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Brian Eno - David ByrneMy Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

Tracklist

America Is Waiting3:36
Mea Culpa3:45
Regiment3:56
Help Me Somebody4:18
The Jezebel Spirit5:00
Qu'ran3:46
Moonlight In Glory4:46
The Carrier3:30
A Secret Life2:30
Come With Us2:38
Mountain Of Needles2:35

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There was a My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts bootleg circulating long before the LP was released in 1981. One story explains this as delays by getting the rights of the material (samples) used, which resulted in the track "The Jezebel Spirit" having a different radio evangelist used. Another rumour is that David Byrne's label stalled the release until the label released the next Talking Heads album Remain In Light, which was actually recorded after MlitBoG but using similar studio techniques.

For most UK reissues, the track "Qu'ran" was removed at the request of the Islamic Council of Great Britain. In its place "Very, Very Hungry" (previously released as the B-side of The Jezebel Spirit 12" single) was substituted. Some early UK CD reissues included both tracks.

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Free score on the street in Bed-Stuy last summer. What's not to like? Enormous classic recorded 1979-1980, reissued and remastered by Nonesuch. Tracks 12-18 are bonus tracks. Sounds great on my audiophile system.
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An impressive transfer. Full range and dynamic. Unaltered and flat.
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Edited 4 months ago
I picked this album up on CD last year as a buy 5 get 6th free and this was the free CD!
I then lost the CD in the organised chaos that is my flat!
Then I found it again in late December and ever since its been on repeat in my car since then.
I wouldn't nesseccarily class this as 'mood music' but it does have a mood for every occaison.
I'll deffo be buying the vinyl edition as I could easily mix some of the tracks into KLF - Chillout and some decent Trip Hop (I still love that term even if others whinge on).
But seeming I've been into Funk and Hip Hop and music that samples other forms of music I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to track 3 Regiment.
At 2.20 within the track I was sure I could hear a sampled beat from an old Funk song that I as an ageing B Boy absolutely loved.
But wait! Didn't actual sampling of beats come a few years later with the explosion of Hip Hop producers sampling beats?
So I kept listening and listening until I was 99% sure that Eno and Byrne had in fact sampled an old 70s Funk tune which is Juice- Catch A Groove! https://www.discogs.com/master/176977-Juice-Feel-Like-Good-Music-Catch-A-Groove .
Please listen to Catch A Groove at 1:55 (Not the horn stab but the clean beats thereafter)
So give both a listen and tell me my ears aren't deceiving me?
Because if I am right then this some crucial piece of history!
Sampling of Breakbeats taken to another sound dimension.
Peace

P.s. As for this album from 1981 I'm pretty stunned! There is not a duff track to be found! I'll give this a 2022 out of 10 and that's being a bit tight :)
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I’ve just picked up a ‘new’ copy of this at Roughtrade. The description described it as super deluxe gatefold, with 180g records.

What I got appears to be this release, but the vinyls have no etching on them and are 160g not 180g. Paid premium price, so am considering returning. Marked copyright 2008 and has this releases catalogue number.
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If you know Eno's ambient work and you know Byrne's world beat grooves, you know exactly what you are going to get here.
Some really enjoyable musical pieces and effects, a pleasant blend of folk instrument samples with electronically generated ones.

Pressing is as good as it gets. Super clean, 180g+ discs, nice inner sleeves, dead quiet too.

Recommended
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Inspired collaboration of Byrne’s Talking Heads-ish polyrhythms & Eno's ambient soundscapes result in funky rhythmic moody compositions mixed with esoteric murmuring vocals sampled bits from radio talk shows & ethnic music. Maybe influenced by Holger Czukay’s ’79 LP Movies?
Spooky emotional forward-thinking music.
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I seemed to have picked up this version from Amazon.fr hoping for a gatefold. The deadwax is almost impossible to read so i'm hoping this is a Pallas repress. Has 'Nonsuch 2008 on the disc labels.' Obviously cutting back on costs! Haven't taken it for a spin yet.
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I really like this album, it sits in my hard to categorise and unfathomably mysterious section, along with a couple of hundred others. Other artists may have come close to creating sound like this but not for the full length of an album. I'm revisiting this today and also hearing it anew as i finally have found an original with the banned tune on it. I'm probably going to spend a week deciding if I prefer it or not.
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I give it five stars even if it's not my favourite Brian Eno album. But you could easily draw a line in the sand with this album, with every electronic album that came before and every album that came after showing a clear delineation that was made by Bush of Ghosts. Not that music wasn't going that direction anyway- and in that sense it may be an exaggeration to say that Bush of Ghosts was massively influential. But it showed producers and musicians exactly what could be achieved by thinking forward to the future. If it had any influence, it was on budding electronica musicians who loved the music of everyday people from all over the world, and wanted to do something fresh with it- essentializing it into its base components and reformulating it for an American/European audience that wanted to dance and get lost in the groove. In some ways it's an obvious bastardization of its influences, but it's also a potent display of how universal music can be. I don't know if it would be correct to say that Bush of Ghosts is a timeless album. But for my money it's the best album that came out of 1981.
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I'm largely uninitiate in the catalogs of the Talking Heads and Brian Eno. With that out of the way, this album is simply amazing. As others have said... this is way ahead of its time. Glad to have a copy that has "Qu'ran": sad that it was edited out to appease small-minded religious folks (note to labels: they don't buy music!).