Brian Eno - Song by Song (& Album by Album) Thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by HitAndRun, Oct 31, 2021.

  1. HitAndRun

    HitAndRun Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Dear all,

    This is intended to start a thread going song by song through the music of Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno.

    I won't go into detail about who Brian Eno is, but refer anyone interested to His Wikipedia Page.

    Brian Eno's career as a frequent collaborator and producer, and also a contributor to film soundtracks, makes it rather difficult to specify exactly what is a Brian Eno album and what isn't. My starting list of albums is just that - a starting list. It will inevitably grow, and there will be other releases, occasional singles, and rare tracks added to it.

    Taking a leaf from other song by song threads, at first this thread will focus mainly on albums solely contributed to Brian Eno that had clear releases, and major collaborations. If the thread gains traction and lasts then it can continue to cover less clearly 'Brian Eno' releases.

    The initial list of albums and songs intended to be covered are:

    1. No Pussyfooting
    2. Here Come the Warm Jets
    3. June 1, 1974
    4. Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
    5. Another Green World
    6. Discreet Music
    7. Evening Star
    8. 801 Live
    9. Before and After Science
    10. Cluster & Eno
    11. Ambient 1: Music for Airports
    12. Music for Films
    13. In a Land of Clear Colours
    14. After the Heat
    15. Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror
    16. Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics
    17. Remain in Light
    18. Wrong Way Up
    19. My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
    20. Ambient 4 (On Land)
    21. Apollo
    22. Music for Films Volume 2
    23. The Pearl
    24. Hybrid
    25. Thursday Afternoon
    26. Music for Films III
    27. Textures
    28. My Squelchy Life
    29. Nerve Net
    30. The Shutov Assembly
    31. Neroli
    32. Headcandy
    33. Wah Wah
    34. Original Soundtracks I
    35. Spinner
    36. Extracts From Music for White Cube
    37. The Drop
    38. Tracks and Traces
    39. A Year
    40. I Dormienti
    41. Lightness: Music for the Marble Palace – The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
    42. Kite Stories
    43. Smart
    44. Music for Onmyo-Ji
    45. Music for Civic Recovery Centre
    46. Drawn from Life
    47. All Saints
    48. Compact Forest Proposal
    49. Long Now
    50. Curiosities Volume 1
    51. January 07003: Bell Studies for the Clock of the Long Now
    52. Curiosities Volume 2
    53. The Equatorial Stars
    54. Another Day on Earth
    55. 77 Million
    56. Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
    57. Beyond Even (a.k.a. The Cotswold Gnomes)
    58. Small Craft on a Milk Sea
    59. Making Space
    60. Drums Between the Bells
    61. Panic of Looking
    62. Lux
    63. High Life
    64. Someday World
    65. The Ship
    66. Reflection
    67. Finding Shore
    68. Music from Installations
    69. Mixing Colours
    70. Dokument #2
    71. Luminous
    72. Rams

    Notably missing from the above are video releases and various 'other things'. These can be added if the thread achieves traction.

    The style will be to cover the songs on the album one by one, and then have a day to discuss the album as a whole. There will then be a rest/catchup day, before progressing with the next album. The 'traditional' track listings for the albums will be used, and any additional/bonus tracks can be discussed on days allocated to discussing the album as a whole or rest/catchup-days. If this thread gathers steam and there are requests to allocate more time to bonus tracks etc., then this can be discussed. I will post regular updates on which songs are discussed on which days.

    I most certainly don't claim to be any super-expert or completist collector of Brian Eno's music. I'll rely on the standard online sources for material and to be able to listen to albums I don't own myself.

    I've searched for previous Brian Eno song by song threads, and I haven't found any. If there has been one that I missed, then please tell me.

    The most important thing for a thread like this is that a group of people interested in participating forms. I'll post this today, and if we get at least a few people indicating interest in participating, then we'll start discussing No Pussyfooting on Friday the 5th of November. So, it's a number of days before we start. If people are interested in participating, then please post to this thread. This will let me know that people are interested, and also bump the thread so that other people can see it.

    You are welcome to rate songs and albums out of 5, and if people do, I'll collect the votes and post statistics. Everybody is free to use their own rating system, but mine is:

    5=absolute classic

    There's no need to use my scale - as long as people voting consistently use their own scale then we will be able to compare votes for songs and albums.

    It's likely that the list of albums above will be edited and enhanced as time goes on.

    OK, I've made my Brian Eno flag. Now I need to run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes. Here goes the warm jets^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hnothing.
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  2. Exitmusic

    Exitmusic Forum Resident

    Leicester U.K
    I'm a huge Eno fan and even though I haven't heard all those albums I will contribute as much as possible.
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  3. HitAndRun

    HitAndRun Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I wonder if we will find anyone who has heard all of these albums!!! :)

    Welcome aboard from a fellow Leicesterite.
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  4. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    Somebody should get their "Oblique Strategies" deck out, to help us decide which order we should do it in!
  5. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer The Great CD in the Sky

    Málaga, Spain
    Love me some Eno! I’m in. It’s necessary for my learning :righton:
  6. HitAndRun

    HitAndRun Forum Resident Thread Starter


    Welcome aboard!!!
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  7. Mr. Bewlay

    Mr. Bewlay It Is The Business Of The Future To Be Dangerous.

    Denver CO
    I only really know Jets, Tiger, Green and Science of his solo stuff. This will be an interesting thread.
  8. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer The Great CD in the Sky

    Málaga, Spain
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  9. HitAndRun

    HitAndRun Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Thank you for the suggestion. Done!
  10. gjp163

    gjp163 Forum Resident

    Wamberal Beach
    That's where I came in. There is so much to Eno (including pop). Eno's works are a solo listen for me (often on headphones) especially the ambient stuff. I have various favourites in a mix of styles, but haven't heard all of them. I just listened to the Cluster & Eno album at the beach (one of my favourite places to hear Eno). On some faraway beach...
  11. prymel

    prymel Forum Resident

    Eno is one of my favorites, so count me in.
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  12. Don Amos

    Don Amos Forum Resident

    Big fan here, he’s one of those artists I always come back to. I think his work got less interesting once he fully defined ambient music but obviously there’s still some great stuff in that department too.

    Check out the footage from his recent gig in Athens if you can, so great to hear him singing stuff from the earlier part of his career.

    Watch Brian Eno & Roger Eno play The Acropolis, their first-ever concert together
  13. HitAndRun

    HitAndRun Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Welcome @Gjp163, @Prymel, and @Don Amos. I think the question of whether the thread will gain traction is rapidly being answered. I'm about to sleep as it's near midnight here - I wonder what will have happened by the morning! :D
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  14. Paul Gase

    Paul Gase Everything is cheaper than it looks.

    I’ll do my best!
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  15. HitAndRun

    HitAndRun Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Thanks @Paul Gase. Welcome aboard.

    I didn't expect things to get going so quick. And, I now regret in hindsight a bit setting the official start date for the thread for Friday. I expected it might take longer to get a number of people interested.

    In the meantime, I've looked into Eno's pre-Roxy history. One track that I think sounds very interesting that Eno appeared on is the track 'Paragraph 7' by the experimental electronic musician Cornelius Cardew, from 1971. Eno is said to be one of the voices on this track. I gave it a listen and I can't spot anything in the bits that I have heard (it's a 20 minute track) that is recognisably Brian. However, I think this is a very interesting track with it sounding like early non-electronic ambient music to me. I wouldn't be surprised if this is among the many influences that led to the development of ambient music. (I'm not saying this is bad or improper, there are enough differences in style that Eno's later work is not a copy.)

    I don't like to post that I'll wait until Friday and then start the thread earlier than that. So, given that this track is outside the scheduled list of albums, perhaps it (and others like it - I have found another thing I wasn't previously familiar with and hadn't heard) will help fill in the time until the official start of the thread.

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  16. gjp163

    gjp163 Forum Resident

    Wamberal Beach
    Before we begin, Eno came to me this way. My older brother was a big fan of Roxy Music from the start. I couldn't really 'get them'. Fast forward to 1979/80 and I bought the Spizzenergi singles "Soldier Soldier" & "Where's Captain Kirk". The B side was "Virginia Plain" and that then led to appreciation of Roxy Music before they became Ferry's backing band. You can hear Eno over the 2 Roxy albums however it would have been hard to have his own vision (to compete against Ferry's). So when he split from RM, you can hear immediately Eno's vision with the first song off "Here Come The Warm Jets".
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  17. Raf

    Raf Senior Member

    Toronto, Ontario
    Looking forward to this thread! Just an observation: Music for Airports and Nerve Net are missing from the list in the first post.
  18. AZRunner

    AZRunner Forum Resident

    SW FL
    I’ve been a fan since the first solo albums came out when I was in high school. I just traveled to Athens to see his show at the Acropolis. It was so cool to meet fans of his music from all over the world. I’m definitely in.
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  19. HitAndRun

    HitAndRun Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Thanks @Raf and @AZRunner.

    I'll fix the list of albums before we start for real on Friday. Hopefully in the meantime we can find all errors and omissions. I should have proof-read before posting.
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  20. Raf

    Raf Senior Member

    Toronto, Ontario
    Other albums that could be included: Textures, My Squelchy Life (released in 2014; can be tied in with Nerve Net discussion), 77 Million (can be tied in with The Drop), Curiosities Vols. I & II, Sisters (can be tied in with Reflection), Rams, For All Mankind (can be tied in with Apollo).

    And there are others. Man, this guy does a lot of things! ;)
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  21. Raf

    Raf Senior Member

    Toronto, Ontario
    I've heard all of them, but there are several albums I've listened to only once so far and don't remember beyond a very general impression. There's so much stuff! And the timelines are sometimes confusing (to me, anyway).
  22. jcarr73729

    jcarr73729 Forum Resident

    I look forward to this thread developing. I had a listen to my Eno (and related) albums during Lockdown, working from home, however it will be nice to listen to them again with you all. Some of you may be aware that Brian and Roger played live at the amphitheatre below the Acropolis in Athens in early August, which was webcast by Arte, and can now be downloaded at Dime. PM me if you need any more info.
  23. Putrifiers II

    Putrifiers II Forum Resident

    London, UK
    My Eno collection is spotty, but this looks ace and I'll try to keep up.
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  24. Amnion

    Amnion Forum Occupant

    Ontario, Canada
    Thanks for taking up the challenge OP! I'll certainly be following.
  25. Summer of Malcontent

    Summer of Malcontent Forum Resident

    [Raises hand.] This should be a fun ride.

    Off the top of my head, some missed albums:

    Textures (1989) - Music library album, but it's not hard to track down.
    My Squelchy Life (1991 / 2015) - withdrawn at the time, released as bonus tracks in 2014 and in its own right in 2015
    Nerve Net (1992) - just an oversight, I assume!
    A Year (1998) - Bonus CD with the French edition of his diary. It runs over 30 minutes, so it's more an album than an EP. If Panic of Looking gets a look-in, then this definitely should.
    Long Now (2002) - album sent to wine dealers. I don't have this. Does anyone?
    Curiosities Volume 1 (2003)
    Curiosities Volume 2 (2004) - These are comps of (mostly) previously unreleased material, but so was The Shutov Assembly.
    77 Million (2006) - Later reissued as the bonus disc with The Drop.
    Sisters (2017) - Free album sent to purchasers of the Reflections app.
    Music from Installations (2018) - Not 'Music for Installations', but the individual disc. This even had a single released from it!
    Music for Future Installations (2018)
    Rams (2020) -Documentary soundtrack album.

    Wah Wah (1994) - Eno actually is co-credited for this album (in distinction to his other work with James) and he co-wrote all the songs.
    Smart (1999) - Coin toss. Eno is co-credited, but only contributes to three tracks (and a fourth on a later reissue). Maybe leave for the extras / non-album tracks trawl?
    Dokument #2 (2020) - Ridiculously limited LP in collaboration with Laurie Anderson and Ebe Oke. Unfortunately, it's awesome.
    Luminous (2020) - Should be included on the Panic of Looking principle.

    In a Land of Clear Colours is co-credited to Eno, but it's basically a Sinfield spoken word album to which Eno contributes a couple of brief instrumentals (so it's actually more in the area of something like Diamond Head, where an album includes a couple of Eno tracks). Same goes for June 1, 1974, of course.

    Ambient 3 (Day of Radiance) shouldn't be included as Eno was just producer on it. If we're including that then we'll have to do all those U2 and Coldplay albums too (the horror! the horror!)

    I can help out with the non-album stuff when you get there. If I get the time beforehand I'll try to compile a master list of all the non-album stuff and PM it to you.
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