"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Q JULY 1991 - by Martin Aston
TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN BY STRATEGY
Brian Eno's solo debut, 1973's Here Come The Warm Jets (like everything here newly released on mid-price CD) sounded bizarre even then, and stands the test of time because of its wilful individuality born out of a love for the drones and repetition of The Velvet Underground, Can and avant-gardists like La Monte Young. It's played by a superb 16-strong ensemble, including Robert Fripp and old Roxy Music muckers Manzanera, Mackay and Thompson. Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (1974) maintained Eno's surprising flair for melody while upgrading the general air of controlled chaos; the future now sounded like a stately swirl of elliptical pianos, metallic percussion and electronic exotica.