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5.0 out of 5 stars NOT ambient, 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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Initial post: 8 Jan 2012 10:01:09 GMT
Thomas Robb says:
great review............brought it all back to me why I bought the origianl LP back in the day..............still playing it on CD in my car and lorry..................wonderful and it never ages. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2013 22:41:41 BDT
Barry Lees says:
You're very welcome, Thomas. I started with the l.p., too. Great to have c.d.
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