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Studio Album, released in 1985

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Tree (Today Is An Important Occasion) (4:02)
2. In The Upper Room (3:35)
3. The Sound Of Business (6:15)
4. Social Studies (4:52)
5. (The Gift Of Sound) (2:34)
6. Theadora Is Dozing (2:59)
7. Admiral Perry (5:32)
8. I Bid You Goodnight (2:51)
9. I've Tried (3:24)
10. Winter (6:11)
11. Jungle Book (3:38)
12. In The Future (6:35)

Total time 52:28

Bonus tracks on 2007 remaster:
13. Tree (Reprise) (2:36)
14. I've Tried (Things To Do) (3:28)
15. Tic Toc 2 (In The Future) (5:36)
16. Whisper (3:17)
17. Misterias (2:42)
18. Faust Dance (2:18)
19. Ghost (3:24)
20. Super Natural (2:56)

Line-up / Musicians

- David Byrne / vocals, arrangements, composer & producer

- Don Myrick / saxophone
- Ernie Watts / saxophone
- Jackie Kelso / saxophone
- Pete Christlieb / saxophone
- Ernie Fields / baritone sax
- William Green / baritone sax
- Dana Hughes / trombone
- David Stout / trombone
- Fred Wesley / trombone
- Garnett Brown / trombone
- Phil Teil / trombone
- Chuck Findley / trumpet
- Harry Kim / trumpet
- Nolan Smith / trumpet
- Ray Brown / trumpet
- Rich Cooper / trumpet
- Paul Humphrey / drums
- Bobbye Hall / percussion
- David Blumberg / arrangements, conductor

Releases information

The music was inspired by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band of New Orleans and originally conceived as part of Robert Wilson's epic play "the CIVIL warS"; First produced and performed at The Walker Centre, Minneapolis April 26, 1984, choreographed by Suzushi Hanayagi .

Artwork: Robert Wilson

LP ECM Records ‎- 1-25022 (1985, US)

CD + DVD Nonesuch ‎- 303228-2 (2007, US) Remaster by Greg Calbi with 8 bonus tracks plus a DVD including the entire original theatrical performance as a slide-show with music

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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
2 stars The liner notes to this album say that this music, written for Robert Wilson's opera "The Civil Wars", was inspired by the music of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. In a way there is a trace of that band's music here. The Dirty Dozen is a New Orleans brass and percussion group, of the style that you might see marching down the streets during Mardi Gras. The music on this album is based on a similar arrangement of brass and drums. But Byrne somehow manages to miss the excitement around the music of the original band. Even though he has assembled some talented horn players, everything on the album comes across cold and lifeless.

One saving grace. Byrne doesn't sing on the album. He speaks all of the lines, saving us from having to hear his thin, wavering, off-key singing voice.

My advice: go out and get a real Dirty Dozen Brass Band album.

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