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

Posted by DjPaulT on 22nd April 2015


New 2015 Re-Rip!
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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:

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

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: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint

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

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

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
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

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

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

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