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Heavenly & remote classic from 1982...,
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This review is from: On Land (Audio CD)
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!). Words that suggest worlds like 'opaque', 'otherworldly', 'swellmapped' & other compounded-post-Joycean words could be used (we'll leave cliches like sonic-cathedrals behind...). 'On Land' fits alongside key records like 'Rock Bottom,' 'Curved Air' & 'The Room', composers like Reich and Glass, and precedes later ambient joys such as 'Music Has the Right to Children' (Boards of Canada), 'Plight & Premonition' (Sylvian & Czukay) & 'Selected Ambient Works II' (The Aphex Twin). It's that night-time music, file next to 'The Marble Index,' 'In a Silent Way', 'Spirit of Eden', 'Star Sailor', 'Floating in the Night', 'The Serpent's Egg' et al...
It's all a highlight, made more so by the contributions of guests such as Jon Hassell (on 'Dunwich Beach, Autumn, 1960'- very much the missing link between 'Power Spot' & 'Brilliant Trees') and Bill Laswell (on 'Shadow'). There was also 'encouragement and suggestions' from Harold Budd, Daniel Lanois and the late Robert Quine. 'On Land' is a key ambient album and more wonderful than it ever was: load onto thy i-pod and sink into soundscape-marshes via those oblique strategies...
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Initial post: 3 Aug 2011 11:58:15 BDT
G. J. Mcintyre says:
I don't remember "The Lost Day" from the soundtrack of "28 Days Later" and when I checked the listing it wasn't there. You must be thinking of Eno's other track "An Ending (ascent)" from the "Apollo - Atmospheres and Soundtracks" album.
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