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A career spanning release including "Heartbeat," "I Surrender," "Cover Me with Flowers" and more - plus the new song "The Scent of Magnolia."

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A serial collaborator, Everything & Nothing draws material from the range of David Sylvian recordings, from 1991's Rain Tree Crow (with Japan members Richard Barbieri and Steve Jansen) to Ryuichi Sakamoto's 1986 album, Heartbeat, to his own '87 touchstone, Secrets of the Beehive. In a wonderful coup for devotees, this collection of singles, live recordings, and oddities also features the complete version of the lost Japan tune "Some Kind of Fool," intended for Gentlemen Take Poloraids. However, as so much of what Sylvian achieved with Japan was built on artifice, it's refreshing to hear him in a stripped-down setting. The opening "The Scent of Magnolia"--part electronica, part rock--glides with a subtlety that puts many practitioners in both fields to shame, while "Albuquerque" sustains a gorgeous balance between conceptual boldness and engaging melodiousness. Everything & Nothing is a good way to sample and celebrate a shape-shifter such as Sylvian as he ducks in and out of focus, between rugged ballads (the infamous "Ghosts"), avant-garde jazz ("God's Monkey"), and glossy pop. --Maxine Kabuubi

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Scent Of Magnolia
  2. Heartbeat (Tainai Kaiki II)
  3. Blackwater
  4. Albuquerque (Dobro #6)
  5. Ride
  6. The Golden Way
  7. Ghosts
  8. Pop Song
  9. Every Colour You Are
  10. Wanderlust
  11. God's Monkey
  12. Let The Happiness In
  13. I Surrender
  14. Thoroughly Lost To Logic

Disc: 2

  1. Jean The Birdman
  2. Cover Me With Flowers
  3. The Boy With The Gun
  4. Riverman
  5. Aparna And Nimisha (Dobro #5)
  6. Midnight Sun
  7. Orpheus
  8. Some Kind Of Fool
  9. Cries And Whispers
  10. Godman
  11. Laughter And Forgetting
  12. Buoy
  13. Weathered Wall
  14. Bamboo Houses
  15. Come Morning


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 7, 2000)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B00004WC6J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Geoffrey P. Smith on November 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As usual, David Sylvian does it his way and his retrospective collection is aptly titled. For such a consistently fine artist, the question becomes what to leave out, and Sylvian walks the tightrope over his available favorites,( a number of which are among my favorites), and previously unavailable tracks. I really can't quibble too much with this generous offering, although I do agree with others who would love to have "Damage" and "The First Day"...both these gorgeous songs are only available to my knowledge on hard-to-find live recordings, and their exclusion on the retrospective album is a disappointment to this listener. Since this collection is Sylvian the singer/songwriter, instrumental and ambient works are absent...fair enough, as most of that material is readily available and may be the focus of another retrospective(!) This highly personal and by no means exhaustive set will keep fans happy for the most part, and is essential for those wishing to explore David Sylvian's unique talent. I highly recommend the import version, with 4 bonus tracks on a third disc...as well as the splendid song 'Brilliant Trees', it includes two versions of 'Scent of Magnolia' and 'The Blinding Light of Heaven' from the collaboration with Robert Fripp.
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I have always thought of David Sylvian's music to have an autumn feel to it...earthy, haunting, changing, shifting like a breeze. Everything and Nothing provides a beautiful cross-section of the career of a man who has delved in electronica, jazz, new age, pop and world music.
If you buy this at all buy it for the song "Ride", an umbelievable omission from SECRETS OF THE BEEHIVE.
Elsewhere is an omission from DEAD BEES ON A CAKE called "The Scent of Magnolia" with it's elegant electronic arrangment.
"Thoroughly Lost in Logic" is a vocal piece with what sounds like a prepared piano ala John Cage. Being a fan of avant-guarde composers like Cage, Crumb and Usserchevsky, I honestly have to admit I really like this piece! Granted, it's art for art's sake...but who cares?
Other fruits from his orange period include early rare Japan material, dobro melodies, and what sounds like to me is a reworked background to "Heartbeat"
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This is not a Greatest Hits package - no Forbidden Colours, numerous missing singles. Bereft of some of Sylvian's most sublime compositions, it is not a Greatest Songs collection either. Nor is it a Rarities collection - roughly half is comprised of readily available album material. While it is convenient to have hard to find material (such the caustic one-off single Pop Song) in one place, they do not necessarily reflect his best or most interesting work. And his tinkling with old recording masters - remixing and often resinging older tracks - yields mixed results. The charming (and oh-so 80s) Bamboo Music benefits from a warmer mix, but the one bonafide classic in the bunch, Ghosts, gets an incongruously languid, torchy performance on top of the unchanged and ornamentally rigid framework of the music. It's easy to see why the rambling Cover Me With Flowers did not make it onto last year's Dead Bees on a Cake, but less obvious why it was favored here over, say, Darkest Dreaming from the same album or The Ink in the Well from the all-but ignored debut album, Brilliant Trees. And why sacrifice his near-transcendental ballads with Robert Fripp (Damage, and The First Day) for the profoundly melody-challenged Jean the Birdman and God's Monkey?
However, there are three very good reasons to get your hands on this set, and they are all unavailable elsewhere. The first is the opening cut The Scent of Magnolia that shows Sylvian at the peak of his powers. With one ear to sampling culture - a sharp series of beats, masterly filtering - and another on Messian, it is a lush and heady amalgamation of his musical talents, and one of his most assured deep-amber vocal performances. The second is Ride, a track intended for the 1988 masterpiece, Secrets of the Beehive.
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You either love or hate DS's music; you either get it or you don't. For those of you that do get it, this is a very good compilation that is very representative of his life's work to date and includes his time at Japan e.g. "Ghosts" as well as his collaborative work with e.g. Ruichi Sakamoto "Bamboo Houses".

These two tracks also happen to be my favourites but the other tracks are also very good and the track order makes for very smooth listening, so much so that for a newcomer, the album sounds very cohesive and is a good listen. DS has a very unique style and this is a very good album to get to get to know the man and his music. Recommended.
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"Everything & Nothing" is Sylvian's "best of" collection of the last 20 years' work. It goes as far back as a couple of forward-looking tracks recorded with Japan (with newly-recorded vocals), including "Ghosts"; and encompasses out-takes from "Dead Bees on a Cake," his most recent album. It's a significant body of work by one of the most subtle, exploratory, and frankly spiritual singer-songwriters of our era. Many of the songs -- such as "Orpheus" and "Scent of Magnolia" -- engage issues of integration in the deep psyche in ways that Jungian thinkers like James Hillman and Marie-Louise Von Franz would have admired; several of the lyrics seem addressed to what Jungians call the "anima mundi," the Soul of the World -- often embodied in a beautiful woman (or in a fiery spiritual male figure, such as the "Riverman" in another tune.) Like Eno, Sylvian is a curator of sounds rich and strange, provided for the sessions by his old bandmates in Japan, as well as such illustrious guests as Jon Hassell, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, David Torn, and others. One of the best tracks on this collection, "Cover Me with Flowers," teams Sylvian up with Steve Tibbetts, an ECM recording artist who should be more widely known.
I'm not sure this album functions all that well as a "best of," in the sense of "If you own only ONE David Sylvian album, buy this.
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