Brian Eno

Dali's Car

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Dali's Car, not to be confused with the 1984 Mick Karn/Peter Murphy project of the same name, is comprised of live sessions Eno recorded with the Winkies (1974) and 801 (1976). This release covers material from the studio albums Here Come the Warm Jets, Taking Tiger Mountain, and Another Green World, plus a rendition of Eddie Cooley's classic "Fever."

The BBC Radio London sessions with the Winkies (tracks 1-5) are solid, with an incredibly atmospheric "Fat Lady of Limbourg" standing tall among the selections. The recording picked up the buzz and excitement in the crowd which is partially responsible for the mood-evoking quality of this tune. Eno's voice takes on a very groovy, hip tone on "Fever," making it comparable to other covers in his catalogue, namely "You Really Got Me" and "Wimoweh."

The transition from "Baby's on Fire" to the last track, "I'll Come Running," is uncanny -- almost seamless. "Running," taken from 801's performance at the Reading Festival, is markedly superior in sound quality to the Winkies tracks. The CD's only 801 performance, this cut features an unparalleled band of virtuosic musicians playing to the hilt as they do on the heart-stopping 801 Live which was taken from the same tour. In addition, the song contains altered lyrics from the studio version.

Although the compact disc is of an inferior sound quality overall, it does not detract from the listening pleasure. Live Eno material is fairly hard to come by (the most widely accessible recordings being 801 Live and June 1st 1974) and the inclusion of several rarely seen photographs of Eno makes this a must-find.

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