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Brian EnoAmbient 4 (On Land)

Tracklist

Lizard Point4:30
The Lost Day9:29
Tal Coat5:48
Shadow3:03
Lantern Marsh5:35
Unfamiliar Wind5:16
A Clearing4:06
Dunwich Beach, Autumn, 19607:08

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    • yunnyaro's avatar
      yunnyaro
      In the paragraph on the bottom of the back jacket it says "these pieces have been used in conjunction with a series of vertical format video pieces which will shortly be available on VHS and Beta cassettes." Did these VHS tapes ever materialize? A google search for "ambient 4 VHS tapes" isn't turning anything up. Did they end up going by another name?
      • christeaves1's avatar
        christeaves1
        I love this album, and it almost seems like an alternative universe version…seems to be a different mix, though I’ve done no A-B testing, just my impression after a couple of spins. The thing that struck me the most, is not hearing that little bass riff on the opening track Lizard Point. It was maybe the most memorable point on the album, a kind of taste of what is to come, but I did not hear that on this release, which seems really weird!!!
        • kevinsingel's avatar
          kevinsingel
          Edited 2 months ago
          Here is a completely random Eno story, but when I was 13 in 1984 I kept reading about this "ambient " stuff by Eno. So I thought I would take a chance and see what it was all about. I bought a copy of Ambient 4 on land on cassette. Took it home. Put it in my Walkman, pressed play, laid back, so excited to enter this strange new world of ambient I had read so much about. Then as the tape started, and it began with this loud crowd cheering, some DAMN funky music and then some woman who sounded like Tina Turner but had a potty mouth to end all potty mouths. And I thought to myself THIS is ambient music? Lol. Turns out, it was a manufacturing error. The tape withhin although labeled Eno, actually contained Millie Jackson's Live and Outrageous album 😆 🤣 😂. Look her up if you don't know who she is. Of course I still have it lol.
          • Dispatess
            Eno’s Ambient series takes a turn for the strange in its final work. Whereas before it was mainly about finding comfort, On Land confronts the listener.

            A perfect valley of unease is created while wading through these eerie tracks. Have been using at night when reading or somesuch. Hard to say which entry is the best or my favorite, but this has gotten more repeated listens over 2 and 3.
            • jloper's avatar
              jloper
              Edited one year ago
              outstanding re-master by miles showell and abbey road !!! I own the E.G editions and they are noisy, this is dead silent and really lets this album and the details breathe a lot better dynamically. . I also just ordered the 45 rpm version and if this 33 sounds this good i think i'm going to be in for a real treat with the 45 mastered pressing.
              • svnsetwaves's avatar
                svnsetwaves
                Any chance someone could upload a high-quality scan of the OBI? Mine was unfortunately not with the record, and I'd love to print off a replica.
                • -Seifer-'s avatar
                  -Seifer-
                  One of my most prized albums. The original English 1982 pressing, which I was supremely pleased and surprised to receive after ordering a US version from the Salvation Army for a mere $12 on eBay. Obviously they didn’t know the difference and I got a copy I prefer for the collection at a PHENOMENAL price. I’d happily pay $50 for this one. $100. $250. It doesn’t really matter: this is in my opinion the single greatest dark ambient work of all time, and most don’t even consider it one. Dark ambient doesn’t have to be purely evil vibes and dungeon synth. This is a melancholy tribute to the winds that sweep over often untouched dunes and the thoughts that come with the first touch of autumn frost in the English dales. And it touches my soul in such a peaceful way. Slow beeps, low tones and pulses with dark and ominous synths, occasionally wildlife samples, field recordings from Dunwich Beach and others… this is a work of art intended to be glorious in absolutely the most subtle ways. It barely seems like music and at the same time has faint grooves and melodies that fade in and out in spectral fashion like a distant memory of a time long past. What else could ambient 4 be but the land itself?

                  From the strange transmission sounds of Lost Day, my very favorite track on the album which I shan’t spoil, shifting into humming didgeridoo sounds on Tal Coat before the first REAL distinctive musical breaking out seems extremely profound and yet hazy and difficult to comprehend. Only then to be moved into the unsettling whistling flute sounds and whispers, crickets frogs and unsettling water splash noises on that darkness that is “Shadow”.

                  A seamless transition. The entirety of side B I consider one work, but broken into segments. They seem meant to be connected intrinsically. That being said, Lantern Marsh is particularly mournful.

                  Absolutely a must have for any appreciator of their inner spirit and who understands the value of meditation, as well as any fan of minimal, electronica, ambient, field recordings, or music to assist with rest and spiritual growth of the highest order.

                  💫/10

                  Favorite Track: The Lost Day

                  🏔🏜🌅🗻🌋
                  • Confederate's avatar
                    Confederate
                    Oh my God. This is so good. Today is the day I bought this release and the first time I have ever listened to this masterpiece. The pressing is fantastic. Dead quiet vinyl and no clicks and pops. It sounds like the master tapes to me. The level of detail and depth, the airiness, it is astonishing. Such a brilliant ambient album. Wow. [ Playing this using an Ortofon 2M Black cartridge ]
                    • DrHalRaglan's avatar
                      DrHalRaglan
                      dotheearth: astonishing idea: I will not sell my album although I have the 45-copy. A complete different feeling but intessant.
                      • Trev1234EO's avatar
                        Trev1234EO
                        It sounds great but boy these are the shortest sides at 10 minutes each. This is the kind of music to put your feet up and sit back and enjoy not get up every 10 minutes to change the side/ record . Great music though regardless

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