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Spirit Of The Forest – Spirit Of The Forest (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on April 22nd, 2015

BTG EARTH DAY EXCLUSIVE 1989

New 2015 Re-Rip!
Meticulously Remastered!
First time in 24bit Flac!

Originally posted April 22, 2011

In celebration of Earth Day I thought it would be great to re-rip this gem from 1989 I really hope that you like it and that you get it’s message.

The first-ever collaboration of top musical artist to help rescue the Earth’s fast disappearing tropical rainforests. “Spirit of the Forest”, conceived, written, and produced by the English environmentalist band, Gentlemen Without Weapons, is a heart-wrenching anthem designed to draw international attention to this unparalleled global environmental crisis.

Over the course of several recording sessions in Los Angeles, New York, London, Rio, and the Brazilian rainforest itself (with native Caraja Indians), the final version of the song was completed. Among the artists heard on the record are David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Olivia Newton-John, Belinda Carlisle, Ringo Starr, Thomas Dolby, Mick Fleetwood, Brian Wilson, Kate Pierson of the B-52’s, Donna Summer, Taylor Dayne, Deborah Harry and Joni Mitchell. In addition, Brazilian artists Ivan Lins, Gilberto Gil, and Djavan have also joined in.

Although covering just 7% of the world’s land surface, the equatorial rainforest belt contains half of all known species of plants and animals, and acts as a global atmospheric regulator. As third world nations, like Brazil, continue to burn, harvest, and plough under the forests for short-term human corporate gain, the Earth faces increasing danger from global greenhouse warming and desertification. Additionally, deforestation drives indigenous peoples from their ancestral homes. Scientists around the world agree that destruction of the rainforest is a planetary catastrophe of the first magnitude. The aim of “Spirit of the Forest” is to alert people everywhere that this is an issue of utmost importance to all life on earth.

Every minute, an expanse of rainforest the size of twenty football fields is destroyed. That equals an area the size of the state of New Hampshire every day! The release of “Spirit of the Forest” is designed to raise both the voices and funds in this unprecendented challenge to all life on Earth.

The power of music is very strong – the message of this record is very direct:
LET IT BE HEARD.

SIDE A:
Spirit Of The Forest (12″ A) 5:16
Solo Vocals:

  • Chris Rea
  • Mr. Mister
  • XTC
  • Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
  • Brian Wilson
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Ringo Starr
  • Fish
  • Belinda Carlisle
  • Deborah Harry
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Kate Bush
  • Little Steven
  • Jon Anderson
  • Sam Brown
  • The Escape Club
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • Louise Goffin

SIDE B:
Spirit Of The Forest (12″ AA) 5;09
Solo Vocals:

  • Iggy Pop
  • Ramones
  • Donna Summer
  • Chris Rea
  • Thomas Dolby
  • Was (Not Was)
  • Kim Wilde
  • Taylor Dayne
  • Brother Beyond
  • Richie Havens
  • Louise Goffin
  • Jon Anderson
  • Rita Coolidge
  • Lacy J. Dalton

Theme To Spirit Of The Forest (12″ Mix) 5:48

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Virgin – 796551-0
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Maxi-Single, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1989
Genre: Electronic
Style: Vocal

CREDITS:
Producer – Gentlemen Without Weapons
Backing Vocals: Africa Bambaata, Amy Sky, Andy Fairweather-Lowe, B-52’s, The, Big Country, Bruce Foxton, David Clayton-Thomas, Dolette McDonald, Fleetwood Mac, Gentlemen Without Weapons, It Bites, Johnnie Warman, Jungle Brothers, LL Cool J, Lenny Kravitz, Lisa Bonet, Marc Jordan, Michael De Barre, Plasmatics, Raging Hormones, Shikisha

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube:
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard:
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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25 Responses to “Spirit Of The Forest – Spirit Of The Forest (US 12″)”

  1. omar Says:

    Thanks Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar. Happy earth day!

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  2. NKelly Says:

    Intruiging. I see it has backing vocals from The B-52’s! 2 versions sung by a totally different line-up?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I bought this because Olivia was involved of course but this really is a great project one of my favorite records. Happy Earth Day!

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  3. Jeff Says:

    Here’s another reason why I love and admire you so much Paul! You know how to apply music for any and all occasions. Happy Earth Day to you DjPaulT. You are a beautiful individual and I love your spirit!!

    Hugs,

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff hope you download and enjoy this 12″ my friend 🙂

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  4. Stefano Says:

    I actually forgot this one. Nice to be able to play it after all these years!
    Thanks Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Stefano 🙂

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  5. woz Says:

    Happy Earth Day, Paul 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Happy Earth Day Woz 🙂

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  6. Max Says:

    Thank You!
    Thank You!
    Thank You!

    🙂 🙂 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Max 🙂

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  7. Dirk Says:

    What, no Sting?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Guess he was too busy lol.

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  8. VanceMan Says:

    Thanks for this one! I forgot got all about it and it’s one of the few Kate Bush-related projects I didn’t have (until now.)

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome VanceMan 🙂

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  9. Chris Says:

    Thank you very much for this rip !

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Chris 🙂

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  10. Rob G Says:

    Ooh a Pink Floyd related (David Gilmour) thing I’ve never heard! Along with many other great artists. Thank you!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Rob G. 🙂

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  11. The Doctor Says:

    Every minute, an expanse of rainforest the size of twenty football fields is destroyed. That equals an area the size of the state of New Hampshire every day!

    Uhhhh… no.

    The size of the Amazonian rainforest is approximately 5,500,000 square kilometers.

    The size of the state of New Hampshire is 24,217 square kilometers.

    5500000 / 24217 = 227.11

    If we were really losing a New Hampshire-sized patch of rainforest every day, the Amazonian rainforest would already have been wiped out a long time ago, in less than eight months.

    (Also, the size of an American football field is approx. 6400 square yards. “Twenty football fields” would be 20×6400, or 128,000 sq.yd, which is 0.041322 square miles. 0.041322 x 60mins/hr x 24hrs/day = 59.5sq.mi, which is a bit less than 24217. At that rate, it would take something on the order of 92,437 days, or 253 years, to erase the entire Amazonian rainforest – assuming, for purposes of argument, that every square yard of it was permanently deforested and none of it was ever allowed to grow back during that time.)

    While I am not unsympathetic to the notion that we should take decent care of the planet on general principles, I don’t think scare-tactic exaggerations like this are helpful.

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  12. Cory Says:

    Nice! Thank you Paul! 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Cory 🙂

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  13. Conner Says:

    This is such a treasure. Thank you! As always of course 🙂

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  14. Jermajesty Says:

    Man, this is a new one on me! Iggy Pop and The Ramones!

    Just listening to it now, it is SOOOOO 1989. 😀

    Thanks Paul.

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