The Most Expensive Music I Ever Bought [part 2]

It’s already established that I bought the $80 OMD deluxe box for “The History Of Modern.”

100% Records | UK | 2xCD + 2xLP + DVD DLX BOX | 2010 | 100BX7

Likewise the $100 deluxe box for Brian Eno’s new album, “Small Craft On A Milk Sea.”

Warp Records | UK | 2xCD/2xLP DLX BOX | 2010 | WARPCDX207

When I graduated college in 1985, I bought myself a graduation present that was another Eno box. This time on vinyl only. EG Records released a box called “Working Backwards: 1983-1973” which featured all of his solo albums up to that time. None of his collaborative albums were part of this set.

Editions EG | US | 10xLP + 12" EP | 1983 | EGBS 2

Brian Eno: Working Backwards 1983-1973 Boxed Set of 10LPs + 1 EP

Disc 1: Here Come The Warm Jets

  1. Needles In The Camel’s Eye
  2. The Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch
  3. Baby’s On Fire
  4. Cindy Tells Me
  5. Driving Me Backwards
  6. On Some Faraway Beach
  7. Blank Frank
  8. Dead Finks Don’t Talk
  9. Some Of Them Are Old
  10. Here Come The Warm Jets

Disc 2: Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)

  1. Burning Airlines Give You So Much More
  2. Back In Judy’s Jungle
  3. The Fat Lady Of Limbourg
  4. Mother Whale Eyeless
  5. The Great Pretender
  6. Third Straw
  7. Put A Straw Under Baby
  8. The True Wheel
  9. China My China
  10. Taking Tiger Mountain

Disc 3: Another Green World

  1. Sky Saw
  2. Over Fire Island
  3. St. Elmo’s Fire
  4. In Dark Trees
  5. The Big Ship
  6. I’ll Come Running
  7. Another Green World
  8. Sombre Reptiles
  9. Little Fishes
  10. Golden Hours
  11. Becalmed
  12. Zawinul / Lava
  13. Everything Merges With The Night
  14. Spirits Drifting

Disc 4: Discreet Music

  1. Discreet Music
  2. Fullness Of Wind
  3. French Catalogues
  4. Brutal Ardour

Disc 5: Before & After Science

  1. No One Receiving
  2. Backwater
  3. Kurt’s Rejoinder
  4. Energy Fools The Mountain
  5. King’s Lead Hat
  6. Here He Comes
  7. Julie With…
  8. By This River
  9. Through Hollow Lands (For Harold Budd)
  10. Spider And I

Disc 6: Music For Films

  1. Aragon
  2. From The Same Hill
  3. Inland Sea
  4. Two Rapid Formations
  5. Slow Water
  6. Sparrowfall (1)
  7. Sparrowfall (2)
  8. Sparrowfall (3)
  9. Alternative 3
  10. Quartz
  11. Events In Dense Fog
  12. ‘There Is Nobody’
  13. Patrolling Wire Borders
  14. A Measured Room
  15. Task Force
  16. M386
  17. Strange Light
  18. Final Sunset

Disc 7: Ambient 1 – Music For Airports

  1. 1/1
  2. 1/2
  3. 2/1
  4. 2/2

Disc 8: Ambient 4 – On Land

  1. Lizard Point
  2. The Lost Day
  3. Tal Coat
  4. Shadow
  5. Lantarn Marsh
  6. Unfamiliar Wind
  7. A Clearing
  8. Dunwich Beach, Autumn, 1960

Disc 9: Apollo Atmospheres + Soundtracks

  1. Under Stars
  2. The Secret Place
  3. Matta
  4. Signals
  5. An Ending (Ascent)
  6. Under Stars II
  7. Drift
  8. Silver Morning
  9. Deep Blue Day
  10. Weightless
  11. Always Returning
  12. Stars

Disc 10: Music For Films vol. 2

  1. The Dove
  2. Roman Twilight
  3. Matta
  4. Dawn, Marshland
  5. Climate Study
  6. The Secret Place
  7. An Ending
  8. Always Returning I
  9. Signals
  10. Under Stars
  11. Drift Study
  12. Approaching Taidu
  13. Always Returning II

Disc 11: Rarities EP

  1. Seven Deadly Finns
  2. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)
  3. Strong Flashes Of Light
  4. More Volts
  5. Mist / Rhythm

The box bait was the release of the “Music For Films vol. 2” album, which was only available there as well as the “Rarities” EP. The latter had two non-LP A-sides but missed much rare material that could have been there. The last three tracks, however, were previously unreleased cuts available only on that EP. Apparently, much [but not all] of the tracks from “Music For Films vol. 2” eventually saw commercial release in 2005 on the “More Music For Films” CD, which sported very similar cover art to the box LP of 22 years earlier. The running order was appended with more tracks taking the playlist up to 21 tracks from 13.

Virgin/Astralwerks | US | CD | 2005 | ENOCD 12

Brian Eno: More Music For Films US CD

  1. Untitled
  2. The Last Door
  3. Chemin De Fer
  4. Dark Waters
  5. Fuseli
  6. Melancholy Waltz
  7. Northern Lights
  8. From The Coast
  9. Shell
  10. Empty Landscape
  11. Reactor
  12. The Secret
  13. Don’t Look Back
  14. Marseilles
  15. The Dove
  16. Roman Twilight
  17. Dawn, Marshland
  18. Climate Study
  19. Drift Study
  20. Approaching Taidu
  21. Always Returning (II)

Since I had long wanted his solo records, this made purchase convenient and for the $85 or so it cost at the time, it was fair market value, especially considering the selections of music only in this box. There remain about 10 cuts that are still only available in this box. All of the instances I see of it selling on the web suggests the cost of buy-in was a good investment since the going scale is $200-400 currently.

Tomorrow: The all time winner in the “Now How Much Would You Pay?” sweepstakes.

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4 Responses to The Most Expensive Music I Ever Bought [part 2]

  1. ronkanefiles says:

    How much of the Eno boxed set did you already own? If one had the 45’s, it seems that the exclusive tracks were all ‘ambient’ in nature…


    • postpunkmonk says:

      @ronkanefiles – Aha! I previously owned none of Brian Eno’s recordings – with the exception of a bootleg EP of the two singles. And I desperately wanted all of his “pop” records and also liked his “ambient records” so this was a no-brainer from my point of view. A total win-win situation.


  2. ronkanefiles says:

    Then I suppose it made sense to get the box, if you had none of ’em.

    I like the Eno pop albums better now than I did then.

    I still prefer Phil Manzanera records…



  3. Tim says:

    If you like the Eno you may want to try out Harold Budd or some of Hector Zazou’s releases.
    Budd did an album with Andy Partridge called ”Through the Hill” that I listened to pretty relentlessly the first year that I had it.

    Not to mention Sylvian’s ”Gone to Earth” – an album from my desert island top five list.


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