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Before and After Science [Original recording remastered]

Brian EnoAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 1, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B00022LRXA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,770 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Eno's 1978 album fit in perfectly with the punk/new wave scene of the time, featuring such thrilling art rock songs as No One Receiving; Backwater; King's Lead Hat, and Here He Comes .

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Re-transfers"? Wot? Good music, though. June 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
2 cents on the music: very good, very wonderful, very Eno. Unabashed pop (Backwater, Here He Comes) mixes with artier WTFs (Kurt's Rejoinder), nervous funk (No One Receiving), and spacier dreamscapes (Energy, Julie). I quite prefer the second half of this album, which in its textural bliss culminates in the gorgeous Spider and I, which is a fitting farewell to Eno's "vocal" era. As on his previous album Another Green World, Eno makes use of the deft rhythm battery of Phil Collins and Percy Jones, who were both playing in Brand X at the time. (And one of `em was in Genesis, too, I think.) For all his talk about being a non-musician, blah blah blah, Eno knew the value of hiring top creative players, and he himself is no slouch at playing imaginative keyboards - listen to that almost orchestral buildup in Julie With. So, the music gets four stars from me, even if a couple of the tracks grate the nerves on occasion.
But if you're reading this, chances are you're wondering about the SOUND of these reissues. I had cassettes of these early Eno albums back in college, I had original CDs, I had the 1993 boxsets...and I figured this time out, we'd get the once-and-for-all, definitive, hi-quality editions we'd all been waiting for., it's nothing that drastic. These are not remasters, these are not remixes, these are "retransfers"; to my ears, this apparently means a wee bit more clarity, a wee bit higher CD master volume (but not much), and that's it. No doubt they sound better than the original CDs, but it's not much of an improvement over what was heard in the Vocal and Instrumental boxsets over a decade ago. And those were needing an upgrade, if you ask me.
The problem is in the original mixes.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eno's True Masterpiece! August 25, 2004
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There are many people who belive that 'Here Come the Warm Jets' is Eno's best album & there are an equal amount of people who are behind 'Another Green World', but I believe Eno's true masterpeice is 'Before and After Science'. It utilizes everything that was great about Brian Eno, from his fast paced glam rock to his slow, meditative confessionals, and even leaves room for some ambient music(which Eno invented). Whereas 'Here Comes the...' was sometimes overflowing with too much "glam", and 'Another...' was slightly overdoing it with the ambience/instrumentals, 'Before and...' strikes just the right balance. The first side is mostly in the same vein as 'Here Comes...' with some fabulous songs like "Kings Lead Hat". Side 2 on the other hand is THE gratest side of music in rock history. It is basically a mix of what Eno experimented with on Side 2 of David Bowie's 'Low' and what he himself did on 'Another Green World'. Every song on Side 2 has shimmering beauty that I have never heard anywhere else. 'Here he Comes', 'Julie With...', 'By This River', & 'Spider and I' are all perfect songs, and 'Through Hollow Lands' is one of Eno's most beautiful instrumentals (along with Sombre Reptiles, Becalmed, & anything off 'Music for Airports). Even though Eno made around 6 other classic solo albums (Another,Here Come,Taking Tiger Mountain,& Ambient 1,3,&4), I have always felt the 'Before and After Science is not only his greatest achievement, but one of the most amazing recordings in rock history. Do yourself a favor and buy it now!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Brian Eno's finest albums March 5, 2005
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Brian Eno is one of the most marvelous paradoxes in all of music. He is both a musical genius and yet not the least virtuosic. On the one hand, as he is avid to emphasize, he is at most an average musician. He is competent as a guitarist, a keyboardist, and bass player, but hardly brilliant. If one hears a strikingly brilliant instrumental solo on a number, it is almost invariably the result of a contribution by one of the many musical guests on his albums. On the other hand, he is astonishingly masterful at constructing exquisite musical competitions, layering one marvelous element upon another to produce music that is both energizing and utterly unique. Eno possesses an almost preternatural ability to add a new wrinkle that cranks up the level excitement to a higher level, almost functioning like a sonic masseur who locates one musical pressure point after another with his subtle variations and machinations. BEFORE AND AFTER SCIENCE is one of his very finest albums. I would put it on a short list of his most essential works, along with the three other vocal albums (HERE COME THE WARM JETS, TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN BY STRATEGY, and ANOTHER GREEN WORLD) and one purely instrumental album, AMBIENT IV. Although he is at best an adequate vocalist, his vocal albums have a richness of texture and content that is missing in all of the instrumental efforts. To say that the instrumental albums are more boring than the vocal ones doesn't quite get at the point: the instrumental albums seem empty at their core. They are not bad, but except for the sole exception noted above, none of them come anywhere near to the level of the four vocal albums. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Late 1970s Classic
Classic Album From Late 1970s,
Eno's new wave album is just as experimental as his works before and after (geddit! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lance percival
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice solo album
Love Brian Eno from Roxy Music to his solo stuff from the 1970s. This is a good album influenced by the punk sound at the time. Well packaged with prompt delivery.
Published 5 months ago by Mick HEANEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Brian Eno's Best Album(Period).
Brian Eno's best album hands down, featuring his best "New Wave" material mixed with some of his strongest shorter ambient pieces. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sean LeMay
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 9 months ago by D. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Required listening!
Before and After Science is an aura progression from Eno's glamourpuss phase and the ambient tones of Another Green World and takes the listener into one of electronic music's best... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Marc W Burch
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Review
This album is really good. Excellent keyboards and compositions, entertaining lyrics. Not exactly my cup of tea, and side 2 bores me.
Published 19 months ago by Todd S Harper
4.0 out of 5 stars Good listening
This is the only CD by Brian Eno that I want in my collection, and I do like it. In general, his other work is not to my taste.
Published 20 months ago by Thelma L James
5.0 out of 5 stars Before And After Science
This album contains classic mid seventies Brian Eno... some of his best song writing. The music was way ahead of its time and remains fresh to this day. Read more
Published on September 29, 2012 by P. Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars This might be the best...
This might just be the best Eno disk...but I'm not sure. Ive always liked "Here Comes The Warm Jets" the best, but its a hard decision. I really just love all of the them. Read more
Published on August 29, 2012 by MarcS
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Eno's best releases
This is one of the greatest albums of Brian Eno's career. And I say that as a fan who's mostly interested in Eno's instrumental music, not his vocal records. Read more
Published on June 25, 2012 by maelje
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