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Drums Between the Bells [Limited Edition]

Brian EnoAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 5, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B004Y4ZL70
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,475 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Brian Eno first came across the work of Rick Holland in the late 90's during the Map-Making project; a series of collaborative works between students of the Royal College, the Guildhall School of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, the National Youth Orchestra and the English National Ballet, among others. In 2003, Brian and Rick made their first music together. The resulting work does not appear on this album. In the time since that initial session they have met infrequently to work on new compositions. In early 2011, following the release of Small Craft on a Milk Sea (Brian's debut album for Warp Records), the pair resolved to finish the project. Drums Between the Bells is the result.
This special hardcover edition of Brian Eno's Drums Between The Bells includes a second disc with instrumental versions of tracks, and a 44 page book containing an essay by Eno as well as further images.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2-CD Deluxe Edition Review July 8, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Since the previous reviewer did such an excellent job of explaining the single CD version, these comments are confined to the 2-CD deluxe edition. If you can afford it, this is definitely the version to get.

The bonus CD contains the instrumental version of the album, sans the poetry. While the music remains the same, the titles of the tracks are different. This makes sense, as without the words it is a different album. It truly adds to the understanding of the cutting-edge content of the first disc. Additionally, the instrumental disc reveals a sound which harkens back to Eno's early works. While this sound is present on the first disc, it is not as obvious there. There have been other instrumental versions of vocal albums before, but never has the difference been as dramatic as it is here. These discs serve to dramatically demonstrate just how excellent the components are to the whole.

Furthermore, it is accompanied with an excellent, hard-slip-cased, hard-cover book. This is profusely illustrated with Eno art as well as containing all of the lyrics. Truly, it is a substantial product and worth extra money. While the first CD, even without the bonus material is 5-stars on its own, there is much to listen to on this 2-CD set (in a way, the 6-star version) and it is highly recommended over the single CD version.

One complaint: as is always the case with new Eno releases, there is a single CD Japanese edition featuring a bonus track, which, for the extra money for the deluxe edition, should have been included here as well. This Japanese-only track ("In The Future") is not located at the end of the album like an outtake, but is inserted within the rest of the material making it relevant to the whole.
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37 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From The Bush Of Ghosts To A Theatre Of Voices July 5, 2011
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Format:Audio CD
To make a long story short: "Drums Between The Bells" has the same emotional impact on me as Eno's classics from the 70s. Here comes the long story:


From early on, Brian Eno has been quite sceptical about words, their meanings, their ability to distract our attention from sound. So, although having written outstanding, at times surreal lyrics for his brilliant four song albums in the seventies ("Here Come The Warm Jets", "Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)", "Another Green World" (this perfect mélange of songs and purely atmospheric pieces) and "Before and After Science"), he had never added the lyrics.

Now, on this album, the poems are printed. An interesting problem for the master of Ambient Music: poems consist of a highly condensed language, everything within a poem requires careful attention, every syllable, every space between lines, every picture, every breath words take. Eno's trick: everything becomes sound; the listener decides for himself where to move, foreground, background, wordwise, soundwise. The music offers a broad spectrum: funky passages, trash jazz, exotica a la Eno, post-Kraut-electronics and drifting-spheres, soulful chamber music. Inspired stuff.

In an interview, Rick Holland told me: "Each track was approached as a unique organism, and there were nearly fifty pieces when we first sat down to finish the record. I do offer musical ideas and also extremely vague and over-reaching requests, Can you make this part sound more like primordial sludge Brian?', that kind of thing. Of course his answers tend to be, `Yes, yes I can.'."


And, yep, he can! Poems and music - a special affair!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ENO's talent for sounding words August 21, 2011
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When I first got this CD, I was a bit skeptical about a spoken word poetry recording. I am such a fan of the instrumental work of ENO that, I tend to neglect the vocal works. After a few listens, I have come to think that this is one of his best works in years. I do not have the 2 cd version(yet). So my review is of the single disc.One of the talents Brian Eno has is knowing when to incorporate other talented people on his recordings.On this, he has chosen a few female speakers to read the poems.He seems to know which voice would go with the poems and his music. I will describe a few cuts to acknowledge his use of the vocalists as well as his own vocal performances.On track 2 "Glitch", Eno speaks through a vocoder. While this is an over used effect nowadays, Eno shows how well it works in the hands of a master. Track 3 "DREAMBIRDS" has an ambient piano and would not be out of place on a Harold Budd record. Track 4,"Pour it Out" has the best sounding voice. I wonder how he found such great sounding speakers. She has excellent enunciation and a softness that lends itself to his music. "Airman" ,track 7 also has a great voice too.The lady who speaks on Sound Alien is more stern, and her voice fits the turbulent drumming.
Another noteworthy feature is that some of the sounds Eno has chosen are reflective of Rick Hollands words. On Sound Alien, the line "Drums Between the Bells' (used as CD title) is spoken over bell like sounds, and drum sounds. On track 13 "Multimedia", the line "sticks click" is spoken over the sounds of clicking (sticks?). Eno has used his voice to it's best advantage. On "Dow", he almost sounds like Kraftwork, although the polyrhythm he has created is not as electronic sounding as theirs. On "Cloud",He sings in an almost trance like rhythm.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Go For It
If you like Eno you will be glad that you bought this. Sometimes it seems a bit forced and pretentious, but you have to get over that and just go with it. Interesting listening. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kevin Menzies
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
Brian Eno soothes and excites my soul! Not for Top 40 fiends, this is much deeper. i predict it will be background lead-ins on NPR and the NFL in 5 years (it takes that long for... Read more
Published 19 months ago by John F. Rudisill
1.0 out of 5 stars the worst brian eno
This is the worst of any of Brian Eno's cd's. I have listened to almost all of his works and this is by far the worst.
Published 20 months ago by susan
1.0 out of 5 stars Hate It.
I hate the Spoken Word over the music on Disc One. It's too chaotic. I also am not fond of the music on Disc Two. Read more
Published on August 5, 2012 by Starr
4.0 out of 5 stars for those who appreciate minimalism and or poetry
If you don't care for avantegarde-ish poetry spoken over ambient sound, you won't care for this. This is not like Eno's ambient work where it's designed to be background music; the... Read more
Published on June 19, 2012 by Baranabus
5.0 out of 5 stars Drums Between The Bells Deluxe
There have been a lot good reviews here of this album and I agree with some of the opinions. I'm glad I have the deluxe 2CD version as I prefer the instrumental tracks. Read more
Published on April 20, 2012 by Kevan
5.0 out of 5 stars His Best in Years
This album has renewed my faith and interest in Eno. The songs are short, mostly about three minutes, the music ranges from very calm and quiet to Eno's surreal kind of rocking,... Read more
Published on February 22, 2012 by Zornk
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully off the beaten track
Brian Eno has been releasing albums since the early 1970s, all the while finding time to produce many, many more albums of other artists. Read more
Published on November 20, 2011 by Paul Allaer
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute garbage (but you can't give a zero stars)
I previewed this on line, but they must have strategically selected clips from each soon that weren't awful. Read more
Published on September 26, 2011 by Michael J. Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars drums between the bells
Amazingly fantastic new work from the master of ambient. Exceptional, buy it now.Tell your friends and family. Really great.
Some of the best music of today.
Published on September 9, 2011 by Oliv Ten
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