Born in Suffolk, England with a name like Brian Peter George St. John Le Baptiste de la Salle Eno—who would have thunk he was descended from a few generations of postmen. However, a quick revision later and he was forever known as Brian Eno, musician, prime innovator of ambient music, composer, record producer, and visual artist. Yes, another art school product. After finishing school he moved to London and spent his time experimenting with various methods of visual art. In 1971 he met up with
Andy Mackay of Roxy Music and was invited to join their band as they needed a keyboardist but due to head butting with Bryan Ferry, the band’s front man, he parted ways with them in 1973.
There are tons of websites devoted to the man and his accomplishments. Here’s one: http://www.enoweb.co.uk/
The cover I picked today is Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy). This was Eno’s second solo album and its concept as per Wikipedia is based on a variety of topics ranging from “espionage to the Chinese Communist Revolution.” Dark, somber and pretty depressing, it kinda freaked me out the first time I saw the cover. The gatefold album features four lithographs from an set of 1500 unique silk screens portraits of Eno by Peter Schmidt. The artist, a Berlin born Brit who taught at the Watford College of Art in Hertfordshire, UK, had quite an artistic collaboration with Eno and created many other works for him. As a side note, the two developed ‘Oblique Strategies’ which was a set of 7 x 9 instruction cards used to help with production of this album. Each card was printed with an adage or a saying to help artists (particularly musicians) break their creative blocks. It was formaly published in 1975.
The polaroid photos of the artwork are credited to Lorenz Zatecky and the lettering to John Bonis.
Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) by Brian Eno
12 LP, 33 rpm, Gatefold Sleeve
1974, Island Records
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