November 20, 1989
Virgin Records Ltd.
Barcode (Text): 5 0112981 000134
Barcode (Scanned): 50112981000134
Matrix / Runout (CD 1): DSCD 1/1 ⋅ MASTERED BY NIMBUS
Matrix / Runout (CD 2): DSCD 1/2 ⋅ MASTERED BY NIMBUS
Matrix / Runout (CD 3): DSCD 1/3 ⋅ MASTERED BY NIMBUS
Matrix / Runout (CD 4): DSCD 1/4 : MASTERED BY NIMBUS
Matrix / Runout (CD 5): DSCD 1/5 ⋅ MASTERED BY NIMBUS
One of the major collector items available. The box itself is a piece of art (design by Russell Mills) and with the 5 CD retrospective it’s the ultimate object on the mantelpiece of the David Sylvian collector. Each CD has a new artwork inlay, combined with printed artwork on the jewel-case itself, which gives a complete new image. Printed above are the inlays itself (no jewel-case artwork included).
Besides the CD’s, there’s a poster and a booklet with credits and liner notes. The Japanese edition has an extra Japanese booklet (superior to the domestic version if you ask me). The 5 CD’s are: Brilliant Trees, Alchemy (Words With the Shaman, The Stigma Of Childhood (Kin), A Brief Conversation Ending In Divorce and Steel Cathedrals), Gone To Earth, Gone To Earth instrumental and
Secrets Of The Beehive (without Forbidden Colours or Promise). Notice the missing of Pop Song 😉
Note: 6th picture is loaned from the old Russell Mills’ Soup site.
Brilliant trees (Tree)
Gone To Earth (Earth)
Gone To Earth instrumental (Water)
Secrets Of The Beehive (Light)
Alchemy – An Index Of Possibilities (Stone)
The Japanese Weatherbox box come with an additional 54 page booklet. The covers can be fold-out. This is a typical Japanese style book; all lyrics printed in Japanese and English with additional liner-notes and a lot of photos include from artwork of Russell Mills. Scattered all over the booklet there are 4 paintings of Mills used. Additional photography of David’s portrait is by Alistar Thain. Art direction and design of the book is by Shinro Ohtake and Katsuhiro Kinoshita. Great book and a must-have for the completist!
“Words With The Shaman” recorded in London 1985.
“The Stigma Of Childhood (Kin)” is an excerpt from the score of “Kin”, a show devised by Gaby Agis and Kate Blacker, premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, 8th September 1987.
“A Brief Conversation Ending In Divorce” recorded in London, June 1989. Originally cut at the Townhouse, re-mastered at Tape.
“Steel Cathedrals” is the soundtrack to the short film by David Sylvian and Yasuyuki Yamaguchi, recorded in Tokyo & London 1984/85.
“Gone To Earth” & “Gone To Earth Instrumental” recorded in London and Oxfordshire 1985/86.
“Secrets Of The Beehive” recorded in London and Bath; Chateau Miraval, Le Val; Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum.
Box includes a 60 page embossed booklet, a fold-out catalogue poster and individual custom printed Jewel Cases.
Note: 1 Track from the original Alchemy is MISSING: the Preparations for a journey. There are 2 new tracks from the B-side of Pop song maxi single but these 2 tracks are not quite match here. So if you want the complete Alchemy, you have to buy the original CD-release. AVOID the remaster-series while they are awful in soundquality: boosted, overcompressed and lack of the original transient details