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Secrets of the beehive

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000000WG7
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,209 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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SYLVIAN DAVID

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By A Customer on 23 Nov. 1999
Format: Audio CD
many of us are extremely fond of sylvian and his concerts are sublime but is has to be said that there's a lot of bad stuff on almost all of his records. this is the exception: i fell in love for the first time at 22 (it was september too !)and this was the soundtrack so maybe i'm biased but my whole body tingles whenever i hear this chilling record. how damn good is orpheus ? total quality, sadly only to be hinted at since.
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By A Customer on 6 May 2002
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Secrets of the Beehives is one of the best albums of the eighties,you find yourself submerged similar to listening to Nick Drake you find yourself in another world unable to listen to anything else because of the unique sound that is set before you.
It has an incredible mood similar to David Bowie's album 1.Outside providing wonderfull relaxing images. The finest songs are 'september''Orpheus''let the happiness in''the boy with the gun' and 'Forbidden Colours'
the later being based on sakamoto's own composition but with a wonderfull piano bringing out the melody put together with david's melted velvet chocolate voice
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I discovered this album just recently and it blew me away
I knew Japan was very good but this album is music of the Gods.
This music penetrates the soul in the most magical way.
I will have to get all of Sylvian's work now...
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When asked my favourite Sylvian record, I usually never give the same answer twice. Often I will answer 'Gentlemen Take Polaroids', 'Brilliant Trees', 'Rain Tree Crow', 'Damage', 'Tin Drum', 'Gone to Earth', 'Dead Bees on a Cake' and this. Then again the more experimental ambient works are just as good. 'The First Day' is the only so-so record he's done since 'Quiet Life'- & that has moments such as 'Brightness Falls' (& also produced the out-takes 'Earthbound' & 'Endgame'). This is one of the albums I've played since it came out and still play today. Along with 'Happy Sad', 'Spirit of Eden', 'Pink Moon','Astral Weeks', 'In a Silent Way' & '60 Watt Silver Lining' it is one of my fave nightime albums (the point where you sink into sleep; between the drudge of day & the slip of dreams...).
Sylvian was on a bit of a roll- an unreleased collaboration with Scott Walker; the 'Gone to Earth' double-set (which featured classics 'Laughter & Forgetting' & 'River Man', amongst others) & the brilliant Mick Karn-Steve Jansen single 'Buoy'. Taking the latter as a starting point, the result is this album, which sounds like a jazzy Scott Walker.
'September' is the short opener, "sipping coke & playing games", which captures the passing moment. From the Summer of life to the Autumn of realisation. A happysad melancholia...'The Boy with the Gun' is a guitar & string drenched song- taking instrumentals such as 'Campfire Coyote Country' as a template (& moving towards 'Rain Tree Crow'). 'Maria', with a Turkish sounding female backing vocal (it reminds me of 'Persian Love Song' by Dead Can Dance) & a minor-key synth is a more worldly advance on 'Ghosts'.The gloom is abated for 'Orpheus', one of Sylvian's best songs. One of the best songs ever!.
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Sylvian's 'Secrets of the Beehive' is the bridge between and 'Brilliant Trees' and 'Gone to Earth'. Each track is an art formed; poetry forged with a melodic orchestral sense. The warm, deep and original tones of Sylvians voice bring essence and understanding to each piece.
'September' introduces the theme of the album; like a melancholy algebraic equation, resolved quickly but not losing any of its substance or structure.
'The Boy with the Gun'.. teasing strings and daring lyrics, BE WARNED there are many layers!
'Maria' is an introduction to the albums peak .. 'Orpheus', Sylvian at his best, its undulating motion captures maturity and wisdom in every bar, (if you've ever wondered what it's like to sail down a river in Middleearth).. (with a full moon). 'The Devils Own' a suitable precursor to 'When Poets dreamed of Angels'... another peak in this masterpiece. The three last songs bring the listener to a heavy and meditative end enabling one to hear all elements introduced in the earlier tracks.
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