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Before and After Science - Brian Eno

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Track Listings:
    Side A
    1. "No One Receiving" 3:52
    2. "Backwater" 3:43
    3. "Kurt's Rejoinder" 2:55
    4. "Energy Fools the Magician" (arranged by Percy Jones, Eno) 2:04
    5. "King's Lead Hat" 3:56

    Side B
    1. "Here He Comes" 5:38
    2. "Julie With ..." 6:19
    3. "By This River" (Eno, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Dieter Moebius) 3:03
    4. "Through Hollow Lands" (for Harold Budd) (arranged by Fred Frith, Eno) 3:56
    5. "Spider and I"
Total Time: 39:30
Artist Name(s):
Brian Eno – voices, synthesizers (Minimoog, EMS Synthi AKS, Yamaha CS-80), guitar, synthesised percussion, piano, brass, vibes, metallics, bell
Paul Rudolph – bass, rhythm guitar, harmonic bass
Phil Collins – drums
Percy Jones – fretless bass, analogue delay bass
Rhett Davies – agong-gong, stick
Jaki Liebezeit – drums
Dave Mattacks – drums
Shirley Williams (Robert Wyatt) – brush timbales, time
Kurt Schwitters – voice
Fred Frith – modified guitar, cascade guitars
Andy Fraser – drums
Phil Manzanera – rhythm guitar
Robert Fripp – guitar
Achim Roedelius – grand piano, electric piano
Möbi Moebius – bass Fender piano
Bill MacCormick – bass
Brian Turrington – bass
Brian Eno, Rhett Davies
Release Year: 1977
Ambient, Experimental, Space Rock, Synth-Pop
Album Type:
Compact Disc, LP 33 1/3
Cover & Packge Design:
Cream, Peter Schmidt, Brian Eno
Studio Name:
Basing Street Studios, London; Conny's Studio, Cologne
Mastering: Sterling Sound
Engineer(s): Conny Plank, Rhett Davies, Dave Hutchins
Label / Publishing
Label Name:
Catalog Number(s):
2344 087
London, UK
E.G. Music
Island Records Inc.
Editions / Reissues
  1. 1977 - LP - Polydor 2302 071 - UK
  2. 1977 - LP - Island Records ILPS 9478 - USA
  3. 1987 - CD - EG, Jem Records EGCD 32 - USA
  4. 1991 - CD - Virgin EGCD 32 - UK
Synthesizers Used
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By far my favorite Eno album and I know that's a tough thing to say for some fans myself included. It has all the ingredients that makes Eno what he is. His different take on Rock-Pop-Prog music and elements of his Ambient style as well. Before And After Science was the first Eno solo album I bought after getting into Fripp & Eno's albums earlier the same year. Right off the first track "No One Receiving" It hit me as something special. A bonus having Percy Jones on bass for 3 of the tracks as well as Phil Collins after having recently gone through a Brand X phase.

Most of the songs on side 1 (with respect for the vinyl pressing) have a rock or lively feel to them but quarky as in Eno style. While by Side 2 the music winds down to more mellow, pastoral, or dare I say ambient tone. Some of titles suggest things that were happening in Eno's life such as the song King's Lead Hat, an anagam for the Talking Heads who Eno worked with more or less in the same era. Also the song Julie With...was said to be about his breakup with girlfriend actress Julie Christie around the same time.

The overall sound of the album has a variety of atmospheric tones.Even the more uptempo, lively tunes have a subtle aura or certain reverberation. The song Kurt's Rejoinder showcases Eno's voice processed through a flanger towards the end. At the time I had been using MXR flanger pedals for a few years and I couldn't help but think thats what he was using but I'm sure it was more from the board or a more pro rack version. Nev er the less the effect worked real well for this at one time aspiring musician fan.

My vinyl version that I originally bought but later parted with regrettably was the EG editions reissued in 1982 which had the record itself  inside a plastic sleeve with various EG albums stamped on both sides of the bag. I will say if you are a listener listening in an altered state and place the bag in front of the record jacket at a distance, interesting things happen to the front of the album. ;)

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