Brilliant Trees/Words with the Shaman

Brilliant Trees/Words with the Shaman

by David Sylvian
     
 

Brilliant Trees, Sylvian's first solo album following his departure from Japan, was originally released in 1984 and was soon followed by an EP entitled Words with the Shaman. Both were unavailable in the U.S. until Caroline reissued them on this single disc in 1991. But though the music on this album represents two separate releases and is technically…  See more details below

Overview

Brilliant Trees, Sylvian's first solo album following his departure from Japan, was originally released in 1984 and was soon followed by an EP entitled Words with the Shaman. Both were unavailable in the U.S. until Caroline reissued them on this single disc in 1991. But though the music on this album represents two separate releases and is technically divided into individual songs, the average listener may have trouble detecting the movement from one piece to another. There is a single overall sound: a deceptively soothing, mildly funky pastiche of keyboards, treated horns (courtesy of Jon Hassell) and rather unsettling snippets of radio voices and third-world singers. Many of the weirder moments are contributed by Holger Czukay, who would subsequently collaborate frequently with Sylvian. Instrumentally, the music is quite interesting, but Sylvian's voice can be pretty irritating -- he's not half the singer he thinks he is. Still, fans won't be disappointed and this disc is a good value for the money. If you're thrifty and curious, begin here.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/1991
Label:
Caroline
UPC:
0017046181228
catalogNumber:
1812

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Sylvian   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Vocals,Tape
Mark Isham   Trumpet
Jon Hassell   Trumpet
Kenny Wheeler   Flugelhorn
Richard Barbieri   Synthesizer
Wayne Braithwaite   Bass
Holger Czukay   Guitar,French Horn,Voices,Dictaphone
Steve Jansen   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums
Percy Jones   Fretless Bass Guitar
Steve Nye   Synthesizer,Piano
Phil Palmer   Guitar
Ryuichi Sakamoto   Synthesizer,Piano
Ronnie Drayton   Guitar

Technical Credits

Jon Hassell   Composer
Yuka Fujii   Cover Design
Steve Jansen   Composer
Steve Nye   Producer,Engineer
David Sylvian   Composer,Producer,Cover Design
Nigel Walker   Producer,Engineer
P. Williams   Engineer

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