My Life in the Bush of Ghosts [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
A pioneering work for countless styles connected to electronic, ambient, and third-world music, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts expands on the fourth-world concepts of Jon Hassell and Brian Eno's work with a whirlwind 45 minutes of worldbeat/funk-rock with the combined talents of several percussionists and bassists including Bill Laswell, Tim Wright, David van Tieghem, and Talking Heads' Chris Frantz that's also heavy on the samples -- from radio talk-show hosts, Lebanese mountain singers, preachers, exorcism ceremonies, Muslim chanting, and Egyptian pop. It's also light years away from the respectful, preservationist angles of previous generations' field recordings and folk ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
A pioneering work for countless styles connected to electronic, ambient, and third-world music, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts expands on the fourth-world concepts of Jon Hassell and Brian Eno's work with a whirlwind 45 minutes of worldbeat/funk-rock with the combined talents of several percussionists and bassists including Bill Laswell, Tim Wright, David van Tieghem, and Talking Heads' Chris Frantz that's also heavy on the samples -- from radio talk-show hosts, Lebanese mountain singers, preachers, exorcism ceremonies, Muslim chanting, and Egyptian pop. It's also light years away from the respectful, preservationist angles of previous generations' field recordings and folk song gatherers. The songs on My Life in the Bush of Ghosts present myriad elements from around the world in the same jumbled stew, without regard for race, creed, or color. As such, it's a tremendously prescient record for the future development of music. [A 2006 remastering improved the sound, added seven previously unreleased audio tracks recorded at the same time, and also included the film clip for Mea Culpa by Bruce Conner, whose work exhibits the same plundering aesthetic as David Byrne and Eno's.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2006
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597989427
  • Catalog Number: 79894
  • Sales rank: 10,008

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 America Is Waiting (3:38)
  2. 2 Mea Culpa (4:57)
  3. 3 Regiment (4:11)
  4. 4 Help Me Somebody (4:17)
  5. 5 The Jezebel Spirit (4:56)
  6. 6 Very, Very Hungry (3:21)
  7. 7 Moonlight in Glory (4:30)
  8. 8 The Carrier (4:19)
  9. 9 A Secret Life (2:31)
  10. 10 Come with Us (2:42)
  11. 11 Mountain of Needles (2:39)
  12. 12 Pitch to Voltage (2:38)
  13. 13 Two Against Three (1:55)
  14. 14 Vocal Outtakes (0:36)
  15. 15 New Feet (2:26)
  16. 16 Defiant (3:41)
  17. 17 Number 8 Mix (3:30)
  18. 18 Solo Guitar with Tin Foil (5:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brian Eno Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Bass Guitar
David Byrne Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Bass Guitar
Bill Laswell Bass
Busta Cherry Jones Bass
John Cooksey Drums
Chris Frantz Drums
Dennis Keeley Bodhran
Mingo Lewis Stick, Bata
Prairie Prince Percussion, Drums, Bass Drums
Jose Rossy Conga, Agogo, Agong-Gon
Steve Scales Percussion, Conga, Metal Objects
David Van Tieghem Percussion, Drums
Tim Wright Bass
Technical Credits
David Byrne Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Bill Laswell Arranger, Composer
Busta Cherry Jones Arranger, Composer
Michael Crétu Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Brian Eno Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production, Cover Image
David Fairstein Composer
Chris Frantz Arranger
Robert Fripp Arranger
Dave Jerden Engineer
Eddie Korvin Engineer
Johnny Potoker Engineer
Prairie Prince Contributor
Rev. Timothy Wright Composer
David Van Tieghem Arranger, Composer
Tim Wright Arranger
Neal Teeman Engineer
Stacy Baird Engineer
Robert Edridge Waks Editorial Coordinator
Amos Tutuola Writer, Author
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Classic audio art but you'll have to fight past the Video

    Brian Eno and David Byrne created a masterful album of minimal music accompanying odd and obscure pieces of dialog taken from radio, church, and various other sources. Certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but it's one of the best examples of this odd audio art form. If you're looking at David Byrne's name and thinking "Talking Heads", forget it, nothing here resembles The Talking Heads in any way, shape, or form. I generally avoid "enhanced CD's" as the Video on the single disk tends to make it difficult to play the audio section (and this disk is no exception) but the audio, in this case, is worth the trouble.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album -- essential "world music"

    I didn't get hear this 2006 re-issue but I've had the original LP and subsequent CD issue for years, and always found it a great listen. The 'Remain in Light' era funkiness with all the samples from around the world was a novel idea at the time - it opened doors for anyone who wanted to mix and match divergent musical ideas to get unexpected and interesting results. However, there was a track "Qu'ran" that was on the original 1981 LP and the first run of CD's but then disappeared, and isn't on this re-issue. So to get the whole MLITBOG, you'd have to seek out either to get that track.

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