|Studio album by|
|Released||25 June 1984|
|Recorded||1983–1984, London, Berlin|
|Genre||Art rock, avant-pop|
|Producer||David Sylvian, Steve Nye|
|David Sylvian chronology|
|Singles from Brilliant Trees|
2003 remastered edition
Brilliant Trees is the first solo album by the British singer-songwriter David Sylvian, released in 1984. The album peaked at number 4 on the UK Albums Chart and has been certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry for sales in excess of 100,000 copies.
Produced by Sylvian with Steve Nye, it was his first full-length release after the break-up of his band Japan in December 1982 (though former Japan members Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri both appear on the album). AllMusic called the album "an eclectic affair fusing funk, jazz, and ambient." Additional musicians on the album included Danny Thompson on acoustic bass, Jon Hassell on trumpet, and Ryuichi Sakamoto on keyboards. Sylvian and Sakamoto had previously collaborated on the singles "Bamboo Houses" and "Forbidden Colours", and continued to collaborate at various points in their careers.
The album peaked at no.4 in the UK, the highest chart position of Sylvian's career to date, and contains his biggest solo hit, "Red Guitar", which reached no.17 on the UK Singles Chart. In 1994, ten years after its release, the album was certified Gold by the BPI for sales in excess of 100,000 copies.
In 1991, the album was reissued in the US as Brilliant Trees / Words with the Shaman, which included the three part single "Words with the Shaman" as bonus tracks; these songs were also included on the cassette-only album Alchemy: An Index of Possibilities. In 2003, a remastered version of Brilliant Trees was released. The album cover was altered with a cropped photo of Sylvian for this release.
All tracks are written by David Sylvian, except as noted.
|2.||"The Ink in the Well"||4:30|
|5.||"Weathered Wall" (Sylvian, Jon Hassell)||5:44|
|7.||"Brilliant Trees" (Sylvian, Hassell)||8:39|
- David Sylvian – lead vocals, guitar, piano (treated), tapes, synthesizer, percussion instruments
- Steve Jansen – drums, synthesizer, percussion
- Holger Czukay – French horn, voice, guitar, dictaphone.
- Wayne Braithwaite – bass guitar tracks A1, A4
- Ronny Drayton – guitar tracks A1, A4
- Richard Barbieri – synthesizer track A1, B1
- Danny Thompson – double bass track A2
- Kenny Wheeler – flugelhorn tracks A2, A3
- Phil Palmer – guitar tracks A2, A3
- Steve Nye – synthesizer tracks A3, A4
- Ryuichi Sakamoto – synthesizer, piano track A4, B1, B3
- Mark Isham – trumpet track A1, A4
- Jon Hassell – trumpet B1, B3
- Yuka Fujii – photography
- David Sylvian – producer for Klangfarben Productions, mixing assistant
- Steve Nye – record producer for Klangfarben Productions, sound engineer, audio mixing A1, A3 to B1, B3
- P. Williams – sound engineer, mixing assistant mixer
- Nigel Walker – mixing tracks A1, B2
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- David Sylvian (Official Charts Company)
- British Phonographic Industry online database Archived 2013-01-24 at the Wayback Machine