Tuesday, August 21, 2012

1000 SONGS - DAY 236 SONG #267

Day 236: (One of) the most beautiful song(s) ever

This is a song from the 1990 collaboration of John Cale and Brian Eno. It is hard to write something about these two guys. As I have been a fan of Roxy Music in their early years (first five albums) and also a fan of Eno from that time on, what should I say about him? That he has recorded some very beautiful albums, based on oblique strategies, as he called that, the old esotericist? That he has composed the sounds for Windows 95 on his Mac? That, as a collaborator and producer, he has done some excellent jobs for David Bowie, Talking Heads, U2 or Coldplay? The same holds for John Cale, who, f.e. has produced the first album by the Patti Smith Group. Maybe best known for his work as a member of the Velvet Underground, he has been active (as a multi-instrumentalist) in a lot of different musical styles and genres, from rock to classical music to experimental. There are many songs by Eno with melodies that will stay in your mind for days (e.g. On Some Far Away Beach from Here Come The Warm Jets or I'll Come Running from Another Green World?). Spinning Away is one among them, refined by the musicianship of John Cale. When I first heard it, I was convinced that this was the most beautiful song ever recorded. It is beautiful, for sure, but there is no ultimate beauty in this here world, as beauty lies in the ear of the beholder. Here it is, Spinning Away from Wrong Way Up:

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