David Sylvian & Robert Fripp / The First Day
Artist David Sylvian; Robert Fripp
Album Title: The First Day
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Format CD
Released 08/10/1993
Label Virgin Records America, Inc.
Catalog No 0777 7 88208 2 6
Bar Code No 0 7777 88208 2 6
Packaging Jewelcase
1. God's Monkey (5:00)
(Robert Fripp/David Bottrill/David Sylvian/Trey Gunn)
2. Jean The Birdman (4:10)
(Robert Fripp/David Sylvian/Trey Gunn)
3. Firepower (10:27)
(Robert Fripp/David Sylvian/Trey Gunn)
4. Brightness Falls (6:06)
(Robert Fripp/David Sylvian/Trey Gunn)
5. 20th Century Dreaming (A Shaman's Song) (11:53)
(Robert Fripp/David Sylvian/Trey Gunn)
6. Darshan (The Road To Graceland) (17:19)
(Robert Fripp/David Bottrill/David Sylvian/Trey Gunn)
7. Bringing Down The Light (8:31)
(Robert Fripp)
Date Acquired 11/11/1993
Personal Rating
Acquired from Roadrunner Records
Purchase Price 16.00

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Analyzed: David Sylvian, Robert Fripp / The First Day

DR         Peak         RMS     Duration Track
DR13      -0.24 dB   -15.16 dB      5:01 01-God's Monkey
DR11      -0.27 dB   -13.02 dB      4:10 02-Jean the Birdman
DR13      -0.25 dB   -14.48 dB     10:27 03-Firepower
DR12      -0.32 dB   -14.84 dB      6:07 04-Brightness Falls
DR11      -0.24 dB   -14.89 dB     11:53 05-20th Century Dreaming (A Shaman's Song)
DR11      -0.24 dB   -12.81 dB     17:19 06-Darshan (The Road to Graceland)
DR11      -3.86 dB   -17.92 dB      8:31 07-Bringing Down the Light

Number of tracks:  7
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate:        44100 Hz
Channels:          2
Bits per sample:   16
Bitrate:           626 kbps
Codec:             FLAC

All Music Guide Review:

Review by Greg Prato
Robert Fripp and David Sylvian's first official release together, The First Day, is a much funkier and more percussive affair than its bootleg predecessor, The Day Before (which contained radically different versions of these songs). An obvious reason for its higher quality is that it was recorded in a studio, while the bootleg consisted of in-concert demos, and the songs here have been worked to completion. Fripp has found an extremely talented singer/partner in Sylvian, who adds a lot to his quirky compositions. Trey Gunn (who plays a bass-like instrument called the stick) makes each track practically groove and breathe on his own, and allows Fripp to stretch out and experiment in ways previously unheard by this guitar icon. The First Day is a very consistent album, with the musician's excitement and energy easily being felt on such tracks as "God's Monkey," "Brightness," and the ten-minute tour de force "Firepower." Other lengthy tracks follow (the 11-minute "20th Century Dreaming" and the 17-minute "Darshan"), but it never becomes self-indulgent or boring. Certainly one of Robert Fripp's best and more inspired King Crimson side projects.
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