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Sylvian | Fripp


David Sylvian: Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Robert Fripp:Guitar, Frippertronics
Trey Gunn: Chapman Stick and Vocals
Michael Brook: Infinite Guitar
Pat Mastelotto: Drums

Produced by Robert Fripp and David Bottrill
Assistant Production and Digital Editing by David Singleton
Recorded live December 1993
Mixed at Real World Studios, Box, England, March 1994
Live recordings Engineered by David Kent
Mixing Engineered by David Bottrill
Michael Brook appears courtesy of 4AD Ltd.

Art Direction: David Sylvian / Yuka Fujii
Artwork: details from New Taneg of Tanger 1993: Shinro Ohtake
Artwork Photography: Masataka Nakano
Live Photography: Kevin Westenburg
Art and Design: Russell Mills
Design Assistance: Michael Webster at Small World Associates

All artwork copyright the respective creators. Used without permission.


  1. Damage (Sylvian, Fripp, Gunn) 4'31
  2. God's Monkey (Sylvian, Fripp, Gunn, Bottrill) 6'42
  3. Brightness Falls (Sylvian, Fripp, Gunn) 6'29
  4. Every Colour You Are (Sylvian, Karn, Jansen, Barbieri) 5'40
  5. Firepower (Sylvian, Fripp, Gunn) 7'02
  6. Gone to Earth (Sylvian, Fripp) 2'28
  7. 20th Century Dreaming (a shaman's song) (Sylvian, Fripp, Gunn) 8'03
  8. Wave (Sylvian) 6'11
  9. Riverman (Sylvian) 5'01
  10. Darshan (the road to graceland) (Sylvian, Fripp, Gunn, Bottrill) 10'47
  11. Blinding Light of Heaven (Sylvian, Fripp, Gunn) 4'15
  12. The First Day (Sylvian, Fripp, Gunn) 4'44


This album documents the 1993 Sylvian|Fripp world tour. Recorded in Japan in December, it features Michael Brook's guitar to help bring alive the dense music originally recorded for the studio album, The First Day. Sadly (and inexcusably), the cd is currently out of print.

Live in Japan, a film of the Sylvian | Fripp tour, was made in Osaka in 1993 and is available only on laserdisc and VHS in Japan only.

Damage is a limited-edition. Only a few thousand copies were pressed before it was withdrawn. Robert Fripp was responsible for mixing the tapes, but David Sylvian found them unacceptable and pulled the album.

Breakdown correspondent Craig Jennings has this to say about Damage:

"Concerning the live album "Damage", I have to say that I was immensely disappointed in the mixing of the original tapes. Performances of many of the pieces from the set, such as "Wave" (a substantial improvement on the studio version), "River Man", and the hauntingly beautiful "Every Colour You Are", are made sublime by Brook's playing. Yet these parts were ruthlessly suppressed in the studio mixing of the tracks, making them sound muddy and unclear.

"Apparently, Fripp was largely responsible for all post-production on the album, which may explain why his guitar tracks are prominent on every piece. Sylvian has said he is quite dissatisfied with the way the album was mixed, and would like to remix the tapes himself at some point in the future.

"A far superior recording has been made in the form of a bootleg CD titled, A New Dream, which I believe is still widely available. It's a soundboard recording of the Nakano Sun Plaza, Tokyo, concert, performed on October 26, 1993. The quality is remarkably exceptional for a bootleg.

"The aforementioned show is of-course the one featured on Live in Japan, which incidentally is available on VHS format, in addition to laser disc, here in Japan.

"There is also a VERY limited edition bootleg (according to the sleeve notes only 666 copies were made) of the Osaka show from the same tour that includes Brook's entire support performance."


Damage Damage Damage Damage


Damage New Dream Road to Graceland
Tokyo 1993 Kings Second Chapter Live in Japan