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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Summer Ride (5:30)
2. Haslet (4:59)
3. Beta Recall (4:21)
4. Move (3:05)
5. Fat Nude Dance (3:01)
6. Native Tambourine (3:18)
7. Bright Alarm (2:14)
8. Watch The World (2:38)
9. Church (8:08)
10. Swept (7:14)
11. Fields Of Ice (10:11)
12. Asteroid (4:32)

Total Time 59:11

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Brian Eno

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Opal Records - OPALCD04

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Review by admireArt
4 stars A keeper! In the vast discography that Brian Eno has released, it's hard to keep up with each, and sometimes not everything by rule is a "keeper". This series of rarities, as far as now, have turned out constantly in my stereo. Each time for the better, in comparisson to a lot of "new" prog music that I try to listen to.

Anyway, Vol. 2 of these "Curiosities" releases, is a delicious array of imagination and creation, in process and definition. It holds a variety of Eno's languages and experiments, some are drafts of songs that ended up being to unique to actually fit in any other place, and some others, the majority in fact, are great songs, that I suppose were lost in his bundle of "project" songs and ended up as "curiosities" in the long run.

Diverse in his own structures, there is a sense of "achievement accomplished", in each of these "electronic experiments". From his tranquil natured ones, to his "rockers", to his "Dub" expressions and his very peculiar kind of Funk. The album as a whole never misses the "beat".

The kind of flawless record I would highly recommend,... the kind I keep! 4**** PA stars

Review by Neu!mann
3 stars The next set of assorted outtakes, dead-ends, and other sonic flotsam from the studio dustbin of Brian Eno continues more or less where "Volume 1' left off, in the spirit of his famous set of oracle cards presenting a dozen oblique strategies and worthwhile musical dilemmas. But keep in mind these are second-round draft picks, and may not have the immediate appeal of the first edition.

At their best the selections resemble instrumental backing tracks from an unfinished song project ('Watch the World' needs only a few verses to complete it), or another chapter in the author's periodic 'Music for Films' cycle, minus only whatever passes for celluloid these days. Now in his mid- sixties, Eno remains an artist who insists, first and foremost, that every sound he generates has to be interesting, even when consigned to his discard pile. This collection is no different, although it may help to have an ear for ambient music: the set grows quieter as it continues, reaching an arctic climax in the aptly named ten-minute drift study 'Fields of Ice'.

The inner sleeve of the CD includes a long list of 'future curiosities', at this date already long overdue. The first two installments in the series were released within a year of each other, but the project seems to be stalled, with no further entries in the decade since then. Maybe someday we'll be able to hear exactly what inspired such evocative titles like 'Drums with Quack', or 'Sordid Purple Death Sausage', or (a personal favorite) 'Ten Undervalued Female Assets'. Until then, do what Eno himself so often does, and use your imagination.

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