Damage: Live

Damage is a live recording by David Sylvian and Robert Fripp. Recorded on the "Road to Graceland" tour at London's Royal Albert Hall december 1993.[3]

Damage: Live
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Live album by
Released1 October 1994
RecordedDecember 1993, mixed at Real World Studios, Box, Wiltshire, March 1994
GenreAlternative rock
ProducerDavid Bottrill, Robert Fripp
David Sylvian chronology
Darshan (The Road To Graceland)
Damage: Live
Dead Bees on a Cake
Robert Fripp chronology
Darshan (The Road To Graceland)
Damage: Live
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[2]

This album, originally mixed by Fripp, was first released in 1994 as a limited edition box set: a 24-carat gold CD and 32-page colour booklet in a jewel box inside a cardboard slipcase.

It was remixed by David Sylvian and re-released in standard jewel case packaging with different artwork (see article illustration) 10 September 2001.

The song "Darshan: The Road to Graceland" was replaced by "Jean the Birdman" on the reissued version as Sylvian believed that this track would fit in better with the rest, and the track order was slightly changed.


The two quieter songs "Damage" and "The First Day" is only available on this album, and no studio versions are released.

For several years this was the only place one could find the song "Blinding Light of Heaven." Since then the studio version has been released, on the limited edition third disc of Sylvian's compilation Everything and Nothing.

Sylvian said in an interview 2003 about his remixed re-release: "Robert’s take on the material was simply a little different from my own. Referring to the original mix, I didn’t like the way the drums had been treated in the studio, the fact that Michael’s guitar was so low in the mix. Many of the subtleties to my mind had been lost somewhat. Suffice to say that, from my perspective, I felt there was more to be drawn from the material than was originally achieved."[4]

Track listingEdit

1994 release

  1. "Damage" (Fripp, Gunn, Sylvian) – 4:31
  2. "God's Monkey" (Bottrill, Fripp, Gunn, Sylvian) – 6:42
  3. "Brightness Falls" (Fripp, Gunn, Sylvian) – 6:29
  4. "Every Colour You Are" (Barbieri, Jansen, Karn, Sylvian) – 5:40
  5. "Firepower" (Fripp, Gunn, Sylvian) – 7:02
  6. "Gone to Earth" (Fripp, Sylvian) – 2:28
  7. "20th Century Dreaming (A Shaman's Song)" (Fripp, Gunn, Sylvian) – 8:03
  8. "Wave" (Sylvian) – 6:11
  9. "River Man" (Sylvian) – 5:01
  10. "Darshan (The Road to Graceland)" (Bottrill, Fripp, Gunn, Sylvian) – 10:47
  11. "Blinding Light of Heaven" (Fripp, Gunn, Sylvian) – 4:15
  12. "The First Day" (Fripp, Gunn, Sylvian) – 4:44

2001 re-release

  1. "God's Monkey" (Sylvian, Fripp, Gunn, Botrill) – 6:39
  2. "Brightness Falls" (Sylvian, Fripp, Gunn) – 6:29
  3. "Every Colour You Are" (Sylvian, Karn, Jansen, Barbieri) – 5:44
  4. "Jean the Birdman" (Sylvian, Fripp, Gunn) – 4:03
  5. "Firepower" (Sylvian, Fripp, Gunn) – 7:09
  6. "Damage" (Sylvian, Fripp, Gunn) – 4:26
  7. "Gone to Earth" (Sylvian, Fripp) – 2:29
  8. "Twentieth Century Dreaming (A Shaman's Song)" (Sylvian, Fripp, Gunn) – 7:54
  9. "Wave" (Sylvian) – 6:17
  10. "River Man" (Sylvian) – 4:58
  11. "Blinding Light of Heaven" (Sylvian, Fripp, Gunn) – 4:36
  12. "The First Day" (Sylvian, Fripp, Gunn) – 5:22


  • David Kent - sound engineer
  • David Bottrill - mixing
  • David Singleton - digital editing, assistant producer
  • Stuart White - keyboard and recording technician
  • Alan Pollard - keyboard and recording technician (U.K. and Europe)
  • Steve Flewin - monitor engineer
  • John Sinks - guitar technician
  • Clint Lockyer - stick/drum technician
  • Dave Newton - stage manager, keyboard/guitar technician
  • Haruki Kaito - light and stage design
  • Phil Wiffen - light operator
  • Tim Hook - tour manager
visual staff
  • David Sylvian - art director
  • Yuka Fuji - art director, visual projects co-ordinator
  • Russell Mills - design
  • Michael Webster - design assistance
  • Masataka Nakano - artwork
  • Shinro Ohtake - artwork (details)
  • Kevin Westenburg - photography (live)


  1. ^ Hayes, Kelvin. Damage: Live at AllMusic
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press.
  3. ^ "davidsylvian". 2021-04-01.
  4. ^ Interview by Billy Donald (January 2003)

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