SRK 6093 My Life In The Bush of Ghosts
Produced by Brian Eno and David Byrne
Released on February 1981
UK CHART POSITION #29 . . . US CHART POSITION #44
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F rom I Zimbra to Aye Carumba. The perfess'r and his star pupil went mixed media multicultural medieval on us with My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, taking their newfound fascination with funk and cannibalizing the best parts of it for their own bizarre experiments. Again to my chagrin, I was convinced this was the future of music: different voices from all over the world mixed with advanced electronics to create a stunning mosaic. Maybe this is our future; listen to ďRegimentĒ or ďAmerica Is WaitingĒ and you realize that we still havenít caught up with Ghosts. Iíd caught a glimpse of this future earlier with artists like Holger Czukay and Talking Heads (Remain In Light floored me), but that was only the beginning. My Life is the last word on the pancultural avant garde music that the Heads were making. In fact, nothing that either Byrne or Eno has released since matches My Life, in my opinion. Itís a thought-provoking, mind-expanding, enlightening, frightening, UFO (unidentified funky objective) sighting. The painstaking detail required to get all the tiny pieces to fit together perfectly (which they do) represents a monumental achievement. Iím surprised Byrne and Eno were even talking to each other after this album. By juxtaposing third world and modern world elements, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts arrives at an alien beauty. Itís not just that I havenít heard music like this before; I havenít listened to music like this before. It changes the way you approach music. If language is a virus from outer space, My Life is that language set to music. Everyone should hear this album at least once in their lives. Once heard, it wonít soon be forgotten.

TRACK LISTING

  1. AMERICA IS WAITING    (Brian Eno/David Byrne, arr. by Brian Eno/David Byrne/Bill Laswell/Tim Wright/David van Tieghem)    3:36
  2. MEA CULPA    3:35
  3. REGIMENT    (Brian Eno/David Byrne/Busta Jones, arr. by Brian Eno/David Byrne/Busta Jones/Chris Frantz/Robert Fripp)    3:56
  4. HELP ME SOMEBODY    4:18
  5. THE JEZEBEL SPIRIT    4:55
  6. QU'RAN    3:46
  7. MOONLIGHT IN GLORY    4:19
  8. THE CARRIER    3:30
  9. A SECRET LIFE    2:30
  10. COME WITH US    2:38
  11. MOUNTAIN OF NEEDLES    2:35

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  12. PITCH TO VOLTAGE
  13. TWO AGAINST THREE
  14. VOCAL OUTTAKES
  15. NEW FEET
  16. DEFIANT
  17. NUMBER 8 MIX
  18. SOLO GUITAR WITH TIN FOIL

    Tracks 1-11 written by Brian Eno/David Byrne unless noted

CREDITS

DAVID BYRNE -- guitars, basses, synthesizers, drums, percussion, found objects
BRIAN ENO -- guitars, basses, synthesizers, drums, percussion, found objects
John Cockey -- drums (4,6)
Chris Frantz -- drums (3)
Busta Jones -- bass (3)
Dennis Keeley -- bodhran (2)
Bill Laswell -- bass (1)
Mingo Lewis -- bata, sticks (5,8)
Prairie Prince -- can, bass drum (5,8)
Jose Rossy -- congas, agong-gong (7)
Steve Scales -- congas, metals (4)
David van Tieghem -- drums, percussion (1,3)
Tim Wright -- click bass (1)
Stacy Baird -- engineer
Dave Jerden -- engineer
Eddie Korvin -- engineer
John Potoker -- engineer
Neal Teeman -- engineer

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US February 1981 Sire LP SRK 6093  
CAN February 1981 Sire LP XSR 6093  
FRA/GER 1981 EG/Polydor LP 2302 100  
JPN 1981 Sire LP 25PP-13  
UK   Editions EG LP/CD EGLP/EGCD-48  
US   Sire CD/CS 45374  
AUS'L 1999 EMI CD 86473  
US April 11, 2006 Nonesuch CDX 79894 w. bonus tracks

 

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