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Brilliant Trees Limited Edition, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 21, 2003)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Original Release Date: 1984
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B0000AQOQU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,339 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I listened to this album almost continuously when it first came out (and for several years after that). This weekend when I dug it out again after a long hiatus, I wasn't sure what to expect. It's an album I associate with my (more) angsty youth when I'd lie on my bed for hours and let the music and the sound of David Sylvian's voice sink into my pores. Would I now find it cringe-worthy? Hurriedly delegate it to a teen nostalgia box? Well, I can tell you that I was blown away. If anything I appreciate its magic even more some 20 years later. This was David Sylvian's first solo work after Japan's break-up, and he allowed himself to be much more revealing. The lyrics are deeply personal and spiritual. The musical style I'd describe as jazzy-ethereal-poppy. I also found it more positive and uplifting than I remembered (it obviously bends to many moods). I'm now on a Japan kick (I know that DS has been dismissive of Japan but I think they were wonderful, especially in the last couple of years). Anyway, Brilliant Trees: a modern, quite brilliant album. I'll be listening to this for a long time to come.
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There are few records that keep me interested year after year. It's always quite difficult to find out which it will be or how they manage to. I guess it is all about leaving mysteries. Something you don't quite understand, and still don't after 100s of listenings. "Brilliant trees" is one of these fantastic albums and I've felt this since I first heard it in 1986. I always seem to come back to it, no matter where I'm taken. It's a safe home of extreme beauty and musicmanship. A timeless masterpiece that does not show which decade it was made in.

If I should point my finger at something it would have to be the inclusion of "Pulling punches", a great funky track. Not that it isn't good, it just somehow doesn't fit the sensible nature of the rest. But it's easily forgotten and forgiven in the light of the titletrack, my favourite track of all time, I guess. There's always a nostalgic tear on its way when listening to it. Thank you, David. Hope you can top this one day.
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After Japan had finally recorded an album that realized their talents (1982's "Tin Drum", far and away their best work), they did what so often happens to bands on top of the world (in a fashion). They broke up. Bassist Mick Karn released a quirky, Middle Eastern solo record and began recording with former Bauhaus vocalist Peter Murphy. Shortly thereafter, vocalist and principle songwriter David Sylvian returned with his debut, 1984's "Brilliant Trees".

Often revered by people who were listening back then (I was six, so I was not), "Brilliant Trees" is a brave and exciting album. Like his work with his previous band, Sylvian is prepared to turn his back on his previous accomplishments-- gone are the pseudo-Eastern trappings of "Tin Drum", replaced with a jazz sensibility. Gone is the slithering bass and wailing sax of Mick Karn, instead an atmospheric swirl, or a funky backdrop (depending on the song), carefully constructed by Sylvian and collaborator Holger Czukay, and brass leads (provided ably by Czukay, Kenny Wheeler, Jon Hassell or Mark Isham) dominate the record. And yet, it feels like the followup to "Tin Drum" in it's own way-- certainly Sylvian's voice, while it has gained a depth to it, maintains its distinctive smokey baritone that he was developing, and the presence of Japan drummer Steve Jansen, whose subtle and tasteful playing so delicately worked on "Tin Drum", works here as well. And with appearances by Japan keyboardist Richard Barbieri, frequent collaborator Ryuichi Sakamoto, and producer Steve Nye, there's a sense of continuity.
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As good as anything he did in Japan...but different. It's not jazz. And it's not new wave. And it's not pop. But it has all of them in there...along with brilliant sound design, imaginative use of instrumentation, and ambience for days. Steve Jansen's drumming is as wonderful as ever, Barbieri's synth work is cutting-edge and the guest parts by some of the world's great session players are used with restraint and tasteful elegance. Thirty years after its release, I still play it regularly. And every time I play it, I'm inspired to be a better musician and songwriter.
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David Sylvian is incredibly prolific! There are so many things to listen to, but this release was my first taste of his work & I never tire of it! Such an amazing musician- his voice is velvet & his collaborations with others are worth an exploration.listen for yourself
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This album gets great reviews and I am amazed at Sylvian's other work - before with Japan and after with the next two solo albums. But this cd never did it for me. Not sure why. Not bad, but I like Secrets and Gone to Earth MUCH BETTER!
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The first time I heard tracks from this album, I was in a small hole-in-the-wall record store in London, Ontario. I heard two tracks whilst browsing, and I knew that I had to buy it because it was so.....different than anything I had every heard.
David's voice and songs aren't for everyone. But that's okay, because you, Gentle Buyer, aren't Just Anyone.
You are a listener who has patience to play the whole album at once. You are a listener who doesn't mind flowing instumentals. You like a deep voice of a man who is sensitive and curious.
I love this album because it is relaxing to listen to. I think that it is one of David Sylvian's best of his whole career. "Red Guitar" was a hit in Britain....it's the most "pop"ish song on the whole album. "Nostalgia" is devine. "Wailing Wall" is very soothing. Dim the lights and put the volume up....you will be converted.
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