Assemblage is a compilation album by the British band Japan, released in 1981 by Hansa Records.
Assemblage collects recordings from the band's early career (1977–1980) and Hansa Records re-released no fewer than six singles from Assemblage and Japan's back catalogue between 1981 – 1983. Both "Life in Tokyo", a collaboration with renowned disco producer Giorgio Moroder, and "European Son" were remixed and re-issued twice.
Assemblage was the first of numerous Japan compilations issued by Hansa Records/BMG Ariola/Sony BMG Music Entertainment but remains the only one originally released in consultation with the band members themselves. Coincidentally, the titles of six of the ten songs refer to geographical places (namely statelines, Communist China, Rhodesia, Berlin, Tokyo, and Europe).
The compilation reached No. 26 in the UK and spent 46 weeks on the album chart, being certified Gold by the B.P.I. in January 1983.
Assemblage was re-issued on CD by Sony BMG Music Entertainment in 2004, then including four bonus tracks as well as two videos. Initial pressings of this reissue accidentally omit the first bass note of "Adolescent Sex" and include an incorrect bonus version of "Life in Tokyo." Subsequent pressings correct these errors.
Originally released as UK A-side single in 1979. Original version re-issued as A-side single in 1981. Remixed by Tin Drum producer Steve Nye and new bass overdubbed by Mick Karn (Remix No. 1 a.k.a. Special Remix), re-issued as A-side single a third time in October 1982. Remix #2: late 1982 – producers unknown, with synths/drum machine overdubs, appearing on various subsequent Hansa/Ariola compilations.
"European Son" (Sylvian) – 3:40
Originally recorded and produced by Simon Napier-Bell and Japan in 1979. Remixed by Quiet Life producer John Punter before release (Remix #1). First released as B-side of Japanese single "I Second That Emotion", 1980. First UK release B-side of re-issued single "Life in Tokyo", 1981. Remixed by Steve Nye (Remix #2) and new bass overdubbed by Mick Karn, re-issued as A-side single in the UK in January 1982.
"All Tomorrow's Parties" (Alternate version) (Reed) – 4:15
Original version included on 1979 album Quiet Life. Alternate (early) version recorded and produced by Simon Napier-Bell and Japan. Remixed by Steve Nye and issued as A-side single in the UK, February 1983.
"Quiet Life" (Sylvian) – 4:53
First released as A-side single in Japan, 1979 ( – 4:14). Included on 1979 album Quiet Life ( – 4:53). Released as A-side single in the UK 1980 (fade-out – 3:54). Edited version ( – 3:34) re-released as A-side single in the UK, August 1981 and was a Top 20 success.
Originally released as A-side single in Japan, 1980. Released as A-side single in Continental Europe, 1981. Remixed by Steve Nye and released as A-side single in the UK in July 1982 where it became the band's second biggest hit, reaching the Top 10.
"Life in Tokyo"/"European Son" 1981
"Quiet Life"/"A Foreign Place" (UK #19) 1981
"European Son (remix)"/"Alien" (UK #31) 1981
"I Second That Emotion (remix)"/"Halloween" (UK #9) 1982
"Life in Tokyo (remix)" (UK #28) 1982
"All Tomorrow's Parties"/"In Vogue" (UK #38) 1983