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My Life in the Bush of Ghosts is the first collaborative album by Brian Eno and David Byrne, released in February 1981. Borrowing its title from Amos Tutuola's 1954 novel of the same name, the album integrates sampled vocals and found sounds, African and Middle Eastern rhythms, and electronic music techniques. It was recorded prior to Eno and Byrne's work on Talking Heads' fourth album Remain in Light (1980), but sample clearance problems delayed its release until several months after.
The extensive use of sampling on the album is widely considered innovative, though its influence on the sample-based music genres that later emerged is debated. AllMusic critic John Bush describes it as a "pioneering work for countless styles connected to electronics, ambience and Third World music".
"A milestone of sampled music, and a peace summit in the continual West-meets-rest struggle" - Pitchfork
"a spooky tour de force" - Entertainment Weekly
The groundbreaking 1981 collaboration fully remastered, containing 7 originally unreleased tracks, and selections from the multi-tracks from "Help Me Somebody" and "A Secret Life".