Bel Canto ‎– Birds Of Passage

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Tracklist

Intravenous 3:15
Birds Of Passage 5:23
The Glassmaker 4:26
A Shoulder To The Wheel 4:15
Time Without End 4:59
Oyster 3:03
Continuum 4:31
Dewy Fields 3:59
The Suffering 4:04
Picnic On The Moon 4:37
Look 3 4:30

Versions (25)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
IRSD-82031 Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(CD, Album) Nettwerk, I.R.S. Records IRSD-82031 US 1989 Sell This Version
IRS-82031 Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(LP, Album) Nettwerk, I.R.S. Records IRS-82031 USA & Canada 1989 Sell This Version
CRAM CD 065 Bel Kanto* Birds Of Passage(CD, Album) Crammed Discs CRAM CD 065 Scandinavia 1990 Sell This Version
CRAM 065 CD Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(CD, Album) Crammed Discs CRAM 065 CD Belgium 1990 Sell This Version
CRAM 065 CD, CRAM CD 065 Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(CD, Album) Crammed Discs, Crammed Discs CRAM 065 CD, CRAM CD 065 Belgium 1990 Sell This Version
W2-30036 Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(CD, Album) Nettwerk W2-30036 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
466556-2, 466556 2 Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(CD, Album) CBS, CBS 466556-2, 466556 2 France 1990 Sell This Version
TKCB-30035 Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(CD, Album) Crammed Discs TKCB-30035 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
MASO CD 90015 Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(CD, Album) Materiali Sonori MASO CD 90015 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
466556 9, 655761 2 Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(CD, Album + CD, Single + Box, Ltd, Num) CBS, CBS 466556 9, 655761 2 France 1990 Sell This Version
X2 13031 Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(CD, Album, RE) I.R.S. Records, Nettwerk, Crammed Discs X2 13031 US 1990 Sell This Version
466556 4 Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(Cass, Album) CBS 466556 4 France 1990 Sell This Version
IRSC 82031 Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(Cass, Album) Nettwerk IRSC 82031 USA & Canada 1990 Sell This Version
W4-30036 Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(Cass, Album) Nettwerk W4-30036 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
466556 4 Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(Cass, Album) Crammed Discs 466556 4 Belgium 1990 Sell This Version
W1-30036 Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(LP, Album) Nettwerk W1-30036 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
CRAM 065 Bel Kanto* Birds Of Passage(LP, Album) Crammed Discs CRAM 065 Sweden 1990 Sell This Version
MASO 33052 Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(LP, Album) Materiali Sonori MASO 33052 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
CRAM 065 Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(LP, Album) Crammed Discs CRAM 065 Belgium 1990 Sell This Version
466556 1 Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(LP, Album) CBS 466556 1 France 1990 Sell This Version
none Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(10xFile, MP3, Album, RE, VBR) Crammed Discs none Belgium 2005
9031-76488-2 Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(CD, Album, RE) WEA 9031-76488-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
X2 13031 Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(CD, Album, RE, RP) I.R.S. Records, Nettwerk, Crammed Discs X2 13031 US Unknown Sell This Version
none Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(CD, Album, Unofficial) Crammed Discs (2) none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
none Bel Canto Birds Of Passage(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label none Russia Unknown Sell This Version

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Mountaintalk

Mountaintalk

January 18, 2020
referencing Birds Of Passage, LP, Album, IRS-82031
Back in 1990, I had a roommate who introduced me to this album. At the time I was listening to Cocteau Twins so he thought I would enjoy it. It soon became a personal favourite and it sadly became lost after many travels. Years later when I bought Royksopp's album Junior in 2009 I was struck by the female vocals and realized it was the voice of Bel Canto. It took me until 2020 to find this very rare record and I am so thrilled. A treasure! It sounds fresh and for a recording from the 80's the music remains timeless and the quality of the vinyl does as well. A+++
bill758

bill758

October 3, 2014
referencing Birds Of Passage, CD, Album, RE, X2 13031

So, I'm assuming this North American release was the only one with this particular track sequence--it's almost an inverse of the original European one that presumably was what the band intended. Can ayone shed light on this? I first found this cd in a music shop in the mid-90s and only just now discovered that the track order I know and love wasn't (I'm assuming) what the band originally laid out. How distressing.
redscaretrance

redscaretrance

August 19, 2012
edited over 8 years ago
referencing Birds Of Passage, CD, Album, CRAM 065 CD, CRAM CD 065
If you're a fan of Depeche or the Cocteau Twins, get this; you won't be disappointed. A must have for any fan of that mid-90s sound wherein synthpop and darkwave met and stylishly wept together.

Highlights:
"Intravenous" - Smart, literate, stylish, dark synthpop that's totally unique. A pre-Raphaelite stunner's maiden voice dances lithely between melodies that would sound right at home on "Some Great Reward."

"Birds of Passage" - The first of two danceable tracks on the album (the other being "Continuum" which will slowly grow on you, trust me) and the obvious single. Check out the video for the band looking as serious as a migrant family out of the Old Norse Sagas.

"World Without End" - "mythical, like a dream" (how could I state it better?)

"Oyster" - fairytale female vocals pace deftly between lachrymose, aquatic melodies that conjure a Teutonic Liz Fraser transported to a time before time began.

"Picnic on the Moon" - This is the track we always secretly wanted to hear from Black Tape for a Blue Girl, before Sam Rosenthal ruined it with some baying male voice that made us sorry we'd ever heard a Christian Death tune. This track is an excellent example of the silver beauty of which a genre as grey as darkwave is sometimes capable.
JeanMarcD

JeanMarcD

March 31, 2006
edited over 14 years ago
referencing Birds Of Passage, CD, Album, CRAM 065 CD, CRAM CD 065

Tracking down Geir Jenssens’s earlier work, I ran into this release from "Bel Canto", the band he was part of two decades ago. What a surprise! So recognisable "Biosphere" soundlayers carry the heavenly voice of "Anneli Drecker", mesmerizing you with her theatrical songs, clearly resembling the ethereal work of "Cocteau Twins".
If you are in for a "Microgravity meets Victorialand" you will have an awfully pleasant trip! Bel viaggio!