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My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

Brian Eno Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (11 April 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: E.G. Records
  • ASIN: B000006YHV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,574 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. America Is Waiting
2. Mea Culpa
3. Regiment
4. Help Me Somebody
5. The Jezebel Spirit
6. Very Very Hungry
7. Moonlight In Glory
8. The Carrier
9. A Secret Life
10. Come With Us
11. Mountain Of Needles

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Released in 1981, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts is a collaboration between ambient pioneer Brian Eno and Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. On Ghosts, the two strong-willed musicians manage to come to a meeting of the minds, blending Byrne's herky-jerky funk with Eno's atmospheric sound sculpting. More than anything, this is a large album, intent on pushing itself to the front of the listener's consciousness. Abundant percussion (everything from booming tribal drums to eerie electronics) reverberates in the background while Byrne and Eno toss all manner of found sounds, field recordings, and radio broadcasts into the mix. What results is a groundbreaking album that introduced a generation to the dazzling possibilities offered by electronic recording techniques. Highlights include "The Jezebel Spirit", an electro-funk workout that uses a recording of an exorcism as its focal point, and "Very, Very Hungry", a mysteriously ethereal display of electronic percussion and large-scale sonic architecture. --S. Duda

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Brian ENO & David BYRNE My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts CD

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE MAGIC 21 Sep 2000
Format:Audio CD
Bush Of Ghosts takes some getting used to, but there's such a variety of innovative musical marriages that I soon becomes addictive. The album is best enjoyed in one session. However, my fave tracks include: The Jezebel Spirit, a blood-curdling on-air exorcism over a skittering, urgent beat; America Is Waiting, a hypnotic and spooky electronic chant, the "Arabic" tracks Regiment, A Secret life and The Carrier, a dreamy song by Lebanese singer Dunya Yasin demonstrating the beauty of the Arabic language. The most eerie one of all, Moonlight In Glory, has the voices of the Moving Star Hall Singers. This album isn't as immediately accessible as Wrong Way Up (with John Cale) but is equally beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A London Labyrinth favourite 31 Mar 2000
Format:Audio CD
Possibly the biggest influence on a range of recent artists who wanted to expand electronic dance with a new vocabulary of found-sounds (London Labyrinth certainly, Future Sound of London, Banco de Gaia, The KLF, Transglobal Underground, Loop Guru, Aphex Twin, The Orb...), this album preceded sampling-for-the-masses and was brilliantly constructed by spinning-in and splicing. When you consider the musical context of the early eighties that this was born into, it is a remarkably visionary concept. The crisp, funky rhythm section and Byrne's insistent, cyclical rhythm-guitar still sound fresh and ahead of their time while the ranting voices, floating 'ethnic' appropriations and ambient electronic textures not only mapped out a whole new adventurous landscape but did it with an organic sensibility and consummate grace. The import version, incidentally, has the running order most closely matching the original vinyl although political correctness or fear of a fatwah prompted the replacement of a track called Qu'ran with Very, Very Hungry which had been the B-side to The Jezebel Spirit 12" single.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A collaboration made in heaven 21 Sep 2007
By Moz
Format:Audio CD
This marriage of Eno & Byrne and the concept of taking non-music stuff off amerikan radio and stringing it to music may not sound too promising but it is astonishingly listenable. 'Jezebel Spirit' and 'America is Waiting' are mesmeric and this album rocks with rhythm and strangeness.
The call to prayer tracks and 'Help me Somebody' - spiritual stuff. It's also a great insight into the variety of stuff on the radio if you care to go looking for it, not that I do, too much hassle. You know, when you're skipping through the channels and suddeny get someone saying "All dormice are made out of marzipan" or similar and think "Whaaa?". The fact that they have done the spadework and stitched all of the highlights together for us is genius. I promise that you will be suitably impressed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
A still fresh, sharp assemblage of dance rythmns, electronic atmospheres, african percussion and found sounds and voices; a commonplace now but very inventive at the time and still probably the best of its kind even now. One of the album's great virtues, characteristic of one aspect of Eno's work (Bowie's "Low" for example), is the brevity of the pieces (most under four minutes) - no tracks strung out over 12 inches for no good reason, nothing says more than it needs to say. Less is sometimes definitely more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not dated at all 17 Jun 2013
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Anyone who likes Remain in Light by Byrne's band Talking Heads will enjoy this also. From what I gather, Byrne and Eno composed this album in the same fashion, recording music then rearranging and editing the tape, treating the recordings as samples.
The resulting album is excellent. In the original release (I can't verify any remasters) the dynamics of the album are positively alive, unlike a lot of records that are totally quashed (Tame Impala, for example).
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5.0 out of 5 stars WATERSHED. 8 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album when it first came out in 1980 i bought all the Talking Heads stuff then, Remain in Light was a revelation to me and i listened to it often while i painted.
I fiirst got into the Talking Heads when they appeared at Leeds Polytechnic, i actually had'nt heard of them (1978) at that point. And there they were the whole crew in the cantine at the Poly. It was an incredible night with David Byrne doing his jerkey oddball introspective puppet movements.
I listened to Bush of Ghosts endlessly and realised how clever the combination of ethnic singing and elctro funk could be. From very haunting Muslim chanting to odd sound bite quips like 'I made a mistake' repeated like a endless acid flashback to Jezebel Spirit which needs to be played loud and becomes a Voodoo hypno trap.I believe Moby is a direct antecedent to this album but they did it first !
I spent three months listening to this album and painting during the recess and it changed the way i thought and painted. If you hav'nt heard this album your not complete.
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