Brian Eno began his musical career in earnest playing synths/electronics in
Bryan Ferry's Roxy Music. But this position didn't last long, because Eno
was starting to steal too much attention with his outrageous glam act, and Mr.
Ferry asked him to leave, or so it is surmised.
Eno then released his first "solo" recording, entitled Here Come the Warm Jets.
It was a good record, and a hint at what was to come.
What came next was this. And this is more than a good record, this is
something completely different.
There is no way to describe this record. Recorded in what Eno would later
call his "idiot glee" stage, it is at once flippant, intentionally eccentric,
menacing and dark. Musically it's very diverse, from Third Uncle which
has been accused of presaging the punk style, to pieces like The Great Pretender
which is a masterpiece of mixing natural and freaky electronic sounds.
A one-of-a-kind record that is a snapshot of pop music history. Not as
influential as the following
Another Green World
it is a testament to Eno's
utter disregard of what anyone else is doing. In the terms of rock-crit, this record
is not particularly "accessible". You'll need to listen several times to
get your mind right. It's worth it!