- French Release

This album "BRIAN ENO Before And After Science" is the fifth studio album by British musician Brian Eno. Produced by Eno and Rhett Davies, it was originally released by Polydor Records in December 1977. Guest musicians from the United Kingdom and Germany helped with the album, including members of Roxy Music, Free, Fairport Convention, Can and Cluster.

This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.

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"Before and After Science" Album Description

Brian Eno's 1977 album "Before and After Science" stands as a groundbreaking moment in the fusion of experimental music, pop sensibilities, and ambient textures. This pivotal release marked Eno's continued evolution from his foundational work in Roxy Music towards a unique artistic vision. The French 12" vinyl LP release offers a distinct collectible with sonic qualities that continue to captivate music lovers.

The Album's Two Sides

"Before and After Science" presents an enigmatic duality. Side one delves into energetic, almost frenetic, art-pop songs with contributions from stellar musicians like Phil Collins (drums), Percy Jones (fretless bass), and Robert Fripp (guitar). Tracks like "No One Receiving" and "King's Lead Hat" showcase Eno's exploration of pop structures infused with avant-garde sensibilities.

Side two takes a dramatic turn, diving into Eno's pioneering ambient soundscapes. Tracks like "Through Hollow Lands (For Harold Budd)" and "Spider and I" embrace space and atmosphere, crafting immersive sonic environments that became synonymous with his later work.

The French Release

The French 12" vinyl release of "Before and After Science," typically on the Polydor label, offers a few distinctions for collectors and audiophiles. Notably, some French pressings may feature subtle variations in the mix or mastering compared to their British or American counterparts. This can create a slightly different listening experience, adding to the album's sonic mystique.

Additionally, the French release might contain unique sleeve art variations or inner sleeve designs. These visual elements add to the album's artistic presentation and its place within a collector's archive.

Conny Plank's Influence

Critical to the success of "Before and After Science" was the production partnership with Conny Plank. The legendary German producer and engineer helped shape the album's distinct sound through innovative recording techniques and studio experimentation. Plank's influence is inseparable from the album's character, and the French pressing serves as a testament to their collaboration.

About Brian Eno

Brian Eno is an English musician, producer, and artist known for his innovations in ambient and experimental music. He's famous for coining the term "ambient music" and his influential production work with artists like David Bowie, Talking Heads, U2, and Coldplay.

Bands in the 1970s

* Roxy Music (1971-1973): Eno was a key member of the glam rock band, shaping their sound with synthesizers and experimental techniques.

* Collaborations: Eno worked on pivotal projects with Robert Fripp (King Crimson), Cluster, and most notably, helped create David Bowie's "Berlin Trilogy".

Music Genre:

Electronic, Rock 

Album Production Information:

The album: "BRIAN ENO Before And After Science" was produced by: Rhet Davies

This album was recorded at: Basing Street Studios, London - Conny Plank Studio, Cologne, Germany

Conny Plank: Legendary producer of Krautrock. Shaped the sound of Kraftwerk, Neu!, Cluster & more. A true pioneer in electronic music. Learn more about him

Album cover design: Brian Eno, Cream

Album cover photography: Ritva Saarikko

Record Label Information:

POLYDOR 2310 547 1

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram 

Year & Country:

1977 Made in France
Complete Track-listing of the album "BRIAN ENO Before And After Science"

The detailed tracklist of this record "BRIAN ENO Before And After Science" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. No One Receiving 3:41
  2. Backwater 3:42
  3. Kurt's Rejoinder 2:53
  4. Energy Fools The Magician 2:03
  5. King's Lead Hat 3:57
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. Here He Comes 5:39
  2. Julie With... 6:24
  3. By This River 3:01
  4. Through Hollow Lands (For Harold Budd) 4:15
  5. Spider And I 4:25
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Photo of "BRIAN ENO Before And After Science" 12" LP Record - Side Two:
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