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Japan (USA 1982) 

  1. The Art Of Parties (Tin Drum version)
  2. Talking Drum
  3. Ghosts (edited - unique to this release)
  4. Gentlemen Take Polaroids
  5. Still Life In Mobile Homes
  6. Visions Of China
  7. Taking Islands In Africa (Steve Nye remix)
  8. Swing
  9. Cantonese Boy

This album is a compilation of tracks from "Gentlemen Take Polaroids" and "Tin Drum" plus the single version of "Taking Islands In Africa". This has a unique cover with a photo of Sylvian's face on the front and a group photo on the back. The French cassette is probably a counterfeit/pirate issue but is more professionally produced than most. I saw several copies in French shops in the late 90's.

usa album test pressingJapan label

Test pressing label and regular label

US promo

Detail of the promo sleeve showing the gold stamp

Back cover
  • USA LP: Epic ARE-37914
  • French Cassette: UFO-4355 (probably a counterfeit issue)


(Asian cassette 1982)


This compilation features the same tracks as the USA LP, but in a different order. The tracklisting includes a rather amusing mistake - the final track is called "Still Life In Cantonese Boys"! I'm not sure of the country of origin, but the tape itself says "made in Japan". Update - ozboyz' copy does not have "made in Japan" on the tape but mine does. 

  1. Visions Of China
  2. Still Life In Mobile Homes
  3. Taking Islands In Africa
  4. Swing
  5. The Art Of Parties
  6. Talking Drum
  7. Ghosts
  8. Gentlemen Take Polaroids
  9. Cantonese Boy
  • IMD-8025

Visions Of China, The Art Of Parties

(Asian cassette 1982)

Another cassette compilation of Virgin tracks. And the songs are in a different order again!  The country of origin is not clear.

  1. Visions Of China
  2. Still Life In Mobile Homes
  3. Cantonese Boy
  4. The Art Of Parties
  5. Ghosts
  6. Talking Drum
  7. Gentlemen Take Polaroids
  8. Taking Islands In Africa
  9. Swing

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Visions Of China

Another variation, this one on the 747 label, note the inclusion of "Communist China". 

  1. Visions Of China
  2. Swing
  3. Cantonese Boy
  4. Still Life In Mobile Homes
  5. Talking Drum
  6. Communist China
  7. Taking Islands In Africa
  8. Ghosts
  9. Gentlemen Take Polaroids
  10. The Art of Parties
Pirate cassette

New Wave 7722

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