Music for "The Knee Plays"

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Music for "The Knee Plays"
Soundtrack album by David Byrne
Released May 1985 (See release history)
Recorded 1984 at One on One Studio and Studio Sound Recorders, North Hollywood
Length 56:53
Label ECM (Original US release)
EMI/Regal Zonophone (Original international release)
Nonesuch (2007 reissue)
Producer David Byrne
David Byrne chronology
The Catherine Wheel
(1981)
Music for "The Knee Plays"
(1985)
Sounds from True Stories
(1986)

Music for "The Knee Plays" (1985) is an album by David Byrne composed for Robert Wilson's opera the CIVIL warS. The album was originally released on vinyl and a remastered and expanded CD version was released in November 2007 under the title The Knee Plays.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tree (Today Is An Important Occasion)" (David Byrne) - 4:02
  2. "In the Upper Room" (David Blumberg, Byrne) - 3:35
  3. "The Sound of Business" (Byrne) - 6:15
  4. "Social Studies" (Byrne) - 4:52
  5. "(The Gift of Sound) Where the Sun Never Goes Down" (Blumberg, Byrne) - 2:34
  6. "Theadora Is Dozing"[1] (Blumberg, Byrne) - 2:59
  7. "Admiral Perry" (Byrne) - 5:32
  8. "I Bid You Goodnight" (Blumberg, Byrne) - 2:51
  9. "I've Tried" (Blumberg, Byrne) - 3:24
  10. "Winter" (Byrne) - 6:11
  11. "Jungle Book" (Byrne) - 3:38
  12. "In the Future" (Byrne) - 6:35

Re-release[edit]

The Knee Plays
Soundtrack album by David Byrne
Released 6 November 2007
Recorded 1983 at JAK Recording Studio, Tokyo; 1984 at One on One Studio and Studio Sound Recorders, North Hollywood
Length 79:42
Label Nonesuch Records
Producer David Byrne
David Byrne chronology
Live from Austin, Texas
(2004)
The Knee Plays
(2007)
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
(2008)

The Knee Plays is the title of David Byrne's remastered and expanded edition of his Music for "The Knee Plays". It is the first time the album is released on CD, and it includes eight previously unreleased bonus tracks and a DVD of the music set to a slideshow of 400 black and white photographs.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars 2007
The Guardian 4/5 stars 2007
Pitchfork Media 7.5/10 stars 2007

New track listing[edit]

All compositions by David Byrne, except where indicated.

  1. "Tree (Today Is An Important Occasion)" - 4:07
  2. "In the Upper Room" (Traditional, arranged by the Baptist Methodist Choir Church of God, Byrne, David Blumberg) - 3:40
  3. "The Sound of Business" - 6:20
  4. "Social Studies" - 4:59
  5. "(The Gift of Sound) Where the Sun Never Goes Down" (Trad., arr. Clara Hudman "The Georgia Peach", Byrne, Blumberg) - 2:37
  6. "Theadora Is Dozing" (Trad,[1] arr. Ensemble of the Bulgarian Republic, Byrne, Blumberg) - 3:04
  7. "Admiral Perry" - 5:32
  8. "I Bid You Goodnight" (Trad., arr the Pindar Family, Byrne, Blumberg) - 2:55
  9. "Things to Do (I've Tried)" (Trad., arr Swan's Silvertone Singers, Byrne, Blumberg) - 3:27
  10. "Winter" - 6:26
  11. "Jungle Book" - 3:43
  12. "In the Future" - 6:35
  13. "Tree (Reprise)" - 2:36
  14. "(I've Tried) Things to Do" - 3:28
  15. "Tic Toc 2 (In the Future)" - 5:36
  16. "Whisper" - 3:17
  17. "Misterias" - 2:42
  18. "Faust Dance" - 2:18
  19. "Ghost" - 3:24
  20. "Super Natural" - 2:56

DVD track listing[edit]

  1. "Tree (Today Is An Important Occasion)" (David Byrne) - 4:07
  2. "In the Upper Room" (David Blumberg, Byrne) - 3:40
  3. "The Sound of Business" (Byrne) - 6:20
  4. "Social Studies" (Byrne) - 4:59
  5. "(The Gift of Sound) Where the Sun Never Goes Down" (Blumberg, Byrne) - 2:37
  6. "Theadora Is Dozing"[1] (Blumberg, Byrne) - 3:04
  7. "Admiral Perry" (Byrne) - 5:32
  8. "I Bid You Goodnight" (Blumberg, Byrne) - 2:55
  9. "Things to Do (I've Tried)" (Blumberg, Byrne) - 3:27
  10. "Winter" (Byrne) - 6:26
  11. "Jungle Book" (Byrne) - 3:43
  12. "In the Future" (Byrne) - 6:35
  13. "Tree (Reprise)" - 2:36

Personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Worldwide 1985 Regal Zonophone LP 2403811
ECM 25022
2007 Nonesuch CD 303228

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bulgarian title with the same theme: полегнала е тодора (Polegnala e Todora)