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Gone to Earth: Remastered [Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

David Sylvian Audio CD
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The David Sylvian that fronted new wave pop band Japan wore luminescent hair and glam make-up; on the cover of his solo debut, 1984's Brilliant Trees, he was stylish and refined, a gentleman popster. But the illustration that introduces 2003's Blemish sends a different message: he's bedraggled and unshaven, his far-off expression turned haunted. The new millennium has seen a more ... Read more in Amazon's David Sylvian Store

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  • Audio CD (29 Sep 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0000AQOQQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Taking the Veil (2003 - Remaster) 4:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Laughter And Forgetting (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Before The Bullfight (2003 Digital Remaster) 9:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Gone To Earth (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wave (2003 Digital Remaster) 9:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. River Man (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Silver Moon (2003 - Remaster) 6:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. River Man (Remix) (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Gone To Earth (Remix) (2003 Digital Remaster) 1:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Camp Fire: Coyote Country (Remix) (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:460.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. The Healing Place (2003 Digital Remaster) 5:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Answered Prayers (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Where The Railroad Meets The Sea (2003 Digital Remaster) 2:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Wooden Cross (2003 Digital Remaster) 5:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Silver Moon Over Sleeping Steeples (2003 Digital Remaster) 2:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Camp Fire: Coyote Country (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. A Bird Of Prey Vanishes Into A Bright Blue Cloudless Sky (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Home (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sunlight Seen Through Towering Trees (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Upon This Earth (2003 Digital Remaster) 6:300.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

DAVID SYLVIAN Gone To Earth (2003 UK digitally remastered 20-track 2-CD album set housed in a four panel gatefold digipack sleeve this expanded reissue includes three bonus tracks; River Man [Remix] Gone To Earth [Remix] and Camp FireCoyote Country [Remix]. The sleeve shows only minor wear and the discs are in excellent condition)

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-mastered solo album number 2. 25 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Being the follow-up to a critically acclaimed début solo album was never going too be easy, not only did Mr Sylvain rise to the challenge he took the big risk and released a double album.

One disc of 7 vocal tracks, and the other disc a selection of 10 ambient instrumentals this was the form that the album took when originally released on cassette and vinyl.

But when this album was issued originally on C.D. only all the vocal tracks and some of the instrumental tracks were issued on the C.D.
Up until now the only available way to get all the tracks on C.D. was on the "Weather box" box set.

For me this is one of my favourite albums by Sylvain this is because of the superb guitar work of Robert Fripp, Bill Nelson and B.J. Cole on pedal steel guitar.
These musicians really come to the fore on the second disc of this set adding texture, space and atmosphere to the pieces.

Now with this re-issue not only have all the tracks been restored the sound quality has been improved greatly by the excellent renovation work of Tony Cousins at "Metropolis" and added bonus tracks have been added to the first disc of the set.
A feature to notice on this disc is that there is a small gap of time before the bonus tracks start. I think this is to give the listener an impression of how the original album sounded before the addition of the extra tracks.

For my own personal taste I would have preferred the extra tracks not to be included but to be on a separate disc all together, but that's a minor point.
The improvement in sound quality and presentation more than make up for any personal quibble I may have with this re-issue.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of my most played albums 9 Dec 2003
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If you haven't listened to much David Sylvian this is a great CD to start your collection with. It features an impressive mix of instrumentals and vocals that range from the very accessible 'Wave' to the somewhat more experimental (for the time) 'Gone to Earth' of the title. Expect lots of timeless, dreamy ambient sounds to chill out to (whatever that means), some occasional darkness and just enough experimentation to stretch your perceptions. I bought my first copy on vinyl more years ago than I care to remember and this current incarnation still sounds every bit as fresh. Unfair to end the review without a nod to the other notable musicicians who contributed to the Album, particullarly Robert Fripp.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars his best, and my second fave album of all time 22 Sep 2000
Format:Audio CD
Awakening my life and evoking the best musical moments of the 20th century, this is one album you can not do with out. Dark, broody and yet mysteriously uplifting soundscapes even better than anything that eno conjured up, and he's a genius. All the collaborations are worked perfectly with some of the worlds finest musicians. The guitar by Bill Nelson on 'answered prayers' and by Robert Fripp on "before the bullfight' is unbelievable to the ears. These are the highlights on an unforgettable and most played album over the past 14 years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gone to heaven? 6 Jan 2003
By Ornello
Format:Audio CD
"Gone to Earth" is an album to which I find myself returning again and again, for in this disc by Sylvian, one seems to find a welcome relief from the dreck that permeates our musical landscape. It is utterly unlike anything produced in the "pop-music" world, and the slow-paced, hypnotic rhythms and echo-guitars (redoloent of some of Achim Reichel's work in the early 70's) weave a magical spell best appreciated listening in the dark.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Peak 24 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Even after 14 years of solid listening, I have never bored of this album. Definitely his best.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1986's double album reissued 28 May 2006
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
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David Sylvian was clearly unhappy with the teenybop audience he found in the later years of Japan and tags like `the most beautiful man in the world.' Relationships in Japan became problematic, Sylvian was rumoured to have taken up with Mick Karn's girlfriend and was tiring of the band format - Japan having lost guitarist Rob Dean and Sylvian composing bandless-songs like "Ghosts" and "Nightporter." After a few singles with Yellow Magic Orchestra's Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sylvian experimented and eventually released Brilliant Trees that remains a watershed. 1985 saw him advance the ambient-directions of that record with Steve Jansen, Holger Czukay & Jon Hassell (this work is collected on Alchemy: An Index of Possibilities). Gone to Earth was the swift follow-up, a double album whose first disc is another seven-track vocal album and whose second disc offers an ambient/instrumental work. This reissue, like the 2003-reissue replaces the dubious one-disc version released before.

The album, whose title must emanate from the Powell/Pressburger film of the same name (was that from a novel?), found Sylvian collaborating with a group of revered musicians including Robert Fripp, Philip Palmer, B.J. Cole, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, and Bill Nelson. Observant souls will note that brother Jansen is present, as well as another former member of Japan, Richard Barbieri. In the next year, Barbieri, Jansen and Sylvian would all work with Mick Karn on the Dreams of Reason Produce Monsters album. The album as a whole feels like an advance on the climes of Brilliant Trees and is a record that sounds like a blend of Eno's On Land, Miles Davis' In a Silent Way, Scott Walker's Scott 4, and Robert Wyatt's Ruth is Stranger Than Richard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gloom monster
In my opinion the most melancoly album of the last forty years. Brilliant. This is proper Sylvian; unlike the joke of Manafon, many of these songs have a haunting sadness that... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mystic Man
5.0 out of 5 stars David Sylvian at his best
On this double lp, David Sylvian plays maybe some of his best music ever. Musicians include his brother, Steve Jansen on drums, and Robert Fripp on guitar, and several other big... Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2011 by Kjetil, Norway
5.0 out of 5 stars Like water and sand
I am amazed that nobody has reviewed this gargantuan of a music piece by the great David Sylvian. I am not a music critic so just go out and buy this masterpiece and you will... Read more
Published on 14 May 2011 by Derrick Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price for one song alone....
I remember years ago listening to the Radio 1 show "Round Table" and they reviewed David Sylvian's "Orpheus". Read more
Published on 18 April 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
This reflects the original vinyl versoin of this album with all the Fripp and Bill Nelson tracks which have been my choice of relaxing music for a very long time. Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2010 by T. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rich Mise-en-Scene
This is Sylvian's second album, originally released in sumptuous colours in a gatefold sleeve in 1986, which the CD cannot really match. Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2009 by Nicholas Casley
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
A few great tunes - you can hear the origins of some of his best stuff in a handful of tracks, but I'm not too keen on the country and western styles used on a few, and one or two... Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2009 by M. Wiltshire
5.0 out of 5 stars His finest work...
This albums conjures up so many memories for me going back to the late 80s in my late teens, dark winter nights in the rain listening to this on my walkman, the times I would... Read more
Published on 13 May 2008 by Donkey Rhubarb
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Everyone should own this cd!

Everything about it is bang on!

Booming drums on before the bullfight sound ace! Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2007 by PhilthyPhil
5.0 out of 5 stars A light of empathy
Gone to earth reflects David Sylvians ability to change a everyday song into something spectacular. His use of japanese musicians and unusual background sounds blend into one to... Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2007 by Waterman
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