Brian EnoBefore And After Science

Label:Virgin EMI Records – ENO2LP4, UMC – 00602557484243
Series:Mastered At Abbey Road Studios - Half Speed Mastering
2 x Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Art Rock, Avantgarde, Ambient


A1No One Receiving
Agogô [Agong-gong], Percussion [Stick]Rhett Davies
Bass, Rhythm GuitarPaul Rudolph
DrumsPhil Collins
Fretless BassPercy Jones
Voice [Voices], Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion [Synthesized Percussion], PianoBrian Eno
BassPaul Rudolph
DrumsJaki Liebezeit
Voice [Voices], Rhythm Guitar, Brass, PianoBrian Eno
B1Kurt's Rejoinder
Bass [Analog Delay Bass]Percy Jones
DrumsDave Mattacks
SynthesizerBrian Eno
Timbales [Brush Timbales]Shirley Williams
Voice [From The Ur Sonata]Kurt Schwitters
Voice, Chorus, Piano ['Jazz' Piano], SynthesizerBrian Eno
B2Energy Fools The Magician
Chorus, Keyboards, Vibraphone [Vibes]Brian Eno
DrumsPhil Collins
Fretless BassPercy Jones
Guitar [Modified Guitar]Fred Frith
B3King's Lead Hat
BassPaul Rudolph
DrumsAndy Fraser
Guitar [Guitar Solo], SoloistRobert Fripp
Rhythm GuitarPhil Manzanera
Voice [Voices], Percussion [Metallics], Rhythm Guitar [Rhythm Guitars], Piano [Piano Solo], Soloist [Piano Solo]Brian Eno
C1Here He Comes
Bass [Basses]Paul Rudolph
DrumsDave Mattacks
Guitar [Guitars]Phil Manzanera
Voice [Voices], Synthesizer [Yamaha CS80], Synthesizer [Moog], PianoBrian Eno
C2Julie With...
Bass, Bass [Harmonic Bass]Paul Rudolph
Synthesizer [Moog], Bells, Synthesizer [Mini-moog], Synthesizer [CS80], Synthesizer [AKS], Piano, GuitarBrian Eno
D1By This River
Electric Piano [Bass Fender Piano]Möbi Moebius*
Grand Piano, Electric PianoAchim Roedelius*
Voice, Synthesizer [CS80]Brian Eno
Written-ByEno*, Moebius*, Roedelius*
D2Through Hollow Lands (For Harold Budd)
Guitar [Cascade Guitars]Fred Frith
Keyboards, Bells, Guitar [Melody Guitar], Synthesizer [Moog]Brian Eno
Performer [Time]Shirley Williams
D3Spider And I
Voice [Voices], Keyboards, Synthesizer [AKS Synthesizer]Brian Eno

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Each album includes an obi, download voucher and Abbey Road Half Speed Master certificate.

℗ 1977 Virgin Records Ltd.
© 2017 Virgin Records Ltd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 0602557484243
  • Barcode (Text): 0 602557 484243
  • Other (Cat # LP1): 00602557484335
  • Other (Cat # LP1): 574 843-3
  • Other (Cat # LP2): 00602557484342
  • Other (Cat # LP2): 574 843-4
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched A): ENO2LP4 / 5748433 MILES ABBEY ROAD ROOM 30 1/2 SPEED BH74442-01 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched B): ENO2LP4 / 5748433 MILES ABBEY ROAD ROOM 30 1/2 SPEED BH74442-01 B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched C): ENO2LP4 / 5748424 MILES ABBEY ROAD ROOM 30 1/2 SPEED BH74442-02 C1
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched D): ENO2LP4 / 5748424 MILES ABBEY ROAD ROOM 30 1/2 SPEED BH74442-02 D1
  • Rights Society: BIEM/SDRM

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Before And After Science (LP, Album, Stereo, Terre Haute Pressing)Island RecordsILPS 9478US1977
Before And After Science (Cassette, Album)Polydor3100 386Australia1977
Before And After Science (LP, Album)Polydor2302 071UK1977
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Before And After Science (LP, Album, Stereo)Polydor2344 087Germany1977
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Before And After Science (LP, Album, Stereo)Polydor2310 547Netherlands1977



  • lejeunedillon's avatar
    If you play "By This River" at 33RPM instead of 45RPM, it becomes a Dark Wave masterpiece. Just so you know...
    • AmVersion's avatar
      I've read a fair amount of complaints about Abbey Road half-speed masters, this is my first time owning any to hear. Personally, I think these sound great. I've not noticed any obvious mastering/pressing issues.
      • sigheternally's avatar
        One of the best pressings I have the pleasure of owning.
        • Lif-'s avatar
          sound is absolutely incredible, even for my quite basic setup
          • eliasdaler's avatar
            Sounds amazing. The album is very warm, especially the second half of it, and all these analogue sounds are very good sounding. Unfortunately, I can't compare it with the original pressing, but this one doesn't sound different from digital copies of original pressing, so nothing particular was changed, as far as I can hear.
            • Drlopez's avatar
              Also a stereo issue with julie with where the left channel cuts out in the intro. frustrating. some other weird clicks in that track as well. when these half-speed masters dont have errors they sound incredible - but that's the thing - there are flaws all over them
              • winterkin's avatar
                I own the original 1977 pressing and recently bought this half speed master. The new one is more clear, more articulate with a bit more flesh out notes. The difference is subtle though and the difference in the musical ‘picture’ overall is not that great. All in all not a bad attempt..
                • theironictea's avatar
                  Does this contain the lithographs by Peter Schmidt that came with the original album? This is the only one of the reissues I didn't pick up because I already have the original vinyl, but it is missing the lithographs. I'll consider buying this if it contains them. The other reissues had nothing but the mastering certificate and download code.
                  • 42wheels's avatar
                    I got two record twos in my copy, anyone else have this happen?
                    • IQ_Final
                      Edited 6 years ago
                      Regarding this new Abbey Road master, there's a flaw on Side Three during the song "Here He Comes" where, at the end of the third chorus, the audio shifts slightly over to the right channel for a few seconds before returning back to its balanced state. This flaw is not in the lossless .wav files that came as a download code with the record.

                      Just my copy, or... ?

                      EDIT: So, it turns out this flaw (and some others since discovered) are part of the deterioration of the master tapes used for these Abbey Road reissues, 13 years removed from the 2004 DSD reissues on CD. A bit of a shame, but honestly, for those of you (like me) who have never owned the original pressings of the Eno quadrilogy and were hoping to have brand new copies for themselves that sound just as good, if not better, than the originals, you're better off buying these while they're still affordable instead of purchasing used & near-expensive vintage pressings.

                      Also, I suspect the download codes for these albums contain lossless .wav files of the 2004 DSD issues, because they don't contain the same aural drops these reissues do. Docked one star for Before and After Science having the most master-tape dropouts of the quadrilogy reissues, and the fact that my copy of Disc 2 was dirty as hell on both sides. Vastly reduced the pops, hiss and clicks with a thorough cleaning, but some little bits remain. Good enough for me.


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