David Sylvian ‎– Blemish

Samadhisound ‎– sound-cd ss001, Samadhisound ‎– sound-cd 0001, Samadhisound ‎– SS001
CD, Album, Digipak

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1 Blemish 13:42
2 The Good Son 5:25
3 The Only Daughter 5:28
4 The Heart Knows Better 7:51
5 She Is Not 0:45
6 Late Night Shopping 2:54
7 How Little We Need To Be Happy 3:22
8 A Fire In The Forest
Electronics, Arranged By [Arrangement By] – Christian Fennesz*

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UK & US Edition CD Album in trifold digipak.

Catalogue # on back of digipak: sound-cd ss001.
Catalogue # on spine of digipak: sound-cd 0001.
Catalogue # on CD: SS001.

recorded at samadhi sound studio feb/mar 03.
derek's session engineered at the moat.

all titles published by opium(arts)ltd. except 2/5/7 published by
compatible recording and publishing and opium(arts)ltd.

david sylvian is manged exclusively for opium(arts)ltd.

(p) and © 2003 samadhi sound llc. The copyright in these sound recordings is owned by samadhi sound llc.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 8 24877 40012 7
  • Barcode (Scanned): 824877400127
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LT05
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 1): IFPI A621
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 2): IFPI A641
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 1): 7695 - DSYLVIAN 041703
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 2): 7695 - DSYLVIAN 070803
  • Other (Stamped in mould ring): RAINBO/ CA

Other Versions (5 of 11) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
sound-cd ss001, sound-cd 0001 David Sylvian Blemish(CD, Album, Unofficial) samadhisound (2), samadhisound (2) sound-cd ss001, sound-cd 0001 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
SOUND-LPSS001 David Sylvian Blemish(LP, Album, TP) Samadhisound SOUND-LPSS001 UK 2003 Sell This Version
CM0511 David Sylvian Blemish(CD, Album, Unofficial) 中国黄标 CM0511 China 2004 Sell This Version
none David Sylvian Blemish(8xFile, AAC, Album) Samadhisound none UK, Europe & US 2003
PVCP-8775 David Sylvian Blemish(CD, Album, Promo) P-Vine Non Stop, Samadhisound PVCP-8775 Japan 2003 Sell This Version


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April 28, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
This was the first David Sylvian I ever heard, and I noticed it merely because of Fennesz' presence. He has a peculiar voice, deeper and heavier than I usually hear in music such as this, but it goes well with the painterly and sparse music - improv guitar and electronics (or post-processing) - and there isn't much structure to speak of. It's almost a spoken-word album with some background noises, but miles apart from Air's "Baricco" or Hakim Bey's album on Axiom. Fans of Tujiko Noriko or Lithops might take note here.

It wound up being my favorite album of the year, and definitely one of my top 10 of all time. As unusual as the description above might be, I liked it from the first noteword, Fennesz or no.


June 6, 2004

I am not sure I like everything in this album, but there is undoubtedly some excellent David Sylvian here.

'Blemish' is an incredible ambient experience, the careful listener will recognize some Brian Eno influence here, and some Robert Fripp influence on 'The Only Daughter', which definitely is my favourite track on this album, for it sounds just like a 'Secrets from the Beehive' song.

On my list of reproaches, I'd say the album as a whole is rather monotonous at times. Some ambient effects on tracks 1, 3, 4, 6 resemble each other very much, for the best though !

Just like 'Upon this Earth' on 'Gone to Earth', I understand 'Fore in the Forest' as a brilliant closing track for the album (although it is apparently not the last track on the vinyl edition). Some may also notice the beginning of this track resembles very much the beginning of 'Hotel Manin' by Nobukazu Takemura (on his 'Finale' album).

Not the best Sylvian release, 'Beehive' and 'Earth' stay unequalled masterpieces from first to last track; but still a container for great, powerful ambient tracks in the Sylvian style.