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Secrets of the Beehive

David SylvianAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 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 (June 29, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000000WG7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. September
2. The Boy With The Gun
3. Maria
4. Orpheus
5. The Devil's Own
6. When Poets Dreamed Of Angels
7. Mother And Child
8. Let The Happiness In
9. Waterfront
10. Forbidden Colours

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Album of All Time May 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Every once in a while, an artist will produce something that is larger than themselves, better than anything he has done or will ever do. That is Secrets of the Beehive. I have a CD collection that goes well past the 700 mark, including everything Sylvian has done, and this one stands alone. I bought this record Halloween of 1987 and I have returned to it faithfully every year since then. It still sounds as fresh and perfect as the day I bought it. It's the quintissential melancholic soundtrack for Fall and Winter; an intensely private and moving record. Songs like Let the Happiness In, Orpheus, and (on the Japanesse re-release) Promise-The Cult of Euridyce, are as beutiful as music can get. The lyrics are both deeply intelligent and heartbreaking, "a grudge held from his childhood days/as if life had loved him less." And did I mention his voice? Sylvian is a crooner; he hasn't a fantastic range. But how he sings, his confiding, rich tenor, and how he turns a phrase, no one, NO ONE CAN TOUCH, Not Sting, Peter Gabriel, or any other of his contemporaries! The influences of Beehive are clear: Nick Drake, Scott Walker, even Samuel Barber. But Beehive is an acheivement that surpasses it's predecessors. It is an album for all time, a masterpiece.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 out of 5 stars July 23, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
This is the best album ever. Period. By any artist. I love almost every genre of music, and I have a 3,500 CD collection. I know backwards and forwards the catalogues of The Beatles, U2, REM, Miles Davis, Blink 182, The Smiths, Brian Wilson, Charlie Parker, Bach, The Ramones, Duke Ellington, Nirvanna, Nat King Cole, Sting, Clifford Brown, Mozart, Devo, Radiohead, Pretenders, The Cure, Elvis Costello okay, you get the idea...you name it...I probably have it memorized. THIS ALBUM IS DIFFERENT. This is a higher level of music and lyrics than that of all the other brilliant artists out there. This is a work of ultimate high art by David Sylvian, and it is simply the best of the best. I beg you to spend the $12 and change your life forever. If you live for punk or metal, well, this would really be an aquired taste kind of thing for you, but I promise EVEN YOU, warrior of the mosh pit, that if you take the time to really LISTEN to this CD with an open mind 5 times, it will become your favorite album ever. Okay...I feel better. One really important point...I would have given it 11 stars out of 5, but the CD version sold here includes a bonus track called "Forbidden Colours" which really throws off the delicate balance of a perfect mood created by the original tracks. PLEASE do yourself a huge favor and program your CD player to only play the original tracks (1-9), and then program those 9 tracks to repeat over and over. In about three hours, you will swear that there is a God (even if you are an atheist.) This is the CD you have waited all your life to hear over and over and over again. You will be a more complete human being for knowing "Secret of the Beehive." (By the way, the extra track "Forbidden Colours" is a great track, but it has no place in the "Secrets of the Beehive" lineup.) BUY IT NOW.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obscure yet hauntingly beautiful September 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a longtime King Crimson fan, having seen that he had collaborated with KC's heart and soul, Robert Fripp, always maintained his name in the front of my mind. But my first real exposure to Sylvian's work was when I accidentally ran into the song "The Devil's Own" from this album. I was instantly blown away. The tune had a melody that was like floating in the air, with an ethereal quality that made it hard to describe or replicate, yet intoxicatingly beautiful. Now, my music collection is closer to complete (or at least so it feels), since I got my copy of this album by the former frontman from the band Japan.
Produced and engineered by longtime collaborator Steve Nye (Frank Zappa, Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry and Clannad, among many others) and with a continued extensive participation by Ryuichi Sakamoto, the album walks a thin line dividing Peter Hamill, Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and the soft side of Fripp: it hardly gets any better than this. Not only are the lyrics great, the music is hauntingly beautiful, and Sylvian gets to display his full range of instrument playing abilities, jumping from the keys to the strings between songs, besides singing in a way that makes you realize that the Duncan Sheik's of the world are just a copycat of this brilliant singer/songwriter. Considered by most as Sylvian's best album hands down, and having been transported by every tune on it, I can do nothing less of highly recommending it!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MASTERWORK FOR THE AGES March 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
David Sylvian is an artist who actually deserves the title artist. The album "Secrets Of The Beehive" showcases the massive depth of Sylvian's talent for all to listen in amazement. His songs are worlds unto themselves, full of imagery and gorgeous textures that weave effortlessly together, one awe-inspiring image after another. Sylvian's music is as dense and atmospheric as a rain-forest overlooking the ocean. His lyrics take root in your soul and only fully reveal their many meanings with repeated listening. He is a poet's poet, a musician's musician. Find a quiet afternoon, put on Secrets Of The Beehive and as evening turns to night, your mind will have been cleansed, and maybe you will even know yourself a little better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Overhyped
Always liked Japan, so I figured i'd give this album a try as it was recommended everywhere. While it's not bad/easy listening, I feel that it was was over-hyped.
Published 7 months ago by Mark S Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Musically and acoustically stunning
Adjectives fail this album. Many others have said that it is the best album they have in a collection of hundreds or thousands. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dr. Amir Attaran
5.0 out of 5 stars the beauty of it all...
Having just discovered the treasure of Mr. Sylvian art, I have the pleasure of owning this masterpiece. Easily one of the MOST emotional and deep albums I have heard. Read more
Published on April 20, 2011 by Jose Gutierrez Espinoza
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!!
David Sylvian's Secrets of the Beehive is an absolute classic! I remember the first time I heard the breathtaking song Orpheus and that mellifluous voice, driving to an important... Read more
Published on April 9, 2011 by Frank Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars So Many Good Reviews; I Concur
This is one real good musician, There is some many directions that are available Orpeusus's nice piano work create the force that carries the song along, but always staying in the... Read more
Published on October 1, 2010 by TDN
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Album ever
I have been a fan of David since the Japan days.I have been lucky enough to see him perform live twice.He is a amazing artist.This collection of songs is perfect. Read more
Published on September 6, 2009 by Shumer
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my desert island top 5
Definitely a cd I would never want to be without.... Its a clear demonstration of blank imagery (yours) meets the oil and rests on the canvas.. Read more
Published on December 29, 2007 by poets and angels
5.0 out of 5 stars Marks of a masterpiece?
The Title.

It is there for good reason. The secrets of the arcaic communities remain hidden. The point of view is that of a missfit, outcast, stigmatized person. Read more
Published on September 18, 2007 by J-Lo-Fi
5.0 out of 5 stars Quietly stunning
This remains a dusky, autumnal beauty some 20 years after its initial release, a perfect melding of lyrics, music, and performance. Read more
Published on June 8, 2007 by William Timothy Lukeman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting Masterpiece - Buy the Re-mastered Version
This work came to my attention by coincidence only a few months after its original release 1987. Prior to that, I had enjoyed some of Sylvian's work with Japan. Read more
Published on June 8, 2007 by gnagfloW
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