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My Life in the Bush of Ghosts [Bonus Tracks]
     

My Life in the Bush of Ghosts [Bonus Tracks]

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by Eno, David Byrne
 

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My Life in the Bush of Ghosts is a masterpiece of pop experimentalism. Using tape loops and raga-like song structures, Brian Eno and David Byrne worked out a brilliant formula: they out-tripped trip-hop long before Tricky, Portishead, and the advent of sampling technology. Check out "The Jezebel Spirit" --

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My Life in the Bush of Ghosts is a masterpiece of pop experimentalism. Using tape loops and raga-like song structures, Brian Eno and David Byrne worked out a brilliant formula: they out-tripped trip-hop long before Tricky, Portishead, and the advent of sampling technology. Check out "The Jezebel Spirit" -- it's a writhing, complex interweaving of found vocals, layered percussion, chiming guitars, doppler-effect synthesizer, and throbbing bass. Each song works in a similarly organic fashion. The artists' synergy is marvelous, as Eno blends the idiosyncratic bounce of his off-kilter pop with Byrne's worship of manic polyrhythms and jangly guitar sounds. An all-star line-up of musicians from the then (1979-80) fertile "downtown" New York scene (including Bill Laswell and David van Tieghem) give inspired and accomplished performances here -- a refreshing reminder of the power of musicianship in an age of machine-driven amateurism. My Life in the Bush of Ghosts captures Eno and Byrne at the height of their powers; the result is a work that is greater than the sum of its considerably talented creators.

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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2006
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597989427
catalogNumber:
79894
Rank:
12761

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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
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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My Life in the Bush of Ghosts 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the quintessential experimental album of the 80's. To this day, it evokes an originality unequaled. I understand that Mr. Byrne walked out about halfway through the completion of this album, but by then it seems to have taken on as life of its own. With collaborators such as Bill Laswell and Robert Fripp, perhaps he felt that his job was done. Whatever. This album certainly shows the genius of both headliners, and paves the way for Brian Eno to become one of the most sought after producers in popular/avant garde music to this day. I'm sure that the members of U2 heard this record before choosing to work with Mr. Eno, and that it was instrumental in their decision. For those more into esoteric sounds, it definitely contains at least a nod to John Cage. Laurie Anderson's ''Home Of The Brave'' et al. are also sisters to this work. Where are these experimenters today?