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Brian Eno - David ByrneMy Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

Label:Sire – SRK 6093
Vinyl, LP, Album, Winchester
Genre:Electronic, Rock, Funk / Soul
Style:Avantgarde, Experimental, Funk


A1America Is Waiting
Arranged By, BassBill Laswell
Bass [Click]Tim Wright (2)
Drums, PercussionDavid Van Tieghem
A2Mea Culpa
Bodhrán [Bodhran]Dennis Keeley
BassBusta Jones
PercussionDavid Van Tieghem
Voice [Vocal Sample Source]Dunya Yusin*
A4Help Me Somebody
Congas, Percussion [Metals]Steve Scales
DrumsJohn Cooksey
Voice [Vocal Sample Source]Reverend Paul Morton
A5The Jezebel Spirit
Bass Drum, Percussion [Can]Prairie Prince
Bata, Percussion [Sticks]Mingo Lewis
DrumsJohn Cooksey
B2Moonlight In Glory
Congas, Agogô [Agong-gong]Jose Rossy
Voice [Vocal Sample Source]The Moving Star Hall Singers
B3The Carrier
Bass Drum, Percussion [Can]Prairie Prince
Bata, Percussion [Sticks]Mingo Lewis
Voice [Vocal Sample Source]Dunya Yusin*
B4A Secret Life
Voice [Vocal Sample Source]Samira Tewfik*
B5Come With Us2:38
B6Mountain Of Needles2:35

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℗ & © 1981 Sire Records Company
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.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A – variant 1): SRK·1·6093-RE-1-WW1 ─◁ STERLING gc
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Other Versions (5 of 99)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (LP, Album)Polydor, Editions EG2302 100Netherlands1981
My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (LP, Album)Polydor, EG2302 100France1981
My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (LP, Album)SireXSR 6093Canada1981
My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (Cassette, Album)SireM5S 6093US1981
My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (LP, Album)EG, Polydor2311 060Italy1981


Monsterhead's profile picture
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.
jam_on_it's profile picture
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!).
AVARICVM's profile picture
Intemporel....euh... il l'est devenu car pdt 5/6 ans il fut mis ds les bacs a soldes.
La présence de Brian Eno (déjà présent sur un album des Talking Heads) est primordiale
glassandstone's profile picture
Edited one year ago
Been listening to this album for years........ this thing just riddles the soul every time. Still in the future today. Incredibly dynamic sound and unusual. For new listeners it will continue to inspire and break ground.
L1K3D33L3R's profile picture
Edited 10 months ago
Listening to it right now. One of my first records. I nicked it from a record shop in the mall, from outside where the reduced LPs were on tables in plastic boxes. Nobody had wanted it, and it was on half price.

My pocket money was all inside the shop already. It was drizzling. I had only a very vague idea what the music might be like. Nonetheless, somehow, I had to have this.

My stereo has become much better. Tonight it's a bit as if I were hearing these tracks for the first time. My Life In the Bush of Ghosts is great. I've listened to it at least a couple of times in every decade, except for the past ten years or so. Sounds and grooves are amazing.

I still have that copy.
middlepillar1984's profile picture
I’m not very great at navigating on here yet folks, could someone direct me to the original press on here? Id like to use the catalogue info to reference while shopping for a copy online.
goldencalves's profile picture
Edited 4 years 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?
rorsc4ach's profile picture
top 5 albums of all time for me, just a supremely good record in every respect. one of my most treasured lps
bikefridaywalter's profile picture
Edited 14 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.
colin's profile picture
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.