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The Age SEPTEMBER 6, 2013 - by Chris Johnston
BRIAN ENO: ANOTHER GREEN WORLD
Eno's third album and the one that shifted things dramatically. Consider what had come before - art school in London in the '60s, then Roxy Music on synthesiser and tape machines, dressed in silver, hair like a (female) supermodel, high heels the size of enormous bricks. Then by 1973 Roxy Music wasn't experimental enough for him so he embarked on his incredible solo career. In my collection there are very few artists or bands (Lennon, Marley, R.E.M., Stones, Can) where I have everything they have done, but that is true of Eno. His first two albums (Here Come The Warm Jets and Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)) were rock records basically. Art-rock you would call it, like early Roxy. Although Tiger less so. By then he was pushing the envelope into oddity even by Eno-land standards. Another Green World - recorded when Genesis was the biggest band in Britain, and The Who was doing Tommy - signalled a new era; it was the gate to the neverland of Eno's groundbreaking ambient years slowly opening and strange new worlds coming into view. It is mostly instrumental and what lyrics do make it are largely nonsensical, as on the African-flavoured Sky Saw (in a nod to what Eno would later achieve with Talking Heads and David Byrne), which says something like: "...daughter, daughter, dumpling data / pack and pick the ping-pong starter..." Musicians include Phil Collins, John Cale and Robert Fripp. No pre-production or writing was done - they just went in and made it in two months.