Listen to all ten albums from Brian Eno's Obscure Records label

Brian Eno launched Obscure Records in 1975, and released 10 albums on the label, including his own, Discreet Music. The label closed in 1978. Ubuweb has links to all ten albums.

Obscure Records (1975-78)

Ten albums were issued in the series. Most have detailed liner notes on their back covers, analyzing the compositions and providing a biography of the composer, in a format typical of classical music albums, and much of the material can be regarded as 20th century classical music. The label provided a venue for experimental music, and its association with Eno gave increased public exposure to its composers and musicians.

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  1. pjcamp says:

    Crashed firefox about 50 times. Not worth the trouble.

  2. There was a re-release by E.G. Records:

    Virgin re-re-released it later using the original Obscure art.

  3. The secret of these albums is that if you listen to all ten simultaneously it turns out to be Pet Sounds. Eno was way ahead of his time.

  4. Wow- just listened to the 1st one, bloody haunting and incredible. Even more so having read the story behind "Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet". I look forward to soaking up the rest of these records.

    In 1971, when I lived in London, I was working with a friend, Alan Power, on film about people living rough in the area around Elephant and Castle and Waterloo Station. In the course of being filmed, some people broke into drunken song - sometimes bits of opera, sometimes sentimental ballads - and one, who in fact did not drink, sang a religious song "Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet". This was not ultimately used in the film and I was given all the unused sections of tape, including this one.

    When I played it at home, I found that his singing was in tune with my piano, and I improvised a simple accompaniment. I noticed, too, that the first section of the song - 13 bars in length - formed an effective loop which repeated in a slightly unpredictable way. I took the tape loop to Leicester, where I was working in the Fine Art Department, and copied the loop onto a continuous reel of tape, thinking about perhaps adding an orchestrated accompaniment to this. The door of the recording room opened on to one of the large painting studios and I left the tape copying, with the door open, while I went to have a cup of coffee. When I came back I found the normally lively room unnaturally subdued. People were moving about much more slowly than usual and a few were sitting alone, quietly weeping.

    I was puzzled until I realised that the tape was still playing and that they had been overcome by the old man's singing. This convinced me of the emotional power of the music and of the possibilities offered by adding a simple, though gradually evolving, orchestral accompaniment that respected the tramp's nobility and simple faith. Although he died before he could hear what I had done with his singing, the piece remains as an eloquent, but understated testimony to his spirit and optimism.

  5. ChuckV says:

    They were both released on individual CDs via Point in the early '90s. They've been expanded to a bit over 70 minutes.

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