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Brian Eno - The Doc That Fell To Earth,
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This review is from: Brian Eno - The Man Who Fell To Earth [DVD]  [NTSC] (DVD)Almost three hours of hagiographic (deservedly imho) documentary following Eno's extraordinarily fertile period from Roxy Music to Before And After Science. Predominantly talking-head material, a broad and knowledgeable range of interviewees have been assembled, including bassists Percy Jones and Brian Turrington (of The Winkies, oddly a tad reminiscent of John Lydon in vocal inflections and mannerisms).
There are only a couple of brief snippets of the man himself in interview (probably not commissioned for this project), and sadly nothing at all from Bowie, Fripp, Ferry, Cale, Nico, Manzanera, Bryars etc.. or even anyone from Island Records. Was the documentarian being kept at arms length, I wonder? Shame if so. Plus points for persuading Roedelius to shed some light on the Harmonia/Cluster collaborations, though there's little those already familiar with the circumstances surrounding these works won't already know.
So, no great visual shakes, but there is sympathetic and occasionally amusing use of (unrelated) archive material to accompany the brief representative snippets of tracks being discussed.
Overall it's a decent job and certainly worth a look, even for already committed and knowledgeable fans.
Be warned though - the box misleadingly claims that the disc 'contains many extra features' - but there's only one sliver of video, of marginal interest (imho) in which Lloyd Watson discusses the shortlived 801 project. That and text biographies of the contributors hardly constitute an abundance. Boo! (unless there're more extras as easter eggs, I didn't spend any time pressing button combinations)