David's first album after Japan is one of the highlights of his solo career. This version also has bonus material, not quite up to the rest of Brilliant Trees, but worth a listen none the less.
Highlights of the 'original' album are, well virtually all of it. In nineteen years this album has not dated like much of the eighties music has; this is due to the use of humans and instruments, rather than an overdose of robots and technology.
The drums of Steve Jansen, as always, support his brother David admirably, and supple bass lines of Japan are developed by Wayne Braithwaite and Danny Thompson; the jazzy feel of Mark Isham, Jon Hassell and Kenny Wheeler on brass add to cocktail of glorious sounds.
All this would be pointless without good songs, and the seven original tracks are excellent. Pulling Punches and Red Guitar are the two lively singles, but there are some beautifully meditative moments in Nostalgia, Weathered Wall and Brilliant Trees.
The songs are engaging lyrically too - especially the Picasso biograph The Ink In The Well.
A recommend purchase for eighties music lovers.