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"
"Words with the Shaman"
"Taking the Veil"
Alchemy: An Index of Possibilities track listing
"Words with the Shaman"
"Preparations for a Journey"

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



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