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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (31 Dec. 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860681432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860681434
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* A work of rare poetic beauty in the tradition of the Brontes and Hardy

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SMALL feckless clouds were hurried across the vast untroubled sky - shepherdless, futile, imponderable - and were torn to fragments on the fangs of the mountains, so ending their ephemeral adventures with nothing of their fugitive existence left but a few tears. Read the first page
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Milt M. R. Ingarfield on 25 Feb. 2004
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jam.si@virgin.net on 22 Sept. 2000
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Appleby on 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 By Ornello on 6 Jan. 2003
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"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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Derrick Beck on 14 May 2011
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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 discover great music. David Sylvian started out with the group Japan and they created fantastic music so it was only natural that he would go solo. People compare David to David Bowie which is a shame. Sylvian is better! His lyrics and music are consistant of a genius.He is a poet in the great english style, a romantic. When I bought Gone to Earth it blew my mind out and made me cream in my pants. I painted my brother's flat on a sunny day in Aarhus Denmark and the windows were wide open and this record was on the turntable coming out strong through the loud speakers, it was great. Listen to the guitar playing of Robert Fripp and Bill Nelson as they paint in lavish strokes,leaving their trade mark on every song. Kenny Wheeler amazes me with his funky trumpet sound making statements at every turn. Steve Jansen on drums comes out like a guerilla from the bush. Listen to the opening track on side one and onto track two god the drumming pounds away like Mohamed Ali in the ring, the "rumble in the jungle". This record grows on you and becomes better with age like good wine. Once hooked on Sylvian you will never be the same again. The point about Sylvian is that he himself becomes like good wine and he does not pull his punches.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 April 2011
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I remember years ago listening to the Radio 1 show "Round Table" and they reviewed David Sylvian's "Orpheus". Expecting criticism to emanate from the assembled panel (it is a long track and hardly a typical single) it received universal praise. It quickly became my favourite song of all time and is still way up there. I thought it couldn't be topped. Somebody else said this album is a grower. And one song has grown and grown on me and I would almost say it is perfection. Before The Bullfight. It's the musical equivalent of "Roads to Drive Before I Die".....
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