11 Killer Albums Brought to You by Brian Eno


In addition to his solo work, the musician, artist, and producer Brian Eno—profiled by Andrew Marantz for our January/February print issue—has produced and collaborated on dozens of albums, both iconic and obscure, since the 1970s. Here’s a small sampling of 11 albums to demonstrate how his unique musical sensibilities have touched our world. Why 11 and not 10? Because Eno would probably prefer it that way.

1977: Eno played a key role in Bowie’s “Berlin Trilogy” of Low, Heroes, and Lodger.
 

1977: Eno coproduced the first album by this seminal British electro-pop combo.
 

1978: Eno was the genius behind Devo’s weird and wonderful debut.
 

1980: An amazing followup to 1979’s Fear of Music, which Eno also produced.
 

1981: Oliver Stone’s Wall Street opened on a track from this iconic Byrne-Eno collaboration.

 

1984: The beginning of Eno’s long and fruitful collaboration with U2.

 

1998: Eno coproduced this fusion album by Senegalese pop star Baaba Maal.
 

2000: Eno coproduced O’Connor’s fifth album.
 

2006: Eno worked closely with Paul Simon on Simon’s 11th studio album.

 

 

2008: Following this acclaimed release, Eno would go on to produce Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto.

 

2011: Eno coproduced this album by the youngest son of Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti.
 
Also read Andrew Marantz’s profile and complete interview with Eno. And click here for more music coverage from Mother Jones.

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