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David Sylvian, Jon HassellSteve Jansen, Holger CzukayWords With The Shaman

Label:Virgin – VS 835-12, Virgin – VS835-12
Format:
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, EP, Partially Mixed, Stereo
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Ambient, Art Rock, Experimental

Tracklist

Words With The Shaman
Level UpA1Pt. 1 Ancient Evening
Written-BySylvian*, Hassell*
5:13
Level UpA2Pt. 2 Incantation
Written-BySylvian*, Hassell*
3:28
Level UpBPt. 3 Awakening (Songs From The Tree Tops)
Written-BySylvian*, Hassell*, Jansen*
5:16
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Notes

"The compositions compiled for this EP were conceived as musical footnotes to some of the themes started earlier on the album 'Brilliant Trees', and were developed as a collaborative group effort for which I am very much indebted to all who took part."
D.S.
Recorded - London '85

℗ 1985 Virgin Records Ltd.
© 1985 Virgin Records Ltd.

Manufactured in the UK.

Pt. 1 & 2 published by Opium (Arts) Ltd. - Opal Music
Pt. 3 published by Opium (Arts) Ltd. - Opal Music - Copyright Control

Tracks on Side One are mixed together as one.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 012980 083565
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5012980083565
  • Matrix / Runout (Side One, variant 1): VS 83512 A-2U-1-1-4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side Two, variant 1): VS 83512 B-1U-1-1-
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped, Side One, variant 2): V S 8 3 5 1 2 A - 1 U - 1 - 1 (1 or -)
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped, Side Two, variant 2, [etched]): V S 8 3 (5 stamped over unknown #) 1 2 B - 1 U - 1 - 1 (1 or -)5 [TH1]
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped, Side One, variant 3): VS 83512 A-2U-1-1-8
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped, Side Two, variant 3): VS 83512 B-2U-1-1-7
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped, Side One, variant 4): VS 83512 A-2U-1-1-
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped, Side Two, variant 4): VS 83512 B-2U-1-1-
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched, Side Two, variant 4): THT
  • Matrix / Runout (Side One, variant 5): VS 83512 A-2U-1-11:1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side Two, variant 5): VS 83512 B-1U-1-11 THT

Other Versions (5 of 12)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Words With The Shaman (12", 45 RPM, EP)Virgin, Virgin602 066, 602 066-213Europe1985
Words With The Shaman (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP)VirginVSX1297Canada1985
Words With The Shaman (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP, Promo)Virgin14VA-9004Japan1985
Words With The Shaman (12", EP)VirginVS835-12New Zealand1985
Words With The Shaman (12", 45 RPM, EP)VirginVINX 99Italy1985

Reviews

emptycyb1's profile picture
emptycyb1
I like all these guys, but this never really worked for me, too nice or something, until I played the B side at 33 rather than 45, and suddenly it really opened up some frequencies, and some of the plastic sounding synthesizer sounds got deep and richer. That's just my take, but I'm happy I found that trick and now enjoy at least half of this.
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Sheir_Byali
One of the most interesting and 'unobtrusive' EPs i've ever heard (!)
longdayfall's profile picture
longdayfall
I always wondered why Percy Jones' name was left off the front of this. Seems like a crime to me. He's as much a part of this as anyone else.
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seasonsinthesky
Note that the track times and titles are misleading here compared to Alchemy - An Index of Possibilities. All three parts of Shaman make up the entire A side of this release, while side B is actually Preparations for a Journey (as titled on Alchemy). The music is entirely identical, fadeouts and all; for some reason, the artwork doesn't accurately reflect the music as pressed.