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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 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000F3T7YC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,465 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. The Boy With The Gun (2003 Digital Remaster)
3. Maria (2003 Digital Remaster)
4. Orpheus (2003 - Remaster)
5. The Devil's Own (2003 Digital Remaster)
6. When Poets Dreamed Of Angels (2003 Digital Remaster)
7. Mother And Child (2003 Digital Remaster)
8. Let the Happiness In (2003 - Remaster)
9. Waterfront (2003 - Remaster)
10. Promise (The Cult Of Eurydice) (2003 Digital Remaster)

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2.The Boy With The Gun
5.The Devil's Own
6.When Poets Dreamed Of Angels
7.Mother And Child
8.Let The Happiness In
10.Promise (The Cult Of Eurydice)

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 18 Aug. 2003
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Secrets of the Beehive was Sylvian's second masterpiece- here he temporarily put on hold the ambient/experimental directions of Alchemy & Gone to Earth & produced an album of strong songwriting. Secrets of the Beehive is probably the album that people have been hoping Scott Walker would make since Scott IV- Sylvian had been moving towards this territory with 1986's Laughter&Forgetting (which predicts September here) & also with the Karn/Jansen/Sylvian single Buoy (also 1986)
The packaging and sound of this version make it a must purchase, along with the bonus track, the Japanese-only Promise(The Cult of Eurydice)- which makes a more cohesive whole in terms of themes when placed on the same sequence as Orpheus. Sylvian knows why it was left off originally! Sadly the original extra-track, a wonderful reworking of 1983's Forbidden Colours, has been removed- & is sadly missed (there could have been more extra tracks from this era, eg Buoy, When Love Walks In, Ride...) But the original Nine-track album remains perfection itself...
The album features a typical array of wonderful musicians- longtime collaborator Sakamoto, alongside Steve Jansen, Danny Thompson, Mark Isham, Brian Gascoigne, Phil Palmer & Danny Cummings. The arrangements, from Gascoigne and Sakamoto, are suitably sublime- the ambient noodling of Gone to Earth is put on hold till Plight&Premonition. September is a divine opening track, just Sakamoto & Sylvian- the lyrics capturing a moment "they say that we're in love/but secretly wishing for rain/sipping coke and playing games"- but noting from the present point of happiness, autumn and thus winter are approaching "September's here again". The melancholy of a Rilkean autumn?
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Ragg on 6 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Sylvian's work in the 80's was characterised mostly by themes of detachment and dis-inclination coupled with the curious sense of the personal and the objective. Although these may seem opposites, Sylvian mastered the ability to write carefully and concisely about the everyday while appearing other-worldly and ethereal. Nowhere have these themes been more prevalent or manifested themselves so clearly than in the sublime "Secrets of The Beehive". Acoustic, save for a few understatd synthesisers, Sylvian effortlessly weaves a velvety soundscape, perfectly suited for songs about vague loss and suppressed grief. Poetic, but never whimsical,much like a favourite oil painting, Sylvian always knows when a song is finished, and never overdoes the arrangements or instrumentation. The likes of Mark Isham, Danny Thompson and the seemingly ubiquitous Sakamoto are all on top of their game here and blend in astonishingly with Sylvian's cool expressive baritone. Thompson's vibrating double bass on "The Boy with the Gun" and "Mother & Child" is a particular highlight
especially next to the virtuoso guitar playing, and tight percussion. "Orpheus", another highlight, sounds so effortless, one almost hopes it will never finish. It's close to 20 years since this album was released, and still it sounds contemporary and innovative. Return to it again and again, it will never fail to surprise you with it's rich tapestries and epicurean layers. A must!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gnagfloW on 25 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This work came to my attention by coincidence only a few months after its original release 1987. Prior to that, I had enjoyed some of Sylvian's work with Japan. His first two solo albums were, however, somewhat boring. A few tracks on each one were focused but too many lacked direction.
That changed dramatically on Secrets, an album hardly without a misstep. It is for the most parts rather slow and soothing, simple instrumentation, often in an experimental style with jazz elements on some of the tracks. Standout tracks are hard to define, they have changed in my opinion through the years. The lyrics wander between hope and despair, domestic rage to the joy of life.
This is without doubt one of my favourite albums through the years. Listening first to it at the age of 22, I remember vividly the strange emotions the album's contradictions had on me. Despite being anything but a album full of catchy tunes, it struck a chord within me immediately.
I am not alone in that opinion, I was surprised seeing so many people stating similar thoughts on Amazon, given it was a commercial failure. I must admit that I haven't enjoyed any other Sylvian album since in its whole, although Dead Bees On a Cake had some splendid moments and his collaboration with Holger Czukay, Plight and Premonition, provides an ethereal listening experience.
The original CD version had one enormous problem; the hiss in the recording overshadowed often the sound (or lack of it). Listening to that version often made one wish that better care would have been taken of such delicate music. This re-mastered version improves that anomaly to an incredible extent. The sound becomes richer and the whole listening experience becomes more fulfilling.
The CD cover has the same artwork but in the so-called digipak.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dick on 20 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
First, to correct the 'official' review: this was actually Sylvian's third album after leaving Japan, Gone to Earth being the second.
If you haven't yet discovered this amazing artist, I strongly urge you to take the opportunity. There are very few records I keep returning to more than 10 years later - almost 20 years later for Brilliant Trees! - and every one of David Sylvian's albums falls into this category. What's the music like? If you imagine Scott Walker's voice in a singing style closer to Bryan Ferry's, with Eno's approach to production (and, often, his choice of musicians), you're getting close. But still the experience is unique.
This is music that, at least for me, reveals itself very slowly - but then continues to unfold in meaning as I listen to it in different life contexts over the years. There's a great diversity to the work: at the time, I was disappointed with every Sylvian album up to Nine Horses, finding them to be not what I had expected - not like the previous albums. Then, sometimes years later, I listened again and was amazed at having felt that way: this music is as near perfect as anything I ever hope to hear. Put another way: I have favorite tracks on each of the albums, but they too have changed over the years.
Many listeners think Beehive is the best of all the Sylvian albums, so give it a try. Personally, I greatly prefer Gone To Earth, which is less structured, the accompanying musicians (accomplished jazzers) having more space into which to expand. But it doesn't really matter where you start - you'll get to all the records eventually!
So: if you haven't heard this one yet, I envy you the rare treat you're about to have!
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