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Brian Eno - David ByrneMy Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

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

Tracklist

A1America Is Waiting
Arranged By, BassBill Laswell
Bass [Click]Tim Wright (2)
Drums, PercussionDavid Van Tieghem
3:36
A2Mea Culpa
Bodhrán [Bodhran]Dennis Keeley
3:35
A3Regiment
BassBusta Jones
PercussionDavid Van Tieghem
Voice [Vocal Sample Source]Dunya Yusin*
3:56
A4Help Me Somebody
Congas, Percussion [Metals]Steve Scales
DrumsJohn Cooksey
Voice [Vocal Sample Source]Reverend Paul Morton
4:18
A5The Jezebel Spirit
Bass Drum, Percussion [Can]Prairie Prince
Bata, Percussion [Sticks]Mingo Lewis
4:55
B1Qu'ran
DrumsJohn Cooksey
3:46
B2Moonlight In Glory
Congas, Agogô [Agong-gong]Jose Rossy
Voice [Vocal Sample Source]The Moving Star Hall Singers
4:19
B3The Carrier
Bass Drum, Percussion [Can]Prairie Prince
Bata, Percussion [Sticks]Mingo Lewis
Voice [Vocal Sample Source]Dunya Yusin*
3:30
B4A Secret Life
Voice [Vocal Sample Source]Samira Tewfik*
2:30
B5Come With Us2:38
B6Mountain Of Needles2:35
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Label variation with "Sire Records Company" bottom rim text and "Sire" to the right of the logo at top of labels. "WW" etched in runouts indicates a Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Winchester pressing.

℗ & © 1981 Sire Records Company
Made in U.S.A.

Title from a novel by Amos Tutuola.

Voices:
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 (A runout etched, variant 1): SRK·1·6093-RE-1-WW1 ─◁ STERLING gc
  • Matrix / Runout (B runout etched, variant 1): SRK·2·6093 WW1 ─◁ STERLING gc
  • Matrix / Runout (A runout etched, variant 2): SRK·1·6093-RE-1-WW1 .─◁ STERLING gc.
  • Matrix / Runout (B runout etched, variant 2): SRK·2·6093 WW1 #2 .─◁ STERLING gc
  • Matrix / Runout (A runout etched, variant 4): SRK·1·6093-RE-1-WW1 .─◁ STERLING gc.
  • Matrix / Runout (B runout etched, variant 4): SRK·2·6093 WW1 #4 .─◁ STERLING gc
  • Matrix / Runout (A runout etched, variant 5): SRK·1·6093-RE-1-WW1 #2 SP 1-1 .─◁ STERLING gc.
  • Matrix / Runout (B runout etched, variant 5): SRK·2·6093 WW1 #6 SP 1-1 .─◁ STERLING gc
  • Matrix / Runout (A runout etched, variant 6): SRK·1·6093-RE-1-WW1 #3 ─◁ STERLING gc
  • Matrix / Runout (B runout etched, variant 6): SRK·2·6093 WW1 #3 ─◁ STERLING gc
  • Matrix / Runout (A runout etched, variant 7): SRK·1·6093-RE-1-WW1 ─◁ STERLING gc
  • Matrix / Runout (B runout etched, variant 7): SRK·2·6093 WW1 #5 ─◁ STERLING gc

Other Versions (5 of 102)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (LP, Album)Polydor, Editions EG2302 100Netherlands1981
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My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (LP, Album)Polydor, EG2302 100France1981
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My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (LP, Album)SireXSR 6093Canada1981
My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (Cassette, Album)SireM5S 6093US1981
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My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (LP, Album)EG, Polydor2311 060Italy1981
MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73's avatar
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 :)
Monsterhead's avatar
Monsterhead
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 avatar
jam_on_it
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 avatar
AVARICVM
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 avatar
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.
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L1K3D33L3R
Edited one month 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.

It's still that copy.
middlepillar1984's avatar
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 avatar
goldencalves
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 avatar
rorsc4ach
top 5 albums of all time for me, just a supremely good record in every respect. one of my most treasured lps
bikefridaywalter's avatar
Edited 15 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.