Secrets of the Beehive

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Secrets of the Beehive
David Sylvian-Secrets of the Beehive (album cover).jpg
Studio album by
Released7 November 1987
Recorded1987, London and Bath, England; Chateau Miraval, Le Val, France; Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, The Netherlands
GenreArt pop
Length34:30 original LP
40:31 CD reissue
43:59 Japanese CD
LabelVirgin
ProducerSteve Nye
David Sylvian chronology
Gone to Earth
(1986)
Secrets of the Beehive
(1987)
Plight & Premonition
(1988)
Singles from Secrets of the Beehive
  1. "Let the Happiness In"
    Released: September 1987
  2. "Orpheus"
    Released: May 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Secrets of the Beehive is the fourth solo album by British singer-songwriter David Sylvian and was released in 1987. Produced by Steve Nye and David Sylvian, the album features Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Torn, Mark Isham and Steve Jansen among others. The album peaked at no.37 in the UK album chart.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by David Sylvian, except as noted.

No.TitleLength
1."September"1:17
2."The Boy With the Gun"5:19
3."Maria"2:49
4."Orpheus"4:51
5."The Devil's Own"3:12
6."When Poets Dreamed of Angels"4:51
7."Mother and Child"3:15
8."Let the Happiness In"5:37
9."Waterfront"3:23
Total length:34:34
CD bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
10."Forbidden Colours (Version)" (Sylvian/Ryuichi Sakamoto; appeared on some original pressings only)6:01
11."Promise (The Cult of Eurydice)" (Japanese and 2003 remaster bonus track)3:28

Personnel[edit]

  • David Sylvian – vocals, piano (1), acoustic guitar (2, 4, 6), organ (2, 8), synths (2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10), tapes (3, 5), treated piano (5)
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto – string arrangement (1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10), organ (2, 3, 5, 7, 8), synths (2, 4, 8), piano (4, 5, 7, 9, 10), treated piano (3), woodwind arrangement (5), brass arrangement (8)
  • Steve Jansen – drums (4, 8, 10)
  • David Torn – electric guitar (2, 7), guitar loop (3)
  • Danny Thompson – double bass (2, 4, 7)
  • Danny Cummings – percussion (2, 6, 7, 8)
  • Phil Palmer – slide guitar (4), acoustic guitars (6)
  • Mark Ishamflugelhorn (4,8), trumpet (6, 8)
  • Brian Gascoigne – orchestral arrangement (4), string arrangement (8)
  • Ann O'Dell – string arrangement (10)

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Steve Nye – producer, mixing, engineer
  • David Sylvian – assistant producer, assistant mixing
  • Peter Williams – co-engineer (10)
  • Richard Moakes – second engineer
  • Steve Parker – second engineer
  • John Timperley – second engineer
  • Jean-Jacques Lemoine – assistant engineer
  • Roland Prent – assistant engineer
  • Steve Williams – assistant engineer
  • Richard Chadwick – recording co-ordinating
  • Catherine Wilson – assistant in recording
  • Vaughan Oliver (23 Envelope) – design, typography
  • Nigel Grierson (23 Envelope) – still life photography
  • Yuka Fujii – portrait photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Secrets of the Beehive – David Sylvian". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  2. ^ David Sylvian the official charts