Monday, July 24, 2006

MP3: David Bowie/NIN - A Warm Japanese Crystal Place



In 1979, David Bowie recorded a small instrumental piece, much in the same vein as some of the Eno recordings on the second side of Low, to be the soundtrack for an advert he was starring in for a Japanese sake brand called Crystal Jun Rock. The song was originally going to end the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album, and was later released as a Japanese single, and after that as a bside to Up The Hill Backwards so that British fans could stop paying over the odds for the imported Japanese single (released in Feb. 1980). It was produced by Tony Visconti, and featured Bowie stalwarts Adrian Below and Carlos Alomar. As nice as it already was, in 1994 Nine Inch Nail's Trent Reznor sampled the track and turned into the perhaps even more stunning A Warm Place, from that year's Downward Spiral LP. Personally, I love both versions, but think that the NIN track is one of the most stunning pieces of ambient music i've ever heard. Lovely stuff. Hope you enjoy them both.

David Bowie - Crystal Japan - MP3
Nine Inch Nails - A Warm Place - MP3

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great post. Thank you very much

1:44 pm, July 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting Crystal Japan, but I'm unable to get it as it keeps timing out (on dial-up). Is there any possibilty you could make the file a resumable download?

11:27 am, July 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't download the Bowie file.

9:27 am, July 29, 2006  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

To say that NIN "sampled" Crystal Japan is a very inaccurate euphemism. There is no sampling going on, rather it is a case of unintended plagiarism. Trent Reznor was not aware at the time that he practically lifted the tune for Crystal Japan note for not in A Warm Place. Fortunately for him Bowie was more amused and flattered than angry by this and did not go to any legal action. Instead maybe he used this to force NIN to tour with him in 1995 ;-)

4:23 pm, February 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tired of roaming on Earth. How I`m here, at the waiting-hall of God`s palace,lying on the floor? Can all sorrow be really behind? I was not good. That must be a gipsy playing crystal-violin. Almost transparent quartz-female from electric Mozart-chorus singing,but whats that strange linear noise in the middle of the song? You can`t plagiate Heaven. I know it, because I am in the song, I`m written into it. Into mr.Jones`s Crystal Song.

10:35 pm, February 14, 2007  
Anonymous Ben C said...

Found your blog while trying to find a sample of "Crystal Japan", since I was a big fan of "Downward Spiral" and "A Warm Place". You may be interested to know, if you haven't been informed already, that the group Mogwai's opening track called "Sine Wave" on "Rock Action" is also a copy cat of "Warm" and most likely Bowie's track as well.

5:13 am, March 25, 2007  
Blogger Jason said...

I just ran across your blog-better late than never! I was proving to my friend that A Warm Place was indeed Crystal Japan...and your blog popped up. So, cool...I guess. :)

2:40 am, April 15, 2007  
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