David Sylvian – Secrets of the Beehive | In Sheeps Clothing (2023)

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David Sylvian

Secrets of the Beehive

Style: Electronic, Rock

Label: Virgin

Catalog Number: 7 90677-1

Released: 1987, 80's

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Possibly David Sylvian’s greatest solo work (it’s hard to pick), Secrets of the Beehive is a deeply introspective work of slow, electronic art rock featuring an all-star supporting cast including Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Ryuichi Sakamoto, electronic composer Mark Isham, Pentangle double bassist Danny Thompson, percussionist Danny Cummings, Sylvian’s brother Steve Jansen, and the great “musician’s producer” Steve Nye. Writing for the album began in 1986 immediately after Sylvian’s Gone to Earth tour. Sylvian recalls, “as soon as I had settled back into my home the material started arriving, and in a period of about two weeks everything was written. And it wasn’t something that I’d planned on doing: I hadn’t conceived the album in its entirety, as an entity in itself, it’s just a batch of songs that sort of arrived and fell in my lap. It felt like a gift.”

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Tags: Art Rock / Cult Classic / Jazz

Tracklist:

A1September
A2The Boy With The Gun
A3Maria
A4Orpheus
A5The Devil’s Own
B1When Poets Dreamed Of Angels
B2Mother And Child
B3Let The Happiness In
B4Waterfront

Credits:

A1September
Arranged By [String Arrangement] – R. Sakamoto*
Piano, Vocals – D. Sylvian*
A2The Boy With The Gun
Acoustic Guitar, Organ, Synth, Vocals – D. Sylvian*
Arranged By [String Arrangement] – R. Sakamoto*
Double Bass – D. Thompson*
Electric Guitar – D. Torn*
Organ, Synth – R. Sakamoto*
Percussion – D. Cummings*
A3Maria
Arranged By [String Arrangement] – R. Sakamoto*
Loops [Guitar Loop] – D. Torn*
Piano [Treated Piano], Synth – R. Sakamoto*
Synth, Tape, Vocals – D. Sylvian*
A4Orpheus
Acoustic Guitar, Synth, Vocals – D. Sylvian*
Arranged By [Orchestral Arrangement] – B. Gascoigne*
Double Bass – D. Thompson*
Drums – S. Jansen*
Flugelhorn – M. Isham*
Piano, Synth – R. Sakamoto*
Slide Guitar – P. Palmer*
A5The Devil’s Own
Piano [Treated Piano], Synth, Tape, Vocals – D. Sylvian*
Piano, Organ, Arranged By [Woodwind Arrangement] – R. Sakamoto*
B1When Poets Dreamed Of Angels
Acoustic Guitar – P. Palmer*
Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – D. Sylvian*
Arranged By [String Arrangement] – R. Sakamoto*
Percussion – D. Cummings*
Trumpet – M. Isham*
B2Mother And Child
Acoustic Guitar – D. Torn*
Percussion – D. Cummings*
Piano, Organ – R. Sakamoto*
Vocals – D. Sylvian*
B3Let The Happiness In
Arranged By [Brass Arrangement] – R. Sakamoto*
Arranged By [String Arrangement] – B. Gascoigne*
Percussion – D. Cummings*, S. Jansen*
Synth, Organ – R. Sakamoto*
Synth, Organ, Vocals – D. Sylvian*
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – M. Isham*
B4Waterfront
Piano, Arranged By [String Arrangement] – R. Sakamoto*
Vocals – D. Sylvian*

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