Released today in 1988: Orpheus

Virgin VS1043

Virgin VS1043

Orpheus was taken from David Sylvian’s rather solemn solo album Secrets of the Beehive, released in 1987. Largely comprising intricate ballads with acoustic instruments and strings (courtesy of regular collaborator Ryuichi Sakamoto) the album was representative of his work at that stage in his career, an ambient work demonstrating the influences of jazz, progressive rock and the avant-garde. At the time of the single’s appearance, Sylvian was about to begin a British tour with two nights at Hammersmith Odeon , having already completed a successful series of sold-out dates in North America and Japan.

Although popular with his fans, Orpheus did not receive a warm reception from the music press. Record Mirror said, “Whisper the name David Sylvian to some people and their hearts go pitter-patter and their toes curl with anticipation. More dulcet angst-ridden revelations from Sylvian’s soul, completely lost on an insensitive old toad like me. I wish Iron Maiden had released a single this week.” A clue to the magazine’s view of the single might have been the headline they gave to their article announcing the single’s release the previous week: ‘Simply Orphul’. It was admittedly a brave choice for a single; it failed to chart.

NEW SINGLES on sale from May. 3
Bryan FERRY Slave To Love EG (FERRY1)
IMAGINATION (Leee John) Found My Girl (R&B Records RBS1800)
The STYLE COUNCIL Walls Come Tumbling Down! (Polydor TSC8)
Kylie MINOGUE Got To Be Certain (PWL PWL12)
Kevin ROWLAND Walk Away (Mercury DEXYS14)
David SYLVIAN Orpheus (Virgin VS1043)
WET WET WET With A Little Help From My Friends (Childline CHILD1)
Kim WILDE Hey Mister Heartache (MCA KIM7)


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