BRIAN ENO, the father of modern ambient music, is set to reissue two collaborative albums from the 1990s via All Saints Records.
Eno/Cale’s Wrong Way Up and Eno/Wobble’s Spinner have been unavailable for a decade and a half. These reissues mark the 30th anniversary of the former, and the 25th of the latter.
Both reissues will come on vinyl and in both deluxe and standard digipak CD formats; additionally, each release will benefit from an expansion by two tracks.
Both will also contain writings and interviews with Eno contemporary with the albums’ original releases; Spinner will also include a new essay by Wobble, and a painting by him too.
Brian Eno and John Cale’s Wrong Way Up marked a historic coming together of two creative icons from their respective former bands, Roxy Music and the Velvet Underground. They’d appeared as guests on each other’s records as far back as 1974, the year in which they made the live album June 1, 1974, with Nico and Kevin Ayers.
The year prior to Wrong Way Up, Eno produced Cale’s Words For The Dying, which paved the way for the pair to record together. The resulting album featured the glorious single “Spinning Away”, which you can hear below.
Brian Eno and Jah Wobble’s Spinner was another coming together between Eno and a solo musician who had built up a hefty solo reputation after starting out in an iconic band: in this case, Public Image Limited.
Starting life as the soundtrack to Derek Jarman’s film Glitterbug, Eno passed mixes to Wobble, who built upon them, drafting in Jaki Liebezeit of Can to play drums on some tracks. The resulting set combines ambience with a warped funk.
Wrong Way Up and Spinner will be re-released by All Saints Records on August 21st. You can pre-order at https://allsaints.ffm.to/enocollabs