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  • Audio CD (19 Dec. 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eg
  • ASIN: B000025JRS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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1. No One Receiving
2. Backwater
3. Kurt's Rejoinder
4. Energy Fools The Magician
5. King's Lead Hat
6. Here He Comes
7. Julie With ...
8. By This River
9. Through Hollow Lands (For Harold Budd)
10. Spider And I

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE on 3 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
The last of the current batch of Original Master re-issues and his last song based album for some time. After this it was ambient and systems based music. Eno was now a different person to that which left Roxy Music. Gone were the feathers, make-up and flamboyance. Eno was now Brian Eno.
Though "Before and After Science" is hugely overshadowed by the originality and cultural importance of "Another Green World", it is an album I personally prefer. From the metallic funk of "No One Receiving" to the simple childlike joy of "Spider and I". Personal favourites are the hazy, languid "Julie With...." where Eno transports us to a floating raft, silently drifting across a calm ocean with the hot sun beating down. In fact water is a recurring theme throughout. The single "King's Lead Hat" was originally to be performed by Talking Heads, which the title is an anagram of, but that didn't materialise. Still the song is sharp, incisive and punky and culminates in one of the best instrumental solos ever.
Though this was to be his last song based album for some time, Eno was now entering his most influential phase as ambient guru, sought after producer, Bowie collaborator, systems theorist and installation artist. His mark on the development of modern pop music is widespread and these early albums clearly demonstrate what an original Brian Eno is.
A couple of comments about these re-issues. They are minimally packaged in digipaks which are housed in transparent plastic slip cases. No notes, essays or lyrics, just the original recording credits. Although I do miss the beautiful Peter Schmidt prints which were included with the original album and were integral to it. It would have been nice to see them reproduced somehow.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Hunter VINE VOICE on 17 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
I always think 'Before and After Science' is overlooked in the canon of Eno's pre-ambient works. You can see the cogs working on this record as the first half moves between great catchy pop/roack songs with a touch of thrash thrown in with the anagramatic salute to Talking Heads in 'Kings Lead Hat' and the odd off-funk of 'Kurts Rejoinder'. The worlds of 'Another Green World' and 'Taking Tiger Mountain' meet on this record.
The second side (as was) is where the first signs of the early 80's conversion to ambience can be heard. Still within recognisable song frames but pushing at the boundary of atmosphere versus structure. 'Here He Comes' and 'Julie With..' are gorgeous tracks.
This is an interesting record. I think it shows more of Eno's coming conversion than 'Another Green World'. Well worth purchasing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Rookie on 11 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I picked up this up on vinyl in Barnardo's when I was 13, thinking I'd bought something ambient. Music for Airports was in the process of fundamentally changing my life and this had me scratching my head. I used it to piss off my younger brother who found the rhythm section and backward-effect vocals of the opening track plain disturbing. Backwater sounded like a Butlins singalong at the time. It didn't stop the kids in school handing me C-90s for a copy.

20 odd years on and as it shuffles it's way onto the ipod now and again, the inventiveness, diversity and boundarylessness is still overwhelming. Paul Morley described this as one of the best rock albums ever made and he was bang on. I never ever tire of it. Perhaps I should burn a copy for my brother, see what he makes of it now.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Sr Harrup on 25 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I first bought the LP of this album back in 1978, my friends and I went on holiday on the Norfolk Broads and I played this album every day for two weeks, the calm of the broads was a perfect setting for 'By this River', 'Julie with..' & 'Hollow Lands' and the rest of the album complimented those tracks. I think that 'By this River' is possibly one of the most relaxing 'modern' songs ever and I rate it along side Erik Satie's 'Gymnopedies No.1' for its calming influence. Enjoy this album, it is a great introduction to his, soon to follow, ambient albums and don't forget his work with Harold BuddThe PearlThe Pavilion of Dreams.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Possum Pie on 4 July 2013
Format: Audio CD
The title of my review refers to the fact that this is the first album where 'he' uses his (almost) full name - Brian Eno as the other three went simply as Eno. It also marks a slight change of approach and the whole thing feels more melodic with some excellent rhythms, just listen to Backwater and Kurt's Rejoinder and you'll get the idea. That's not to say it is better than the previous three, just more listenable to new dabblers? To this day I consider these 4 albums (the other 3 being Here Come The Warm Jets, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) and Another Green World) are essential listening but I tended to lose interest after this, partly due to the constant and in my opinion misplaced 'ambient' tag. Never fully understood and probably never will, and on reading some of the other reviewers comments I'm not so sure they do either? Sometimes it is not necessary to analyse things too deeply. Just sit back and enjoy a true genius at work, works for me and it probably will for you as well. And finally you WILL learn something now - Track 5 'Kings Lead Hat' is an anagram of Talking Heads. I assume it is a surreal reference to that group?
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