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Discreet music and obscure gospel: Brian Eno picks his 13 favourite records

Brian Eno’s career is one of the most fascinating in modern music. A stint of glam in Roxy Music, a sprinkling of pop followed by his foray into ambient music – the genre with which he is most commonly associated.

Then there’s his collaborations with the likes of David Bowie, Robert Fripp and David Byrne… the Eno rabbit hole is a deep one indeed. So, what would such an artist pick as their thirteen favourite records?

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What would Brian Eno call his favourite records of all time? In a 2016 interview with The Quietus, he shared an extraordinarily varied list.

Fans won’t be surprised to see Sly and the Family Stone, My Bloody Valentine, or The Velvet Underground on the list, Eno having previously declared his affinity with the three bands.

Albums from Joni Mitchell and Steve Reich also feature, along with some classic gospel. Check it out for yourself below – courtesy of The Quietus.

Brian Eno’s 13 Favourite Albums

The Dynamic Reverend Maceo Woods and The Christian Tabernacle Choir in Concert, by Reverend Maceo Woods and The Christian Tabernacle Choir
Farid El Atrache – by Farid El Atrache
Umut – Arif Sag
Go Where I Send Thee – The Golden Gate Quartet
Fresh – Sly and the Family Stone
Plantation Lullabies – Me’Shell NdegeOcello
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground
Early Works – Steve Reich
Afrodisiac – Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Africa ‘70
Glider – My Bloody Valentine
Heartland – Owen Pallett
Grande Liturgie Orthodoxe Slave – Chœur Bulgare Svetoslav Obretenov
Court and Spark – Joni Mitchell

Via The Quietus.