Tuesday, February 7, 2023

David Sylvian - Weatherbox [1989] (5 x CD's)


David Sylvian - Weatherbox [1989] (5 x CD's)

David Sylvian (born David Alan Batt, 23 February 1958, Beckenham, Kent) is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He came to prominence in the late 1970s as the lead vocalist and main songwriter in the group Japan. His subsequent solo work is described by critic Jason Ankeny as "a far-ranging and esoteric career that encompassed not only solo projects but also a series of fascinating collaborative efforts." Sylvian's solo work has been influenced by a variety of musical styles and genres, including jazz, avant-garde, ambient, electronic, and progressive rock.

Weatherbox is a five-CD limited-edition box set by David Sylvian, released in 1989. Only 5000 copies were produced. The set comprises Sylvian's first four albums: Brilliant Trees, Alchemy: An Index of Possibilities, Gone to Earth and Secrets of the Beehive; and was, at the time, the only way to acquire all of the songs from Gone to Earth on CD.   Weatherbox is notable for giving each disc entirely new artwork based around the classical elements. The second half of Gone to Earth was retitled Gone to Earth Instrumental for this box set. The song "Preparations for a Journey" from Alchemy was removed, despite being part of the original album, and replaced by two tracks issued as B-sides to the "Pop Song" single. Gone to Earth was quietly remastered for Weatherbox. Also, the re-recorded "Forbidden Colours (Version)" included on the original CD of Secrets of the Beehive was removed.

The art for Weatherbox was designed by Russell Mills and Dave Coppenhall, and included a poster featuring Sylvian's discography on one side and art by Russell Mills on the other. The liner notes for Weatherbox were provided by Steve Lake, with photos by Russell Mills and Alistar Thain. A Japanese edition of the box set, with an additional 54-page booklet designed by Shinro Otake and Katsuhiro Kinoshita and the lyrics are printed both in Japanese and English, was also produced. (Wikipedia)

Lovely, strange and engrossing. this music works as atmospheric background music, close focused intellectual listening, and audiophile massaging of the ear-brain pathway. boxset takes artistic advantage of the medium. influential, self-referential and otherworldly. Really nice artwork by Yuka Fuji and Russell Mills. The music is just wonderful. (Amazon)


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Track lists


01 David Sylvian Pulling Punches 5:01

02 David Sylvian The Ink In The Well 4:30

03 David Sylvian Nostalgia 5:41

04 David Sylvian Red Guitar 5:09

05 David Sylvian Weathered Wall 5:40

06 David Sylvian Backwaters 4:51

07 David Sylvian Brilliant Trees 8:35


01 David Sylvian Words With The Shaman Part 1 - Ancient Evening 5:14

02 David Sylvian Words With The Shaman Part 2 - Incantation 3:30

03 David Sylvian Words With The Shaman Part 3 - Awakening (Songs From The Treetops) 5:21

04 David Sylvian The Stigma Of Childhood (Kin) 8:30

05 David Sylvian A Brief Conversation Ending In Divorce 3:33

06 David Sylvian Steel Cathedrals 18:55


01 David Sylvian Taking The Veil 4:40

02 David Sylvian Laughter And Forgetting 2:40

03 David Sylvian Before The Bullfight 9:45

04 David Sylvian Gone To Earth 3:01

05 David Sylvian Wave 9:13

06 David Sylvian Riverman 4:53

07 David Sylvian Silver Moon 6:07


01 David Sylvian The Healing Place 5:34

02 David Sylvian Answered Prayers 3:12

03 David Sylvian Where The Railroad Meets The Sea 2:53

04 David Sylvian The Wooden Cross 5:04

05 David Sylvian Silver Moon Over Sleeping Steeples 2:22

06 David Sylvian Camp Fire, Coyote Country 3:52

07 David Sylvian A Bird Of Prey Vanishes Into A Bright Blue Cloudless Sky 3:15

08 David Sylvian Home 4:33

09 David Sylvian Sunlight Seen Through Towering Trees 3:02

10 David Sylvian Upon This Earth 6:25


01 David Sylvian September 1:19

02 David Sylvian The Boy With The Gun 5:18

03 David Sylvian Maria 2:50

04 David Sylvian Orpheus 4:51

05 David Sylvian The Devil's Own 3:12

06 David Sylvian When Poets Dreamed Of Angels 4:47

07 David Sylvian Mother And Child 3:15

08 David Sylvian Let The Happiness In 5:37

09 David Sylvian Waterfront 3:22




  1. Excellent ! David Sylvian is a major artist. Secrets Of The Beehive is a real masterwork. Thanks a lot BB.

    1. Hi Herve.
      Secrets Of the Beehive is a favorite. I posted that album in the lucky dip a little while ago.

  2. Well, Forbidden Colours would do good here. But ...all this music is so great, we can live without that fabulous Sylvian Sakamoto masterpiece also. Thank you BB for this great set.

    1. Hi StoneRose.
      Each album is a joy to listen to.
      Glad you like it.

  3. Been listening to Sylvian's great First Day and Damage with Robert Fripp. This looks equally interesting.

    1. Hi Mr Gaggles,
      I hope you really enjoy this set as much as I do.