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A Victim of Stars (1982 - 2012)

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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.

Track Listings

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)
  11. Orpheus (2003 - Remaster)
  12. Waterfront (2003 - Remaster)
  13. Pop Song
  14. Blackwater (2003 - Remaster)
  15. Every Colour You Are
  16. Heartbeat (Tainai Kaiki II) Returning to the Womb (Remix)

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
  11. Snow White in Appalachia
  12. Small Metal Gods
  13. I Should Not Dare
  14. Manafon
  15. Where's Your Gravity?


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B006TX276C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,778 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By William Merrill VINE VOICE on March 6, 2012
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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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What we have hear is an artist who like a butterfly has changed from pop music to what has to be one of the best vocal ambient artist in the fashion of Leonard Cohen who is clearly in his prime.You can't compare him to Pieter Nooten because their styles are totally different and thank God for that because who wants to sound like someone else.This man is totally in his element ,it's no wonder people all over the world love his music.I can't wait to see what he does next.
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A good collection of Sylvian's solo work. The second CD is strictly for his serious fans as it is an acquired taste.
I wouldn't recommend this for people expecting old Japan stuff but a good collection none the less.
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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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David Sylvian-A victim of Stars 1982-2012 weds highlights from an era in the life of a pioneer. Sylvian originally fronted Japan and the 80’s albums Quiet Life, Gentleman take Polaroids and Tin Drum offer fine futuristic fare.
A solo Sylvian seeks creative diversity and improvisers aplenty have helped that cause. Brilliant Trees, Secrets of the Beehive, The First Day (with Robert Fripp) and a Japan reunion for the Rain Tree Crow named project are exceptional records. Ambient landscapes, epic ballads and a musical autonomy feature on A Victim of Stars-and melancholy, melody and majesty triumph across 31 stellar songs.
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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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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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