Gone To Earth

Virgin UK
Release date
15 Jun 2004
Running length
20 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Taking The Veil (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:40 147
2 Laughter And Forgetting (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:18 247
3 Before The Bullfight (2003 Digital Remaster) 9:21 236
4 Gone To Earth (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:06 194
5 Wave (2003 Digital Remaster) 9:11 184
6 River Man (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:54 162
7 Silver Moon (2003 Digital Remaster) 6:19 134
8 River Man (Remix) (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:24 157
9 Gone To Earth (Remix) (2003 Digital Remaster) 1:56 145
10 Camp Fire: Coyote Country (Remix) (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:46 148
1 The Healing Place (2003 Digital Remaster) 5:34 259
2 Answered Prayers (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:10 207
3 Where The Railroad Meets The Sea (2003 Digital Remaster) 2:52 211
4 The Wooden Cross (2003 Digital Remaster) 5:05 187
5 Silver Moon Over Sleeping Steeples (2003 Digital Remaster) 2:22 186
6 Camp Fire: Coyote Country (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:51 204
7 A Bird Of Prey Vanishes Into A Bright Blue Cloudless Sky (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:16 195
8 Home (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:33 189
9 Sunlight Seen Through Towering Trees (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:02 172
10 Upon This Earth (2003 Digital Remaster) 6:30 177

About this album

Sylvian’s career since leaving new wave art-rockers Japan has been an eclectic one to say the least, yielding successful collaborations with luminaries such as Can’s Holger Czukay, Italy’s Arturo Stalteri, trumpeter Jon Hassell, and, as here, prog guitarists Robert Fripp and Bill Nelson. “Gone To Earth” is Sylvian’s masterpiece of understatement, a quiet, contemplative recording of variable moods, environmental contrasts, and introspective moments.

In this best of all synergistic worlds, Sylvian’s chums produce some of their most remarkable moments on record. Fripp’s contributions, veering from the angelic (“Taking the Veil”) to the hypnotic (“Gone to Earth”) are as original as anything he’s previously committed to tape. Bill Nelson outdoes himself on the provocative “The Healing Place”, generating a repeating guitar fragment suggestive of eternal melancholia. Also on hand are Japan members Richard Barbieri, whose febrile atmospheres enhance the already beguiling surroundings, and percussionist Steve Jansen, whose deft touches provide the song’s organic anchors when necessary. These human tone-tacticians raise “Gone To Earth” to an even higher level of artistry.

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  • THee-BeAtNiK

    I agree, The world needs more music of this caliber. [2]

    17 Feb 4:36am Reply
  • Wingsfan73

    A masterpiece supported fully by the profound effect had the listener's who've posted before me. This album has become like an old friend that I always set an hour aside for, from time to time. The world needs more music of this caliber.

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • InYourPocket87

    Haunting and dreamy, one of my all time favorites.

    15 Oct 2012 Reply
  • ladyofshalott89

    The tracks that are mostly/all instrumental are to die for.

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
  • prominence_la

    Flawless. Powerful. And perfectly peaceful.

    3 Apr 2012 Reply
  • jemly

    my favorite sylvian album. very special to me.

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • KuriousBanana

    I hadn't listened to this album for such a long time until today. Why did I leave it so long? It's a masterpiece. I promise not to leave it so long between plays next time David.

    9 Nov 2011 Reply
  • no_such_thing

    Truly remarkable album

    31 Oct 2011 Reply
  • dturambar

    this album has affected my soul deeply. Gone to Earth is such a deep part of my spiritual evolution, first through a divorce, and then, grieving the suicide of my beautiful second wife. David sings the words i struggle to find. and the music lifts my heart into light. there is beauty in sadness. David, i believe has a gift for channeling the pain of loss into hope and forgiveness.

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
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  • yevgenyzamya

    Why does every Sylvian album have a negative review as its description? Are Sylvian fans just cynical relativists or does the press hate him?

    30 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Emilypie9

    I've always loved this album: 4 stars in the first ever issue of q magazine 1986

    11 Jul 2010 Reply
  • ielorza

    One of the "Sacred trilogy" albums....Sylvian for ever...

    16 Aug 2009 Reply
  • lovelesscurse

    Stunning, I don't find another word to describe this album :)

    13 Aug 2009 Reply
  • canhenha

    A stunning album!

    8 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Mrdrummer89

    Sad the one on here is the short version of this album, I have the original on LP that has additional tracks which later came out on the reissue versions of the CD. This is my favorite album by David. This also has Bill Nelson and Robert Fripp on this release.

    7 Jan 2009 Reply
  • well_spring

    Also one of my favourite albums. A beauty. Favourite songs: *Laughter and forgetting*, *Before the bullfight*, *Wave*, *Silver moon* and *Answered prayers*.

    25 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Isohypse

    Unübertreffbares Album. Grandios!

    6 Dec 2008 Reply
  • sataraid1

    I may never fully understand what this album does to me, but it certainly does something. How can an album be depressing, enlightening, uplifting and melancholy all at the same time? Occasionally, I try to describe this album to people. I fail utterly every time.

    15 Sep 2008 Reply
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