David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Forbidden Colours

In the wake of a massive earthquake, a major tsunami, and nuclear reactor breaches, the country of Japan is contending with a crisis of unparalleled proportions. The devastating effects of these catastrophes have taken a tremendous toll on Japan’s people, animals, and cities. The estimated death toll is already staggering, and now the threat of widespread radioactive contamination is imminently looming. Japan will need a tremendous amount of relief assistance to recover and rebuild; with the world’s help, the sun will again rise over that great land. Somewhat fittingly, today’s post is a solemn ballad created by collaboration between artists from East and West.

David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto
“Forbidden Colours”
1991 Virgin Records (JP)

01. Forbidden Colours
02. Bamboo Houses
03. Bamboo Music
04. Forbidden Colours (Version II)

1, 4 > 1983 National Trustee Film Company Ltd/Virgin Records Ltd
2, 3 > 1982 Virgin Records Ltd

INFO > Sylvian and Sakamoto first worked together in 1980, producing a track for Japan’s fourth album, “Gentlemen Take Polaroids.” Two years later, the duo released the Eastern-tinged single “Bamboo Houses/Bamboo Music.” In 1983, Sakamoto scored and starred in “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence,” an intriguing character study set in a Japanese POW camp during World War II. Sylvian’s lyrics beautifully accompany Sakamoto’s haunting main theme, which has become a signature piece for the award-winning Japanese composer.


Posted on March 16, 2011, in David Sylvian, Japan, Ryuichi Sakamoto. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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