After a series of classic yet quickly recorded albums, Brian Eno took two years to complete Before And After Science, releasing it in December 1977.
This record marked a return to ambitious rock music, with 'King's Lead Hat' seeing a release as a single. The line-up of contributing musicians here is particularly impressive, with Fred Frith, Jaki Liebezeit, Kurt Schwitters, Robert Fripp, Conny Plank, Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius all helping shape the album's far-reaching experimental pop sounds.
Brian Eno's debut solo album, Here Comes The Warm Jets was first released in January 1974, and although it retained some of Roxy Music's glam tendencies there's a pioneering driving force that grounds the record in art-rock principles.
Fourty years on it still feels like a genuine classic, skipping playfully and expertly through pop genres with a host of artists from very different backgrounds: members of King Crimson, Hawkwind, Matching Mole, Pink Fairies and Roxy Music itself all help make this a unique and musically dense experience, but it's the experimental production and intense mixing of the album that proves to be most enduringly impressive.
'Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)' is surely one of Eno's most distinct albums, assisted by a stellar prog-rock cast of Soft Machine's Robert Wyatt plus Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay of his former group Roxy Music.
It was on this album that Eno developed his system of pre-determined options for the creative process which he still uses today.