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Ambient 4: On Land [Original recording remastered]

Brian EnoAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B0002PZVHK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,448 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Released in 1982, On Land is Eno's most mature, perfect ambient work. Combining low, rumbling synths with eerie banging and clanking and the occasional wild-animal chirp or grumble, this recording places the listener alone, in the midst of a massive piece of sonic landscaping. And Eno has left no detail to chance. In fact, the work is so complete that when Eno suggests a windswept plain, the listener gets a chill. When trumpeter Jon Hassell bays with a softly disturbing imitation of a wounded beast, the first instinct is to scan the horizon for its glinting eyes. So subtle, intuitive, and well paced is this recording that as it slips quietly from the speakers and into every corner of the listening room, it transforms the space into a gently pulsing sound environment that seems strangely out of time and away from everything. It's a place you'll be drawn to time and time again. An ageless masterwork. --S. Duda

Product Description

The transfer from the Original Masters has been undertaken with great care by Simon Heyworth. All four albums have been Mastered using 'Class A' Analogue Electronics combined with the best Analogue to Digital conversion. No attempt has been made to re-equalize, remix or in any way tamper with or alter the original EQ'ed analogue production masters. These are the Original Masters as Brian Eno intended them to be heard.

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Less than music - and more. December 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Imagine sitting on a beachside deck some warm evening with a microphone capturing all the noise of the environment: waves washing up, crickets chirping, gulls singing, the neighbors' barbecue maybe becoming audible when their talking gets loud enough. Maybe some kid is driving down the next block with his stereo rattling the pavement. Maybe somebody's dog is barking far enough away that if you weren't listening closely you wouldn't even notice it. On Land is an exploration of this kind of idea in sound, but intended to re-create places far away or only imagined. Sound strange? In the world of Brian Eno I'd expect nothing less.

Basically it's an album exploring the idea of music or sound that gives a feeling of a certain place. It also perfectly accomplishes his objective with ambient music, which is that it should be "as ignorable as it is interesting." Turn it up and it can bring all kinds of alien landscapes to life in your mind; turn it down and it colors the room subliminally, barely noticeably. Where the previous three in the Ambient series were subdued and trancelike through repetition, this one is evolving all the time and never repeats itself.

And with that, On Land is probably the hardest of all Eno discs to describe. It would be one thing if it was simply made with treated notes or tape loops, as with Discreet Music or the previous Ambient albums. It would be one thing if he was using minimal melodies meant to be ignored. On Land is all and none of those. It uses musical elements but isn't music; it's minimalist but not simple or repetitive. It's pure atmosphere. Forms don't exist. If you're wondering what moods you may find here, just look at the titles. "Tal Coat" is somehow electronic-sounding but purely organic. "Shadow" is a vague lurking moment of doubt.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The darker side of Eno April 3, 2000
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When this came out, I was so used to "Discrete Music" and the previous "Music for Airports" that I had a goodly bit of trouble wrapping my head around this set of rumbly, dark, murky atmospherics. But over the years, I've come to have a special love for this release. This is not the Satie-like ambient of those other two works, but rather like a soundtrack recording for a very obscure, dark film in which most action (action?) is obscured or is occuring just off-lens. Swampy, midnight music. Whereas it's easy to describe some other Eno works, this thing, even some 20 or so years on, defies adequate description. Suffice to say, it's something worth having for most anyone, especially if you're someone who often finds yourself awake at 2-3 AM and have trouble finding music for just that 'certain atmosphere' for the time of day. A singular, beautiful, and intriguing release.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars over the hills and far away September 30, 2001
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I enjoy the music of Mr Brian Eno on this CD immensely. "ON LAND" contains environmental music which invokes for me a wide range of emotions. THE LOST DAY is a brooding piece from which I experience remorse, sadness and dismay. The piece titled UNFAMILIAR WIND (LEEKS HILLS) draws me slowly into a palpable experience of walking into a marsh. These are mind-pictures of the experiences of remembering a place rather than picture postcards. A word of caution about the term "ambient". In 1982, when Mr Eno first released this album, there was no classification, or permit me to write, marketing term, for ambient cds. This cd has no similarity with what currently is classified as "ambient" music. I'm afraid someone anticipating "ambient" music within the current context will be as disappointed as one reviwer who wrote, "Brian Eno's 'ambient music' is certainly ambient ... but it's certainly not music ... I'll bet plants love it. As for me, I'm just going to let it lull me to sleep." In the liner notes, Mr Eno explains some of the thought processes utilised in creating this landmark piece. "From 'Another Green World' onwards I became interested in exaggerating and inventing rather than replicating spaces, experimenting in particular with various techniques of time distortion. This record represents one culmination of that development and in it the landscape has ceased to be a backdrop for something else to happen in front of: Instead, everything that happens is a part of the landscape. There is no longer a sharp distinction between foreground and background." His instrumentation includes electro-mechanical and acoustic instruments as well as non-instruments like pieces of chain and sticks and stones. Read more ›
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 15, 150,1500 stars September 22, 2000
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I'll have to admit the fact that when I first heard this lp, I didn't like it. It was too dark, brooding, and all together too weird for even my tastes. I was in love with "Music for Airports," and "Apollo," and was looking for the same kinds of atmospherics and simplicity that these 2 lps created.
It's been 13 years after the fact, and 1000's of plays later, on lps, tapes, and now cd, and I cam never get enough of this lp. The atmospherics are beyond ecstacy, and while the mood is dense and dark, it is Eno's crowning achievement, and moreover helped me create my current home sound system, when,b after reading an article by Eno about how he would play the lp, I played this lp with 2 pair of speakers as opposed to one and with a cheap 4 channel mixer I owned for club djing I was doing. The results were earth shattering to me. The whole world opened up. I played the lp at dusk, and the crickets outside by patio door chimed in harmony to it. My neighbors would walk by and marvel at how nature sounded better at my place, and I grinned, never telling them why that was.
This lp has absolute sacred value to me, and I play it every evening before I retire for the night, and I sleep well. It is best listened to with excellent pairs of speakers that allow you to get surround sound, then to set levels to allow the bass to work on its own against Eno's use of prepared soundscapes and his electronics. This is your excuse to get more speakers!
The lp is so good that I implore everyone to get it. Your life will be more enriched by it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the beginning...
Eno was a master of sonic production and environmental mood. Where most composers of new age Muzak lack depth of experience, Eno penetrates into the psychic landscape of the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. Skees
1.0 out of 5 stars Check Before You Buy
The CD is excellent and definitely warrants 5 stars. But Amazon has been unable to supply the correct CD. Read more
Published 6 months ago by D. Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff, not great, but not boring/mindless either.
Not as good as Ambient 1:Music for Airports, but still an enjoyable listen.

Not much else to say, it's Brian Eno so it isn't mindless ambient, it'll tickle a brain cell... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Brilliance
Eno.....One...why the heck do I need to fill this space with however many words the red print is telling me...
Published 11 months ago by Ross Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Dunwich Beach, Autumn, 1960 - Best TRack
I first heard this album back in the 80's. I had already become a huge Eno/Ambient Fan. However this particular track from this album is my favorite. Read more
Published 15 months ago
5.0 out of 5 stars Textbook Ambient
This is probably my most played CD ever. Back when I was a college student, I'd put it on shuffle/repeat and let it run 24/7, carefully balancing the volume so that the output... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Michael S. Scheibinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music to daydream to
I discovered Brian Eno by accident a few months ago and I have to say that it is some pretty amazing. I am a big soundtrack and classical music fan. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Danny
5.0 out of 5 stars Head space
I have been listening to this album for over 25 years now. There were periods of years when I didn't hear it at all. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Head Space
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark but brilliant
"On Land" is the most shadowy and most threatening of the four Eno (or three Eno and one Eno-produced) albums labeled "Ambient. Read more
Published on June 25, 2012 by maelje
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED it
The usage of sound and tone in this specific Ambient attempt (4) is unique and evocative. Its a tad like George Krumm in concept within his Voice of the Whale recordings, sound... Read more
Published on October 20, 2011 by Christopher M. Combs
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