My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

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by 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" --See more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
A pioneering work for countless styles connected to electronics, ambience, and Third World music, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts expands on the fourth-world concepts of Hassell/Eno 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, among others. It's also light years away from the respectful, preservationist angles of previous generations' field recorders 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 during the 1980s and '90s.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2009
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597983555
catalogNumber:
79894
Rank:
61888

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Byrne   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Multi Instruments,Snare Drums,Track Performer
Bill Laswell   Bass
Busta Cherry Jones   Bass
John Cooksey   Drums,Snare Drums
Brian Eno   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Multi Instruments,Snare Drums,Track Performer
Chris Frantz   Drums,Snare Drums
Dennis Keeley   Bodhran
Mingo Lewis   Percussion,Stick,Bata
Prairie Prince   Drums,Bass Drums
Jesse Rossy   Guitar
Jose Rossy   Conga,Bass Drums,Gong,Agong-Gon
Steve Scales   Conga,Metal Objects
David Van Tieghem   Percussion,Drums,Snare Drums
Tim Wright   Bass
Dunya Yusin   Vocals,Voices
Bishop Paul S. Morton   Voices
Moving Hall Star Singers   Voices
Samira Tawfik   Vocals,Voices

Technical Credits

Guy Carawan   Producer
David Byrne   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bill Laswell   Arranger
Busta Cherry Jones   Arranger,Composer
Hugo Dwyer   Engineer
Brian Eno   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Artwork,Cover Art
Chris Frantz   Arranger
Robert Fripp   Arranger
Dave Jerden   Engineer
Howard Johnston   Engineer
Eddie Korvin   Engineer
Don Mack   Engineer
Johnny Potoker   Engineer
David Van Tieghem   Arranger
Tim Wright   Arranger
Neal Teeman   Engineer
George Sloan   Engineer
Stacy Baird   Engineer
Peter Saville   Arranger,Cover Art
Mike Ewasko   Engineer

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