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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding wrapping of a remarkable 30 years solo-musical journey, 27 Feb. 2012
This review is from: A Victim of Stars, 1982-2012 (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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Initial post: 27 Feb 2012 17:15:08 GMT
Eric Generic says:
As the tracks are in chronological order (which the rear of the case comfirms), does that mean the version of Forbidden Colours is (finally!?) the original single mix from 1983 and not the later re-recording which has always been used on Sylvian releases?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Feb 2012 13:25:25 GMT
Hi Eric

I'm not 100% sure, but as I recall the original single mix was heavy on the electronics whereas the version on here (which I don't believe I have heard previously) has more piano and strings on it. Hopefully, in any event this, answers your question?

Cheers - Colin

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2012 10:47:05 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2012 15:43:53 GMT
no, it's not 1983s version -which I suppose one can only find in the soundtrack of "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence".
it is Sylvians very personal re-recording -as it is on "Secrets Of The Beehive" cd.
luckily it's not Sakamotos over-dramatic version of the song either - only to be enjoyed (?) in his cd "Cinemage"

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2012 20:14:11 GMT
Actually J. N. B. Lobo, you might be interested to know that you CAN get (what I now understand to be) the original version on Anthems Electronic 80S 2.

All the best - Colin

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2012 01:38:38 GMT
Eric Generic says:
Thanks for the reply...argh, sounds like the 1984 recording that also turned up as a CD bonus track on Secret Of The Behhive three years later. It is beautiful, but not the original. Anoraks-r-us, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2012 01:42:15 GMT
Eric Generic says:
Oh, and thanks also for directing me to a digital quality version of the original!
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