November 25, 2011 – 4:30 am

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Ghosts [Klondyke Records, 1CD]

Outtakes from My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts. Very good to excellent soundboard.

Since its release in 1981, Brian Eno and David Byrne’s My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts continues to both fascinate and inspire. Kate Bush has said that the album “left a very big mark on popular music,” and various DJs have tried their hands sampling from the album’s tracks. Producer Hank Shocklee (Public Enemy) said that the “collaboration between Byrne and Eno inspired me to think outside the box and opened my head up to new musical and most importantly non-musical experiences.”

As part of the album’s 2006 reissue, two (multitrack) songs were offered free online for anyone interested to create their own remixes. The track “Qu’ran” was excluded from this reissue without comment. According to the wikipedia, in an interview for Pitchfork Media about the 2006 reissue, Byrne said: “Way back when the record first came out, in 1981, it might have been ‘82, we got a request from an Islamic organization in London, and they said, ‘We consider this blasphemy that you put grooves to the chanting of the Holy Book.’ And we thought, ‘Okay, in deference to somebody’s religion, we’ll take it off.’ You could probably argue for and against monkeying with something like that. But I think we were certainly feeling very cautious about this whole thing. We made a big effort to try and clear all the voices, and make sure everybody was okay with everything. Because we thought, ‘We’re going to get accused of all kinds of things, and so we want to cover our asses as best we can.’ So I think in that sense we reacted maybe with more caution than we had to. But that’s the way it was.”

Meanwhile, fans who wanted more could resort to these Ghosts outtakes which were released in 1992.

Thanks to booomboom who shared these tracks on the net in 2005.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.

Interview 3:06 (4.2MB)
Excerpt from Brian Eno’s February 2, 1980 KPFA-FM interview.

Mea Culpa 5:04 (6.9MB)
Into the Spirit Womb 6:19 (8.6MB)
Regiment 4:19 (5.9MB)
05. The Friends Of Amos Tutuola - Omitted*
America Is Waiting 3:48 (5.2MB)
The Carrier 4:29 (6.1MB)
Very Very Hungry 3:29 (4.7MB)
09. On The Way To Zagora - Omitted*
10. Les Hommes Ne Le Sauront Jamais - Omitted*
A Secret Life 2:37 (3.6MB)
Come with Us 2:44 (3.7MB)
Mountain of Needles 2:37 (3.5MB)

*Track 5 released as Two Against Three in the official 2006 reissue.
Track 9 released as Pitch To Voltage” in the official 2006 reissue.
Track 10 released as Number 8 Mix in the official 2006 reissue.

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

  1. 17 Responses to “BRIAN ENO AND DAVID BYRNE - GHOSTS”

  2. Muchas Gracias BigO. Happy Thanksgiving. this is a treat

    By RastafErion on Nov 25, 2011

  3. Ed Saad- this should be up your alley.Waiting to hear your opinion.
    I had the original with the missing song on cassette. Later bought a download of the 2006 remaster. For some reason I liked the original version better.Maybe only because I’d gotten used to the original track order over the years. Thanks for these outtakes BigO.

    America is Waiting for one thing or another.

    By Sking on Nov 25, 2011

  4. very interresting Eno/Byrne outtakes. Thanks for that boys!

    By tony lauber on Nov 25, 2011

  5. Wonderful stuff! Had various bootleg versions of this album during the Eno/Byrne collaborations and Brian came to my college as a visiting lecturer so I am overjoyed at this posting. Keep up the good work Big O brothers

    By Swappers on Nov 25, 2011

  6. Thank you Big-O!
    It was quite the coincidence to find this Eno offering as I have had Brian Eno on heavy rotation for the last month.
    There is always room for Eno!

    By Bigdoins on Nov 26, 2011

  7. An open mouthed,jaw droppingly genius of a album,when this came out it opened up a whole new world of colour to musicians and listeners alike. Thanx for the hard work on this site.

    By BLUEFOOD on Nov 26, 2011

  8. Once in a while at chain record stores that don’t know what they’ve got, I see a copy of the original CD release that includes Qu’ran (I’d be offended just at the misspelling of Qur’an! LOL).

    I made sure to buy a copy and the last time Byrne performed in Ann Arbor for Everything That Happens…, I made sure to have him sign it. Now if only Eno would come around some time.

    Still a mind-blowing and necessary album 30 years after release. More Eno, Byrne and Heads, please!

    By Motorvilleboy on Nov 26, 2011

  9. Yeeeesss!
    And now… any bootleg from Eno/Lanois Apollo, The Pearl era. Or anything from Daniel Lanois/Black Dub???

    By vdeck on Nov 26, 2011

  10. Loved, loved, loved “My Life …” when it came out, looking forward to checking out these new angles on the tracks. Thanks, BigO!

    By drkrick on Nov 27, 2011

  11. Dear Big O, I see in your ROIO archive you have listed several ENO items,Unreleased Tracks,Lanzarote,Music For Nile and more.I’ve never heard any of them. Is there any chance of getting them out? PLEASE. Or does anybody know where i can get hold of them? Thanx

    By BLUEFOOD on Nov 27, 2011

  12. Wow! I had Eno on the brain this week too. What a wonderful find. I recently bought the reissue so now I am complete. ‘Quran’ is quite easy to find if you look in the usual places.

    Eno has had a return to form with “Between the Bells” and “Milk Craft”. I cannot understand why the second Eno/Byrne collaboration was so mediocre.

    By Jonathan on Nov 28, 2011

  13. I’m only up to track 7, but so far, everything I’ve heard is not substantively different from what is on the album. I assumed these would be different mixes… If they are, they are virtually indistinguishable from the released mixes… Except, of course, for the hissy compressed sound of a cassette source.

    By Max Barrett on Nov 29, 2011

  14. CORRECTION: I meant to say (above) that *apart from ‘Into The Spirit Womb,’ which seems to be a genuine outtake…* etc. etc.

    By Max Barrett on Nov 29, 2011

  15. Fantastic stuff indeed !!!! Eno never fails to catch my ear with something a little different since the last project I heard of his.

    By couz on Nov 29, 2011

  16. thanks, bigO, for the enO!


    By I-) on Dec 5, 2011

  17. I was just watching Oliver Stone’s movie “Wall Street” and it has a couple of “…Ghosts” tracks on the soundtrack.

    The other great non-Talking heads album from this era is Byrne’s “Music For The Catherine Wheel.”

    By Soldout in SF on Feb 22, 2012

  18. Cowards.

    By giffy on May 24, 2015

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