Ambient 4: On Land

Brian Eno


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2004, Virgin

One of the best ambient classics. The darkest of Eno's ambient work. Released in 1982, Amobiet 4: On Land" is Eno's most mature, perfect ambient work. Combining low, rumbling synths with eerie banging and clanking and the occasional wild-animal chirp or grumble, this recording places the listener alone, in the midst of a massive piece of sonic landscaping. And Eno has left no detail to chance. In fact, the work is so complete that when Eno suggests a windswept plain, the listener gets a chill. When trumpeter Jon Hassell bays with a softly disturbing imitation of a wounded beast, the first instinct is to scan the horizon for its glinting eyes. So subtle, intuitive, and well paced is this recording that as it slips quietly from the speakers and into every corner of the listening room, it transforms the space into a gently pulsing sound environment that seems strangely out of time and away from everything. It's a place you'll be drawn to time and time again. An ageless masterwork. --S. Duda


Disc 1
1 Lizard Point
2 Lost Day
3 Tal Coat
4 Shadow
5 Lantern Marsh
6 Unfamiliar Wind (Leeks Hills)
7 Clearing
8 Dunwich Beach, Autumn, 1960

Customer Reviews


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dylan taverner
This is my favorite Eno album by far. It has a better flow than any of his other albums, with the exception of "Ambient 1". If you ever wondered where artists such as DNTEL and DJ Shadow draw most of their inspiration from, look no further than track 4, "Shadows". I have Ambient 1-4, as well as most of the "Music for Films" collection. This album was the third Eno album I bought, and its the one I play most.

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