Japan ‎– Exorcising Ghosts

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Compilation album which was supervised by Sylvian. It must be mentioned that the selection of tracks was definitely geared towards the Japanese market, with a large proportion of tracks previously unavailable on album in that Country. Unfortunately, what was true in Japan was not true in the UK, therefore, the album's promotion, mentioning 'unreleased tracks' was incorrect for the domestic market, attracting criticism at the time.

UK Chart Position: 45

Versions (52)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VGD 3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xLP, Comp) Virgin VGD 3510 UK 1984 Sell This Version
VMD2259, VMD 2259 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xLP, Comp) Virgin, Virgin VMD2259, VMD 2259 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
60029, 60 029 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xLP, Comp) Virgin, Virgin 60029, 60 029 France 1984 Sell This Version
VGD 3510, VGD3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xLP, Comp) Virgin, Virgin VGD 3510, VGD3510 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
VGD 3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xLP, Comp) Virgin VGD 3510 New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
XD 302500 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xLP, Comp) Virgin XD 302500 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
062-VGD 3510, VGD 3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xLP, Comp) Virgin, Virgin 062-VGD 3510, VGD 3510 Greece 1984 Sell This Version
VMD2259, VMD 2259 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xLP, Comp) Virgin, Virgin VMD2259, VMD 2259 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
20VB-1015·16, VGD-3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xLP, Comp) Virgin, Virgin 20VB-1015·16, VGD-3510 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
302 500, 302 500-370 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xLP, Comp) Virgin, Virgin 302 500, 302 500-370 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
VGD 3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xLP, Comp) Virgin VGD 3510 Ireland 1984 Sell This Version
VGD 3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xLP, Comp, Promo) Virgin VGD 3510 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
20VB-1015·16, VGD-3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xLP, Comp, Promo) Virgin, Virgin 20VB-1015·16, VGD-3510 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
VGDCD 3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(CD, Comp) Virgin VGDCD 3510 UK 1984 Sell This Version
VGDCD 3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(CD, Comp) Virgin VGDCD 3510 UK & Europe 1984 Sell This Version
VMD4 2259 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(Cass, Comp) Virgin VMD4 2259 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
VGDC 3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(Cass, Comp) Virgin VGDC 3510 UK 1984 Sell This Version
VGDC 3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(Cass, Comp) Virgin VGDC 3510 UK 1984 Sell This Version
40VC-1015 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(Cass, Comp) Virgin 40VC-1015 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
VGDC 3510, VGDC3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(Cass, Comp) Virgin, Virgin VGDC 3510, VGDC3510 New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
VGDC 3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(Cass, Comp, RE, Bla) Virgin VGDC 3510 UK 1984 Sell This Version
VGDC 3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(Cass, Comp, RE, Sil) Virgin VGDC 3510 UK 1984 Sell This Version
VGD 3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xLP, Comp) Virgin VGD 3510 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
VGD 3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xLP, Comp) Virgin VGD 3510 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
VGDC 3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(Cass, Comp) Virgin VGDC 3510 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
VGD 3510, VGD3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xLP, Comp, RP) Virgin, Virgin VGD 3510, VGD3510 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
32VD-1112, VGDCD-3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(CD, Comp) Virgin, Virgin 32VD-1112, VGDCD-3510 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
VJL-1003~4, VGD-3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xLP, Comp, Ltd, Promo, RE) Virgin Japan, Virgin VJL-1003~4, VGD-3510 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VJL-1003~4, VGD-3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xLP, Comp, Ltd, RE) Virgin Japan, Virgin VJL-1003~4, VGD-3510 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VJD-128 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(CD, Comp, Ltd) Virgin Japan, Virgin VJD-128 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VJD-128 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(CD, Comp, Ltd, Promo) Virgin Japan, Virgin VJD-128 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VJD-28094, VJD-128 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(CD, Comp, Promo, RE) Virgin Japan, Virgin, Virgin Japan VJD-28094, VJD-128 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VJD-28094, VJD-128 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(CD, Comp, RE) Virgin Japan, Virgin, Virgin Japan VJD-28094, VJD-128 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VJD-28094, VJD-128 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(CD, Comp, RE) Virgin Japan, Virgin, Virgin Japan VJD-28094, VJD-128 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
VJCP-36017 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xCD, Comp) Virgin Japan VJCP-36017 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
VJCP-36017 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xCD, Comp, Promo) Virgin Japan VJCP-36017 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
VJCP-36017 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xCD, Comp, RE) Virgin Japan VJCP-36017 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
VJCP-36044•45, VJDCD-3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xCD, Comp, RE) Virgin, Virgin VJCP-36044•45, VJDCD-3510 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
CS 6018 Japan Exorcising Ghosts Volume Two(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) C.S CS 6018 Unknown Sell This Version
VGD 3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xLP, Comp, RE) Virgin VGD 3510 UK Unknown Sell This Version
VGD 3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(2xLP, Comp, RE) Virgin VGD 3510 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
V2 86728, V2 0777 7 86728 2 1 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(CD, Comp) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin Music Canada, Virgin Music Canada V2 86728, V2 0777 7 86728 2 1 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
VGDCD 3510, 0777 7 86728 2 1 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(CD, Comp, RE) Virgin, Virgin VGDCD 3510, 0777 7 86728 2 1 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
VGDCD 3510, 0777 7 86728 2 1 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(CD, Comp, RE) Virgin, Virgin VGDCD 3510, 0777 7 86728 2 1 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
VGDCD 3510, 0777 7 86728 2 1 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(CD, Comp, RE, RP) Virgin, Virgin VGDCD 3510, 0777 7 86728 2 1 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
VGDCD 3510, 0777 7 86728 2 1 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(CD, Comp, RE, RP) Virgin, Virgin VGDCD 3510, 0777 7 86728 2 1 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
VGDCD 3510, 0777 7 86728 2 1 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(CD, Comp, RE, RP) Virgin, Virgin VGDCD 3510, 0777 7 86728 2 1 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
VGDCD 3510, 0777 7 86728 2 1, 07777 86728 2 1 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(CD, Comp, RE, RP, Unofficial) Virgin (2), Virgin (2), Virgin (2) VGDCD 3510, 0777 7 86728 2 1, 07777 86728 2 1 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
VGDCD 3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(CD, Comp, RP) Virgin VGDCD 3510 UK Unknown Sell This Version
VGDCD 3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(CD, Comp, RP) Virgin VGDCD 3510 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
VGDCD 3510 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(CD, Comp, RP) Virgin VGDCD 3510 UK Unknown Sell This Version
9661 Japan Exorcising Ghosts(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) 747 9661 Saudi Arabia Unknown Sell This Version

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speccydoughboy

speccydoughboy

September 30, 2015
referencing Exorcising Ghosts, CD, Comp, RE, VJD-28094, VJD-128

This CD shares the same mastering as the previous two Japanese pressings, VJD-28 and 32VD-1112 - this is different to the UK CD and the later Japanese 2-CD release.
RudeRomantic

RudeRomantic

January 7, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Exorcising Ghosts, CD, Comp, RE, VGDCD 3510, 0777 7 86728 2 1

NB. The CD omits five tracks which were included on the original double album: Swing, A Foreign Place, Taking Islands In Africa, Sons Of Pioneers, and Voices Raised in Welcome, Hands Held In Prayer - rendering this a very unsatisfactory version.
ozboyz

ozboyz

November 12, 2009
referencing Exorcising Ghosts, 2xLP, Comp, VGD 3510
The version that we have does not come under the RTC brand.

It says it is marketed by Virgin Records NZ ltd
Crijevo

Crijevo

September 19, 2007
referencing Exorcising Ghosts, CD, Comp, RP, VGDCD 3510
Ironically, the UK compact disc is drastically short of material originally included on the album's LP version (and some obscure album/CD variants in other countries). Many cited this occasionally as a 'best of' album. However, many tracks here serve their purpose of introducing a variety of Japan's stylistic takes rather that being actual hits (which were in fact only a few - 'Nightporter' and 'Ghosts' among them) - since their breakthrough with 'Quiet Life', where they defined their trademark sound of combining experimental music with pop more clearly.

However, if you own most of Japan's material already, you'll find the tracklisting is no different (and in that respect unworthy) from what you already have in your vaults - despite an array of their impressive studio albums, Japan rarely wrote a b-side to their single releases, which is truly a disappointment for such a creative group; beautifully dark, radical piece 'Life Without Buildings' thankfully mainstayed this compilation amongst already favourable tracks and alongside nice sleeve is well worth alone the reason to buy this album.

Of course, that shouldn't stop you from enjoying its remaining contents, although original albums are always better for complete perception - 'Exorcising Ghosts' is mainly a welcome listen for those new to Japan, die-hard fans already know better.