Brian Eno ‎– Before And After Science

Polydor ‎– 2302 071
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 No One Receiving
Bass Guitar – Paul RudolphDrum Programming [Synthesized Percussion] – Brian EnoDrums – Phil CollinsFretless Bass – Percy JonesGong [Agong-gong And Stick] – Rhett DaviesGuitar – Brian EnoPiano – Brian EnoRhythm Guitar – Paul RudolphSynthesizer – Brian EnoVocals – Brian Eno
A2 Backwater
Bass Guitar – Paul RudolphBrass – Brian EnoDrums – Jaki LiebezeitPiano – Brian EnoRhythm Guitar – Brian EnoVocals – Brian Eno
A3 Kurt's Rejoinder
Bass [Analog Delay Bass] – Percy JonesDrums – Dave MattacksPiano ['jazz' Piano] – Brian EnoSynthesizer – Brian EnoTimbales [Brush Timbales] – Shirley WilliamsVocals – Brian Eno, Kurt Schwitters
A4 Energy Fools The Magician
Drums – Phil CollinsFretless Bass – Percy JonesGuitar [Modified Guitar] – Fred FrithKeyboards – Brian EnoVibraphone – Brian EnoVocals – Brian Eno
A5 King's Lead Hat
Bass Guitar – Paul RudolphDrums – Andy FraserGuitar [Guitar Solo] – Robert FrippPercussion [Metallics] – Brian EnoPiano [Piano Solo] – Brian EnoRhythm Guitar – Brian Eno, Phil ManzaneraVocals – Brian Eno
B1 Here He Comes
Bass Guitar – Paul RudolphDrums – Dave MattacksGuitar – Phil ManzaneraPiano – Brian EnoSynthesizer [Moog] – Brian EnoSynthesizer [Yamaha Cs80] – Brian EnoVocals – Brian Eno
B2 Julie With...
Bass [Harmonic Bass] – Paul RudolphBass Guitar – Paul RudolphBells – Brian EnoGuitar – Brian EnoPiano – Brian EnoSynthesizer [Aks] – Brian EnoSynthesizer [Cs80] – Brian EnoSynthesizer [Mini-moog] – Brian EnoVocals – Brian Eno
B3 By This River
Piano [Bass Fender Piano] – Möbi Moebius*Piano [Grand And Electric Pianos] – Achim Roedelius*Synthesizer [Cs80] – Brian EnoVocals – Brian EnoWritten-By – Brian Eno, Möbi Moebius*, Achim Roedelius*
B4 Through Hollow Lands (For Harold Budd)
Bass Guitar – Bill MacCormickBells – Brian EnoGuitar [Cascade Guitars] – Fred FrithGuitar [Melody Guitar] – Brian EnoKeyboards – Brian EnoPerformer [Time] – Shirley WilliamsSynthesizer [Moog] – Brian Eno
B5 Spider And I
Bass Guitar – Brian TurringtonKeyboards – Brian EnoSynthesizer [Aks] – Brian EnoVocals – Brian Eno

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On cover rear:
Cassette 3100 386

Produced for E.G.Records Ltd.
℗ 1977 E.G. Records Ltd
© E.G. Music Ltd 1977
This sound recording was made by E. G. Records Limited.
Record manufactured and distributed by Polydor Limited.
Printed by James Upton Ltd., England

On Labels:
℗ 1977 E. G. Records Ltd.
All Songs Copyright © E. G. Music Ltd. 1977
Made in England

On plain white inner sleeve:
British Patent No. 800513 & 973939
MADE IN ENGLAND 4913000 15804 747

Early copies include a grey/light blue portfolio with four offset prints on rough paper by Peter Schmidt.

Some copies came with a coupon from Polydor that could be filled out and returned when additional prints were made available.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, Variant 1): 2302071 A//3 T [stamped] GONE BEFORE TO THAT UNKNOWN AND SILENT SHORE [etched]
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, Variant 1): 2302071 B//2 T [stamped] ARCANE BENEFITS OF CREED [etched]
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, Variant 2): 2302071 A//3 T 1 5 2 [stamped] GONE BEFORE TO THAT UNKNOWN AND SILENT SHORE [etched]
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, Variant 2): 2302071 B//2 T 13 6 [stamped] ARCANE BENEFITS OF CREED [etched]
  • Price Code: DELUXE

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
V2 87186, 0777 7 87186 2 8 Brian Eno Before And After Science(CD, Album) EG, Virgin Music Canada V2 87186, 0777 7 87186 2 8 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2302 071 Brian Eno Before And After Science(LP, Album, RP) Polydor 2302 071 UK Unknown Sell This Version
none Brian Eno Before And After Science(CDr, Album, Promo, RE) Virgin EMI Records, UMC none UK 2017 Sell This Version
2344 087 Brian Eno Before And After Science(LP, Album) Polydor 2344 087 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
VJCP-98049 Brian Eno Before And After Science(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Virgin VJCP-98049 Japan 2013 Sell This Version


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November 20, 2017
I have what may be a later pressing with the same 2302 071 code, without the etchings in the dead wax, and with completed paintings on the back of the jacket. It also has a different label design on the records.


July 18, 2017
Produced by Eno and Rhett Davies, over 100 tracks were written for Before And After Science with only 10 making the album's final cut. The musical styles featured range from energetic and jagged to more languid and ethereal. The album marks Eno's last foray into rock music in the '70s as a solo artist, with all his remaining records of the decade showcasing more of his ambient music, which was hinted at on the second half of Before And After Science. Unlike Eno's previous albums, which were recorded in a very short time, Before and after Science was two years in the making. During this two-year period, Eno was busy working on his solo ambient albums Music For Films and Discreet Music as well as Bowie's Heroes and Low.
On Before and After Science, Eno worked with Fred Frith, Jaki Liebezeit of Can, Cluster, Dave Mattacks of Fairport Convention, Andy Fraser of Free, Percy Jones, Phil Collins, Robert Fripp, Paul Rudolph of Hawkwind, Bill MacCormick and Phil Manzanera (then of Quiet Sun) and Robert Wyatt, who went under the pseudonym of Shirley Williams.