Sylvian/Czukay – Plight & Premonition Flux & Mutability 2CD

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Released at June 22, 2018

Release date:

June 22, 2018 





Originally released separately, they were packaged in a 2CD / 2LP set. This is the 2CD set.
Issued in a 6-panel double Digipak sleeve with white trays and a 16-page booklet.

Disc one
Plight (the spiralling of winter ghosts)
Premonition (giant empty iron vessel)

Disc two
Flux (a big, bright, colourful world)
Mutability (a new beginning is in the offing)

Grönland Records reissue by two unique musicians whose paths originally crossed in the early-eighties while working on Sylvian’s debut solo album, Brilliant Trees. In 1986, David Sylvian and Holger Czukay – founding member and bassist in legendary German Kosmiche band Can – were ostensibly reconvening for Sylvian to record a vocal for Czukay’s forthcoming album Rome Remains Rome. But on arriving at Czukay’s studio – a former cinema in Köln – Sylvian began playing freeform, improvising on readily available instruments located in the studio itself. No sooner had Sylvian, on whatever instrument he’d been applying himself, start to structurally define/refine the performance than Czukay would stop the recording he’d surreptitiously been making. Czukay had attempted to capture the process of creation without a musician’s inclination for refinement. This process, drawn out over two nights, gave birth to the duos first, full-fledged, collaboration, Plight and Premonition.

Having been out of print for some time, the parallels between the original release 30 years ago and 2018 are quite stark; at the time of recording the Cold War was lifting – but still very real – after a bitter winter. The names Plight & Premonition and Flux & Mutability themselves hint at an instability. In Sylvian’s words, the sessions seemed to touch on something: “A form of music that seemed to have been created while we were absent by instruments abandoned to the earth and the woods, sounded by the coarse winter elements.”

The version of Plight & Premonition included here was a remix by Sylvian from 2002. All the recordings were fully remastered. The packaging redesigned by Chris Bigg, art direction by Sylvian with new, previously unseen, photographs by Yuka Fujii, accompanied by an extensive essay by David Toop.

The 6 panel package is beautiful. The Japanese version comes with an obi and an extra creditsheet. The discs and the back ((center outerpanel) have the P-Vine logo on it with their catalogue numbers. For the rest it’s the same.


Art Direction – David Sylvian
Composed By, Mixed By, Producer – David Sylvian (tracks: 1-1, 1-2), Holger Czukay (tracks: 1-1, 1-2)
Coordinator [Grönland Edition Coordinated By] – Mareike Hettler
Design – Chris Bigg
Electronics by Karl Lippergaus* (tracks: 1-1, 1-2)
Electronics by Holger Czukay (tracks: 1-1, 1-2)
Engineer by Holger Czukay (tracks: 2-1, 2-2)
Engineer [Technical Advice And Assistance] – Rene Tinner (tracks: 2-1, 2-2)
Flugelhorn – Markus Stockhausen (tracks: 2-1)
Flute [African Flute] – Jaki Liebezeit (tracks: 2-2)
Guitar – Michael Karoli (tracks: 2-1)
Guitar, Bass, Effects [Radio, Dictaphone], Voice – Holger Czukay (tracks: 2-1)
Guitar, Keyboards – David Sylvian (tracks: 2-1), David Sylvian (tracks: 2-2)
Liner Notes – David Toop
Mixed by David Sylvian (tracks: 2-1), Holger Czukay (tracks: 2-1), Rene Tinner (tracks: 2-1)
Mixed and composed  and produced by David Sylvian (tracks: 2-1, 2-2), Holger Czukay (tracks: 2-1, 2-2)
Photography by Yuka Fujii
Piano, Piano [Prepared Piano], Harmonium, Vibraphone, Synthesizer [Synthesizers], Guitar – David Sylvian (tracks: 1-1, 1-2)
Sounds [Infra-Sounds] – Jaki Liebezeit (tracks: 1-1, 1-2)
Voice – Michi* (tracks: 2-1)

CD 1 first issued 2002 on the bonus CD with Camphor. The original versions of these tracks were released on Plight & Premonition
CD 2 first issued 1989 on Flux + Mutability

This release is announced as being remastered, but has no credit for on it.
Track durations do not appear on the release.

Full details for this release may be read at
  • Front panel

  • Inner panels (3) of the 2CD version

  • Back panel

  • outer panels (3) of the 2CD version

  • CD 1: Plight & Premonition

  • CD 2: Flux & Mutability

  • Japanese release with obi

  • Japanese release obi

  • Japanese release creditsheet

  • Japanese release: back panel

  • Japanese CD 1: Plight & Premonition

  • Japanese CD 2: Flux & Mutability

  • Wire Sylvian Czukay ad

  • Plight Premonition Flux Mutability is re-released as 2LP and 2CD box set on June 22nd 2018!


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