Japan – ‘Nightporter’ Japanese 12″ ‘Pic Label’ series single (Virgin, VIP-4181, 1982)

In a previous post, I looked at the UK single release of ‘Nightporter’, which saw a 7″, 12″ and unique DJ edit 7″ editions. Another notable issue is the Japanese 12″ 6-song ‘Pic Label’ series EP (Virgin, VIP-4181). Retaining the same design for the front as the UK 12″ release, the rear featured a band pic along with the titles for the featured songs – which gathered together a number of edits and non-LP tracks that had surfaced originally on UK singles.

Japan - 'Nightporter' Japanese pic label 12 inch single
^ Japan – \’Nightporter\’ Japanese pic label 12 inch single

Of note, despite being a 12″ single, it is the 5’02” remix that is featured, as per the regular UK 7″ single, as opposed to the longer 12″ remix you might have expected to find. Similarly, despite being titled as ‘Long Version’, ‘Ghosts’ as featured on this release is in fact the same 7″ edit as per the UK single release. Finishing off side one, ‘The Art of Parties’ is the live ‘version’ that first appeared on the flip side of the ‘Ghosts’ UK 7″ single. Side two of this 12″ features a couple of tracks from the ‘Gentlemen Take Polaroids’ UK 7″ single along with ‘Life Without Buildings’, the superb B side of the original ‘Art of Parties’ single release.

Japan - 'Nightporter' Japanese pic label 12 inch single - rear sleeve design
^ Japan – \’Nightporter\’ Japanese pic label 12 inch single – rear sleeve design
Japan - 'Nightporter' Japanese pic label 12 inch single - insert
^ Japan – \’Nightporter\’ Japanese pic label 12 inch single – insert

Side One:

  1. Nightporter (Remix) (5:02)
  2. Ghosts (Single Edit – listed as ‘Long Version’) (3:52)
  3. The Art Of Parties (Version) (5:33)

Side Two:

  1. The Experience Of Swimming (4:02)
  2. Life Without Buildings (6:39)
  3. The Width Of A Room (3:14)

One of the most striking features is of course the large sized picture labels, which make this release all the more appealing, even if by this time the band themselves probably would have felt they’d moved on from such obviously pop-star trappings.

Japan - 'Nightporter' Japanese pic label 12 inch single - side A label design
^ Japan – \’Nightporter\’ Japanese pic label 12 inch single – side A label design
Japan - 'Nightporter' Japanese pic label 12 inch single - side B label design
^ Japan – \’Nightporter\’ Japanese pic label 12 inch single – side B label design

One Reply to “Japan – ‘Nightporter’ Japanese 12″ ‘Pic Label’ series single (Virgin, VIP-4181, 1982)”

  1. One has to love those Japanese pic-label EPs. I can’t believe in the 80s that I unloaded my Human League one [“Holiday ’80” VIP-5906] when I got “Travelogue” on CD and thought “oh, the LP version of “Toyota City” is good enough!” I was such a bloody fool!!!!

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