Japan Exorcising Ghosts

Exorcising Ghosts, the 1984 Japan compilation, is to be reissued as a double vinyl special edition.

This new release has been mastered at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, London. The LPs are housed in a gatefold sleeve with printed inner bags, a print of the band, an Abbey Road Half Speed Master Certificate, and an Obi strip. 

The album will be released on 7 October via UMC.

A limited number of Exorcising Ghosts will be available with an exclusive 30cm x 23cm landscape print of Russell Mills’ sleeve artwork without text here.

Exorcising Ghosts is the definitive compilation of Japan. It features recordings from the albums Quiet Life, Gentlemen Take Polaroids and Tin Drum as well as a selection of rarities including A Foreign Place and Life Without Buildings, the 1981 remix of Taking Islands in Africa, Voices Raised in Welcome, Hands Held in Prayer from 1983’s live album Oil On Canvas, and the extended 12″ mix of the 1981 single The Art Of Parties


Side A

Methods of Dance


Gentlemen Take Polaroids                           

Quiet Life                                                                              

Side B

A Foreign Place                                                      


My New Career                                                      

The Other Side of Life                        

Side C

Visions of China                                                

Taking Islands in Africa (Steve Nye Remix)           


Sons of Pioneers                              

Side D

Voices Raised in Welcome, Hands Held in Prayer      

Life Without Buildings                                              

Talking Drum (Edit)                                          

The Art of Parties (12”Version)