Japan to release half-speed vinyl remaster of double collection Exorcising Ghosts

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Art rockers Japan are to have their 1984 compilation Exorcising Ghosts reissued on half-speed remastered vinyl through UMC on October 7.

The band officially split in 1982, following a tour in support of their final album, the ground-breaking Tin Drum. However, they agreed to undertake a farewell tour, with accompanying live album, Oil On Canvas, towards the end of 1983.  

Exorcising Ghosts was released in 1984 and features material from the band's third album, 1979's Quiet Life, which saw the shift stylistically away from the glam rock of their first two albums (1978's Adolescent Sex and 1979's Obscure Alternatives) towards their more recognised stylish art rock approach.

The new edition has been mastered at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, London. The LPs are housed in a gatefold sleeve with printed inner bags, a print of the band, an Abbey Road Half Speed Master Certificate, and an Obi strip. 

A limited number of the album will be available with an exclusive 30cm x 23cm landscape print of Russell Mills’ sleeve artwork without text.

Pre-order Exorcising Ghosts.


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Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.