Category Archives: Yukihiro Takahashi & Steve Jansen

Yukihiro Takahashi and Steve Jansen – Stay Close

Yukihiro Takahashi and Steve Jansen
“Stay Close”
1986 Canyon Records / 1991 Pony Canyon (JP)

01. Stay Close 08:11
02. Betsu-Ni 05:07
03. Stay Close (Weirder World) 02:59

INFO > While on tour in their namesake country in 1980, UK band Japan met Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Yukihiro Takahashi of Yellow Magic Orchestra. Later that year, Sakamoto co-wrote and played on “Taking Islands In Africa,” the closing track to Japan’s fourth album, “Gentlemen Take Polaroids.” It was the first of many collaborations to come between members of the two groups, including this upbeat single by YMO and Japan’s respective drummers.


Various Artists – Medium Label Sampler

Various Artists
“Medium Label Sampler”
1999 Medium Productions Limited (UK)

01. Jansen Barbieri Takemura – Spaced
02. Yoshihiro Hanno meets Mick Karn – Traveller’s Diary
03. JBK – The Shallow Pool
04. Takahashi Jansen – The Choice (Reinforced Mix)
05. Jansen Barbieri – A Disturbed Sense Of Distance
06. Jansen Barbieri – Mother London
07. Indigo Falls – Only Forward
08. JBK – Beginning To Melt
09. Takahashi Jansen – Life’s Like That (featuring Zoe Niblett)
10. JBK Band – Life Without Buildings (Live)

INFO > In 1993, former Japan bandmates Steve Jansen, Richard Barbieri, and Mick Karn founded Medium Productions as a distribution outlet for their creative and collaborative output. Ever since Japan’s “Tin Drum”, the three instrumentalists have been pushing the boundaries of mainstream music, with their recordings becoming increasingly experimental. This sampler collects tracks from the label’s releases to 1999, along with a live recording of Japan B-side “Life Without Buildings.” Unfortunately, after only 15 releases, Medium Productions closed up shop in 2002.