Brian Eno


Brian Eno  (born 15 May 1948) is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, and visual artist, known as one of the principal innovators of ambient music.  He joined the band Roxy Music as synthesiser player in the early 1970’s.  Roxy Music’s success in the glam rock scene came quickly, but Eno soon became tired of touring and of conflicts with lead singer Bryan Ferry.  Eno continues to collaborate with other musicians, produce records, release his own music, and write.  (More from Wikipedia)
Chris Spedding went on to play with Cream bassist Jack Bruce (including his first solo album in 1969Songs for a Tailor) and former Manfred Mann singer Mike D’Abo, plus a host of others, from Elton John to John Cale to Brian Eno to Harry Nilsson (including one of his best known albums, Nilsson Schmilsson).  In 1973Andy Fraser, the former bass player for Free (“All Right Now”) brought Spedding in as the lead guitarist for his short-lived band Sharks
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Chimera recorded something like 20 songs (variously reported as being in 19681969 and/or 1970) in an acid-folk style for a planned album that remained unreleased for decades, while picking up legendary status among psychedelic record collectors.  Amazingly, only cassettes remain from the recording sessions, though the sound quality is not at all impaired; they were remastered beautifully by Denis Blackham, an industry legend who had previously mastered the music for the Evita and Cats musicals and also albums by Led ZeppelinMadnessEurythmics, and Brian Eno


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Album sales by the Velvet Underground were low in spite of the prominent connection with legendary pop artist Andy Warhol at the top of his fame.  Though officially their producer, Andy Warhol’s input was evidently minimal, although he insisted on their including ethereal vocalist Nico on three songs on their first album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967).  Warhol also contributed artwork for some of the band’s album covers, such as the peelable banana on that album.  Brian Eno – another highly experimental musician – is the source of the famous quotation about this album:  While selling only 30,000 copies, “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.” 


(December 2013)


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