Both Brian Eno and John Cale have always flirted with conventional pop music throughout their careers, while reserving the right to go off on less accessible experiments, which means they've always held out the promise that they would make something as attractive as this synthesizer-dominated collection, on which Eno comes as close to the mainstream as he has since Another Green World and Cale is as catchy as he's been since Honi Soit. The result is one of the best albums either one has ever made. [A 2005 reissue added two bonus tracks: "Grandfather's House" and "You Don't Miss Your Water."]
Brian Eno will soon issue expanded versions of four of his albums originally released in the 1990s Nerve Net (1992), The Shutov Assembly (1992), Neroli (1993) and The Drop (1997) will each be reissued as a two-CD deluxe editions containing the original album and an additional disc of unreleased and rare Eno work specific to each record. Nerve Net includes the first ever commercial release of lost Eno album My Squelchy Life; The Shutov Assembly features an album’s worth of unreleased recordings from the same period; Neroli includes an entire unreleased hour-long Eno ambient work New Space Music; and The Drop includes nine rarely heard tracks from the Eno archives. Each album comes in deluxe casebound packaging and is accompanied by a 16-page booklet compiling photos, images and writing by Eno that is relevant to each release.
This P represents a beautiful set of ambience from one of the form's masters.
This sublime, tranquil recording features 11 haunting ambient tone poems for treated piano. They are crafted from simple chords, arpeggios, or melodies that are frequently trailed by delicate electronic whispers to produce dreamy results. Even though Budd and Eno chose to compose and record in a minimalist style, their gorgeous, moody music evokes so much more, for the reverberating spaces between the notes are just as important as the notes themselves. In an interesting experiment, both "Against the Sky" and "An Echo of Night" explore the same melancholic musical theme in different settings–the former is a sparse piano piece with gentle electronic treatments, the latter is a murky synth work set against a nocturnal outdoor backdrop. (Budd later explored the theme again as the ethereal elegy "Olancha Farewell" on his 1986 solo album, Lovely Thunder.) Beautifully understated, the slow-motion ballet of The Pearl is a piece of striking ambient impressionism that was highly original in its day, well before the myriads of New Age imitators its composers spawned, and it remains fresh and vital two decades later. –Bryan Reesman
If you ever wondered what ambient music is all about, you could do worse than listen to the soundtrack by Brian Eno that accompanied the stunning visuals of NASA's Apollo missions to the moon. Created with an intoxicating mixture of acoustic and electronic, the music makes the now-classic space travel images more magical and memorable, introducing a dreamlike element to scenes of cold reality. "An Ending (Ascent)" is about as close to an actual tune as you'll get, but, as with every track, a shining example of what ambient music reveals about itself–slowly and carefully. – Paul Clark
|“||My Life in the Bush of Ghosts|
Both Brian Eno and David Byrne had, for a number of years, been interested in non- Western music styles, particularly those of sub-Saharan African of the Arabic cultural sphere; In the Talking Heads /Eno records, such influences function implicitly, but on the album 'My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts' they became explicit.
Over Rhythmic and harmonic backing tracks, played by Eno, Byrne and eleven other musicians, Eno and Byrne superimposed taped voices from a variety of sources. 'It's almost collage music, like grafting a piece of one culture onto a piece of another onto a piece of another, and trying to make them work as a coherent musical idea, and also trying to make something you can dance to' mentioned Eno."
The title of the album is inspired by Amos Tutuola's novel with the same title.
1. America is Waiting (3:36)
2. Mea Culpa (3.35)
3. Regiment (3:56)
4. Help Me Somebody (4:18)
5. The Jezebel Spirt (4:55)
6. Very, Very Hungry (3:20)
7. Moonlight in Glory (4:19)
8. The Carrier (3:30)
9. A Secret Life (2:30)
10. Come With Us (2:38)
11. Mountain of Needles (2:35)
Total Time: 39:41
All songs written by Brian Eno/David Byrne, excpet
1.(Brian Eno/David Byrne, arr. by Brian Eno/David Byrne/Bill Laswell/Tim Wright/David van Tieghem)
3.(Brian Eno/David Byrne/Busta Jones, arr. by Brian Eno/David Byrne/Busta Jones/Chris Frantz/Robert Fripp)
Brian Eno & David Byrne / guitars, basses, synthesizers, drums, percussion and "found objects"
- John Cooksey / drums (4)
- Chris Frantz / drums, additional arranging (3)
- Robert Fripp / additional arranging (3)
- Busta Jones / bass, additional writing and arranging (3)
- Dennis Keeley / Bodhran (2)
- Bill Laswell / bass and additional arranging (1)
- Mingo Lewis / Bata, sticks (5, 8)
- Prairie Prince / can, bass drum (5, 8)
- Jose Rossy / congas, agong-gong (7)
- Steve Scales / congas, metals (4)
- David van Tieghem / drums, percussion (1, 3), additional arranging (1)
- Tim Wright / click bass (1)
(1) Unidentified indignant radio show host, San Fransisco, April 1980;
(2) Inflamed caller and smooth politician replying, both unidentified.
Radio call- in show, New York, July 1979;
(3) Dunya Yusin, Lebanese mountain singer;
(4) Reverend Paul Morton, broadcast sermon, New Orleans, June 1980;
(5) Unidentified exorcist, New York, September 1980;
(7) The Moving Star Hall Singers, Sea Islands, Georgia;
(8) Dunya Yusin;
(9) Samira Tewfik, Egyptian popular singer;
(10)Unidentified radio evangelist, San Fransisco, April 1980.
(Some older editions apparently contain a track called "Qur'an" instead of "Very Very Hungry" , but it was not on this one.)
Recorded at RPM, Blue Rock, Sigma, New York, Eldorado, Los Angeles and
Different Fur, San Fransisco, August 1979 to October 1980
Engineer at RMP : Neal Teeman
Assistant : Hugh Dwyer
Engineer at Blue Rock : Eddie Korvin
Assistant : Michael Ewasko
Engineer at Eldorado : Dave Jerden
Assistant : Georg Sloan
Engineer at Different Fur : Stacy Baird
Assistants : Don Mack and Howard Johnston
Engineer at Sigma : John Potoker
Produced by Brain Eno and David Byrne
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound