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Ambient 4 On Land (1981)

"Ambient 4: On Land" represented a significant move away from the strategies Brian Eno had employed in earlier ambient releases. Instead of using a specific process to generate music with minimal interference from the composer, he here opts for a more gestural and intuitive approach, creating dreamy pictures of some specific geographical points or evocative memories of them. It's quite easy to imagine these works as soundtracks to mysterious footage of imprecisely glimpsed landscapes. On Land is an album that would become highly influential with the rising tide of new age composers, though few if any would capture the chilly beauty or latent romanticism that is part and parcel of Eno. On Land remains a landmark event in the genre, as well as one of its rks, and sounds entirely up to date many years after its initial release. A superb effort.
Personnel: Brian Eno - various, Michael Beinhorn - synthesizer ("Lizard Point"), Axel Gros - guitar ("Lizard Point"), Bill Laswell - bass ("Lizard Point"), Jon Hassell - trumpet ("Shadow"), Michael Brook - guitar ("Dunwich Beach, Autumn, 1960"), Daniel Lanois - live equalisation ("Dunwich Beach, Autumn, 1960")
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