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A Victim of Stars, 1982-2012 [Double CD]

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 (27 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Virgin Catalogue
  • ASIN: B006TX276C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,076 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Ghosts (Remix)David Sylvian 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Bamboo Houses (Remix)David Sylvian 5:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Bamboo MusicDavid Sylvian 5:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Forbidden ColoursDavid Sylvian 5:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Red GuitarDavid Sylvian 5:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Ink In The WellDavid Sylvian 4:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Pulling PunchesDavid Sylvian 5:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Taking The VeilDavid Sylvian 4:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Silver MoonDavid Sylvian 6:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Let The Happiness InDavid Sylvian 5:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. OrpheusDavid Sylvian 4:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. WaterfrontDavid Sylvian 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Pop SongDavid Sylvian 4:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. BlackwaterRain Tree Crow 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Every Colour You AreRain Tree Crow 4:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Heartbeat (Tainai Kaiki II) Returning To The Womb (Remix)Ryuichi Sakamoto 5:160.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Jean The BirdmanDavid Sylvian 4:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Alphabet AngelDavid Sylvian 2:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I SurrenderDavid Sylvian 9:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Darkest DreamingDavid Sylvian 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. A Fire In The ForestDavid Sylvian 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Only DaughterDavid Sylvian 5:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Late Night ShoppingDavid Sylvian 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Wonderful WorldNine Horses 6:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Banality Of EvilNine Horses 8:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Darkest BirdsNine Horses 5:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Snow White In AppalachiaDavid Sylvian 6:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Small Metal GodsDavid Sylvian 5:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. I Should Not DareDavid Sylvian 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. ManafonDavid Sylvian 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Where's Your Gravity?David Sylvian 5:380.99  Buy MP3 

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A Victim of Stars picks the best from David Sylvian's 30-year musical career, from '80s pop-funk via jazz in the 90s to the 2000s leaning to electronica. This compilation of the former Japan front man's greatest hits also includes a newly recorded single, "Where's Your Gravity?".

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2CD .. 1982-2012

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My New Career 5 Mar 2012
By Mr. 880
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's not hard to see why Japan/Sylvian fans have a tough time with the band/artist's previous record companies. The compilations of various kinds have been racking up over the years and just when you thought there couldn't be anything more to say, here comes A Victim of Stars put out through Virgin. Reviews are right, that it's a pretty decent primer for any introduction to Sylvian; though if you haven't been introduced to his music by now you're pretty late to the party and some will complain this all sounds either dated or wilfully ambient! Nevertheless, the "new" track accompanying this collection, Where's Your Gravity?, manages to bridge some of the atmospheric brilliance of Japan's later songs with echoes of Sylvian's own work stretching across nearly thirty years. But one reviewer is right, Ghosts and Forbidden Colours don't need to be off the Everything and Nothing compilation surely when the originals (and especially the Tin Drum version of Ghosts which mysteriously seems to have been the poor relation of the single/remix effort for years and yet is far superior) could be worked into this record if we have to be reminded of Japan in the former song's case.

Small Metal Gods and Manafon add a bit of clarity to the later work and update the story, though they are some lonely highlights to what have been indifferent records recently. Listeners will also wonder how remixed Bamboo Houses actually is while the album version of Heartbeat I happen to like more though this restrained remix is okay too. That aside, Sylvian's dedication to the style and mastery of his music shines through here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These fires never stop 15 Aug 2013
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Heartache occasionally overwhelmed me when I was young, for the usual reasons. Overcome by the sudden stop which the loss of her forced on me, nothing could address the torpor. David Sylvian's Brilliant Trees album came to dwell there with me, offering company, not advice. His music did not provide a way out, but a way in, to the recesses of bleak sadness. Gently leading you through the cavernous depths of your stasis, it helped you feel sorry for yourself with a thoroughness that was calm, not angry. Since calmness listens, while anger transmits, a single epiphany resulted: you were no longer alone. And once your heart experienced the constructive epiphany of companionship, even the remote kind provided by a stranger's songs, a light went on; you began to query the possibility of a way out. We are all carpet crawlers; we all have to get in to get out. 25 years on, with substantial emotional success in the bag, I chanced upon this album and listened to it in the car and was powerfully reminded of the acute sensitivity of my pain, something vital, which made me smile. Brilliant Trees gave me more insight into how I felt than anything I've chanced upon since, helping my heart to acknowledge, which then invited my head to explore, so buy that album first. But buy this one too, for Forbidden Colours, an old friend, and the lyrics on Orpheus, a fresh acquaintance. These fires never stop.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't hesitate! 16 Jun 2012
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Unless you are familiar with David's first three solo albums from the 1980's, Brilliant Trees, Gone to Earth and Secrets of the Beehive, you should not hesitate to buy this for the eight tracks from those albums included here and let yourself be seduced into buying those albums themselves. Then you can regard the other tracks, including the four excellent Sakamoto collaborations and the more variable results of various Japan reincarnations, as the icing on the cake. Even if you have all the original singles and albums represented here, it is still interesting to see what has been omitted (e.g. Nostalgia from Brilliant Trees) and to hear the obligatory (for such compliations) new track, Where's Your Gravity?
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation. 27 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is superb compilation that includes the more accessible tracks of his brilliant latter work. Some find his last few albums too much in their entirety, but the tracks selected here showcase what an astounding and refreshing songwriter Sylvian remains. Breathtakingly good!
It must be increasingly difficult for artists of this nature to make a living. He is an artist who has never compromised when it comes to the integrity of his music and that extends to the physical product. It is the same for this compilation. I strongly disagree that this compilation is unaccessible, it combines his most commercial work (singles) with the more accessible tracks from his last three albums, it manages this whilst still sounding powerful and interesting. I for one have not been "milked" and such an accusation is ludicrous!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
A compilation will always be a compilation.
But on this one, the delightful thing is that David Sylvian chose himself which of his most well known pieces could represented him best to fit this 2CD format.
The songs are in chronological order, and the whole pack feels like as if it could be a cd of originals -in its own right, there's a quite cohesive, constant flow in this journey through 3 decades of material. All songs feel suddenly new when set together in this way.
With "Victim of Stars", David Sylvian proves that he still remains as one of the most visionary, innovative, talented British/European artists working today.
Un-baroque, cleansed musical style, stainless, compelling poetry (also in all of his best known pieces) throughout a quite admirable, uncompromising, consequent career.
Definitely, an absolutely outstanding wrapping of a remarkable 30 year long musical journey.
And the only original "Where's your Gravity?, simply soberb...
Thank you sooo much for all these years of inspiration, for all your words, for all your music, Sylvian.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Memories
Bought this as a birthday present as requested by my sister - not my style, but she absolutely loved it, if you liked Japan etc in the 80s this is a must as it has lots of tunes... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Zena H
5.0 out of 5 stars A journey of sound with substance
I gave this compilation five stars because it gives an in-depth view of the work of David Sylvian. You can experience his vast creative output, and his style and unique sound... Read more
Published 8 months ago by balkishan
5.0 out of 5 stars David Sylvian,Always a *Shimmering Star*.......
This is simply beautiful & must surely feauture some of David Sylvian's most emotive,soothing & heartfelt pieces ever...... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Billy-bob Oodleflip!!
2.0 out of 5 stars Actually - it's EXCELLENT :-)
I bought this CD because I've always enjoyed David Sylvian's Music but I must admit that one of the songs on this CD is actually scratched (it jumps lots when it's played). Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Mark Deacon.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection
A brilliant collection of songs. Some great singles as well as more quirky Sylvian music. Great! Highly recommended for fans.
Published 13 months ago by northern fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I have listened to David Sylvian (and Japan) since the early 80's and this is a great compilation. If you are a collector, this is amust buy!
Published 15 months ago by Staffan
5.0 out of 5 stars Audio quaility
Yes I agree with a previous reviewer that certain parts of this compilation are not great when it comes to audio quality - specifically the first five tracks of CD1, but If you... Read more
Published on 20 April 2012 by Heath Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive singles album
A Victim of Stars is the 'greatest hits' album that Everything and Nothing never was. The 80s are represented pretty faithfully by the singles of the period - no Buoy which is a... Read more
Published on 14 April 2012 by clock
2.0 out of 5 stars Why do i need to buy this
For someone who owns Everything and Nothing I'm at a loss at to why I need to buy A Victim of Stars. Is David now to bring out as many greatest hits albums as Madness
Published on 25 Mar 2012 by J. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying career retrospective
I did wonder if 'A Victim of Stars' was really necessary given that 10 tracks previously featured on 2000's compilation 'Everything and Nothing' , 'Wonderful World' was also... Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2012 by Jason Parkes
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