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Another Green World

(33⅓ #67)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  450 ratings  ·  56 reviews
The serene, delicate songs on Another Green World sound practically
meditative, but the album itself was an experiment fueled by
adrenaline, panic, and pure faith. It was the first Brian Eno album to
be composed almost completely in the confines of a recording studio,
over a scant few months in the summer of 1975. The album was a proof
of concept for Eno's budding ideas of
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Continuum International Publishing Group (first published April 26th 2007)
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Mike
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Given that this is such a great album, I was looking forward to reading this installment of the 33 and 1/3 series. Alas, it was a let-down. The book does a decent job of describing the recording processes of the album and the context of the recording, but it does a superficial job of engaging with the music of the album in a critical way. The author admits that she will avoid a "literary analysis" of the album, which makes sense given that the album is mostly instrumental. But that should not ...more
Marc Weidenbaum
This is an OK book about a great album. The book is only partially about Brian Eno's album Another Green World. Some songs get barely a sentence of direct comment. There's a whole chapter about an entire other Eno album, Discreet Music, and enough general writing about Eno to serve as a mini-biography.
Lindsay
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
While only one chapter actually delved into an exploration of each song (and even then, some were rather brief), I really enjoyed Dayal's approach to one of my most favorite albums of recent years. I loved her structuring the book around some of the Oblique Strategies and all of the wonderful background placing Another Green World as well as Eno's work in general in context with the pop and new music world. I also appreciate that she stuck to the facts, more or less, no matter how abstract, ...more
Tosh
Nov 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
A great iconic landmark album for sure, but this book doesn't convey to me its importance or why its interesting. Maybe some things should be unsaid. Eno tends to like to communicate, but what i like about his early work is a sense of mystery. The problem I have with Eno is that he sort of explains the mystery a way.

Dayal's book is not a bad book, but it's not essential reading either. And I think the 33 1/3 series should always have that intensity and passion. I am sure Dayal has intense
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Jo Coleman
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
All stories about Brian Eno are very cheering, I think. I liked this bit:

" If you walk around with the idea that there are some people who are so gifted - they have these wonderful things in their head but you're not one of them, you're just sort of a normal person, you could never do anything like that - then you live a different kind of life. You could have another kind of life, where you say, well, I know that things come from nothing very much, and start from unpromising beginnings. And I'm
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Peter
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
An elegant little book about the creation of one of the most groundbreaking albums ever recorded, Brian Eno's 1975 masterpiece "Another Green World."
Zach
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
...but I'd pretty much love anything about Brian Eno.
Todd
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A gem in the 33 1/3 series. I always thought AGW was an uneven album as a whole, but it offered some very profound ideas. This book highlights those ideas and more. I’m still not sold on AGW where I think Eno’s ideas were still being formulated and a bit scattered. But this book definitely enriched the subject for me.
Caleb Sommerville
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Meh. I liked the interview segments with Eno himself (and the breakdown of the different collaborators), but Dayal once again falls into the trap that many of these 33 1/3 books do: the compulsion to just add more crap. An entire chapter on a different album, a weird discussion of not-tarot cards, etc.
Just....meh.
Tronikyouth
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not super detailed, but good background on Eno's mindset at the time of making the album
petit
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
a great little introduction to Brian Eno, creativity and lateral thinking.
Akiva
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a little book about Brian Eno's album Another Green World.

I didn't really know much about Brian Eno before picking this up except that he was kind of legendary, and involved in a whole bunch of things, most notably to me, working with the Talking Heads. I picked this book up because when the author was a college student I took a class she taught for local high school students titled "Intellectual Hodgepodge." The main topics I remember were rock music and neuroscience. I have a very
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Jon
Jul 23, 2011 added it
Shelves: reviewed
When Brian Eno's ANOTHER GREEN WORLD came out in 1975, critic Jon Pareles wrote, "This ain't no Eno album, I don't care what the credits say. It doesn't even get on my nerves." But while that may be true, the album does get under one's skin and in this book Geeta Dayal does a fine job describing how Eno and his crew made an album that worked as well as the soundtrack for a documentary about Islamic fanatics and American neo-cons as it does to fall asleep to. She's particularly good on his use of ...more
Mason Jones
Dec 24, 2011 rated it liked it
This is one of the small, short little 33 1/3 books from Continuum, dedicated to the Brian Eno album "Another Green World". I was curious to read the book even though I'm not a huge fan of the album -- it's quite interesting, though, and I hoped that I'd learn some more about the album and pique my curiosity further. I've found it fun to read these books and listen to the albums again and see what more I can get out of them. In this case I found that the book was more about Eno around the time ...more
Dusty Henry
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I had read other books on Eno before this one, my opinion and rating might be different. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed this entry in the 33 1/3 series. Eno is a figure that hangs over so many of the works that 33 1/3 has highlighted, so finally delving into the genius of the producer/artist on his own only feels right. His studio eccentricities are truly exciting and wild to hear about. The book plays out more like an abbreviated biography, split between Eno's upbrining, Another Green ...more
Zazzy
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very interesting read for fans of Brian Eno. I almost gave this a 3-star rating instead of 4 because, as others have pointed out, it's not really a book solely about Another Green World, as the title would lead readers to believe. In that regard, some might be disappointed. The album does get a decent amount of detailed coverage (mostly in the form of a history lesson about the people, places, and equipment involved in the making of the record; Dayal does not analyze the album as a music critic ...more
Jacob
May 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
This is an essay about Eno's early solo career with some focus on the musicians present at recording Another Green World. To me, there isnt enough specifically about the album and when / how the songs were recorded.

As I havent really studied Eno so much as listened to him, I did find the book interesting, but was glad the book was only an hour long read. The descriptions of the music within the album were fairly trite and unenlightening - a lot of 'soundscape' type of language. The most
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Jon Bernstein
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
An enlightening and inspiring look at Eno's processes behind the creation of Another Green World as well as several of his other albums, as well as interesting bits about his personal history and general creative outlook. A lot of good stuff from interviews with Robert Fripp, David Bowie, John Cale, etc. Interesting, the book itself was written using Eno's Oblique Strategies cards - just like many of his albums (and some Bowie albums as well). It's a bit short however and probably spends more ...more
Tristan
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
A broad thematic and historical review of AGW, focusing mostly on Eno as an visual artist working in an audio medium. GD smartly chooses a breadth over depth strategy, touching on the album from many angles. We get glimpses into Eno's art-school upbringing, his high-end aesthetic theorizing (e.g. cybernetics), and of course Oblique Strategies. The book could have devoted much more attention to the album's songs since they are so mysterious and hard to pin down, but otherwise the book is an ...more
Leah
Apr 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
The most interesting part of this book was the discussion of Oblique Strategy cards as a tool for breaking creative blockages. As far as music writing goes, the author discusses the process of building the sounds in this album in an engaging way. It gave me an appreciation for the complex layers in the music I wouldn't have noticed otherwise. I wish I'd read this book while I was still studying sound production in university.
Erik
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Theres about 10 pages on Another Green World's tracks. About another 30 pages on the musicians assembled for its recording.

I learned a good amount about brian eno and the contemporary musicians of the time in 1975 and the history of some of the art music movements of hte later 60s. However i learned very ltitle about another green world. Its basically an afterthought. IN this purpose, the book has utterly failed.

This mediocre book made me want to read better books about Brian Eno.
Anthony
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Perhaps reflecting its subject matter, this book is a chronicle more of all the elements which coincided to make this album. Consequently, the book is very background-heavy and therein lies a disappointment. While the information is good and well-presented, it seems as if there was too little on the actual record-making process as it applied to this particular album. The extra information is illuminating, but not really what I was expecting.

Still in all, a good read.
Maximum
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I love the writer's connection to this album and Brian Eno. The process to make this album was also an incredibly fascinating story especially with all of Eno's strange antics. Before reading this, I read the Velvet Underground book. I had no idea John Cale was involved in this album before now. All I could think was poor guy, now he has to put up with this nonsense. Either way, amazing story and amazing discussion.
Un-j
Feb 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
I was waiting for this one for quite some time as I was a big fan of Eno's rock albums. Outside some minor details, I didn't feel like I've learned much about Eno or the album from this book. There have been better books about Eno released and his albums released and I reccomend you seek them out. In general, if I had read this book and not heard the album, this album itself wouldn't really be the one to push me out to look up "Another Green World" to listen to.
Ethan
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a really interesting insight into the creative process, the making of the interesting sounds of the album, and a lot of backstory surrounding Brian Eno and his style. I don't know why the writer had to - not once, but twice! - call David Bowie's Young Americans album bad, but the writer badmouthed a whole lot of other contemporary music along the way.
Fanny
Dec 28, 2009 rated it liked it
One of the better selections I've read from the 33 1/3 collection, but I still haven't read one that fulfilled the promise of the series. From a writerly perspective, I enjoyed how Dayal used the Oblique Strategies cards to craft the book. But I still got bored halfway through and considered not finishing.
Jared Busch
Oct 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music, 33-1-3
I'm excited this is finally out!

Was it worth the two year wait? Well written, but it seemed brief and I would've liked more on the actual recording process of the album, but she said up front it wouldn't be full of technical stuff that electronics-dorks would eat up. So inevitably I'm let down, but I've yet to read the Sheppard biography, which should fill in the holes.
Bill Fuller
May 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Geeta Dayal does good work dissecting one of the trickiest albums in the 33 1/3 series. The book is brief but dense, with only one really indulgent lapse towards the end (when discussing other music of the period). Dayal did her job, making me want to listen and learn more about this fascinating "non-musician".
Craig Angus
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes we all must wait a long time for recognition. Another Green World flew under the radar for decades and wasn't recognized as the brilliant piece that it is. This book does a great job of explaining AGWs place in the music world, how it was conceived and constructed and its influence on so much that is going on in music today.
Allison Sparrow
Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Super nerdy book that looks into Brian Eno's Another Green World. Loved the description of his "inspiration" cards to get artists out of their comfort zone. Also thought it super eerie that Discrete Music and Indiscrete Music (Lou Reed) came out in the same week! Both using feedback loops and sounds building on each other. cray.
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