Words with the Shaman

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"Words with the Shaman"
Single by David Sylvian
from the album Alchemy: An Index of Possibilities
Released December 1985 (1985-12)
Format 12", CD
Recorded 1985, London
Genre Ambient
Length 14:06
Label Virgin
Writer(s) David Sylvian, Jon Hassell, Steve Jansen
Producer(s) David Sylvian, Nigel Walker
David Sylvian singles chronology
"Pulling Punches"
(1984)
"Words with the Shaman"
(1985)
"Taking the Veil"
(1986)
Alchemy: An Index of Possibilities track listing
"Words with the Shaman"
(1)
"Preparations for a Journey"
(2)

Words with the Shaman is a three-part instrumental suite by the English singer-songwriter David Sylvian. It was recorded in London in 1985 and released as an EP the same year on Virgin Records. It peaked at #72 in the UK single charts.[1]

As Sylvian described in a liner note, Words with the Shaman was "conceived as musical footnotes of themes started earlier on the album Brilliant Trees and [...] developed as a collaborative group effort."

Words with the Shaman was subsequently re-released with two additional instrumental tracks on Sylvian's compilation album Alchemy: An Index of Possibilities. In 1989, the suite appeared on the second of four CDs in the Weatherbox set. The 1991 US-reissue of Sylvian's Brilliant Trees album also contained Words with the Shaman.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Pt. 1 Ancient Evening" (Sylvian/Hassell) 5:14
  2. "Pt. 2 Incantation" (Sylvian/Hassell) 3:31
  3. "Pt. 3 Awakening (Songs from the Tree Tops)" (Sylvian/Hassell/Jansen) 5:19

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "David Sylvian - Words With The Shaman". chartarchive.org. Retrieved October 14, 2012.