Japan ‎– Oil On Canvas

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Oil On Canvas is a live album by the English band Japan, released in June 1983, six months after the band had broken up. It became their highest charting album in the UK, peaking at number 5.

The live tracks on the double-album were taken from the band's performances at the Hammersmith Odeon in November 1982, during their final live concert tour. With guitarist Rob Dean having left the band in 1981, Japanese session musician Masami Tsuchiya was added to the line-up on guitar and additional keyboards.

Although marketed as a live recording, the album also contains three new instrumental studio tracks ("Oil On Canvas", "Voices Raised In Welcome, Hands Held In Prayer" and "Temple Of Dawn"), recorded separately by Sylvian, Sylvian/Jansen and Barbieri respectively - the title of Barbieri's track is taken from the novel The Temple of Dawn by Yukio Mishima.
Additionally, it is claimed that the version of "Nightporter" included is a studio re-recording, with overdubs making it sound like a live recording.

Some early single-disc CD editions omit the tracks "Gentlemen Take Polaroids" and "Swing".

Versions (95)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VD 2513, VD2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin, Virgin VD 2513, VD2513 UK 1983 Sell This Version
VD 2513, VD2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album) Virgin, Virgin VD 2513, VD2513 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
302 178-406 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album) Virgin 302 178-406 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
AVD 22513, AVID 22513 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin, Virgin Dischi S.r.L. AVD 22513, AVID 22513 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
VD 2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin VD 2513 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
VD2513, 3032~3 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin, Virgin VD2513, 3032~3 Taiwan 1983 Sell This Version
VD2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin VD2513 Hong Kong 1983 Sell This Version
302 178-406 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin 302 178-406 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
302178 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin 302178 France 1983 Sell This Version
VD 2513, VD2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin, Virgin VD 2513, VD2513 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
VD-2513, VD2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin, Virgin VD-2513, VD2513 Scandinavia 1983 Sell This Version
VD 2513, VD2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin, Virgin VD 2513, VD2513 UK 1983 Sell This Version
XD-302.176, XD-302.177, XD·302178 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin XD-302.176, XD-302.177, XD·302178 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
VIP-6~7 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin VIP-6~7 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
vd 2260, VD2260 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin, Virgin vd 2260, VD2260 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
VD 2513, VD2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album, Promo, Gat) Virgin, Virgin VD 2513, VD2513 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
VIP-6~7 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album, Promo, Gat) Virgin VIP-6~7 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
615005 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album, Sin) Virgin, Edisom 615005 Portugal 1983 Sell This Version
VIRV 055D Japan Oil On Canvas(Beta) Virgin Video VIRV 055D UK 1983 Sell This Version
VIR 115 4 Japan Oil On Canvas(Beta) Virgin Video VIR 115 4 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
TCVD 2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(Cass, Album) Virgin TCVD 2513 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
AVIK-272513, AVIK 272513 Japan Oil On Canvas(Cass, Album) Virgin, Virgin AVIK-272513, AVIK 272513 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
VCW-3722 Japan Oil On Canvas(Cass, Album) Virgin VCW-3722 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
VDC 2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(Cass, Album) Virgin VDC 2513 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
VD4 2260 Japan Oil On Canvas(Cass, Album) Virgin VD4 2260 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
TCVD 2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(Cass, Album, Bla) Virgin TCVD 2513 UK 1983 Sell This Version
GL 1361 Japan Oil On Canvas(Cass, Album, M/Print, Unofficial, C-6) GL Golden GL 1361 Singapore 1983 Sell This Version
TCVD 2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(Cass, Album, Red) Virgin TCVD 2513 UK 1983 Sell This Version
TCVD 2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(Cass, Album, Sil) Virgin TCVD 2513 UK 1983 Sell This Version
TCVD 2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(Cass, Album, Whi) Virgin TCVD 2513 UK 1983 Sell This Version
MP116-15VN Japan Oil On Canvas(Laserdisc, 12", S/Sided, NTSC) Virgin Video MP116-15VN Japan 1983 Sell This Version
LD 055D Japan Oil On Canvas(Laserdisc, 12", S/Sided, PAL, SECAM, CLV) Virgin Video LD 055D UK 1983 Sell This Version
VIR115, VIR 115 Japan Oil On Canvas(VHS) Virgin Vision, Virgin Vision VIR115, VIR 115 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
VIRV 055D Japan Oil On Canvas(VHS, PAL) Virgin Video VIRV 055D UK 1983 Sell This Version
VIRV 055D Japan Oil On Canvas(VHS, PAL) Virgin Video VIRV 055D UK 1983 Sell This Version
60021 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album, RP, Gat) Virgin 60021 France 1984 Sell This Version
CDVD2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album) Virgin CDVD2513 UK 1984 Sell This Version
CDVD2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album) Virgin CDVD2513 UK 1984 Sell This Version
OVEDC 406 Japan Oil On Canvas(Cass, Album, RE) Virgin OVEDC 406 UK 1984 Sell This Version
TE-M533 Japan Oil On Canvas(VHS, NTSC) Toei Video TE-M533 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
VIR 115 2 Japan Oil On Canvas(VHS, PAL) Virgin Video VIR 115 2 Australasia 1984 Sell This Version
VJD-25009~10 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xCD, Album, Promo, RE) Virgin Japan, Virgin VJD-25009~10 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VJD-25009~10 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xCD, Album, RE) Virgin Japan, Virgin VJD-25009~10 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VJD-25009~10 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xCD, Album, RE, RP) Virgin Japan, Virgin VJD-25009~10 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VJL-1009~10 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album, Promo, Gat) Virgin Japan, Virgin VJL-1009~10 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VJL-1009~10 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Virgin Japan, Virgin VJL-1009~10 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VD 2513, VD2513, 302 178, 302 178-406 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin, Virgin VD 2513, VD2513, 302 178, 302 178-406 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
CDVDP 2513, CDVD2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, Pic) Virgin, Virgin CDVDP 2513, CDVD2513 UK 1990 Sell This Version
VJCP-36015 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xCD, Album, Promo, RE) Virgin Japan, Virgin VJCP-36015 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
VJCP-36015 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xCD, Album, RE) Virgin Japan, Virgin VJCP-36015 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
VJCP-36015 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xCD, Album, RE) Virgin Japan, Virgin VJCP-36015 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
CDVD 2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin CDVD 2513 UK 1992 Sell This Version
CDVD 2513, 0777 7 86479 2 8 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, RE, RP) Virgin, Virgin CDVD 2513, 0777 7 86479 2 8 UK & Europe 1992 Sell This Version
VPVR-60643 Japan Oil On Canvas(VHS, NTSC) Vap Video VPVR-60643 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
VJCP-36042·43, CDVD-2513-1, CDVD-2513-2 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xCD, Album, Promo, RM) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin VJCP-36042·43, CDVD-2513-1, CDVD-2513-2 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
VJCP-36042·43, CDVD-2513-1, CDVD-2513-2 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin VJCP-36042·43, CDVD-2513-1, CDVD-2513-2 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
088 284 3, 0882843 Japan Oil On Canvas(VHS, PAL) Vision Video, Vision Video 088 284 3, 0882843 UK 1993 Sell This Version
CAROL 1832-2 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album) Caroline Blue Plate CAROL 1832-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
CAROL 1832-2 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album) Caroline Blue Plate CAROL 1832-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
JPCD 2000259 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, Unofficial) Grammy JPCD 2000259 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
CAR 91030-2 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xCD) Caroline Records CAR 91030-2 US 2003 Sell This Version
VJCP-68603~4, 4 988006 816152 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xCD, Album, Copy Prot., Enh, Promo, RM, Dig) Virgin, Virgin VJCP-68603~4, 4 988006 816152 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
VJCP-68603~4, 4 988006 816152 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xCD, Album, Copy Prot., Enh, RM, Dig) Virgin, Virgin VJCP-68603~4, 4 988006 816152 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
7243 5 91035 2 5 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xCD, Album, Copy Prot., RM, Dig) Virgin 7243 5 91035 2 5 UK & Europe 2003 Sell This Version
CDVDX 2513, 7243 5 91030 2 0 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xCD, Album, RM, Dig) Virgin, Virgin CDVDX 2513, 7243 5 91030 2 0 UK 2003 Sell This Version
CDVDX 2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(2xCDr, Album, Promo, RM) Virgin CDVDX 2513 UK 2003 Sell This Version
0946 3 63053 2 5, 0946 363053 2 5, CDVR 2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, RE, RM) EMI, EMI, Virgin 0946 3 63053 2 5, 0946 363053 2 5, CDVR 2513 UK & Europe 2006 Sell This Version
VJCP-68874, VD2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, Promo, RM) Virgin, Virgin VJCP-68874, VD2513 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
VJCP-68874, VD2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Virgin, Virgin VJCP-68874, VD2513 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
0946 3 63053 2 5, 0946 363053 2 5, CDVR 2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) EMI, EMI, Virgin 0946 3 63053 2 5, 0946 363053 2 5, CDVR 2513 UK & Europe 2009 Sell This Version
TOCP-54223 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, EMI TOCP-54223 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
0946 3 63053 2 5, 0946 363053 2 5, CDVR 2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) EMI, EMI, Virgin 0946 3 63053 2 5, 0946 363053 2 5, CDVR 2513 UK & Europe 2010 Sell This Version
TOCP-54223 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, EMI TOCP-54223 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
0946 3 63053 2 5, 0946 363053 2 5, CDVR 2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) EMI, EMI, Virgin 0946 3 63053 2 5, 0946 363053 2 5, CDVR 2513 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
TYCP-80003, VD 2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Virgin, Virgin TYCP-80003, VD 2513 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
UICY-25455 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Virgin UICY-25455 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
5373689 Japan Oil On Canvas(SACD, Hybrid, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM) Virgin, Universal Music Hong Kong 5373689 Hong Kong 2016 Sell This Version
CS 5493 Japan Oil On Canvas Vol. 2(Cass, Album, Unofficial) C.S CS 5493 Unknown Sell This Version
CDVD2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album) Virgin CDVD2513 UK Unknown Sell This Version
V2 86479, V2 0777 7 86479 2 8 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album) Virgin Music Canada, Virgin V2 86479, V2 0777 7 86479 2 8 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
CDVD 2513, 0777 7 86479 2 8 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin CDVD 2513, 0777 7 86479 2 8 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
0946 3 63053 2 5, 0946 363053 2 5, CDVR 2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) EMI, EMI, Virgin 0946 3 63053 2 5, 0946 363053 2 5, CDVR 2513 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CDVD 2513, 0777 7 86479 2 8 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, RE, RP) Virgin, Virgin CDVD 2513, 0777 7 86479 2 8 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CDVD 2513, 0777 7 86479 2 8 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, RE, RP) Virgin, Virgin CDVD 2513, 0777 7 86479 2 8 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CDVD 2513, 0777 7 86479 2 8 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, RE, RP) Virgin, Virgin CDVD 2513, 0777 7 86479 2 8 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CDVD 2513, 0777 7 86479 2 8 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, RE, RP) Virgin, Virgin CDVD 2513, 0777 7 86479 2 8 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
7243 5 91036 2 5, 7243 8 91035 2 5, 7243 5 91035 2 Japan Oil On Canvas(CD, Album, RM, Unofficial) Virgin (2), Virgin (2), Virgin (2) 7243 5 91036 2 5, 7243 8 91035 2 5, 7243 5 91035 2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
TC-VD 2513, TCVD 2513, EV019-9 Japan Oil On Canvas(Cass, Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin TC-VD 2513, TCVD 2513, EV019-9 Indonesia Unknown Sell This Version
IMD 8773 Japan Oil On Canvas(Cass, Album, MP, Unofficial) IMD (2) IMD 8773 Saudi Arabia Unknown Sell This Version
8722 Japan Oil On Canvas(Cass, Album, Unofficial) 747 8722 Saudi Arabia Unknown Sell This Version
T 6035 Japan Oil On Canvas(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Team Records (4) T 6035 Indonesia Unknown Sell This Version
S 3651A Japan Oil On Canvas(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Foot Print S 3651A Malaysia Unknown Sell This Version
TCVD 2513 Japan Oil On Canvas(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Virgin (2) TCVD 2513 Unknown Sell This Version
MAX 2071 Japan Oil On Canvas(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) MAX (2) MAX 2071 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
CDVD 2513, 0777 7 86479 2 8 Japan Oil On Canvas(VCD, Unofficial) Virgin (2), Virgin (2) CDVD 2513, 0777 7 86479 2 8 Unknown Sell This Version

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speccydoughboy

speccydoughboy

March 4, 2018
referencing Oil On Canvas, 2xCD, Album, Promo, RE, VJCP-36015
This edition includes the original vinyl mix of the album - with cold endings for Swing and Methods Of Dance; and no crowd noise before Cantonese Boy and Quiet Life.
speccydoughboy

speccydoughboy

March 4, 2018
referencing Oil On Canvas, 2xCD, Album, RE, VJCP-36015
This edition includes the original vinyl mix of the album - with cold endings for Swing and Methods Of Dance; and no crowd noise before Cantonese Boy and Quiet Life.
speccydoughboy

speccydoughboy

March 4, 2018
referencing Oil On Canvas, 2xCD, Album, RE, RP, VJD-25009~10
This edition includes the original vinyl mix of the album - with cold endings for Swing and Methods Of Dance; and no crowd noise before Cantonese Boy and Quiet Life.
speccydoughboy

speccydoughboy

March 4, 2018
referencing Oil On Canvas, 2xCD, Album, Promo, RE, VJD-25009~10
This edition includes the original vinyl mix of the album - with cold endings for Swing and Methods Of Dance; and no crowd noise before Cantonese Boy and Quiet Life.
speccydoughboy

speccydoughboy

March 4, 2018
referencing Oil On Canvas, 2xCD, Album, RE, VJD-25009~10
This edition includes the original vinyl mix of the album - with cold endings for Swing and Methods Of Dance; and no crowd noise before Cantonese Boy and Quiet Life.
G.t.D.

G.t.D.

November 10, 2016
referencing Oil On Canvas, CD, Album, CDVD2513
My copy has the exact same packaging as this edition Japan - Oil On Canvas, BUT the CD inside is different. The CD is the same as Japan - Oil On Canvas (Matrix / Runout: CDVD-2513 33 A1, Matrix / Runout: MASTERED BY DADC AUSTRIA, and it has all 15 tracks too). I know I bought it like this in the early 90s. Could it be possible that (left over) CD covers from this version were filled with the 15 track CD, once that became available? Or is mine a new, separate edition all together?
verian

verian

April 12, 2016
referencing Oil On Canvas, 2xLP, Album, Gat, VD 2513, VD2513
I always rather liked Japan, and it is odd now to look back and remember the TV News reports asking, in the same way as for Boy George, whether David Sylvian was a man or a woman. This is a live album that was recorded on their last tour, 1982, and released in 1983 after the group hand split up. It is sort of semi-live as I think a lot of the parts were re-recorded afterwards and mixed in. Live albums are usually a best of, this one contains three new tracks though, “Oil on Canvas”, “Voices Raised in Welcome, Hands Held in Prayer” and “Temple of Dawn”, all of which are instrumentals and weren’t live at all. My copy is a double in a gate fold sleeve.
ozboyz

ozboyz

November 12, 2009
referencing Oil On Canvas, 2xLP, Album, Gat, VD 2513, VD2513
The New Zealand pressing that we have does not mention RTC on the label or artwork.