David Sylvian ‎– Secrets Of The Beehive

Virgin EMI Records ‎– 679 533-6, UMC ‎– 679 533-6
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 gram, Gatefold

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A1 September
Arranged By [String Arrangement] – R. Sakamoto*Piano, Vocals [Vocal] – D. Sylvian*
A2 The Boy With The Gun
Acoustic Guitar, Organ, Synthesizer [Synths], Vocals [Vocal] – D. Sylvian*Arranged By [String Arrangement] – R. Sakamoto*Double Bass – D. Thompson*Electric Guitar – D. Torn*Organ, Synthesizer [Synths] – R. Sakamoto*Percussion – D. Cummings*
A3 Maria
Arranged By [String Arrangement] – R. Sakamoto*Loops [Guitar Loop] – D. Torn*Piano [Treated Piano], Organ – R. Sakamoto*Synthesizer [Synths], Tape [Tapes], Vocals [Vocal] – D. Sylvian*
A4 Orpheus
Acoustic Guitar, Synthesizer [Synths], Tape [Tapes], Vocals [Vocal] – D. Sylvian*Arranged By [Orchestral Arrangement] – B. Gascoigne*Double Bass – D. Thompson*Drums – S. Jansen*Flugelhorn – M. Isham*Piano, Synthesizer [Synths] – R. Sakamoto*Slide Guitar – P. Palmer*
A5 The Devil's Own
Piano [Treated Piano], Synthesizer [Synths], Tape [Tapes], Vocals [Vocal] – D. Sylvian*Piano, Organ, Arranged By [Woodwind Arrangement] – R. Sakamoto*
B1 When Poets Dreamed Of Angels
Acoustic Guitar [Acoustic Guitars] – P. Palmer*Acoustic Guitar, Vocals [Vocal] – D. Sylvian*Arranged By [String Arrangement] – R. Sakamoto*Percussion – D. Cummings*Trumpet – M. Isham*
B2 Mother And Child
Acoustic Guitar – D. Torn*Double Bass – D. Thompson*Percussion – D. Cummings*Piano, Organ – R. Sakamoto*Vocals [Vocal] – D. Sylvian*
B3 Let The Happiness In
Arranged By [Brass Arrangement] – R. Sakamoto*Arranged By [String Arrangement] – B. Gascoigne*Percussion – D. Cummings*, S. Jansen*Synthesizer [Synths], Organ – R. Sakamoto*Synthesizer [Synths], Organ, Vocals [Vocal] – D. Sylvian*Trumpet, Flugelhorn – M. Isham*
B4 Waterfront
Piano, Arranged By [String Arrangement] – R. Sakamoto*Vocals [Vocal] – D. Sylvian*

Companies, etc.



First Time On 180 Gram Vinyl With Enhanced Artwork.
Contains a Download Voucher.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 02567 95336 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A): 182874E1/A 6795336-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B): 182874E2/B 6795336B

Other Versions (5 of 70) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
V 2471 David Sylvian Secrets Of The Beehive(LP, Album) Virgin V 2471 UK 1987 Sell This Version
VJL-28005 David Sylvian Secrets Of The Beehive(LP, Album) Virgin VJL-28005 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
2-90677 David Sylvian Secrets Of The Beehive(CD, Album) Virgin 2-90677 UK & US 1987 Sell This Version
124711 David Sylvian Secrets Of The Beehive(LP, Album) Virgin 124711 France 1987 Sell This Version
VJCP-3263, CDV-2471 David Sylvian Secrets Of The Beehive(CD, Album, Promo, RE) Virgin, Virgin VJCP-3263, CDV-2471 Japan 1996 Sell This Version


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November 29, 2019
edited about 1 month ago

I've cleaned mine a few times with my Hannl RCM-- it's a generally quiet pressing. Decent mastering-- definitely not from the CD master but it does have that 1980's something or another that I generally don't like, but only a bit. Overall this is the best sounding version I've yet heard-- I have the original CD release.


November 23, 2019
Hi, I’m very happy with my copy, no issues at all. It sounds amazing, a beautiful album.


November 21, 2019
I must be lucky my copy is completely quiet! Great SQ!


April 27, 2019
The remastering sounds great and the artwork is beautiful, unfortunately the record itself appears to be riddled with surface noise and pressing artifacts, which is really disappointing considering how open and minimal the music is. As soon as i dropped the needle on the start of the record I heard static and pressing issues. I also listened to the last track "Waterfront" and there was clearly audible surface noise throughout which at times was competing with the music for my attention, especially at the end of the song, with the same noise continuing into the center of the record after the music ends, so it's clearly not an issue of the source material. I'd love to hear if anyone else has experienced this with their copy.


February 22, 2019
It says in the inner sleeve "Digitally Re-mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis Mastering, London. 2003"


February 21, 2019
Who cares that this is the first time it's been pressed on 180gm vinyl and includes "enhanced artwork"?! The record's weight is no indication of how much attention and detail (or lack of) have gone into the mastering. Until someone can confirm that this pressing has been given the respect it demands, I'd recommend staying well clear of this release and buy an original copy instead.