Japan ‎– Ghosts

Virgin ‎– VS472-12
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single

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A Ghosts
Keyboards, Programmed By [Keyboard Programming] – Richard BarbieriKeyboards, Programmed By [Keyboard Programming], Vocals [Vocal] – David SylvianMarimba – Steve JansenProducer [Produced By] – Japan, Steve Nye
B The Art Of Parties (Version)
Bass Guitar [Fretless Bass] – Mick KarnGuitar – David RhodesKeyboards, Programmed By [Keyboard Programming] – Richard BarbieriPercussion [Electronic Percussion] – Steve JansenProducer [Produced By] – Japan, Nigel WalkerVocals, Guitar [Iruka Guitar] – David Sylvian

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℗ 1981 © 1982 Virgin Records Limited.
℗ 1981 Virgin Records Ltd.

There is a UK pressing of this 12" single with the incorrect track times printed on the labels and another UK version of this 12" single which was 'Mastered At' 'Utopia Studios'.

David Rhodes courtesy of Self Control Ltd.

Published by Chadwick Nomis Ltd. / Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Stamped Variation 1): VS 47212 A-1U-1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Stamped Variation 1): VS 47212 B-1U-1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Stamped Variation 2): VS 47212 A-4U-1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Stamped Variation 2): VS 47212 B-1U-1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Etched): A PORKY PRIME CUT.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Stamped): TOWN HOUSE

Other Versions (5 of 15) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VS472 Japan Ghosts(7", Single, M/Print) Virgin VS472 UK 1982 Sell This Version
VS 472-12, VS472-12 Japan Ghosts(12", Single, M/Print) Virgin, Virgin VS 472-12, VS472-12 New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
VS472 Japan Ghosts(7", Single) Virgin VS472 UK 1982 Sell This Version
VS472 Japan Ghosts(7", Single) Virgin VS472 Ireland 1982 Sell This Version
VS472-12 Japan Ghosts(12", Single) Virgin VS472-12 UK 1982 Sell This Version


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January 3, 2017
Hello all,

Is there a category for 3.25" CDs? I only have one. It's Japan-Ghosts. I haven't played this in years. I was just going through my collection. Tried to find a discussion on this, but being a noobe, I'm a little slow.


May 18, 2016
Probably the second most unlikely major hit single I can think of after Laurie Anderson's O Superman. One of very few Japan tracks David Sylvian doesn't appear totally embarrassed by. To the best of my knowledge, the only other Japan songs he's ever performed as a solo artist are Nightporter and The other side of life. Ghosts is also the only Japan song to feature on a Sylvian best of compilation, although in a remixed (vocals are re-recorded) and inferior (IMO) version. A timeless masterpiece.


April 17, 2014
A version with correct track times cut at utopia exists with side 1 runout matrix VS472-12-A3, side 2 VS472-12-B2


November 9, 2009
There is also a UK 12" of this release which lists Ghosts as running time of 5.18 and The Art of Parties as 3.55, the same mistake as with some pressings of the UK 7".