Brian Eno - Before And After Science
Label: Editions E.G.
Cat#: ENO 4
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Record VG++ - Mint
Cover VG+ VG++ slight ringwear
Country: Canada Issue
Released: Dec 1977
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Art Rock, Avantgarde, Ambient
A1 No One Receiving
A3 Kurt's Rejoinder
A4 Energy Fools The Magician
A5 King's Lead Hat
B1 Here He Comes
B2 Julie With...
B3 By This River
B4 Through Hollow Lands (For Harold Budd)
B5 Spider And I
Brian Eno is one of the most marvelous paradoxes in all of music. He is both a musical genius and yet not the least virtuosic. On the one hand, as he is avid to emphasize, he is at most an average musician. He is competent as a guitarist, a keyboardist, and bass player, but hardly brilliant. If one hears a strikingly brilliant instrumental solo on a number, it is almost invariably the result of a contribution by one of the many musical guests on his albums.
On the other hand, he is astonishingly masterful at constructing exquisite musical competitions, layering one marvelous element upon another to produce music that is both energizing and utterly unique. Eno possesses an almost preternatural ability to add a new wrinkle that cranks up the level excitement to a higher level, almost functioning like a sonic masseur who locates one musical pressure point after another with his subtle variations and machinations. BEFORE AND AFTER SCIENCE is one of his very finest albums.
Nothing on this album approaches the extraordinary beauty of a cut like "Everything Merges With the Night" from ANOTHER GREEN WORLD, but it does contain several remarkable numbers. My personal favorites are "Blackwater," a joyously surreal nautical tale that is notable for its hard driving energy and relentless forward momentum, and "King's Lead Hat," which shows Eno at his creative peak. Other highlights include the opening cut "No One Receiving," the fascinating "Kurt's Rejoinder," "Energy Frees the Magician," and the gentle, folkish "Here He Comes."
'Through Hollow Lands' is one of Eno's most beautiful instrumentals (along with Sombre Reptiles, Becalmed, & anything off 'Music for Airports).
Even though Eno made around 6 other classic solo albums (Another,Here Come,Taking Tiger Mountain,& Ambient 1,3,&4), I have always felt the 'Before and After Science is not only his greatest achievement, but one of the most amazing recordings in rock history.
Brian Eno - Kurt's Rejoinder
Brian Eno - No One Receiving
Dig the drum shuffle. And the cow bells where the ghouls go crazy at 2.05. And Orson Wells applauding at the end! A masterpiece of sound and video.
Brian Eno - Kings Lead Hat
The title of the track, "KINGS LEAD HAT" is an anagram of "Talking Heads", which was Eno's way of saluting the fledgling band at the time. Eno is so cool
Brian Eno - Spider And I
Eno sure had/has his finger on the pulse..