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

Sire ‎– SRK 6093
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A1 America Is Waiting
Arranged By – Brian Eno, David Byrne, David Van Tieghem, Tim Wright (2)Arranged By, Bass – Bill LaswellBass [Click] – Tim Wright (2)Drums, Percussion – David Van Tieghem
A2 Mea Culpa
Drums [Bodhran] – Dennis Keeley
A3 Regiment
Arranged By – Brian Eno, Busta Jones, Chris Frantz, David Byrne, Robert FrippBass – Busta JonesDrums – Chris Frantz, David Van TieghemOther [Vocal Sample Source] – Dunya YusinPercussion – David Van Tieghem
A4 Help Me Somebody
Congas, Percussion [Metals] – Steve ScalesDrums – John CookseyOther [Vocal Sample Source] – Reverend Paul Morton
A5 The Jezebel Spirit
Drums [Bass Drum], Percussion [Can] – Prairie PrinceDrums [Bata], Percussion [Sticks] – Mingo Lewis
B1 Qu'Ran
Drums – John Cooksey
B2 Moonlight In Glory
Congas, Percussion [Agong-gong] – Jose RossyOther [Vocal Sample Source] – The Moving Star Hall Singers
B3 The Carrier
Drums [Bass Drum], Percussion [Can] – Prairie PrinceDrums [Bata], Percussion [Sticks] – Mingo LewisOther [Vocal Sample Source] – Dunya Yusin
B4 A Secret Life
Other [Vocal Sample Source] – Samira Tewfik*
B5 Come With Us 2:38
B6 Mountain Of Needles 2:35

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Made in U.S.A.

Title from a novel by Amos Tutuola.

A1. Unidentified indignant radio host, San Francisco, April 1980.
A2. Inflamed caller and smooth politician replying, both unidentified. Radio call-in show, New York, July 1979.
A3. Dunya Yusin, Lebanese mountain singer (from 'The Human Voice in the World of Islam' Tangent Records TGS 131).
A4. Reverend Paul Morton, broadcast sermon, New Orleans, June 1980.
A5. Unidentified exorcist, New York, September 1980.
B1. Algerian Muslims chanting Qu'ran (same source as A3).
B2. The Moving Star Hall Singers, Sea Islands, Georgia (from 'The Moving Star Hall Singers' Folkways FS 3841).
B3. Dunya Yusin (see A3).
B4. Samira Tewfik, Egyptian popular singer (from 'Les Plus Grandes Artistes du Monde Arabe' EMI Records).
B5. Unidentified radio evangelist, San Francisco, April 1980.

On later editions of this album the track "Qu'ran" was omitted for religious reasons.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 run out): SRK·1·6093-RE-1-WW1 ─◁ STERLING gc
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2 run out): SRK·2·6093 WW1 ─◁ STERLING gc

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September 20, 2017
edited 2 months ago
Is the distortion in the vocal samples (noticed on side A, but also present in some in side B; all are on the left channel) part of the original pressing/recording? Or is my copy just worn in that frequency range?


June 21, 2017
edited 5 months ago

Great record. Top notch music. Its a pity Quran was omitted in later versions as that's such a fine track. Great sounding Sterling mastered record which can still be picked up NM below $25.


January 20, 2016

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


February 9, 2007
edited over 10 years ago

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.


March 23, 2002

This is a blinding album, frequently listed in all time top 100's. It's use of samples (exorcisims, tribal chanting, religeous ceremonies) was ground breaking and another example of why many regard Eno of the Godfather of modern electronic music. The track Qu'Ran had to be removed from later pressings due to objections and was replaced by Very Very Hungry which originally featured on a 12" release of the Jezebelle Spirit.