From Joni Mitchell to My Bloody Valentine: Brian Eno lists his 13 favourite albums of all time
Famed musician, record producer and visual artist Brian Eno is often labelled as one of alternative music’s most “innovative and influential” figures.
Having studied painting and experimental music in art school during the 1960s, Eno would go on to join the iconic glam rock band Roxy Music in 1971 after being recruited as their new synthesiser player. After just two years and two albums with the band, Eno moved on to focus more specifically on his solo material and, ultimately, go on to coin the term “ambient music” with emphatic effect.
More than 20 solo albums later, a bunch of ambient albums and working with the likes of Damon Albarn, U2, Grace Jones, Slowdive, Coldplay, James Blake and more, Eno built a reputation for being a pioneering producer and musician like no other.
For a man who has been so forward-thinking in his musical creations, Eno has never been shy to offer his opinions on some of the greats who have contributed to the alternative scene. When speaking to The Quietus as part of their ‘baker’s dozen’ series a couple of years ago, Eno listed 13 albums which he considers to be his favourite of all time.
“This was probably the most important pop album for me in that I think it’s the moment where I realised that I could be a musician,” Eno said when speaking about The Velvet Underground who makes an appearance on his list. “It was partly that this band was semi-non-musicians, but it was also because the songs borrowed a lot from what I knew about experimental music at the time,” he added.
Eno added: “It’s so hard to protect the sanctity of those things. When something sounds so fresh and strange to you, that’s what you spend most of your time doing when you’re making your own work, isn’t it? Getting back to that place.”
With the likes of Steve Reich, My Bloody Valentine, Joni Mitchell and more, see the full list below.
Brian Eno’s 13 favourite albums:
The Dynamic Reverend Maceo Woods and The Christian Tabernacle Choir in Concert – Reverend Maceo Woods and The Christian Tabernacle Choir
Farid El Atrache – Farid El Atrache
Umu – Arif Sag
Go Where I Send Thee – The Golden Gate Quartet (single)