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Ambient 4-on Land [CASSETTE]

Brian Eno Audio Cassette
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“In the early seventies I found myself preferring film soundtracks to most other types of records. What drew me to them was their sensuality and unfinished-ness - in the absence of the film they invited you, the listener, to complete them in your mind. If you hadn't even seen the film, the music remained evocative - like the lingering perfume of somebody who's just left a room ... Read more in Amazon's Brian Eno Store

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  • Audio Cassette (18 Sep 1989)
  • Label: Editions Eg
  • ASIN: B000003S2P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

1. Lizard Point
2. Lost Day
3. Tal Coat
4. Shadow
5. Lantern Marsh
6. Unfamiliar Wind (Leeks Hills)
7. Clearing
8. Dunwich Beach, Autumn, 1960

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By James
Format:Audio CD
If you have just stumbled across the now classic Eno Ambient series and were wondering which one to try, look no further. I own 10 Eno discs and to me this is the most evocative and engaging. The album created a feeling of growth and emergence right from the opening track, 'Lizard Point'.

Dunwich Beach, Autumn, 1960 is my favourite painting a picture of romantic, nostalgic euphoric recall from an event real or imaginary.

This disc is as engaging or as 'background' as you want it to be and to achieve that took real genius from Eno. Buy it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On Land, On Form 17 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After studying a music degree at University, I soon discovered that one of my lecturers had actually met Brian Eno on several occasions. "Whats he like?" - possibly the most unoriginal question that I could come up with at the graduation party. The response? "Well... He's nuts!".

Its something that has stuck with me as it ideally sums up the nature of being creative - being one of the 'crazy' ones who is not afraid to think out-the-box. Upon listening to Eno's work though, this won't always be apparent as a good majority of his catalogue makes for an easy, understandable pleasure of listening. And then we do indeed arrive at the crazy ones, just like 'On Land', Volume 4 of his Ambient series. From that first listen, the term 'Ambient' will immediately broaden your perception of how music can alter your perception of time and space. Some will often associate 'ambient' with New Age, but the wonderful thing about 'On Land' (and many other Eno albums) is that they preceded this era. They were, in all respects, the original works that broke new ground.

'On Land' is different to other favourites such as 'Apollo' and 'Music For Airports' in that it doesn't shape are narrative or story. For this reason, the listener is encouraged to deconstruct the quite amazing sounds present and reform them at their own will. At this point, the cover art to the album begins to make some sense. The lonely, sparsely-celled creatures are a part of a time and space that may or may not exist. Does Eno refer in his music to the evolution of Earth's creatures? Conversely, is he looking ahead into the future?
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Appreciation 12 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
Like the man (top 10 reviewer) says, this is something special. This is Eno's finest example of ambient, which he invented. Rebelling against the music everywhere, the "used to sell strategy" enlisted by those wanting to sell us things we don't even know if we want. These sounds are not designed to wrap you in cotton wool but to enable you to take yourself somewhere. It's a trip without the side effects, put it on headphones or fill a room and just sit there. Each listen will be different, you will drift off and you will find yourself along some pathway that makes the sounds irrelevant. It is an aid to thinking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Warning 19 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is not an in-depth review of each track. It is merely a warning to those who may be expecting a pleasant ambient experience...

Ambient 4 is what is commonly referred to as "Dark Ambient". That is, the atmosphere and music is not "easy listening". There are tracks here which will unsettle you and make you feel uncomfortable. This album is not designed for you to chill out.

This may all sound very negative, but I'm only giving newcomers to Eno this warning as I imagine a lot of people expect Eno to be nothing more than "Music For Airports" style ethereal ambience.

Ambient 4 is my favourite of the series, and perhaps my favourite Eno album of all. I highly recommend it.

Just be ready to go to the dark side...
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5.0 out of 5 stars 20th century head music 31 Oct 2001
Format:Audio CD
Eno's fourth album in the ambient quartet is by far the strongest. There's a brooding edginess about tracks like "Tal Coat" and "Lizard Point", the music is almost fluid and washes over you. This emphasizes a dream like quality. You should really listen to this album in conjunction with Ambient #1.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly & remote classic from 1982... 26 Dec 2004
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The on-going series of Eno-reissues in 2004/5 is an absolute treat possibly only rivalled by a similar set of reissues/remasters from Krautrock-legends Can. Ambient 4: On Land could easily be my favourite Eno-record, though considering he's involved with several all-time favourite records (Another Green World, For Your Pleasure, Here Come the Warm Jets, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Remain in Light, Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy, Music for Airports, Low...)it's not empirical data! This is music for those nights, or when the world has ended and you are the sole occupant- which is perhaps why 'The Lost Day' was used in recent Romero-rip-off '28 Days Later'?
'On Land' returns to the ambient climes established by Music for Airports/Music for Films/Plateaux of Mirrors - though the roots a suggested by Eno's revised sleevenotes from 1986 were always in 1975's classic 'Another Green World' : "On that record I became aware of setting each piece within its own particular landscape and allowing the mood of that landscape to determine the kinds of activity that could occur..." The chief-influences, apart from the all-encompassing sound-drift of songs like 'In Dark Trees' & 'St Elmo's Fire', were Fellini's 'Amarcord' (which has been recently reissued on DVD & is translated as 'I Remember'- memory is significant here, look at the definite title of the final track!) and the Duke Ellington-elegy 'He Loved Him Madly' from Miles Davis' 'Get Up With It.'
These instrumentals just flow, and more gorgeously with the remastering process which the back catalogue most definitely benefits from (now sounds as good as the original vinyl listened to on drugs, reclined on a psychiatrist's couch: don't ask!).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of Ambient Music............
Like all of Brian Eno's ambient albums, this is pure quality from start to finish, highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Paul Galbally
4.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
I bought it for a friend and she was delighted. Good sound quality, well packaged. Would order similar again without doubt.
Published 10 months ago by Maz
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
I love this cd and especially appreciate the remaster as it lets the quietest nuances "out" and into the aural space.
Published 15 months ago by M. Chapman
4.0 out of 5 stars solemn
Ok as background music even though I llike Brian Eno. His album Apollo was the first I bought after hearing a vinyl recording at a friends. Read more
Published 19 months ago by maxwellmanchester
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting atmospheric sounds
I bought this on LP many years ago in a Library sale for 50p, and even though the LP was scratched with significant surface noise I thought it quite interesting. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Billy Boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Little cracker
I have only recently found the Eno/ Budd ambient and am busy snapping up this and that by either or both of them. On land's menacing air is great. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2012 by meeky
5.0 out of 5 stars Eno continues what others before him started
This is my favourite Eno "ambient" album - gentle soundscapes perfectly describing the titles (not just randomly named like some pople do!). Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2011 by F. M. Havicon
2.0 out of 5 stars waste of money!!
Iam new to brian eno,ive previously bought ambient 2 and apollo both of which are great.Ambient 4 to me is just dull,i know ambient music can be quiet minimal but i felt this was... Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2011 by craigw
5.0 out of 5 stars Land within an imaginary world
Mood music aimed at those who want to delve within rather than just skim around on life's surface. A precusor to Lustmord who take a deeper step into the basement of personal... Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2010 by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
5.0 out of 5 stars Remembrances of things past
Eno takes an ambient glimpse into times and places that must have significance for him. The pieces are of medium length--no 20-minute slow developing or short snippets. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2010 by Mr. R. Liddle
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