|“||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
Ex-Talking Head David Byrne and actor/composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (who co-starred in the film) each get a side of this beautiful score to Bernardo Bertolucci's Academy Award-winning film, and each took home Oscars and Grammys for their efforts.