Monday, June 4, 2012

Brian Eno- Here Come the Warm Jets


Here Come the Warm Jets

Here Come the Warm Jets is the debut solo album by Brian Eno. Produced by Eno, it was released on Island Records in 1974. The musical style of Here Come the Warm Jets is a hybrid of glam rock and art rock, similar to Eno's previous album work with Roxy Music but with songs that are more quirky and experimental. The album features various guest musicians, including Robert Fripp of King Crimson and members of Roxy Music, Hawkwind, Matching Mole, and The Pink Fairies. In developing the album's words and music, Eno used unusual methods such as dancing for his band members and having them play accordingly, and singing nonsense words to himself that would form the basis of subsequent lyrics.

Here Come the Warm Jets peaked at number 26 on the United Kingdom album charts and number 151 on the U.S. Billboard charts, receiving a number of positive reviews. It was re-issued on compact disc in 1990 on Island Records and in 2004 on Virgin Records, and continued to elicit praise. Critic Steve Huey of Allmusic stated that the album "still sounds exciting, forward-looking, and densely detailed, revealing more intricacies with every play".

Here Come the Warm Jets was recorded in twelve days at Majestic Studios in London during September 1973 by recording engineer Derek Chandler. It was mixed at Air and Olympic Studios by Eno and audio engineer Chris Thomas. The album's title was originally described by Eno as a slang term for urination. However, in an interview with Mojo magazine in 1996, Eno explained that it came from a description he wrote for the treated guitar on the title track; he called it "warm jet guitar...because the guitar sounded like a tuned jet."

Eno enlisted sixteen guest musicians to play on the album with him, including John Wetton and Robert Fripp of King Crimson, Simon King from Hawkwind, Bill MacCormick of Matching Mole, Paul Rudolph of Pink Fairies, Chris Spedding and all the members of Roxy Music except vocalist Bryan Ferry. Eno selected them on the basis that he thought they were incompatible with each other musically. He stated that he "got them together merely because I wanted to see what happens when you combine different identities like that and allow them to compete.... [The situation] is organized with the knowledge that there might be accidents, accidents which will be more interesting than what I had intended".

Eno directed the musicians by using body language and dancing, as well as through verbal suggestion, to influence their playing and the sounds they would emit. He felt at the time that this was a good way to communicate with musicians. The album credits Eno with instruments such as "snake guitar", "simplistic piano" and "electric larynx". These terms were used to describe the sound's character or the means of production used to treat the instruments. After recording the individual tracks, Eno condensed and mixed the instrumentation deeply, resulting in some of the tracks bearing little resemblance to what the musicians recorded during the session

All songs written and composed by Brian Eno, except where noted.
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Needles in the Camel's Eye" (Eno, Phil Manzanera) 3:11
2. "The Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch" 3:04
3. "Baby's on Fire" 5:19
4. "Cindy Tells Me" (Eno, Manzanera) 3:25
5. "Driving Me Backwards" 5:12
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "On Some Faraway Beach" 4:36
2. "Blank Frank" (Eno, Robert Fripp) 3:37
3. "Dead Finks Don't Talk" (arr. Paul Thompson, Busta Jones, Nick Judd, Eno) 4:19
4. "Some of Them Are Old" 5:11
5. "Here Come the Warm Jets" 4:04

* Brian Eno – vocals, synthesizer, guitar, keyboards, treatments, instrumentation
* Chris Spedding – guitar on tracks 1 and 2
* Phil Manzanera – guitar on tracks 1, 2, and 4
* Simon King – percussion on tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 10
* Bill MacCormick – bass guitar on tracks 1 and 7
* Marty Simon – percussion on tracks 2, 3, and 4
* Busta Jones – bass guitar on 2, 4, 6 and 8
* Robert Fripp – guitar on 3, 5, and 7
* Paul Rudolph – guitar on 3 and 10, bass guitar on 3, 5 and 10
* John Wetton – bass guitar on tracks 3 and 5
* Nick Judd – keyboards on tracks 4 and 8
* Andy Mackay – keyboards on tracks 6 and 9, saxophone septet on track 9
* Sweetfeed – backing vocals on tracks 6 and 7
* Nick Kool & the Koolaids – keyboards on track 7
* Paul Thompson – percussion on track 8
* Lloyd Watson – slide guitar on track 9
* Chris Thomas – extra bass guitar on track 2

Production

* Brian Eno – producer, mixer
* Chris Thomas – mixer
* Derek Chandler – recording engineer
* Denny Bridges, Phil Chapman, Paul Hardiman – mixing engineers
* Arun Chakraverty – mastering

1 comment:

Tony Van Helsing said...

For some reason I always get Brian Eno and Phil Spector mixed up.