Brian Eno / David Byrne – My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts – Our Shootout Winner from 2007

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This QUIET Original Sire LP has EXCELLENT SOUND! We just did a mini-shootout for this fun album, and this copy was the clear winner on both sides. It’s got the kind of deep, meaty, well-defined bass that’s absolutely critical to this music. The various instruments and noises have more room to breathe than on the other copies we played. The overall sound is airy, open, and spacious with excellent clarity. The percussion — a HUGE part of this album — sounds Right On The Money. You can really hear the sound of the skins!

Other copies we played suffered from smearing, lack of extension up top, and midrange congestion. This copy was the antidote — clean, clear, open, spacious, and tonally balanced with lots of DEPTH to the soundfield. I don’t think you could make this music sound much better than this no matter what you did to it.

Here’s another album that’s not your typical audiophile LP but still has lots to offer both musically and sonically. If you’re a fan of Eno’s weirdness and funky Talking Heads rhythms, you should find a lot to like here. If you’re not familiar with this album, be sure to read the AMG review below to get a better idea of what’s going on here. 

Overall Sonic Grade:

Side One – A++
Side Two – A+ to A++ 

Vinyl Grade:

Close to Near Mint

Cover Grade: 8 out of 10

TRACK LISTING

Side One

America is Waiting
Mea Culpa
Regiment
Help Me Somebody
The Jezebel Spirit

Side Two

Qu’ran
Moonlight in Glory
The Carrier
A Secret Life
Come with Us
Mountain of Needles

AMG 4 1/2 Star Rave Review!

A pioneering work for countless styles connected to electronics, ambience, and third world music, my life in the bush of ghosts expands on the fourth-world concepts of hassell/eno work with a whirlwind 45 minutes of worldbeat/funk-rock (with the combined talents of several percussionists and bassists, including bill laswell, tim wright, david van tieghem, and talking heads’ chris frantz) that’s also heavy on the samples — from radio talk-show hosts, lebanese mountain singers, preachers, exorcism ceremonies, muslim chanting, and egyptian pop, among others.

It’s also light years away from the respectful, preservationist angles of previous generations’ field recorders and folk song gatherers. The songs on my life in the bush of ghosts present myriad elements from around the world in the same jumbled stew, without regard for race, creed, or color. As such, it’s a tremendously prescient record for the future development of music during the 1980s and ’90s.