Heart. Can't Fight Fate, her sophomore outing, featured much more straight-ahead rock & roll, lush production, and top-notch songwriters (including Diane Warren, who penned her biggest hit "Love Will Lead You Back"). The album proved an even bigger success than her debut, scoring two Top Ten hits, one number one hit, and one Top 20 hit. Unfortunately, however, the momentum was lost after this album, and Taylor Dayne never again reached the commercial stratosphere she scaled with this set. The album's dance songs, such as the lead-off Top Five hit "With Every Beat of My Heart," feature more organic instrumentation, although there are a few straight-ahead dance tracks, such as "Up All Night." The ballads are lush and dramatic, and one of them, "Love Will Lead You Back," soared all the way to number one. The real killers, however, are the rock songs, and Taylor delivers like a true, seasoned rock star.

Bryan Ferry - Bete Noire (1987) [Non-Remastered, Japanese Press]  Music

Posted by Designol at Dec. 11, 2017
Bryan Ferry - Bete Noire (1987) [Non-Remastered, Japanese Press]

Bryan Ferry - Bête Noire (1987) [Non-Remastered, Japanese Press]
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Pop/Rock, Sophisti-Pop, Art Rock, New Wave | Label: Virgin Japan | # VJD-32002

Hooking up with regular Madonna collaborator Patrick Leonard as the co-producer of this album proved to be just the trick for Ferry. Bete Noire sparkles as the highlight of Ferry's post-Roxy solo career, adding enough energy to make it more than Boys and Girls part two. Here, his trademark well-polished heartache strikes a fine balance between mysterious moodiness and dancefloor energy, and Leonard adds more than a few tricks that keep the pep up. Five out of the nine songs are Ferry/Leonard collaborations; all succeed, from "Limbo"'s opening punch and flow to the cinematic (and unsurprisingly French-tinged) feeling of the title track. The atmospheric, almost chilling "Zamba"'s minimal, buried drums, soft synths and doomy piano, make it the best of that bunch. Ferry's best moment here is all his own, though – the great single "Kiss and Tell," with a steady, bold bassline leading the way for his slightly dissolute portrayal of mating rituals and all they entail. Like Boys and Girls, the album's supporting cast mixes a lengthy list of session pros with a few guest stars.

Maxi Priest - Bonafide (1990) [Japanese Press] Re-Up  Music

Posted by Designol at Dec. 10, 2017
Maxi Priest - Bonafide (1990) [Japanese Press] Re-Up

Maxi Priest - Bonafide (1990) [Japanese Press]
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Reggae-Pop, Dancehall, R&B | Label: Virgin Japan Ltd. | # VJCP-33 | Time: 00:53:08

Bonafide is 1990 album by pop/reggae singer Maxi Priest. It was released on Charisma Records; his first for the label, though his fifth recording overall. It reached a peak of number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100, while its biggest hit, "Close to You", was a smash, peaking at number one that year.
Cockney Rebel - The Psychomodo (1974) [Expanded Reissue 1991, Japanese Press]

Cockney Rebel - The Psychomodo (1974) Expanded Reissue 1991, Japanese Press
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Glam Rock, Classic Rock | Label: Toshiba EMI Ltd | # TOCP-6791 | Time: 00:50:16

If The Human Menagerie, Cockney Rebel's debut album, was a journey into the bowels of decadent cabaret, The Psychomodo, their second, is like a trip to the circus. Except the clowns were more sickly perverted than clowns normally are, and the fun house was filled with rattlesnakes and spiders. Such twists on innocent childhood imagery have transfixed authors from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, but Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel were the first band to set that same dread to music, and the only ones to make it work. The Psychomodo was also the band's breakthrough album. The Human Menagerie drew wild reviews and curious sales, but it existed as a cult album even after "Judy Teen" swung out of nowhere to give the band a hit single in spring 1974. Then "Mr Soft" rode his bloodied big top themes into town and Rebelmania erupted. The Psychomodo, still possessing one of the most elegantly threatening jackets of any album ever, had no alternative but to clean up. Harley's themes remained essentially the same as last time out – fey, fractured alienation; studied, splintered melancholia, and shattered shards of imagery which mean more in the mind than they ever could on paper.
John Frusciante - Shadows Collide With People (2004) Japanese Press [Re-Up]

John Frusciante - Shadows Collide With People (2004) Japanese Press
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Alternative Rock, Experimental, Electronic | Label: Warner Japan | # WPCR-11801

Shadows Collide with People is the fifth studio album by John Frusciante (best known as the guitarist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers). The album was written during the recording of By the Way, and is widely regarded as his most accessible work, featuring a mix of guitar-driven alternative rock, folk ballads, and electronica.