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A Victim of Stars (1982 - 2012)

David SylvianAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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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 (April 3, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B006TX276C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ghosts (Remix)
2. Bamboo Houses (Remix)
3. Bamboo Music
4. Forbidden Colours
5. Red Guitar (2003 - Remaster)
6. The Ink in the Well (2003 - Remaster)
7. Pulling Punches (2003 - Remaster)
8. Taking the Veil (2003 - Remaster)
9. Silver Moon (2003 - Remaster)
10. Let the Happiness In (2003 - Remaster)
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Jean the Birdman
2. Alphabet Angel
3. I Surrender
4. Darkest Dreaming
5. A Fire in the Forest
6. The Only Daughter (Original)
7. Late Night Shopping
8. Wonderful World
9. The Banality of Evil
10. Darkest Birds
See all 15 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

2012 two CD compilation from the enigmatic singer, songwriter, musician and former leader of the British band Japan. A Victim Of Stars (1982 - 2012) brings together material from the last 30 years of David's solo career, encompassing material released with Virgin Records, along with his more recent work released on his own label samadhisound, as well as a brand new recording exclusive to this compilation. On his solo records of the '80s, Sylvian's explorations in music incorporated Pop-Funk, stylish Jazz, windswept Exotica, Ambient and so much more. His collaborators included leaders of progressive music, from jazzmen such as Mark Isham, John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler to the rock and fusion guitarists Robert Fripp, Bill Nelson, and David Torn. With the release of A Victim of Stars, Sylvian continues to confront the challenges, both personal and global, that have enriched his work for three decades. And he continues to follow this path - with patience, perseverance, and beauty.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A new career-spanning comp for David Sylvian March 6, 2012
Format:Audio CD
David Sylvian has long been one of my favorite vocalists, with a certain hushed elegance in his singing. He's also been one of the best and most innovative songwriters over the years. His new 2-disc compilation, called A Victim of Stars, does a very good job of covering his work since the band Japan. (The Japan song "Ghosts" is presented in a later reworking.) So many of these songs are what I consider "essential," including Sylvian's transformation of Ryuichi Sakamoto's "Theme for Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence" (now called "Forbidden Colours"); "Jean the Birdman" from The First Day, a Fripp/Sylvian album; and the beautiful, jazzy, transcendent "Orpheus." And those are just a few of the many pleasures contained within this set.

In the past, I've sometimes used these customer reviews to rail against the greed of record companies (and sometimes artists too) for endlessly repackaging the same material to make an extra buck. That doesn't really apply here, however, even though there have been other previous Sylvian comps, including 2010's Sleepwalkers and 2000's Everything and Nothing. I have both of those, but (a) the 2010 CD focused more narrowly on DS's collaborations, and (b) there are fewer than a dozen songs on Victim (of 29 total) that were also on E&N, and in any case that album has dropped from the catalog now. My only complaints with Victim are that it could have used more detailed credits, and that the final third of the 2nd disc is drawn from Sylvian's more experimental recent work. I understand the reason for that -- otherwise Victim wouldn't be "career-spanning." Yet the newer material, including "Where's Your Gravity?," the album's one previously unreleased track, gives the collection a feeling of drifting away into emptiness at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where's Your Gravity? April 21, 2012
Format:Audio CD
A beautiful compilation highlighting 30 years of work of perhaps one of the most underrated artists of our time. Mesmerizing, flawless beauty... an escape from mundane day-to-day existence. Sylvian's ability to paint a palette of escapism and atmosphere in his music is unparalleled with any artist I have heard in my lifetime. The first half of the compilation is a bit redundant following 2000's "Everything a Nothing", and the 2nd half kind of loses steam with his shift to a more minimalist style, but it is still a great introduction to those unfamiliar with his work. The final unreleased track, "Where's Your Gravity," however, shows Sylvian back in fine form and a in a new fresh musical direction. David if you ever read these reviews..thank you for all that you have done over the years, it really means a lot to me personally and I am sure many other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great May 30, 2014
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I love all of david sylvian's music this is a great collection of some of his best songs going back to japan days
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5.0 out of 5 stars A victim of 5 stars November 10, 2013
By David
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I know what to expect with David Sylvian and he always delivers up to and over the expectation. He collaborates with the best to return exceptional sound and moods.
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