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After the Heat

Brian Eno, Roedelius, Dieter MoebiusAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 16, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Water
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,844 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Foreign Affairs
2. The Belldog
3. Base & Apex
4. Tzimi N'arki
5. Luftschloss
6. Oil
7. Broken Head
8. Light Arms
9. The Shade
10. Old Land

Editorial Reviews

Brian Eno's second album collaboration with Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius of Cluster consists of slow-moving instrumentals full of repeated synthesizer sound patterns and sustained guitar notes in the ambient style familiar from Eno's collaborations with Robert Fripp and albums of his own, such as Discreet Music. (One song, Broken Head, features recited vocals by Eno, and on another, The Belldog, he sings. On Tzima N'arki, his vocal is turned backwards).

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential September 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is the second and final lp for Eno and the German synth duo Cluster, and more so than "Cluster and Eno," this lp is a much more cohesive, yet no less strange, album.
Eno tends to be the more dominant force on this recording, going so far as singing on a few of these tracks, and the whole lp has a kind of "Before and After Science" feel to it, which is certainly not a bad thing.
Cluster would go on to make excellent lps after this point (not that they hadn't to that point), taking what they gained from Eno and putting it to good use. Eno would also take much from these meetings, and those influences do pop up on several lps he made after this one.
Both Eno and Cluster lps are essential listening and belong in your cd collection.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The other 1/2 of... January 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is the companion work to "Cluster and Eno", and really should be taken in along with that wonderful work for maximum impact. Not that the absence of its tracks diminishes this release any, as this is definitely the stronger of the two albums. Cluster, at this point in time, was well into their near-classical approach to ambience, and pairing this with Eno's full-flowered approaches to atmospherics and complex arranging creates a masterpiece recording that has only improved with time. Description of what's going on in here is rather hard; it should just be sufficient to say that you should buy this CD if you have even the slightest interest in any of these artists, in ambient music, or electronics. An aside note: this was Eno's last lyrical effort for many years; he only found voice again on his collaboration with John Cale, "Wrong Way Up", over a decade later. When one listens to "The Belldog", though, it's clear why...what _does_ one sing about after creating such a work? A critical, essential album.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The future is going to be WEIRD! November 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I consider this album to be the perfect soundtrack for the weird future we're going be be having. Hard to beleive it's twenty years old. It was before it's time then, it's before it's time now and will probably still be before it's time ten years from now. It combines odd little pop songs and glacial sonic landscapes.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good record, but pales compared to "Cluster & Eno". December 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
"After the Heat" is the second collaboration between ambient pioneer Brian Eno and electronic experimentalists Cluster (Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius). While their first collaboration (released as "Cluster & Eno) is simply astonishing, this album, while quite an enjoyable listen, is a bit more pedestrian.

All of the tracks are based on basically the same sort of framework-- piano or keyboard lines tend to form the core of each piece with arpeggiated keyboards, swirling hazes, and oddly effected guitars contributing to the ambience of the whole thing. On three tracks, Eno adds a vocal. By and large, the whole thing works quite effectively ("Tzima N'Arki", featuring a bass performance by Holgar Czukay, the simply lovely "The Shade"), but at times it gets a bit tired (Base & Apex", "Oil"), and occasionally you find yourself wishing they'd've left the simply beautiful piano melodies alone rather then adorning them with additional keyboards ("Luftschloss"). One thing that is consistent is that the vocal tracks are fantastic-- I don't know if it's having an additional focus or if they seemed particularly inspired when a vocal was present, I suspect the latter. Take "Broken Head", Eno rambles an odd half-spoken vocal on top of a driving rhythm and eventually gives way to a noisy guitar lead that, while structurally unimpressive, is nonetheless captivating.

I'm not overly familiar with previous issues of this album (I had borrowed a copy from a friend but was never able to get my own copy), so I can't readily compare the sound on this one to the older issues, but it certainly is crisp, clean, and allows the subtleties of the music (of which there are many to really come forth). The liner notes provide a discussion of the music and of each of the tracks. Their first collaboration was somewhat more enjoyable then this, but "After the Heat" is well worthwhile for the already initiated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After The Heat... part 3 of 3 January 28, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This reissued CD "juggled" the original running order of the tracks as they appeared on the original LP, which detracted from the finished product. The original LP featured the Cluster-inspired tracks on side one, with the Eno tracks on side two. Indeed, the three Eno vocal pieces were the last three songs on the original release.

If you can afford it, and if it isn't too late by the time you are reading this as it is/was a limited edition of 1,500, get the mini-LP version recently released by Captain Trip records (still available at the time of this writing from Amazon). Not only does it restore the original running order of the songs, but perfectly reproduces the original album cover art. The sound was greatly improved too. The first album, Cluster & Eno is also still available in this format.

There is also one more album that features Eno, Moebius, Roedelius, and this particular case, Michael Rother, under the band name, Harmonia. The album is entitled Tracks & Traces, was recorded in 1976, and completes the trinity of Eno/Cluster collaborations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars listen to it (but in the right way) December 6, 2006
By as
Format:Audio CD
you'll have to listen to this record with the appropriate song following order , that is the one of the original vinyl, that is:

1) oil

2)foreign affairs

3) luftschloss

4)the shade

5)old land

6) base & apex

7) light arms

8) broken head

9)the belldog

10) t'zima narki ( lyrics of king'slead hat sung backwards)

I wonder why they modified was really perfect in the original version
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good collaboration by Eno
This is my second most favorite phase of Eno. Number one is his four albums that he did after leaving Roxy Music: Here Come the Warm Jets, Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy,... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Christopher Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars An electronic dark beauty
Both mysterious & otherworldly with all the songs being completly different yet somehow unified. The back image of the album says it all with Eno looking exhausted, like he has had... Read more
Published on May 1, 2012 by stan menshic
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
the CD is absolutely magnificent...i constantly listen to it in my car and i have recommended it to my friends
Published on January 13, 2012 by rosada remo alexandre
1.0 out of 5 stars Sound quality of this resissue is awful!!!
This vinyl reissue by Four Men with Beards is horrible, billed as "audiphile quality 180 gram vinyl", brand new, it sounds as if I bought it at a garage sale. Read more
Published on March 25, 2011 by Lefty
5.0 out of 5 stars The last album to feature good songs with Eno vocals
I don't understand how anyone can think Cluster & Eno is better than After the Heat. As a longtime Eno and Cluster fan, I always wished I could like an album named Cluster & Eno... Read more
Published on July 5, 2008 by S. Feldman
5.0 out of 5 stars After The Heat
"The Bell Dog" is the song I remember being played years ago on the radio. The rest of the album is quite interesting too!
Published on March 27, 2008 by Mark Gaffney
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Pseudo-intellectual, pullover and polytechnic radical fringers'
I've been a fan of Brian Eno for some time now. I like him because he gets put in the same egg-head, pseudo-intellectual category as Howard Devoto, when in fact the music he makes... Read more
Published on June 19, 2007 by Paul Ess.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff by Eno and some krautrock pioneers
This is a very nice set that has aged really well. I owned it on vinyl and I must say that this remastered edition is very nicely produced with an informative booklet inside even. Read more
Published on January 31, 2007 by Lovblad
4.0 out of 5 stars Another one of the "Berlin Five"
As one reviewer said, "This was before it's time in 1978, and it's before it's time now". My sentiments exactly. Read more
Published on December 11, 2002 by rubidium84
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