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David SylvianGone To Earth

Label:Virgin – VDL1, Virgin – VDLI
Format:
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Art Rock, Experimental, Ambient, Abstract

Tracklist

A1Taking The Veil
Acoustic GuitarPhil Palmer
Bass GuitarIan Maidman
Drums, PercussionSteve Jansen
Guitar [Guitars]Robert Fripp
Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar, Electronics [Radio]David Sylvian
Written-BySylvian*
4:40
A2Laughter & Forgetting
FlugelhornKenny Wheeler
PianoJohn Taylor (2)
Vocals, Effects [Atmospherics]David Sylvian
Written-BySylvian*
2:40
A3Before The Bullfight
Drums, PercussionSteve Jansen
Effects [Atmospherics]Richard Barbieri
Electric Guitar [Solo], Acoustic GuitarBill Nelson
FlugelhornKenny Wheeler
Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar [Guitars]David Sylvian
Written-BySylvian*
9:44
A4Gone To Earth
Guitar [Guitars], Electronics [Frippertronics]Robert Fripp
Vocals, GuitarDavid Sylvian
Written-BySylvian*, Fripp*
3:00
B1Wave
Drums, PercussionSteve Jansen
Electronics [Atmospherics]Richard Barbieri
FlugelhornHarry Beckett
GuitarBill Nelson
Guitar [Solo Guitars], Loops [Frippertronics]Robert Fripp
Vocals, KeyboardsDavid Sylvian
Written-BySylvian*
9:13
B2River Man
Bass [Bass Harmonics]Ian Maidman
Guitar [Sky-saw], Loops [Frippertronics]Robert Fripp
Percussion, Bass [Sampled Bass]Steve Jansen
Soprano SaxophoneMel Collins
Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar [Guitars]David Sylvian
Written-BySylvian*
4:50
B3Silver Moon
BassIan Maidman
DrumsSteve Jansen
Guitar [Guitars]Bill Nelson
Guitar [Solo], Loops [Frippertronics]Robert Fripp
Pedal Steel GuitarB.J. Cole*
Soprano SaxophoneMel Collins
Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar [Guitars]David Sylvian
Written-BySylvian*
6:05
C1The Healing Place
Guitar [Solo Guitar]Bill Nelson
Written-BySylvian*
5:30
C2Answered Prayers
Acoustic GuitarBill Nelson
Written-ByNelson*, Sylvian*
3:10
C3Where The Railroad Meets The Sea
PianoSteve Nye
Written-BySylvian*
2:55
C4The Wooden Cross
Written-BySylvian*
5:00
C5Silver Moon Over Sleeping Steeples
Pedal Steel GuitarB.J. Cole*
Written-BySylvian*
2:25
D1Camp Fire: Coyote Country
Guitar [Solo Guitar]Robert Fripp
Written-BySylvian*, Fripp*
3:45
D2A Bird Of Prey Vanishes Into A Bright Blue Cloudless Sky
Written-BySylvian*
3:20
D3Home
Written-BySylvian*
4:35
D4Sunlight Seen Through Towering Trees
Guitar [Solo Guitar]Bill Nelson
Written-BySylvian*
3:00
D5Upon This Earth
Guitar [Solo Guitar]Robert Fripp
Written-BySylvian*, Fripp*
6:30
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Credits

Notes

Issued in a gatefold sleeve. Track durations are not printed on the release.
A2 and A3 are listed as separate songs but are indexed as one track.

All tracks published by Opium (Arts) Ltd. except
A4, D1 & D5 Opium (Arts) Ltd. / E.G. Music
C2 Opium (Arts) Ltd. / EMI Music Publishers Ltd

℗ & © Virgin Records Ltd. 1986
Manufactured in the UK

Recorded In London & Oxfordshire 1985-86
For Klangfarben Productions

Special Thanks To Yuka Fujii

The voice of J.G. Bennett by kind permission of Mrs. E. Bennett
The voice of Joseph Beuys by kind permission of Audio Arts

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 5012981239015
  • Barcode (Text): 5 012981 239015
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A and C, etched - all var): TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, stamped - var.1): VDL 1 A-2U-1-5-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, stamped - var.1): VDL 1 B-2U-1-1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, stamped - var.1): VDL 1 C-3U-1-1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, stamped - var.1): VDL 1 D-2U-1-1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, stamped - var.2): VDL 1 A-2U-1-1x1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, stamped - var.2): VDL 1 B-2U-1-1x1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, stamped - var.2): VDL 1 C-2U-1-1x1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, stamped - var.2): VDL 1 D-2U-1-1x1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, stamped - var.3): VDL 1 A-2U-1-1- x1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, stamped - var.3): VDL 1 B-2U-1-1-3-1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, stamped - var.3): VDL 1 C-2U-1-1- x1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, stamped - var.3): VDL 1 D-2U-1-2-x1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, stamped - var.4): VDL 1 A-2U-1-1-1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, stamped - var.4): VDL 1 B-2U-1-1- x1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, stamped - var.4): VDL 1 C-2U-1-1- 1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, stamped - var.4): VDL 1 D-2U-1-1-1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, stamped - var.5): VDL 1 A-2U-1-1- x1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, stamped - var.5): VDL 1 B-2U-1-1- x1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, stamped - var.5): VDL 1 C-2U-1-1- x1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, stamped - var.5): VDL 1 D-2U-1-1-1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, stamped - var.6): VDL 1 A-2U-1-1-x1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, stamped - var.6): VDL 1 B-2U-1-1-x1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, stamped - var.6): VDL 1 C-2U-1-1-x1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, stamped - var.6): VDL 1 D-2U-1-1-x1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, stamped - var.7): VDL 1 A-2U-1-5- D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, stamped - var.7): VDL 1 B-2U-1-1-3- D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, stamped - var.7): VDL 1 C-5U-1-1-x1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, stamped - var.7): VDL 1 D-2U-1-2-x1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, stamped - var.8): VDL 1 A-2U-1-1- x1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, stamped - var.8): VDL 1 B-2U-1-1-1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, stamped - var.8): VDL 1 C-2U-1-1-x1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, stamped - var.8): VDL 1 D-2U-1-1-1 D

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Gone To Earth (2×LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)Virgin, Virgin302 803, 302 803-420Europe1986
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Gone To Earth (Cassette, Album)Virgin, Virgin502 803, 502 803-121Europe1986
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Gone To Earth (2×LP, Album)VirginVD2393Canada1986
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Gone To Earth (2×LP, Album, Gatefold)VirginVDLIItaly1986
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Gone To Earth (2×Cassette, Album, Stereo)Virgin, VirginTC-VG 50204, TC-VG 50205Greece1986

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Reviews

  • recordhead59's avatar
    recordhead59
    Sonically this is one of the best sounding records in my collection, even amongst all the remastered, MoFi, SACD's, and Half-Speed Masters. There's just something about Steve Nye's mix that is lush and deep. David's voice sounds like he's in the room with you, and things like Nelson's acoustic guitar and Steve Jansen's percussion are beautifully present. And of course the music is some of David's best IMO.
    • eleBlue's avatar
      eleBlue
      I have a cd with the incription: "manufactured by Optimal Media GmbH",but I can't find this version in the database, Does anyone know something?
      • jloper's avatar
        jloper
        sonic masterpiece one of my best sounding albums in my collection very well mastered dynamic range off the charts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • SignourneyWeaver's avatar
          Remarkable how timeless this album sounds. It would be difficult to date if you were hearing it for first time. Beautifully crafted songs with considered lyrics about love faith and spiritual longing, it's easily Sylvian's finest release. The instrumental side is just as lovely with contributions from notable musicians such as BJ Nelson and Robert Fripp. Music for contemplation
          • tony879's avatar
            tony879
            For me ‘Secrets...’ is David Sylvian’s crowning glory. A record that he could never really better. But this and Brilliant Trees are the other two in the triptych I would want to own if I didn’t have them. Both have a keen experimental edge welded to great songs and both also have that ambient side he was fond of back then. I would also add the ‘preparations for a journey’ mini album to this group and for me these are his best works. Full of hope, optimism, strangeness and beauty.
            A golden era of his songwriting and sonic art that should be cherished. True beauty is hard to come by these days. These albums represent a good place to start, dive in the water is lovely....
            • MB-Daniel's avatar
              MB-Daniel
              I have been listening a lot to these vinyls lately. The original vinyls from this one through to Flux & Mutability were not great pressings and suffered because of it. The sound stage on the originals compared to the new ones is something else though and a real shame they were not pressed with love and placed in polylined Virgin inner bags to protect them from the plant to our hands. The new pressing are roughly done with all kinds of dirt, pressing label glue on them, which does not help the sound on these at all, they deserve a better pressing quality, as the music/sound is exceptional. The new pressings sound different to the originals down to vinyl weight. The CDs don't even sound close to either vinyl pressed.....
              • recordhead59's avatar
                recordhead59
                One of my favorite records of all time. It should be yours too.
                • Warsz's avatar
                  Warsz
                  Edited 5 years ago
                  Why Oh Why did they not half speed remaster these as with the Japan albums? I'm so disappointed in the sound. This is an amazing sounding album that should be showcased at it's best. Maybe one day then . . .
                  • nateuptoolate's avatar
                    nateuptoolate
                    I never understood why the 2 CDs were never released as one 80 minutes CD. All you have to do is remove the silence between the Disc 2 instrumental tracks and it's 80 mins total. But the vinyl still sounds best.
                    • triplesuns's avatar
                      triplesuns
                      When I die I wish to have someone place a copy of this album into my coffin so it can guide me throughout the stars forever.

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