exclusive to this 2 disc compilation is a brand new recording 'sad but beautiful (a lullaby)' by david sylvian. a slowing, melancholy lullaby with a gorgeous, ethereal string arrangement, sylvian's first solo album in over a decade has been recorded during a recent residency at the so-called dans le dernier cri. mixed by frederik terheggen,'sad but beautiful' was recorded on saturday, january 13, 2013, at dans le dernier cri.'sad but beautiful' includes contributions by collaborator robert fripp, saxophonist ravi shankar, and pianist erik honor. on the other side of the spectrum, the previous recordings on this compilation are an example of the musical spectrum that sylvian can be heard exploring. across the years, sylvian has collaborated with a host of progressive musicians and composers, and has produced some of the most innovative and inspiring music of his career. 'a victim of stars' includes collaborations with the band nine horses, erik honor, david richards, gaijin mitose, bill nelson, mark isham, john taylor, robert fripp, and robert cossey, among others. the full track listing is available online and in-store at samadhisound.
limited edition digipack version. 'david sylvian - 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 2 disc compilation. on his solo records of the '80s, sylvian's explorations in music took him from the pop-funk, stylish jazz and windswept exotica of 1984's 'brilliant trees'; the ambient landscapes and epic ballads of 1985's 'gone to earth'; and the romantic orchestrations of 1987's'secrets of the beehive'. 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. regular collaborations with composer and yellow magic orchestra star ryuichi sakamoto yielded sylvian's first international hit, 'forbidden colours', along with 'bamboo houses' and 'bamboo music'. in the early '90s, sylvian embarked on a series of acclaimed tours with robert fripp, leading to their 1993 studio release 'the first day'. and 1991 saw the release of 'rain tree crow', a japan reunion under a different name. but sylvian grew less prolific as the decade wore on, taking four years to finish 1999's 'dead bees on a cake'. 'dead bees' included the hit single 'i surrender,' where sylvian crafts an eye-openingly beautiful vessel around his spiritual journey. his determination to confront his vulnerabilities led to arguably his most powerful album to date, 2003's blemish. more recently, he has also released snow borne sorrow and money for all, an lp and ep from the band nine horses. nine horses is a trio that includes his brother and regular collaborator steve jansen and electronica artist burnt friedman, as well as contributions from singer stina nordenstam, trumpeter arve henriksen, and ryuichi sakamoto on piano. 827ec27edc