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Ambient 4: On Land

Brian Eno Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Mar 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eg
  • ASIN: B000025JRP
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,277 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Released in 1982, On Land is Eno's most mature, perfect ambient work. Combining low, rumbling synths with eerie banging and clanking and the occasional wild-animal chirp or grumble, this recording places the listener alone, in the midst of a massive piece of sonic landscaping. And Eno has left no detail to chance. In fact, the work is so complete that when Eno suggests a windswept plain, the listener gets a chill. When trumpeter Jon Hassell bays with a softly disturbing imitation of a wounded beast, the first instinct is to scan the horizon for its glinting eyes. So subtle, intuitive, and well paced is this recording that as it slips quietly from the speakers and into every corner of the listening room, it transforms the space into a gently pulsing sound environment that seems strangely out of time and away from everything. It's a place you'll be drawn to time and time again. An ageless masterwork. --S. Duda

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chains, chimes, wind and water! 1 Aug 2002
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If you like to hear big ambient spaces of sound with the rumble of chains across the ground, the wind blowing in empty desolate lonely spaces and the natural sounds of the world in lonely spots and late at night - then this is the album to get. None of the music has 'tunes' its mainly drones, ambience, natural elements in the perfect mix of how to get caught up in the 'musical sounds of ambience and environments' . This really must be rated a classic recording ........10/10. If you like this one then look towards Vidna Obmana, Steve Roach, Thom Brennan, Vir Unis, Saul Stokes and Oophoi to name a few - who are extending the front of ambient and low beat techno. Ray H [munt1]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 11 Oct 2001
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No words, little in the way of 'tunes' this is a lovely album which I often play if I want to put an album on without having to listen to music. Alongside 'Neroli', Discreet Music' and Music for Airports' when people talk about ambient music this is what they SHOULD be talking about. A perfect album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eno's astonishing sense of place. 28 Sep 2000
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Simply indispensable. Quite unlike any other sound recording available, from utterly majestic (The Lost Day) to incomparably melancholic (Dunwich Beach). If you have a soul, buy this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect. 31 July 2004
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I bought 'On Land' this afternoon and have been playing it constantly -- it's been round about six or seven times already. The first time, it sounded utterly familiar, like music I'd heard a long time ago and forgotten. Every time since, it sounds different and new. I already had 'Music for Airports' and 'Plateaux of Mirror' (with Harold Budd), but 'On Land' has convinced me that Eno is, without exaggeration or qualification, a great artist. Even his liner notes are intelligent without being pretentious, a rare achievement for a musician!
Although very superficially similar, it doesn't take long to realize that Eno's ambient works are a world away from the lazy, sonically unadventurous tinklings of countless 'New Age' pieces (many of which were probably inspired by Eno, unfortunately). In 'On Land' every sound is meticulously placed, every treatment thoughtful and, needless to say, beautifully produced. Moving away from the idea of 'performable' music towards pure studio recordings allows a degree of control -- crucially, control of tonal contour and spatial organisation -- that makes these tracks more like aural sculptures than music. That's probably why they sound so different on different systems, in different rooms, at different angles from the sound source etc.
If that makes it sound like an academic exercise, be aware that this is also a very emotional record -- although the emotions communicated are usually obscure, ineffable, almost impalpable. Whereas some of Eno's other ambient works are explicitly NOT to be listened to directly, I can't help feeling that 'On Land' demands more focused attention. It will certainly repay; after just a few hours, it already feels like one of my favourite records.
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