The First Day (David Sylvian and Robert Fripp album)

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The First Day
Fripp & Sylvian - The First Day.jpg
Studio album by David Sylvian and Robert Fripp
Released 5 July 1993
Recorded December 1992–March 1993
Genre Alternative rock, progressive rock, experimental rock, electronic rock
Length 63:15
Label Virgin
Producer David Sylvian, David Bottrill
David Sylvian chronology
Ember Glance: The Permanence of Memory
(1991)Ember Glance: The Permanence of Memory1991
The First Day
Darshan (The Road To Graceland)
(1993)Darshan (The Road To Graceland)1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The First Day is the first of three collaborations between David Sylvian and Robert Fripp. It was released in July 1993 and was something of a departure from David Sylvian’s usual work. It is a combination of Sylvian’s deep, thoughtful lyricism and vocals with Fripp's atmospheric and idiosyncratic guitar work, along with overt elements of electronica (particularly downtempo), avant-garde, hard rock, and progressive rock.

It was released in two versions. A regular jewel case CD (CDV 2712) and as a limited box-set with eight photo prints (CDVX 2712).


"Bringing Down the Light" appeared in the Chris Morris TV series Jam.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by David Sylvian (music & lyrics), Robert Fripp (music), and Trey Gunn (music), except where noted.

  1. "God's Monkey" (David Bottrill, Fripp, Gunn, Sylvian) - 4:58
  2. "Jean the Birdman" - 4:09
  3. "Firepower" - 10:25
  4. "Brightness Falls" - 6:05
  5. "20th Century Dreaming (A Shaman's Song)" - 11:50
  6. "Darshan (The Road to Graceland)" (Bottrill, Fripp, Gunn, Sylvian) - 17:17
  7. "Bringing Down the Light" (Fripp) - 8:31

There were 2 Single CDs with Outtakes from those sessions:

Single CD "Jean The Birdman" Virgin Records 1993 / VSCDT 1462 / 7243 8928208221 / PM 515

  1. "Jean The Birdman"
  2. "Gone To Earth" (new version recorded during the First-Day-Sessions)
  3. "Tallow Moon"
  4. "Dark Water"

Single CD "Jean The Birdman" Virgin Records 1993 / VSCDG 1462 / 7243 8928206128 / PM 515

  1. "Jean The Birdman"
  2. "Eartbound (Earthblind)"
  3. "Endgame"

Additionally, there was a Single CD with remixes:

Single CD "Darshan" Virgin Records 1993 / 7243839380 (25) / PM 520

  1. "Darshan (The Road to Graceland)" (translucent remix by The Grid)
  2. "Darshana" (Re-constructed by The Future Sound of London at Earthbeat Studios)
  3. "Darshan (The Road to Graceland)"

Personnel and production[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Richard Chadwick - recording co-ordination
  • Natasha White - recording co-ordination assistant
  • Dan McLoughlin, John Yates, Mark Glass, Trina Shoemaker - assistant engineers
  • Catherine McRae - design co-ordination
  • Kevin Westenberg - photography
  • Dave Coppenhall, Vaughan Oliver - design
  • John Sinks - technical and strategic Liaison


  1. ^ Prato, G. "The First Day - David Sylvian | AllMusic". Retrieved 26 July 2011.