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Fin De Siècle – Japan

Fin De Siècle

  • Formats
    • CD (V2, 26/08/1998): 4 520227 000523 (V2CI 0005)
    • MC (V2, 26/08/1998): ??
    • Promo CD (V2): 271-XXX
 
The two last releases on Setanta Records, Fin De Siècle and A Secret History were issued in Japan through indie label V2.

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As many Japanese releases, the Japanese release of Fin De Siècle features bonus tracks: here ‘London Irish’ and ‘Time Lapse’ which are actually the first b-sides of the first single from Fin De Siècle, Generation Sex.

Of course, the record comes with an obi strip. It is a black obi strip with Japanese notes in many colours. The notes seem to advert the 2 bonus tracks including ‘Time Lapse’. On the back a small biography is to be found and the name of the bonus tracks (which are not listed on the back cover tracklisting). The front of the obi strip also features the V2 logo in red with the catalogue number (‘V2CI 0005’), and the price. On the side the English names of the band and the album are printed in pink, and at the bottom there is a white frame in which are printed a pink V2 logo and the catalogue number. The back of the obi also includes the barcode, the release (?) dates, a CD Digital Audio logo and the mentions ‘V2 Records Japan Inc.’ and ‘Distributed by SME Intermedia Inc.’.

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The back cover features the same picture as the UK release, but the information are not printed the same way. First the barcode is vertically printed on the right with a CD Digital Audio logo and the dates. On the top right corner are printed the catalogue number, the stereo mention, the copyright note, and a Setanta logo. The tracklisting is printed on the left of these notes and does not mention the two bonus tracks. Finally, at the bottom there is a black V2 logo and Japanese notes.
While the right side features the band and album names in English, the left side features them in Japanese. Both sides have at their bottom a white frame featuring a red V2 logo and the catalogue number.
The other side of the inlay features the same picture as the UK edition but has the catalogue number printed on the right.

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The booklet features first the pages from the the UK release’s booklet and bonus pages that are the content from the additional leaflet from the limited digipack. All pages are also numbered and features the catalogue number ‘V2CI 0005’. A V2 logo and notes are also printed on the back.

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Finally, the record itself takes up the same artwork, but has a dashed background. It also features both V2 and Setanta logos. On top only the titles are printed, and the rest of the egde features the catalogue number and copyright notes.
The following reference is graved on the slice:
IFPI L274 V2CI-0005 1 ¤ ¤¤ ¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤
IFPI 4536


Once unfolded, the sheet that comes with the booklet is made up of 2 pages. The first one holds the complete tracklisting in English and Japanese, and an article in Japanese only. The other page features English lyrics of ‘London Irish’ (the rest being on the extra booklet pages) followed by the Japanese lyrics of all tracks. On the top of each page is printed ‘V2CI 0005’ (not visible on scans).

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Some (or every?) of the releases came with a little sticker to promote the album.
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CD promo


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The Japanese releases of Divine Comedy’s albums also turned out in promo version. However, those promos are different than the European ones. It is an ordinary album, and not a CD-R or a CD in a card sleeve. It is indicated as being a promo with the mention ‘SAMPLE’ is graved on the CD slice. A sticker ‘Not for sale’ with the serial number on it is stuck on its back. It seems that each copy has a different serial number, but with the three first digits being always the same (271).

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