Brian Eno - David Byrne ‎– My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

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America Is Waiting 3:36
Mea Culpa 3:35
Regiment 3:56
Help Me Somebody 4:18
The Jezebel Spirit 4:55
Qu'Ran 3:46
Moonlight In Glory 4:19
The Carrier 3:30
A Secret Life 2:30
Come With Us 2:38
Mountain Of Needles 2:35

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SRK 6093 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) Sire SRK 6093 US 1981 Sell This Version
M5S 6093 Brian Eno & David Byrne Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(Cass, Album) Sire M5S 6093 US 1981 Sell This Version
EGMC 48, EGMC48, 3100 566 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(Cass, Album) EG, EG, Polydor EGMC 48, EGMC48, 3100 566 UK 1981 Sell This Version
XM5S-6093 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(Cass, Album, Dol) Sire XM5S-6093 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
2302 100 Brian Eno & David Byrne Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) EG, Polydor 2302 100 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
25PP-13 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) Sire 25PP-13 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
2311 060 Brian Eno & David Byrne Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) EG 2311 060 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
2311060, 2311 060, EGLP48 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) Polydor, Polydor, EG 2311060, 2311 060, EGLP48 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
VG 50247 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) Virgin, EG VG 50247 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
23 11 060 Brian Eno & David Byrne Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) Polydor 23 11 060 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
2302 100 Brian EnoDavid Byrne Brian EnoDavid Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) Polydor, EG 2302 100 France 1981 Sell This Version
EGLP 48, 2302 100 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) EG, Polydor EGLP 48, 2302 100 UK 1981 Sell This Version
XSR 6093 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) Sire XSR 6093 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
SRK 6093 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) Sire SRK 6093 New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
SRK 6093 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) Sire SRK 6093 US 1981 Sell This Version
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SRK 6093 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) Sire SRK 6093 US 1981 Sell This Version
XSR 6093 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) Sire XSR 6093 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
XSR 6093 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) Sire XSR 6093 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
2302 100 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) Polydor, Editions EG 2302 100 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
2302 100 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) Polydor 2302 100 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
SRK 6093 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) Sire SRK 6093 US 1981 Sell This Version
2302 100 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) EG, Polydor 2302 100 Scandinavia 1981 Sell This Version
SRK 6093 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) Sire SRK 6093 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
SRK 6093 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album, Promo) Sire SRK 6093 US 1981 Sell This Version
25PP-13 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album, Promo) Sire 25PP-13 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
EGLP 48 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album, RE) EG EGLP 48 UK 1981 Sell This Version
SRK 6093 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Sire SRK 6093 US 1981 Sell This Version
EGLP48 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album, RE) EG, Polydor EGLP48 UK 1982 Sell This Version
2311 060 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album) EG 2311 060 Brazil 1983 Sell This Version
SRK 6093 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(CD, Album) Sire SRK 6093 US 1987 Sell This Version
EGCD 48 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(CD, Album) EG EGCD 48 UK 1987 Sell This Version
EGMC 48, EGMC48 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(Cass, Album, RE, Bla) EG, EG EGMC 48, EGMC48 UK 1987 Sell This Version
EGMC 48, EGMC48 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(Cass, Album, RE, Whi) EG, EG EGMC 48, EGMC48 UK 1987 Sell This Version
207 963-620, 207 963 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(LP, Album, RE) EG, Virgin, EG, Virgin 207 963-620, 207 963 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
6093-2 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(CD, Album, RE, Lon) Sire 6093-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
CD 6093 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(CD, Album) Sire CD 6093 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
9 45374-2 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(CD, Album, RE) Sire, Warner Bros. Records 9 45374-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
CD 6093 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(CD, Album, RE, RP) Sire CD 6093 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
WPCR-1182 Brian Eno & David Byrne Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(CD, Album) Sire WPCR-1182 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
BEDBXDJ 1, 0946 3 56978 2 7 Brian Eno + David Byrne Brian Eno + David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (Full Album Sampler)(CD, Album, Promo, Smplr) Virgin, Virgin BEDBXDJ 1, 0946 3 56978 2 7 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
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0946 331341 2 6, BEDBX 1, 0946 3 31341 2 6 Brian Eno + David Byrne Brian Eno + David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(CD, Album, Enh, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 0946 331341 2 6, BEDBX 1, 0946 3 31341 2 6 UK & Europe 2006 Sell This Version
79894-2 Brian Eno + David Byrne Brian Eno + David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(CD, Album, Enh, RE, RM) Nonesuch 79894-2 US 2006 Sell This Version
0946 331341 2 6, BEDBX 1, 0946 3 31341 2 6 Brian Eno + David Byrne Brian Eno + David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(CD, Album, Enh, RM) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 0946 331341 2 6, BEDBX 1, 0946 3 31341 2 6 UK & Europe 2006 Sell This Version
0946 331341 2 6, BEDBX 1 Brian Eno + David Byrne Brian Eno + David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(CD, Album, Enh, RM, Unofficial) Virgin (2), Virgin (2) 0946 331341 2 6, BEDBX 1 Russia 2006 Sell This Version
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none Brian Eno + David Byrne Brian Eno + David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(18xFile, MP3, Album, RE, RM, 320) Nonesuch none US 2009
79894-1 Brian Eno + David Byrne Brian Eno + David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, Gat) Nonesuch 79894-1 US 2009 Sell This Version
EGCD 48, 0777 786473 2 4 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(CD, Album, RE) EG, EG EGCD 48, 0777 786473 2 4 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
WQCP -1035 Brian Eno & David Byrne Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(CD, Album, RE, SHM) Sire WQCP -1035 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
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EGCD 48, 0777 786473 2 4, 257 963 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts(CD, Album, RE) EG, EG, EG EGCD 48, 0777 786473 2 4, 257 963 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
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gentropy

gentropy

July 10, 2016
referencing My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, CD, Album, RE, SHM, WQCP -1035
There are no remaster/reissue credits in English on this release. "Qu'ran," unfortunately, sounds as if it was taken straight from one of the older CD editions as the levels drop compared to the other tracks on the disc.
satanicholas

satanicholas

March 2, 2016
referencing My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, LP, Album, 2302 100
Quick question for anyone listening: I have this edition of this album (think I bought it in Demonfuzz in Rotterdam in the late '00s) but the inner sleeve my copy came is from Gaucho by Steely Dan; my question is what does the original inner sleeve of this release look like? Is it a plain/generic inner sleeve or is there printed info? It's bugging me to think I might be missing out on liner notes and I haven't seen a copy anywhere else anytime recently to compare. If anyone has any info please feel free to inform me. Great album by the way, really, really great.
Bradx

Bradx

February 7, 2016
referencing My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, LP, Album, EGLP 48, 2302 100

Really dislike this album of stolen ideas. The people responsible should have known better.
rorsc4ach

rorsc4ach

January 20, 2016
referencing My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, LP, Album, SRK 6093

top 5 albums of all time for me, just a supremely good record in every respect. one of my most treasured lps
earwax7

earwax7

August 21, 2015
referencing My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, LP, Album, EGLP 48, 2302 100
Enormous influence everything about this lp exudes magic ,,, recommended
freeheelpete

freeheelpete

February 12, 2012
referencing My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, LP, Album, SRK 6093

I am amazed at how well this recording sounds in 2012. It was stolen from my collection in 1983. Have just re-purchased. If this record had been released yesterday, I would be first in the queue to buy. There are a lot of guitar riffs, bass lines and percussion that are 100% Talking Heads from the Remain in Light era. But the combination with the found samples lifts this way beyond a 1980s period piece. A triumph of sampling from before samplers were invented. The lack of artist vocal from Byrne and Eno, and a focus on presenting the original sample with repetition that is supported by the rhythm of the backing instrumentation is key to making this work. Makes Moby sound lame.
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dghkfhldfdhlfa

December 13, 2010
referencing My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, CD, Album, RE, Lon, 6093-2
this eno/byrne/laswell collaboration is a weird record, existing in some kind of post-disco alter-reality and strongly foreshadowing the rise of what would come to be known as industrial music. what would a talking heads fan have thought of this record upon first listen? consider the following alternate reality...

eno and byrne get together to produce a record and load it full of massive, symphonic ambience and searing political rhetoric. the ministry of information listens to the first ten minutes and responds, point blank, "there is no way this is getting out". so, they sabotage the pressing by replacing the initial recording with a bunch of spliced up snippets from top 40 hits in countries all over the world. neither eno nor byrne have any idea what's going on until a friend calls eno up and explains that the new album is the trippiest, most out there thing that anybody has ever heard and that it's becoming a huge hit amongst a certain clique of modernists. simultaneously, somebody from the ministry is explaining the whole thing to byrne. the two of them then get together and decide that, due to the success of the record, they're going to play along with the sabotage and pretend that the released record is the record they intended to release.

the political aspect of the record is messy. the general theme seems to be one satirizing not religion per se but america at the dawn of the reagan era. the jezebel spirit, for example, is a take on the lighter side of exorcism. tracks such as that one almost act as an expose of america during the 80s; despite the kid gloves treatment by a couple of arrogant brits, the snippets are thought-provoking in that they reveal a numerically substantial side of america that the elite in the country have barely even conceived the existence of for most of it's existence. the fact is that there are millions of americans alive today that are deeply, deeply religious and that deal with exorcisms and glossolalia as routinely as a mathematician deals with computing square roots. to these people, demons don't just exist - a few get exorcised at the church every week. in large portions of america, that kind of fundamentalist christianity is not an obscure or marginalized sect of non-conformists, it is mainstream society.

so, the statement from eno and byrne appears to be the opinion that the reagan revolution has driven america to the brink of complete insanity. yet, they seem more interested in making fun of america for being insane than they do in helping it regain it's sanity. the disc is also full of islamic and other religious imagery; when it switches gears like this, the satire seems to disappear. is that illusory? have i misunderstood? the islamic chants are in arabic, which i don't understand, which makes it impossible for me to determine a message, if there was one. the snippets could very well be equally preposterous and i'd never actually know. the "buddhist track" at the end has a strong opium reference, which, coming from byrne, is likely condescending; it would be a very sly reference to religion as the "opiate of the masses" to close things off. on the other hand, the impression of a satirical attack on christianity followed by an exploration of other faiths could be interpreted as suggesting a selection of alternatives. i told you it was messy and difficult to piece together.

i've even read some reviews suggesting that the ideal underlying this was to suggest a post-racial society by pasting various cultural and religious traditions together into a cohesive work, perhaps slightly foreshadowing gabriel's later work. while consistent with what i know about both byrne and eno on a political level, and weakly consistent with the totality of referenced sources from a global perspective, i refuse to accept that tracks such as the jezebel spirit were written with those aims because the conclusion to draw would be that the ideal is that the misogynist and, let's be honest, primitive aspects of christianity, and it's the record that isolates christianity from the others and not myself, should be placed on an equal footing with the esoteric side of eastern mysticism, regardless of one's views of that system and this would be completely inconsistent with what i know about both eno and byrne, especially eno, on a political level. now, it would be specious to claim that, therefore, either are opposed to a post-racial society; it is clearly the case that both are very much in favour of such a thing to such extreme levels that, if they were to redo the record, it would not be preposterous that they very well might write one with those aims in mind. as it is, i don't hear those goals. i hear biting, condescending political satire aimed at least at christianity and an ambiguous statement in regard to the other referenced systems of thought.

what's the drawback, then, why such a mediocre mark? well, musically, the record is a little oblique. the percussion, while varied and intricate, draws from questionable influences: disco, funk, polka. the voice snippets don't lend well to repeated listening and get a little grating after a while. the song structures are generally "boxed in", more so than is necessary in the genre. the disc does open up into some purely instrumental passages, some quite long, but at no point does the rhythm and feel of any of the tracks expand outside of the rhythm of the track. the result is that most of the record sounds oppressed within itself, it sounds as though it is trying to escape from it's own monotony but yet just can't get beyond the structure that it's trapped within. while this is somewhat appropriate as an observational statement describing america in the 80s, it's perhaps not the most interesting thing to listen to over and over again.
Dr.SultanAszazin

Dr.SultanAszazin

July 14, 2010
referencing My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, Gat, 79894-1
Extended edition, but still lacking the track "Qu'ran" of the orginal edition.
hafler3o

hafler3o

August 23, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
referencing My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, CD, Album, Enh, RE, RM, 0946 331341 2 6, BEDBX 1, 0946 3 31341 2 6

There's not a lot left to say about this seminal piece of music since it's release in '81 other than to say in 2007 it has stood the test of time admirably.
I will confine my comments to this particular release version. Is it worth buying all over again? Is the remastering any good? Are the extra tracks worthy of inclusion? Answer, a resounding Yes to all three. An added bonus for devotees is the inclusion of a track listing which allows the listener to sequence the tracks to recreate what the original LP would have sounded like if all the 'permissions' for vocal samples had been obtained before the release deadline was reached. A New life for 'My Life....'
bikefridaywalter

bikefridaywalter

February 9, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
referencing My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, LP, Album, SRK 6093

The best thing Byrne's ever done, in my opinion. Talking Heads and his solo stuff is great but this is very much ahead of its time. For Eno, this is certainly one of his best, but he's has so many fabulous albums, I'd be hard pressed to say this was the best thing he ever did. Regardless, this is an amazingly interesting experimental theme album and the experiment was a definite succcess. To this day, this still sounds fresh.