BRIAN ENO AND DAVID BYRNE - EARLY GHOSTS MIX

June 11, 2012 – 7:37 pm

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BRIAN ENO AND DAVID BYRNE
My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts - Early Mix [no label, 1CD]

Rough mixes? Excellent soundboard.

At the end of May 2012, music collector Hans Devente, aka Madtaper, shared this tape on his blog.

Hans noted:

It is a pre-release version of David Byrne’s first solo album, which was given [to] me by David, when I stayed at his place in Alphabet City, in 1981. I distinctly remember that there were two Ukrainian funeral homes in the street…

Anyway, the final release differed a lot from this tape, because he used quotes from the Quran in this version, which he had to replace later…

I recorded it today to wave, using a ION tape 2 go cassette player, and using Audacity in ripping it to my desktop.

CurtisEFlush got copy of the tracks and shared them on Demonoid.

CurtisEFlush noted: “Hans graciously gave me permission to share my… version with the world… I took his original .WAV and edited it with Audacity, removing a bit of hiss and split the tracks.”

Thanks to Hans Devente and CurtisEFlush for sharing the tracks.

While the songs are more or less there, on a cursory listen, this tape sounds like it was made to get a feel of how the tracks flow and hang together. The songs and sequence in the final release are markedly different and they also packed more punch.

The Ghosts demos/outtakes are here.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.

Mea Culpa (6.5MB)
Lot/Into the Spirit World (9.1MB)
Regiment (6.3MB)
Iron Bed (2.9MB)
America Is Waiting (5.3MB)
Breathing Once A Minute (6.6MB)
Shaking With My Voice (5.0MB)
Cunning Tendency (4.0MB)
Late But Serious (5.2MB)
In The Castle Of My Skin (3.8MB)
Spirit Of Prey (4.0MB)
Mountain Of Needles (3.8MB)

Click here to order the 2006 reissue of My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (remastered, enhanced).

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  1. 15 Responses to “BRIAN ENO AND DAVID BYRNE - EARLY GHOSTS MIX”

  2. Nice stuff. THANK you.

    By Timmy on Jun 11, 2012

  3. Easily one of the most influential records ever. Thanx for trax.

    By BLUEFOOD on Jun 12, 2012

  4. Thanks for presenting more from the dig at the site of this wonder of the world.

    By Reimer on Jun 13, 2012

  5. Thanks!!!!

    By Jonathan on Jun 14, 2012

  6. Have listened to this for 30+ years, and it never gets old. Great to hear different incarnations of the songs.

    By JG on Jun 14, 2012

  7. thanks, bigO! i love these early studio sessions of eno and byrne.

    I-)

    By I-) on Jun 15, 2012

  8. > this tape on his blog.

    i get a ‘blog has been removed’ response?!?!?

    I-)

    By I-) on Jun 16, 2012

  9. new links here

    By HANSDEVENTE on Jun 16, 2012

  10. > new links here

    no link there, and the link associated with your name does not exist, either. :-(

    I-)

    By I-) on Jun 20, 2012

  11. Hans come back…. we gotta have your drugs.

    By T. Weger on Jun 21, 2012

  12. DEAR MR WEGER, WHY NOT MAIL ME FOR AN INVITE TO THE FORUM WHERE ALL THE LINKS NOW RESIDE

    [email protected]

    By hans de vente on Jun 26, 2012

  13. I DON`T NEED YOUR TAPES THANKS HANS I HAVE RECORDINGS NO ONE ELSE HAS.
    ONE NIGHT THE T.HEADS DIDN`T SHOW AS THEY WERE CANCELLED, I RAN THE TAPE RECORDER ANYHOW AND GOT THE NO SHOW AND NO ONE ELSE HAS THAT. SADLY NO PICTURES THAT NIGHT THOUGH.

    By dropkick sarge on Jun 27, 2012

  14. anybody who would share email address with hans de vente must be crazy. the mad taper is just mad. avoid. you will get spam from him or worse just if you ask him a question he dont like.

    By zarkoff on Jun 27, 2012

  15. to dropkick sarge:

    I got photos of that show, but had left the lens cap on (rangefinder camera) the whole time. They look pretty good for being no-light photography.

    By SX on Nov 22, 2015

  16. I had to do a bit of post production in audacity to bring up the levels and make it listenable but it was worth it. Thank you :)

    By troy on Apr 24, 2016

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