Japan ‎– Nightporter

Virgin ‎– VS554
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single

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A Nightporter (Remix)
Arranged By [String Bass And Oboe] – A. O'Dell*, M. Karn*Keyboards, Piano [Acoustic Piano] – Richard BarbieriPiano [Acoustic Piano], Vocals [Vocal] – David SylvianRemix – Steve NyeWritten-By – D. Sylvian*
B Ain't That Peculiar
Bass [Fretless Bass], Recorder [Recorders] – Mick KarnDrums, Drums [African Drum], Keyboards – Steve JansenGuitar, Guitar [E-bow] – Rob DeanKeyboards – Richard BarbieriVocals, Keyboards – David SylvianWritten-By – M. Tarplan*, R. Rodgers*, W. Robinson*, W. Moore*

Companies, etc.


  • Photography By [Cover Photography]Yuka Fujii
  • Producer [Produced By]John Punter
  • Sleeve [Cover Concept]Sylvian*
  • Typography [Hand Lettering]Ken*


"Nightporter" published by Chadwick Nomis Ltd. / Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd. ℗ 1982 Virgin Records Ltd.
"Ain't That Peculiar" published by Jobete Music Co Ltd. ℗ 1980 Virgin Records Ltd.

© 1982 Virgin Records Limited

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, hand-etched runout - variant 1): VS 554·A1 ƱTOPIA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, hand-etched runout - variant 1 & 3): VS 554 B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, hand-etched runout - variant 2): VS 554 A1 ƱTOPIA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, hand-etched runout - variant 2): VS 554·B2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched runout - variant 3): VS 554·A2 ƱTOPIA

Other Versions (5 of 9) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VINX 876 Japan Nightporter(12", Single) Virgin VINX 876 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
VS 554-12, VS554-12 Japan Nightporter(12", Single) Virgin, Virgin VS 554-12, VS554-12 New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
VS554 Japan Nightporter(7", Single) Virgin VS554 Ireland 1982 Sell This Version
VS554-12 Japan Nightporter(12", Single) Virgin VS554-12 UK 1982 Sell This Version
104 850, 104 850-100 Japan Nightporter(7", Single) Virgin, Virgin 104 850, 104 850-100 Germany 1982 Sell This Version


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February 2, 2014
It seems the earlier releases of this single had a glossy card sleeve, the later had a matt finish.


July 5, 2010
edited over 2 years ago

The B-side, "Ain't That Peculiar," is an alternate recording to the one contained on the "Gentlemen Take Polaroids" album. It is also the version that first was released on Virgin's "Cash Cows" compilation in 1980.