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Another Green World

31 May 2004 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 23 April 2004
  • Release Date: 31 May 2004
  • Label: Virgin UK
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2004 Virgin Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 40:48
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,981 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By William Ayres on 3 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Autumn 1990 in Oxford was the first time I ever heard Brian Eno. Then, his sound was a world apart from the jangling indie that I was lapping up, but the combination of atmospheric electronic instrumentals, and beautifully sung vocal tracks was deeply appealing. Little did I know that Eno was the godfather of ambient, a sound brought to a wider audience by the Orb and their ilk in the early 90s.
At the time, I taped this from a friend's vinyl but I replaced this copy of Another Green World with the CD a few years ago and listening to it again nearly thirty years after it was recorded the inventiveness and playful approach of Eno and his cohorts still springs out; Phil Collins' splendid drumming provides proof, if it were needed, that the only place I want to hear him is behind the kit. Robert Fripp's "Frippertronics" guitar system involving tape-delay systems and looped feedback is used to ear-bending effect on several tracks. And behind it all, bald on top and long at the sides, Eno's compositional and production genius shines. He credits himself on a fabulous array of made-up instruments ("Snake Guitar", "Unnatural Sounds", "Desert Guitar" and the like) and peppers everything with harmonics, percussive flourishes and twinkling melodic runs. This is an album that manages to combine all kinds of emotions, yet stil sounds coherent.
In the last few years I've listened to a lot of Brian Eno's back catalogue, and other personal favourites include Before And After Science and his Ambient series. But I have a particular fondness for Another Green World, and time has been very kind to it; part of this is probably nostalgia, but I think it's also because it's SUCH a great record.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barry Lees on 10 Oct. 2010
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From the man who wrote the book on "ambient music" and defined the genre as being "like wind chimes"; that is, a barely-heard soundtrack to life, comes this early album which can be described as "definitely NOT ambient".

It consists of quirky songs that owe no explanation to anyone except, obviously, Eno himself. He experiments with early synthesisers and uses electronics to distort the output of other instruments (notably guitars) and produce unexpected sounds.

Some - especially "In Dark Trees" have a `ghostly' feel; many people will recognise the title track as the theme to BBC's "Arena" programmes. Others ("I'll Come Running" and "St. Elmo's Fire") are `proper' songs with words, albeit that the words mean more to Eno than anyone else. However, the latter is fast-paced, rhythmic and energetic and with lyrics like :

Well we rested in a desert
Where the bones were white as teeth, sir
And we saw St. Elmo's Fire
Splitting ions in the ether

you finally get the idea that Eno is no one-trick pony and it must have come as a bit of a surprise to those who only knew him as the guy on `Top Of The Pops' with the keyboards in art-rock band Roxy Music.

I bought the original l.p. when it was released and was delighted when it was issued on c.d. It's a modern classic that no serious music fan should be without.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE on 3 Jun. 2004
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The last album by Eno. After this he became Brian. The change was significant. Out goes the surreal, playful, avant pop of previous albums and in comes something more studious and reflective. "Another Green World" is heralded not only as Eno's best song album but as a defining statement in the development of modern pop music. It led to Bowie co-producing a trilogy of albums with him, to producing Talking Heads and U2 and effectively was a blueprint to how the studio could be used as a compositional tool. There were less songs and more instrumental sketches, but Eno was mastering his art and producing something that had never been heard before.
Eno loves space and here he makes good use of it, keeping the instrumentation to an absolute minimum and putting everything in it's right place at the right time. He has quoted Teo Macero's editing and production of Miles Davis's "He Loves Him Madly" as a big influence on what he was doing and it shows how he was developing as a producer, a role that would eventually make him a household name. There are elements of funk and jazz here, emphasised by Percy Jones unmistakeable fretless bass playing on several tracks. There is even a track named after Weather Report's Joe Zawinul.
Robert Fripp is also an important contributor here. His fuzzy sustained guitar tones shine on tracks such as "St. Elmo's Fire", "I'll Come Running" and "Golden Hours". John Cale adds viola runs to the appropriately named "Sky Saw". Phil Collins, in Brand X mode makes an appearance here, further emphasising the loose, jazzy leanings.
There is a cool, alien austerity about this album, further emphasised by Tom Phillips other worldly cover. This is music from another green world indeed.
A couple of comments about these Original Master re-issues.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 12 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
'The idea of making music in some way related to a sense of place-landscape, envorment...My conscious exploration of this way of thinking about music probably began with "Another Green World" (1975). 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...everything that happens is part of the landscape. There is no longer a sharp distinction between foreground and background'- Brian Eno, 1986.
Eno had been associated with some brilliant records before this- notably the first two Roxy albums & Here Come the Warm Jets; but Another Green World was the start of something else. The sounds it explores would influence and recur on such later records as Harmonium 76, Low, Fear of Music, "Heroes", Remain in Light, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts & Power Spot. Each track creates a world of its own, Eno & a roster of great musicians (John Cale, Phil Collins, Robert Fripp, Percy Jones etc)& advice from Phil Manzarena, the late Ian MacDonald, Robert Wyatt, Pete Townshend & Peter Schmidt (the latter would provide artistic influence in terms of approach: those OBLIQUE STRATEGIES). The music is otherworldly and precedes such climes as The Aphex Twin (Selected Ambient Works), Pere Ubu (Sentimental Journey), Wire (Chairs Missing),David Sylvian (Rain Tree Crow), Associates (Fourth Drawer Down), Radiohead (Kid A)& Peter Gabriel (4). Let's note that it's Eno and his collaboraters- not just Eno alone.
The songs flow together wonderfully- from Sky Saw's circular drones and a vocal close to autosuggestion to Over Fire Island's instrumental climes, which perfectly lead into the beauty of St Elmo's Fire- with amazingly warm leftfield guitar from Eno & Fripp.
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