Since we'll never get a proper one, this will have to do. Even as a dedicated Eno-phile, there is quite a bit here I've never heard.
MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012
Touched By The Hand Of Eno: 150 Tracks From 150 Brian Eno Recordings on Spotify
This playlist features 150 tracks handpicked from 150 albums/EPs/singles that credit Eno as composer, instrumentalist, vocalist, mixing engineer or producer, sorted in chronological order. No cover version here, though every Eno fan should hear Music for Airports played by Bang On A Can, and Icebreaker's rendition of Apollo. Below is a list of albums included; titles are linked to articles in which details about Eno's involvement can be found. His contribution to the selected tracks are noted in the brackets.
1971 Cornelius Cardew: The Great Learning (as member of the Scratch Orchestra) 1972 Roxy Music: Roxy Music (Eno produced some self-styled "lunacy" when Ferry asked him for a sound "like the moon" for the track "Ladytron")1972 Matching Mole: Little Red Record (synthesizer on "Gloria Gloom")1973 Roxy Music: Pyjamarama (Single, Eno as band member)1973 Roxy Music: For Your Pleasure (Eno is very present in the final song/title track from the album)1973 Brian Eno: Here Come The Warm Jets1974 Robert Calvert: Captain Lockheed And The Starfighters (Eno on synthesizer, as Brian Peter George St John La Baptiste De La Salle)1974 John Cale: The Man Who Couldn't Afford to Orgy/ Sylvia Said (Single from Fear)1974 John Cale: Fear ("Gun" features an unusual two-man guitar solo from Manazanera and Eno, with the latter using a synthesizer to process the former's guitar playing in real-time)1973 Various Artists: June 1, 1974 (Eno played synthesizer on Nico's cover of The End)1974 Lady June: Lady June's Linguistic Leprosy (Eno helped out on "Tunion" and was also sole composer of the music for one of the other tracks, Optimism.)1974 Nico: The End (Eno on synthesizer)1974 Brian Eno: Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)1974 Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (adding vocal F/X on Gabriel's voice during The Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging, another source)1974 John Cale: Slow Dazzle (Eno on synthesizer)1975 Phil Manzanera: Diamond Head ("Big Day" co-written and sung by Eno)1975 Quiet Sun: Mainstream (Eno - synthesizer, treatments & Oblique Strategies)1975 Robert Wyatt: Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard (Eno played guitar & synthesizer on "5 Black Notes And 1 White Note")1975 Robert Calvert: Lucky Leif And The Longships (Produced by Eno)1975 Brian Eno: Another Green World1975 John Cale: Helen Of Troy (Eno on synthesizer)1975 Gavin Bryars: The Sinking Of The Titanic (Produced by Eno)1975 Brian Eno: Discreet Music1975 David Toop / Max Eastley: New And Rediscovered Musical Instruments (Produced by Eno)1976 Michael Nyman: Decay Music (Produced by Eno)1976 Simon Jeffes: Music From The Penguin Cafe (Produced by Eno)1976 Harold Budd: The Pavilion Of Dreams (Produced by Eno)1976 Brian Eno: Music For Films1976 801: Live (Eno – keyboards, synthesizers, guitar, tapes and vocals)1976 David Bowie: Low (Produced by Eno)1976 Ultravox: Ultravox! (Produced by Eno)1976 Harmonia 76: Tracks & Traces (collaboration with Harmonia)1977 Brian Eno: Before And After Science1977 Cluster & Eno: Cluster & Eno1977 801: Listen Now (Eno - guitar treatment, chorus piano, synthesizer)1977 David Bowie: Heroes (Produced by Eno)1977 Camel: Rain Dances (Eno - Mini Moog, Electric piano and Piano on "Elke")1978 Devo: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (Produced by Eno)1978 Talking Heads: More Songs About Buildings And Food (Produced by Eno)1978 Eno / Moebius / Roedelius: After The Heat 1978 Brian Eno: Music For Airports1978 David Bowie: Lodger (Produced by Eno)1979 Talking Heads: Fear Of Music (Produced by Eno) 1979 David Byrne/Brian Eno: My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts1980 Talking Heads: Remain In Light (Produced by Eno)1980 Laraaji :Day Of Radiance (Produced by Eno)1980 Jon Hassell / Brian Eno: Fourth World No. 1: Possible Musics1981 David Byrne: The Catherine Wheel (Eno co-wrote, played bass and piano on "Two Soldiers")1982 Brian Eno: On Land1982 Material: One Down (Eno co-wrote "Holding On")1983 Brian Eno: Music For Films, Volume 21983 Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno: Apollo - Atmospheres & Soundtracks1984 Harold Budd / Brian Eno: The Pearl1984 U2: The Unforgettable Fire (Produced by Eno)1984 Brian Eno: Dune (collaboration with Toto)1984 Jon Hassell: Power Spot (Bass on "Wing Melodies")1985 Brian Eno: Thursday Afternoon1985 U2: Wide Awake in America (Produced by Eno)1985 Michael Brook: Hybrid (Produced by Eno) 1985 Roger Eno: Voices1985 Teresa De Sio: Africana (co-wrote and played on the last track)1986 He Said: Hail (Eno played a Yamaha DX7 synthesiser on the track I Fall into Your Arms)1987 U2: The Joshua Tree (Produced by Eno) 1987Jon Hassell: The Surgeon Of The Nightsky Restores Dead Things By The Power Of Sound1987 Harold Budd: The White Arcades (Produced by Eno)1987 Pieter Nooten / Michael Brook: Sleeps With The Fishes1988 Jon Hassell / Farafina: Flash Of The Spiri (Co-produced by Eno)1988 Brian Eno: Opera Soundtrack1988 U2: Rattle & Hum (Eno - keyboards on "Heartland")1989 Zvuki Mu: Zvuki Mu (Produced by Eno)1989 Daniel Lanois: Acadie (Eno co-wrote "White Mustang II")1989 Terry Riley: In C (mixed by Eno)1989 John Cale: Words For The Dying (Eno co-wrote most tracks)1989 Neville Brothers: Yellow Moon (Eno - keyboards, sound effects, vocals on "A Change Is Gonna Come")1990 Geoffrey Oryema: Exile (Eno co-wrote and played on "Land of Anaka")1991 The Walkabouts: Scavenger (Eno: Synthesizer and back-up vocals on "Train to Mercy")1991 U2: Achtung Baby (Produced by Eno)1992 Michael Brook: Cobalt Blue (Eno co-wrote "Ultramarine")1992 Brian Eno: Nerve Net1992 Peter Gabriel: Us (Eno - additional keys on track 2)1992 Brian Eno: The Shutov Assembly1993 Depeche Mode: I Feel You (Remixed by Eno)1993 Brian Eno: Neroli1993 Slowdive: Souvlaki (Produced by Eno)1993 U2: Zooropa (Produced by Eno)1993 Jane Siberry: When I Was A Boy (Produced, and played Shaker and oboe on track #1 "Temple") 1993 James: Laid (Produced by Eno)1993 Geoffrey Oryema: Beat The Border (Eno - Keyboards on track 8)1994 Depeche Mode: In Your Room (Remixed by Eno) 1994 Bryan Ferry: Mamouna (Keyboards on ""Wildcat Days") 1994 Laurie Anderson: Bright Red (Co-wrote and produced "Poison")1994 James: Wah Wah (Produced by Eno)1994 Suede: The Wild Ones ("Eno's Introducing the Band")1995 Laurie Anderson: The Ugly One With The Jewels (Keyboards on track 13)1995 EBN: Telecommunication Breakdown (Eno gives a little creepy breathing room for the track "Homicidal Schizophrenic")1995 Help1995 David Bowie: Outside (Produced by Eno)1995 Passengers: Original soundtracks1 (As band member) 1995 Passengers: Miss Sarajevo (As band member) 1996 Joseph Arthur: Big City Secrets (Vocals on "Mercedes")1997 Tim Booth: Booth And The Bad Angel (Vocals on "Butterfly's Dream")1997 David Bowie: Earthling (Co-wrote "I'm Afraid of Americans")1997 James: Whiplash (Produced by Eno)1997 Robert Wyatt: Shleep ( Arranged and played keyboards on "Heaps of Sheep")1997 Can: Sacrilege (track 1 remixed by Eno)1998 U2: If God Will Send His Angels (Back vocals on "Slow Dancing")1998 Baaba Maal: Nomad Soul (Co-wrote "Lam Lam")1998 James: Millionaires (Produced by Eno)2000 Sinead O'Connor: Faith & Courage (Eno produced, played piano on "Emma's Song")2002 Various Artists: Makrodelia 22000 Sikter: Now, Always, Never (Eno co-produced, and provided back vocals & piano on "Time and Space") 2001 U2: All That You Can't Leave Behind (Produced by Eno) 2001 Brian Eno and J. Peter Schwalm: Drawn From Life2001 James: Pleased To Meet You (Produced by Eno)2002 Bryan Ferry: Frantic (Eno co-wrote and played on "I Thought")2003 John Cale: HoboSapiens (Drum track on "Bicycle")2003 UNKLE: Never, Never, Land (Synthesizer, effects, sampler on "I Need Something Stronger")2003 Damien Dempsey: Seize The Day (Atmospheric guitar on "It's All Good")2003 Robert Wyatt: Cuckooland (Vocal on "Forest")2004 Rachid Taha: Tékitoi? (Eno co-wrote "Dima")2005 BJ Cole: Trouble In Paradise (Credited for "processing" on "Milkshake Roadmap")2005 Bronagh Gallagher: Precious Soul (String arrangements on "Hooks")2005 Damien Dempsey: Shots (Vocals on first track)2005 Brian Eno: Another Day On Earth2005 Coldplay: X & Y (Synthesizer on "Low")2005 Fovea Hex–Neither Speak Nor Remain Silent (Vocals and fretless bass on opening track)2006 Paul Simon: Surprise (Eno co-wrote and provided sound landscape for "Outrageous")2006 RE-TROS: Cut Off! (Eno played keyboards on this EP during vacation in China)2006 J. Peter Schwalm: Musikain (Vocals on "No Order")2006 Various Artists: Plague Songs2006 Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra: Moving Out To The Country (Eno covers "Dreaming My Dreams With You")2007 Bryan Ferry: Dylanesque (electronics" on "If Not for You")2007 Robert Wyatt: Comicopera (Keyboards on "Stay Tuned"2007 Daniel Lanois: Here Is What Is ( "Blue Bus" is an alternative version of "Deep Blue Day" from Apollo)2007 Belinda Carlisle: Voila (Eno on kerboards)2007 Leo Abrahams: The Unrest Cure (Vocals on"No Frame")2007 Coldplay: Viva La Vida, or Death And All His Friends (Produced by Eno)2007 David Byrne & Brian Eno: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today2008 Grace Jones: Hurricane (Eno - production, keyboards, backing vocals on title track)2008 Dido: Safe Trip Home (Eno co-wrote "Grafton Street")2009 U2: No Line On The Horizon (Produced by Eno)2009 Natalie Imbruglia: Come To Life (Includes the song "Lukas", produced by Brian during sessions with Coldplay)2009 Various Artists: Athens (including a track with Brian and Karl Hyde, "Beebop Hurry".)2010 Bryan Ferry: Olympia (Ssynthesizer on "Alphaville")2010 Brian Eno: Small Craft On A Milk Sea2010 Coldplay: Christmas Lights (Produced by Eno)2011 Fovea Hex: Here Is Where We Used To Sing (Keyboards on "Every Evening")2011 Anna Calvi: Anna Calvi (vocals and piano on "Desire")2011 Seun Kuti: From Africa With Fury: Rise (Co-produced by Eno)2011 Andrea Corr: Lifelines (Eno played keyboards and contributed sounds & backing vocals on "Pale Blue Eyes")2011 Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto (Produced by Eno)
― Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 12:55 (10 months ago) Permalink
He had a quiet 1999 then.
― Mark G, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 12:58 (10 months ago) Permalink
1989 Terry Riley: In C (mixed by Eno)
Ay? Was this strictly necessary?
― some dude, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 13:00 (10 months ago) Permalink
2007 Belinda Carlisle: Voila (Eno on kerboards)
― a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 July 2012 13:02 (10 months ago) Permalink
Interesting byline in dubious Irish singers (friends of U2?):
2003 Damien Dempsey: Seize The Day (Atmospheric guitar on "It's All Good")2005 Bronagh Gallagher: Precious Soul (String arrangements on "Hooks")2005 Damien Dempsey: Shots (Vocals on first track)2011 Andrea Corr: Lifelines (Eno played keyboards and contributed sounds & backing vocals on "Pale Blue Eyes")
― recordbreaking transfer to Lucknow FC (seandalai), Wednesday, 4 July 2012 13:04 (10 months ago) Permalink
Nice of someone to do a playlist. Some odd choices (Pride is like the least Eno-ish track on Unforgettable Fire) but I'm not going to be a dick about it. Any excuse to listen to Ho Renomo is fine by me.
― Get wolves (DL), Wednesday, 4 July 2012 13:15 (10 months ago) Permalink
Cool, but that list misses out on some key credits. There are a lot of albums and tracks up there that Eno produced as well as appeared on, like Paul Simon or Geoffrey Oryema, but I guess that is neither here nor there. More annoying that it lists Eno as the producer of "Low" and "Mylo Xyloto," among others, as he is not. Eno also sings and plays keyboards on Rachid Taha's awesome cover of "Rock the Casbah!"
Anyway, lots of weird omissions even within all these inclusions.
― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 13:45 (10 months ago) Permalink
2007 Belinda Carlisle: Voila (Eno on keyboards)
Is this her albums of French covers, if memory serves?
Keep seeing weird errors, like, Eno produced three tracks on that Slowdive record, BTW, and didn't produce James' "Whiplash," or "Lodger," "or "Heroes"; he co-wrote bits of stuff throughout the above list. Don't think the "Dune" track was a collaboration, just a one-off on a Toto-centric score, etc. I would have thrown in "Miss Shapiro" (with Manzanera) plus the "Lion Sleeps Tonight" and "Seven Deadly Finns" singles, too.
Tim Booth's "Butterfly's Dream" is great.
― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 13:54 (10 months ago) Permalink
Eno's role in that last Coldplay album was really weird and ambiguous, sounded like they really wanted him to be in the studio the whole time and he was busy or uninterested so they credited his small contributions/guidance as (ugh) 'Enoxification.' he does have a writing credit on "Every Teardrop," though, so fair game for the playlist.
― some dude, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 14:32 (10 months ago) Permalink
And Christmas Lights, upsettingly.
I keep having to remind myself that Eno didn't actually produce Low and "Heroes". I thought for years that he did.
― Get wolves (DL), Wednesday, 4 July 2012 14:35 (10 months ago) Permalink
i do wonder how clearly delineated those roles are, though, whether the distinction is made mainly for the sake of who had final say at the mixing board. like can someone like Eno contribute heavily to the writing/playing of a record without any real participation in the production or collaboration with the credited producer?
― some dude, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 14:45 (10 months ago) Permalink
I should have another look at Visconti's memoir to get his take on it. Eno's "production" is often more about songwriting than it is about working the desk anyway so I'm not sure how meaningful the distinction is on some of these records.
― Get wolves (DL), Wednesday, 4 July 2012 14:52 (10 months ago) Permalink
Obviously this isn't some blinding insight - I'm just giving the list-compiler a little slack.
― Get wolves (DL), Wednesday, 4 July 2012 14:59 (10 months ago) Permalink
yeah i mean the list is by design supposed to encompass any contribution he's made in any form, so i think there's only a problem if something's there that he didn't actually work on or have any credits at all on.
― some dude, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 15:03 (10 months ago) Permalink
Thing is, there's a ton of stuff there I've never heard before -- like Robert Calvert's Ship of Fools (surprisingly early Eno-esque!). And I'm almost embarrassed to say that I'd never heard the Cardew, despite knowing "The Great Learning" was a massive influence on his compositional process. What I hadn't anticipated was how much it would sound like Eno as well.
I mean, yes -- we can pick at the omissions, credits and choices. But it's a playlist, after all -- not a $150 box. And that sort of misses what struck me about this list -- which is that I've never seen quite so many strands of his work and influence collected in one place. From the early 70s rock collaborations like the Calvert and Matching Mole, to the minimalist stuff he produced for Obscure, to the stray writing and performance credits like the Material and Camel (to say nothing of the reams of one-offs he's done since the mid-90s), this makes the most powerful case for the reach and scope of Eno's work that I've yet seen.
― Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 15:17 (10 months ago) Permalink
so wait did you do this or did you just find it? who's ulyssestone?
― some dude, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 15:21 (10 months ago) Permalink
Hurrah for "Gloria Gloom", it's like a mashup of two of my faves before mashups were invented!
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 15:27 (10 months ago) Permalink
It's not me.
― Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 15:32 (10 months ago) Permalink
Brother of Ramona A. Stone?
Eno was a busy guy in the '70s. He can always be counted to crop up on a Wyatt or Roxy related project. He even appears on Andy Mackay's solo album "The Search for Eddie Riff."
I'm a big fan of the Portsmouth Sinfonia (not upthread), where Eno played ... clarinet? It's funny. They appear on "Taking Tiger Mountain."
― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 16:16 (10 months ago) Permalink
the quiet sun album is great. picked it up on vinyl last month.
― akm, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 16:26 (10 months ago) Permalink
Yeah, fusion-rific. Does that have one of the This Heat guys on it?
― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 16:45 (10 months ago) Permalink
― Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 17:43 (10 months ago) Permalink
fucking love rachid taha
― contenderizer, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 20:37 (10 months ago) Permalink
FWIW, a lot of the cool things people like about the Bowie albums was Visconti's doing, like the snare sound on "Low," for example. But Eno did co-write "Heroes," and his role is pretty prominent on "Lodger." Though of course, the proof is in "Scary Monsters," which is really weird and neat sounding without a bit of Eno.
― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 20:53 (10 months ago) Permalink
― Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 4 July 2012 21:10 (10 months ago) Permalink
...this makes the most powerful case for the reach and scope of Eno's work that I've yet seen.
― Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 15:17 (5 hours ago)
It's not even on the playlist but the idea of No New York back to back with Music for Airports is so gnarly. Dude had a hell of a 1978.
― woo hah, gotye aramchek (Spectrist), Wednesday, 4 July 2012 21:16 (10 months ago) Permalink
That was when he was living in NYC,.I believe.
― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 23:51 (10 months ago) Permalink
Make a 'best of' of that period, and call it "No New Airports"
― Mark G, Thursday, 5 July 2012 08:36 (10 months ago) Permalink
Some nice deep cuts on here. The Lady June track particularly sounds like a blueprint for Remain In Light. I once found an Eno produced Afrobeat comp at a stoop sale without the record inside. Anyone heard that?
― Oblique Strategies, Thursday, 5 July 2012 14:40 (10 months ago) Permalink
A comp? You might be thinking of Edifanko, which he produced (pretty hands off):
Don't think he ever produced any African music comps, though.
― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 5 July 2012 14:44 (10 months ago) Permalink
Rare live performance of that rare "Dune" track:
― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 5 July 2012 14:47 (10 months ago) Permalink
Here's another Rachid Taha doing "Casbah," with Eno and Mick Jones:
I love youtube.
This isn't so hot, but I'd never heard it:
― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 5 July 2012 14:50 (10 months ago) Permalink
Josh, that Edikanfo record is the one. In my defence it was around 5 years ago and when I couldn't find the vinyl I swiftly suppressed the idea that it'd be some lost gem that basically threw a tonne of delay and some great drum sounds on the Ghana soundz comps.
― Oblique Strategies, Thursday, 5 July 2012 14:56 (10 months ago) Permalink
It's been eons since I heard of anything unfamiliar from Eno, but I just learned that around the time of the Eno/Cale record he did a cover of "Ring of Fire!" You can get it here: http://www.moredarkthanshark.org/download.html
― Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 23 September 2012 19:49 (7 months ago) Permalink
Rare live performance of that rare "Dune" track:
― Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 24 September 2012 00:07 (7 months ago) Permalink
new album coming up on Warp:
― my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Wednesday, 26 September 2012 15:45 (7 months ago) Permalink
Enjoying this a lot so far:
― toby, Sunday, 30 September 2012 07:43 (7 months ago) Permalink
Eno looking Eno, Byrne looking unrecognizably old:
― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 8 May 2013 22:09 (1 week ago) Permalink
Byrne pic is bizarre, like his face has been shopped in from a different photo
― four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 8 May 2013 22:37 (1 week ago) Permalink