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David Byrne - Music For The Knee Plays FLAC album

Performer: David Byrne
Genre: Jazz / Rock
Title: Music For The Knee Plays
Country: US
Released: 1985
Style: Avantgarde, Contemporary Jazz
FLAC version ZIP size: 1118 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1791 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1387 mb
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Music for "The Knee Plays" (1985) is an album by David Byrne composed for Robert Wilson's opera the CIVIL warS. The album was originally released on vinyl and a remastered and expanded CD version was released in November 2007 under the title The Knee Plays. Tree (Today Is An Important Occasion)" (David Byrne) - 4:02. In the Upper Room" (David Blumberg, Byrne) - 3:35. The Sound of Business" (Byrne) - 6:15. Social Studies" (Byrne) - 4:52.

The Knee Plays - Robert Wilson, David Byrne, Joann Verburg. Tree (Today Is An Important Occasion). Bonus DVD features "the entire 57-minute original theatrical performance as a slide-show with music". The Knee Plays was originally conceived as part of Robert Wilson's epic play "the CIVIL warS". Tracks 13 to 20 are instrumental bonus tracks. Tracks 16 to 20 are also marked as Kabuki (Voice: David Byrne; Instruments: Ookawa, Oodaiko, Bells, Emn II, Rhodes, Fue, Taiko, Tsuzumi, Vocals, Bowed Cymbals).

Get the Tempo of the tracks from Music For The Knee Plays (1985) by David Byrne. This album has an average beat per minute of 120 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 72/180 BPM). See its BPM profile at the bottom of the page. Tracklist Music for The Knee Plays. 1.

David Byrne - Knee Plays (3 of 10) - The Sound of Business. With Les Miserables brass band. The performance of the Knee Plays (Music from the Civil Wars) was part of the concert for the ICA, shown on BBC2 in August 1988. David Byrne - Knee Plays (4 of 10) - Social Studies. David Byrne - Knee Plays (5 of 10) - (the Gift of Sound). With Les Miserables brass band

Music For The Knee Plays Tracklist. The Sound Of Business. The Gift Of Sound) Where The Sun Never Goes Down. Videos of the album Music For The Knee Plays.

Here you will find all things Knee Plays - from its original conception, as part of Robert Wilson's epic play the CIVIL warS, to the groundbreaking stand-alone album it became. Meanwhile, rehearsals for the other, larger act continued parallel to ours. Bob had enlisted a local Butoh group, who practiced a genre of Japanese avant-garde theater based, sometimes, on traditional movements or attitudes, but updated. They appeared with their genitals squished into swim masks and covered with white powder, which they seemed to manage to spread everywhere.

Artist: Byrne, David Title: Music For The Knee Plays Genre: Pop Type: Used - LP Label: ECM Catalog ID: 25022 Country: USA Our ID: 90281. View other items by this Artist View other items on this Label.

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A1 Tree (Today Is An Important Occasion)
Written-By – David Byrne
A2 In The Upper Room
Arranged By – The Baptist Methodist Choir Church Of GodWritten-By – Trad*
A3 The Sound Of Business
Written-By – David Byrne
A4 Social Studies
Written-By – David Byrne
A5 (The Gift Of Sound) Where The Sun Never Goes Down
Arranged By – David Blumberg, David Byrne, Clara Hudman 'The Georgia Peach'*Written-By – Trad*
A6 Theadora Is Dozing
Arranged By – David Blumberg, David Byrne, Ensemble Of The Bulgarian RepublicWritten-By – Trad*
B1 Admiral Perry
Written-By – David Byrne
B2 I Bid You Goodnight
Arranged By – David Blumberg, David Byrne, The Pindar FamilyWritten-By – Trad*
B3 I've Tried
Arranged By – David Blumberg, David Byrne, Swan's Silvertone Singers*Written-By – Trad*
B4 Winter
Written-By – David Byrne
B5 Jungle Book
Written-By – David Byrne
B6 In The Future
Written-By – David Byrne

Companies, etc.

  • Recorded At – One On One Studios
  • Recorded At – Studio Sound Recorders
  • Mixed At – RPM Studios
  • Mastered At – Sterling Sound


  • Arranged By – David Byrne
  • Baritone Saxophone – Ernie Fields, Bill Green*
  • Conductor, Arranged By – David Blumberg
  • Design – David Byrne, Michael Hodgson
  • Drums – Paul Humphrey
  • Engineer [One On One Studio, N Hollywood] – Joel Moss
  • Engineer [Studio Sound Recorders, N Hollywood] – Mark Wolfson
  • Illustration [Drawings, Courtesy Of Paula Cooper Gallery] – Robert Wilson
  • Mastered By [Sterling Sound, Ny] – Greg Calbi
  • Mixed By [Assistant, Rpm Studio] – Mike Krowiak
  • Mixed By [Rpm Studio] – David Byrne, Dominick Maita
  • Percussion – Bobbye Hall
  • Photography By – Glenn Halvorson, JoAnn Verburg
  • Producer – David Byrne
  • Saxophone – Don Myrick (tracks: A1 to A4, B5), Ernie Watts (tracks: A1 to A4, B5), Jackie Kelso (tracks: A5 to B4, B6), Pete Christlieb
  • Trombone – Dana Hughes, David Stout, Fred Wesley, Garnett Brown, Phil Teil
  • Trumpet – Chuck Findley (tracks: A1 to A4, B5), Harry Kim (tracks: A5 to B4), Nolan Smith, Ray Brown , Rich Cooper
  • Voice – David Byrne


Music for 'The Knee Plays' by Robert Wilson and David Byrne from Robert Wilson's 'The Civil Wars'

This music was inspired by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band of New Orleans. First Produced and Performed at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis April 26th 1984. Choreography by Suzushi Hanayagi.

Recorded at One On One Studios, North Hollywood, April 4th 1984 and Sound Studio Recorders, North Hollywood, April 5th and 6th, 1984.

Mixed December 8th - 17th 1984.

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
1-25022, 9 25022-1 E David Byrne Music For The Knee Plays ‎(LP, Album) ECM Records, ECM Records 1-25022, 9 25022-1 E US 1985
EMS-91127, EJ 240381 1 David Byrne Music For The Knee Plays ‎(LP, Album) Toshiba EMI Ltd, Zonophone EMS-91127, EJ 240381 1 Japan 1985
ECM 25022-4 E, ECM 4-25022 David Byrne Music For The Knee Plays ‎(Cass, Album, Cle) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 25022-4 E, ECM 4-25022 US 1985
EMC 262 David Byrne Music For The Knee Plays ‎(LP, Album) Regal Zonophone EMC 262 New Zealand 1985
303228-2 David Byrne The Knee Plays ‎(CD, Album, RE + DVD, Bon) Nonesuch 303228-2 US 2007