Brian Eno Ambient 1: Music For Airport

Brian Eno - Ambient 1 Music For Airports (1978) {2009 Virgin DSD Remaster}

Brian Eno - Ambient 1 Music For Airports (1978) {2009 Virgin DSD Remaster}
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© 2009 Virgin Records | 50999 6 84523 2 2
Ambient / Electronic / Avant-Garde

Four subtle, slowly evolving pieces grace Eno's first conscious effort at creating ambient music. The composer was in part striving to create music that approximated the effect of visual art. Like a fine painting, these evolving soundscapes don't require constant involvement on the part of the listener. They can hang in the background and add to the atmosphere of the room, yet the music also rewards close attention with a sonic richness absent in standard types of background or easy listening music.
Brian Eno & John Cale - Wrong Way Up (1990) {Hannibal Records HNCD 1485 remastered 2005}

Brian Eno & John Cale - Wrong Way Up (1990) {Hannibal Records HNCD 1485 remastered 2005}
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© 1990 All Saints Records / Hannibal Records / Rykodisc | HNCD 1485
Rock / Experimental / Electronic / Avant-Garde / Art Rock / Ambient

Both Brian Eno and John Cale have always flirted with conventional pop music throughout their careers, while reserving the right to go off on less accessible experiments, which means they've always held out the promise that they would make something as attractive as this synthesizer-dominated collection, on which Eno comes as close to the mainstream as he has since Another Green World and Cale is as catchy as he's been since Honi Soit. The result is one of the best albums either one has ever made. [A 2005 reissue added two bonus tracks: "Grandfather's House" and "You Don't Miss Your Water."]
Brian Eno & Karl Hyde - Someday World (2014) {Opal-Warp 2CD Special Edition}

Brian Eno & Karl Hyde - Someday World (2014) {Opal-Warp 2CD Special Edition}
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© 2014 Opal / Warp Records | CDWRP10249
Electronic / Synth Pop / Electro-Acoustic / Alternative

The possibility of Someday World arose when Brian Eno invited Underworld vocalist Karl Hyde to listen to a series of intros he'd been unable to finish. The pair share a love for African horns and rhythms as well as dance music of all stripes. Eno enlisted 22-year-old Fred Gibson as a co-producer, and numerous friends including Andy Mackay and Coldplay's Will Champion. As much as this album is a collaborative venture – Hyde's vocal and lyrics are indeed signatures – its music is impossible to separate from Eno's career. References to his first four solo records are ample, as is his work with Talking Heads, David Byrne, and even David Bowie.
Brian Eno & Jan Peter Schwalm - Drawn From Life (2001) {Opal Limited}

Brian Eno & Jan Peter Schwalm - Drawn From Life (2001) {Opal Limited}
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Electronic / Avant-Garde / Classical / Ambient / Experimental

Picking up where such seminal Eno recordings as Music for Airports and Another Green World left off, the inveterate innovator-producer's first recording in four years is a surreal tableau of loping beats and eerie sounds enveloped in dark yet serene atmospherics. With German percussionist Schwalm contributing softly swinging drumming, Eno is free to dabble in sounds ranging from Middle Eastern string quartets to crying machines and Vocoders to happy, babbling babies. One of Life's many highlights is Laurie Anderson's cameo on "Like Pictures Part #2," as she enunciates her words above the song's spooky, soothing ambiance. "Bloom" contrasts happy baby chatter against distorted heartbeats and sinister samples; "Night Traffic" paints an empty urban center at dusk with shifting shapes and '70s jazz percussion and piano. Throughout Drawn from Life, Eno and Schwalm cast a spell of spectral dislocation and foreboding. It's like what dying prostrate in the snow must be like–slow, sleepy, beautiful, and chilling.
Brian Eno - The Shutov Assembly (1992) [2CD] {2014 All Saints Records Deluxe Expanded Edition}

Brian Eno - The Shutov Assembly (1992) [2CD] {2014 All Saints Records Deluxe Expanded Edition}
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© 2014 All Saints Records / Opal Ltd. | WAST032CD
Ambient / Electronic / Avant-Garde / Experimental

Brian Eno will soon issue expanded versions of four of his albums originally released in the 1990s Nerve Net (1992), The Shutov Assembly (1992), Neroli (1993) and The Drop (1997) will each be reissued as a two-CD deluxe editions containing the original album and an additional disc of unreleased and rare Eno work specific to each record. Nerve Net includes the first ever commercial release of lost Eno album My Squelchy Life; The Shutov Assembly features an album’s worth of unreleased recordings from the same period; Neroli includes an entire unreleased hour-long Eno ambient work New Space Music; and The Drop includes nine rarely heard tracks from the Eno archives. Each album comes in deluxe casebound packaging and is accompanied by a 16-page booklet compiling photos, images and writing by Eno that is relevant to each release.

Brian Eno - The Drop (1997) {All Saints Records}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at March 6, 2015
Brian Eno - The Drop (1997) {All Saints Records}

Brian Eno - The Drop (1997) {All Saints Records}
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© 1997 All Saints Records | ASCD32
Electronic / Ambient / Avant-Garde / Experimental

The Drop finds Brian Eno replicating the floating, trancy sound of Neroli, creating a shimmering collection of ambient music. Although The Drop illustrates that ambient doesn't all sound the same – it can be soothing and scary, sometimes both at once – the album doesn't particularly hold the listener's interest, as the shifting electronic soundscapes never reveal any substantial compositions. It's intriguing for a while, but by the time the 74 minutes of The Drop have finished, the album has made little lasting impression.

Brian Eno - Nerve Net (1992) {Opal}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at March 5, 2015
Brian Eno - Nerve Net (1992) {Opal}

Brian Eno - Nerve Net (1992) {Opal}
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© 1992 Opal / Warner Bros. | 9362-45033-2
Electronic / Avant-Garde / Experimental

For the record, Nerve Net was not Brian Eno's first attempt at rock & roll. Not counting his time with Roxy Music, he also made several solo albums in the 1970s that were clearly intended as approaches to pop music – they were sideways approaches, of course, shaped by the intellectual distance he has always kept between himself and the music that arises from the forces that he puts into motion, and they were far from unqualified successes. But this is his most rocking solo album in years, and also his funkiest.

Brian Eno - Neroli (1993) {All Saints Records}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at March 4, 2015
Brian Eno - Neroli (1993) {All Saints Records}

Brian Eno - Neroli (1993) {All Saints Records}
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© 1993 All Saints Records / Gyroscope / Caroline Records | CAROL 6600-2
Ambient / Electronic / Avant-Garde / Experimental

Taking a cue from the liner notes, most reviewers of Brian Eno's Neroli (1993) point out the piece's simple melodic line, its derivation from the Phrygian mode, its slowly mutating processes, and perhaps also its practical use as background music for therapy. All of these are salient points, and informative to anyone who wonders what this ambient album is like. Yet it might be helpful to mention Neroli's uncanny similarity to the second Environments album, Tintinnabulation (Synthesized Bell Tones), which was created by Syntonic Research, Inc., and released on Atlantic in 1972. Both Tintinnabulation and Eno's later work function as soft aural experiences, and resemble each other in their blurred textures and low chiming sonorities.

Brian Eno & Jah Wobble - Spinner (1995) {All Saints Records}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at March 3, 2015
Brian Eno & Jah Wobble - Spinner (1995) {All Saints Records}

Brian Eno & Jah Wobble - Spinner (1995) {All Saints Records}
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© 1995 All Saints Records / Opal Music | ASCD23
Ambient / Electronic / Avant-Garde / Experimental

Here's the deal: Brian Eno does soundtrack bits for one of British filmmaker Derek Jarman's final productions, "Glitterbug". Then Eno turns over said tracks to dub/world-meister Jah Wobble for further tinkering. Result: amazing! This is one of those instances where the mysterious and elusive 'third mind' that so many have spoken of in quality collaborative work has come out in force and created something that's perhaps a bit beyond the scope of either of the two participants, taken alone. The 'action' here keeps moving, in a very cinematic manner, throughout the tracks that make up this release, and you get the feeling of being drawn along in a complex musical journey through spaces that seem at once familiar and suddenly very alien.
Brian Eno - More Music For Films (1976-83) {2009 Virgin DSD Remaster}

Brian Eno - More Music For Films (1976-83) {2009 Virgin DSD Remaster}
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© 2009 Virgin Records / Astralwerks | 509996845342
Ambient / Electronic / Avant-Garde / Experimental

A listener familiar with the pedigree of the albums of Brian Eno might assume that Virgin/Astralwerks' release More Music for Films is merely a re-packaging of Music for Films II, a bonus album included within the LP boxed set Working Backwards. Such an assumption would be incorrect, as More Music for Films represents a new spin on a variety of soundtrack material made by Eno in the years 1976-1983, including some tracks drawn from Music for Films II, others from Eno Box I: Instrumentals, and at least six selections never made public before. According to Virgin, these are taken from the limited-edition promo LP of Music for Films, a two album set pre-dating the familiar EG release by two years and only circulated to filmmakers and journalists.