On November 7, 1987.


On November 7, 1987, “Virgin” label released “Secrets of the Beehive”, the fourth David Sylvian solo album. It was recorded in 1987, at “London and Bath” in England;” Chateau Miraval” in France and “Wisseloord Studios” in Netherlands, and was produced by Steve Nye.


  • David Sylvian– vocals, piano, acoustic guitar, organ, synths, tapes, treated piano
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto– string arrangement, organ, synths, piano, treated piano, woodwind arrangement, brass arrangement
  • Steve Jansen– drums
  • David Torn- electric guitar, guitar loop
  • Danny Thompson- double bass
  • Danny Cummings- percussion
  • Phil Palmer- slide guitar, acoustic guitars
  • Mark Isham- flugelhorn, trumpet
  • Brian Gascoigne – orchestral arrangement, string arrangement
  • Ann O’Dell – string arrangement
  • Vaughan Oliver(23 Envelope) – design, typography
  • Nigel Grierson (23 Envelope) – still life photography
  • Yuka Fujii – portrait photography

Track listing:

All compositions by David Sylvian.

  1. September
  2. The Boy With the Gun
  3. Maria
  4. Orpheus
  5. The Devil’s Own
  6. When Poets Dreamed of Angels
  7. Mother and Child
  8. Let the Happiness In
  9. Waterfront

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