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Aug. 3, 2017: The Incomplete Brian Eno

File this under "what's the point," but I just read Douglas Wolk's review, on Pitchfork, of the new Brian Eno reissues—Here Come the Warm Jets, Taking Tiger Mountain, Before and After Science—and it made me first think about how old Eno was when he was doing this stuff (mostly under 30) and second think to compile a list, for my own amazement, of all (or many of) the albums he worked on during his decade-long white-hot music-making streak, which, depending on how you want to delineate that streak, could stretch as long as 1972–1983, as short as 1974–1978, but probably something in between. When making the (incomplete, no doubt) list, I opted for the longer bounds. Below is that list, with albums organized alphabetically by artist within each year. Literally each of these albums is at least very good; more than a dozen of them, of course, are bona fide all-time classics. Eno was born in 1948, which means he was 23 during the recording of this list's first album—Roxy Music—and didn't turn 30 until after he had radically altered the faces of rock and pop music, shaped post-punk and new wave as we know them, helped popularize Krautrock and avant-garde electronic music, and invented (albeit not single-handedly) the entire genre of ambient music. By the time he hit 36, he was ready to kick back and seek spiritual enlightenment, all while producing U2 albums.

Roxy Music: Roxy Music (band member)

Fripp & Eno: (No Pussyfooting)
Portsmouth Sinfonia: Plays the Popular Classics (band member, producer)
Roxy Music: For Your Pleasure (band member)

Brian Eno: Here Come the Warm Jets
Brian Eno: Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy
John Cale: Fear (producer)
Lady June: Linguistic Leprosy (band member)

Brian Eno: Another Green World
Brian Eno: Discreet Music
David Too & Max Eastley: New & Rediscovered Musical Instruments (producer)
Fripp & Eno: Evening Star
Robert Calvert: Lucky Leif and the Longships (producer)

Penguin Cafe Orchestra: Music from the Penguin Cafe (producer)

Brian Eno: Before and After Science
Cluster & Eno: Cluster & Eno
David Bowie: Low (band member)
David Bowie: “Heroes” (band member)
Ultravox: Ultravox! (producer)

Brian Eno: Music for Airports
Brian Eno: Music for Films
Devo: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (producer)
Eno, Moebius, Roedelius: After the Heat
No New York (producer)
Talking Heads: More Songs About Buildings and Food (producer)

David Bowie: Lodger (band member)
Talking Heads: Fear of Music (producer)

Brian Eno & Harold Budd: The Plateaux of Mirror
John Hassell & Brian Eno: Fourth World, vol. 1: Possible Musics
Laraaji: Day of Radiance (producer)
Talking Heads: Remain in Light (producer)

Brian Eno & David Byrne: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

Brian Eno: On Land

Brian Eno: Apollo
Brian Eno: Music for Films, vol. 2

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