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Exorcising Ghosts 2LP


Exorcising Ghosts (1984) is a 16-track 2LP set compiled and produced in consultation with lead singer David Sylvian, two years after Japan dissolved.

This career spanning ‘Best of’ features three recordings from the band’s early career on the Hansa Records label (including 1979’s “Quiet Life”) but mainly focuses on material from their two seminal studio albums on Virgin Records; Gentlemen Take Polaroids (1980) and Tin Drum (1981).



  1. Methods of Dance 
  2. Swing
  3. Gentlemen Take Polaroids 
  4. Quite Life 
  5. A Foreign Place 
  6. Nightporter 
  7. My New Career 
  8. The Other Side of Life 
  9. Visions of China 
  10. Taking Islands in Africa 
  11. Ghosts 
  12. Sons of Pioneers 
  13. Voices Raised in Welcome Hands Held in Prayer 
  14. Life Without Buildings 
  15. Talking Drum 
  16. The Art of Parties